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General Information: Tucson Audubon field trips are free! Contact trip leader for more information about each field trip, or the Interim Field Trip Coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , for general questions.

TRIP BIRDING ETHICS - PLEASE READ
Approach birding with the health and safety of nesting birds and bird populations as your first priority. For more on how to protect birds while birding, see the American Birding Association's statement of birding ethics at www.aba.org/about/ethics.html.

Announcements

  • Birdathon is on! All April features expert-led Birdathon events and ways to support bird conservation by going birding! Details at www.tucsonaudubon.org/birdathon.
  • Sweetwater Wetlands Update: Water is now flowing into all ponds again.
  • NOTE: Green Valley Water Reclamation Facility will reopen on April 6. Please remember to check-in/sign-in with plant staff and they will advise you of any lingering construction.
  • Meet our fantastic field trip leaders!
  • Southeast Arizona birding sites
  • Additional Tucson region bird walks
  • Local bird guides for hire

Continuing Walks

Sweetwater Wetlands - Wednesdays
Join Mike S.for an easy walk through the Sweetwater wetlands to see waterfowl in the hundreds, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome!  Contact leader for start time and to sign up, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wake up with the Birds at Agua Caliente Park - Thursdays
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation offers guided bird walks especially for beginning bird watchers. Binoculars will be available for use during the walk. Location: Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Free. For meeting time and more information, call 629-0510, 615-7855 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mason Center Saturday Morning Birdwalks - October through April
Learn the very basics of birdwatching and how to identify the backyard birds commonly seen in the Tucson area. A brief presentation is followed by a slow stroll around the 1/2 mile trail. Advanced signup required, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Walk begins at 8am, see the Mason Center page for details. Led by Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn, or Mike Sadatmousavi.

Arivaca Cienega/Buenos Aires NWR - Saturdays, Nov. thru April
Tucson Audubon bird walk at Arivaca Cienega,  8 AM. Meet at the trailhead for a mostly level walk of approximately 2 miles. You can expect to see 30 to 50 species depending on the season. To get there, take I19 to exit 48 at the town of Amado, then southwest on Arivaca Road approximately 25 miles to the well-marked trailhead about ½ mile before the town of Arivaca. For more information call Bob Rolfson at 520-399-2873.

 

Current Trips

April 23--Wednesday 8 AM
Benson and Willcox Ponds
Let's see what shorebirds, gulls and swallows are headed north. Meet at 8 a.m. on west side of Houghton Road north of I-10 or at 8:45 a.m. at the Benson Treatment Ponds. Back by 1 p.m. Will be warm. Carpooling recommended (200 mile round trip.) No limit but PLEASE SIGN UP BY PHONE OR EMAIL.

Make it your Birdathon!

Leader: John Higgins, 520-578-1830, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 26--Saturday - BIRDATHON EXPERT-LED OUTING
Scott's Orioles Bird the Sky Islands
Sky islands are mountain islands separated by surrounding desert and grassland plains, and are among the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Tour the Sky Islands with Scott to witness firsthand the significantly varied bird species to be found in each life zone. Scott and team will aim for 75-100 species. The day will start with a visit to Agua Caliente Park before the team heads up the Catalina Highway, looking for new birds in each of the different life zones. Suggested fundraising effort (give or get) $200. Register at www.tucsonaudubon.org/birdathon.

April 26--Saturday 9:00 AM
Silver Creek in the Chiricahuas: Between Portal and Paradise NEW TRIP
This seldom birded riparian area in the Chiricahuas always promises to be interesting. A new area for most birders. We will park near Silver Creek Spring and explore the canyon in both directions. Meet in front of bathrooms at the Sunny Flats Campground in Cave Creek at 9am. I am camping at that campground Friday night for those who also want to camp. You must register online HERE .Call leader for directions and information.

Make it your Birdathon!

Leader: Betty Jones This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 520-405-0551

April 29—Tuesday 4:30 AM
Fort Huachuca
Birding on foot in some of the canyons on Fort Huachuca. Because the Army limits the number of participants on the trails, this trip will be limited to twelve participants (including the leader) in three high-clearance vehicles. Contact the leader by email to reserve a place. All participants must have a government-issued picture ID, and all drivers must have drivers license, car registration, and proof-of-insurance. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please let the leader know when you make your reservation. Be prepared to hike on rough rocky trails that are steep in places. Bring lunch. 160 miles round trip.

Make it your Birdathon!

Leader: Jim Hays This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (preferred) or 520-203-3489

May 3—Saturday 6:30 AM
Madera Canyon Bottom Up NEW TRIP
We'll start in low desert and end in higher terrain for a spring walk in a place where good stuff is always found, the Santa Rita Mountains. Limit of 20 participants. Meet at the Green Valley McDonalds at 6:30 AM. You must register online HERE . Please do not show up un-registered.

