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- Meet our