Leader: Contact Clifford Cathers, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

May 6—Tuesday 6:30 AM
Lincoln Park—Atturbury Wash
Atturbury Wash, on Tucson’s east side, is one of the city’s few undeveloped wash floodplains and the site of a Tucson Audubon habitat restoration project. We will look in the park, hackberry thickets and mesquite bosque for lingering winter birds, nesters (e.g., Lucy’s Warbler, Bewick’s Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher), migrant warblers and more. This is a great trip for neighbors, beginners and out-of-towners. You must register online HERE .

Leader: Contact Kendall Kroesen 520-209-1806 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . with questions.

May 9—11
North American Migration Count at Q Ranch
The “Q” is a private ranch nestled in a Ponderosa pine and oak valley in northeast Gila County, below the Mogollon Rim. Enjoy a weekend of great birding (155 bird species documented) and gourmet food. Cost of the trip is $270 per person, double occupancy, which includes two nights lodging, a shared room and bath, and meals. For single occupancy, add $130. Reservations require a $135 deposit, with the remainder due on arrival.See the info sheet for details and a full itinerary.

Go to qranch.com to sign up or email leader Ken Furtado with questions, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

May 17—Saturday 6:30 AM
Santa Catalina Mountains NEW TRIP
This fine Saturday, join Tucson Audubon for a leisurely birding adventure into Tucson's Sky Island. Limit of 20 participants. Meet at the Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway McDonalds at 6:30 AM. You must register online HERE . Please do not show up un-registered.

Leader: Contact Clifford Cathers, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions

June 7--Saturday 6:00 AM
Morning in Madera Canyon with Richard Fray of Fun Birding Tours NEW TRIP
Despite the heat, June is a great time for birding in SE Arizona, especially early in the morning and at higher elevation. We'll go straight to the Carrie Nation Trail in Madera Canyon and hike uphill in search of Elegant Trogon, Red-faced, Grace's, Virginia's and Olive Warbler, Dusky-capped, Sulphur-bellied and Cordilleran Flycatcher and other nesting specialty birds of the Sky Islands. Moderately steep and rocky trail, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. We'll stop in at the feeders at Madera Kubo and Santa Rita Lodge on the way back to Green Valley. Limited to ten participants. Meet outside the MacDonald's on Continental Rd (I-19) in Green Valley. You must register online HERE .

Contact Richard Fray at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

August 26--Tuesday 8 a.m.
Benson and Willcox Ponds NEW TRIP
Let's see what shorebirds, gulls and terns are headed south. Meet at 8 a.m. on west side of Houghton Road north of I-10 or at 8:45 a.m. at the Benson Treatment Ponds. Back by 1 p.m. Will be warm. Carpooling recommended (200 mile round trip.) No limit. You must register online HERE .

Leader: Contact John Higgins with questions, 520-578-1830, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Important Phone Numbers

General Info: 520 629-0510
University Nature Shop: 520 629-0510 x1
Rare Bird Alert: 520 629-0510 x3
Education: 520 629-0510 x7012
Membership: 520 629-0510 x7002
Agua Caliente Nature Shop: 760-7881
Executive Director: 520 629-0510 x7001
FAX: 520 623-3476

Sick or injured birds, please call:
Tucson Wildlife Center at 520-903-1104

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Important Field Trip Information

General Information: Tucson Audubon field trips are free! Contact trip leader for more information about each field trip, or contact Interim Field Trip Coordinator Matt Griffiths.

Liability Waiver: All participants on Tucson Audubon field trips are required to sign a standard waiver. If you would like to read the waiver before the trip, view it here.

Departure Times: Please arrive before the departure time listed in the trip description. Trips will leave promptly at the time given. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please dress appropriately for your field trip. Always wear sturdy shoes, a hat, and use sun protection. Bring plenty of snacks and water for yourself. Always bring your binoculars, your field guide, and for most trips a scope can be useful. Bring money to cover your share of the carpooling expenses and any required entry fees (i.e. state parks).

Carpooling: Tucson Audubon strongly encourages carpooling and the sharing of the driver's fuel expenses.  Drivers and trip leaders are not expected to contribute. Directions to frequently used carpooling locations.

Rare Bird Alert
Listen to the latest rare bird alert at 520 629-0510 x3. To report rare birds call the same number, or write to rarebirdalert

After Your Trip
Stop by the Audubon Nature Shop! Check out new books, see wonderful nature items, and chat with volunteers.

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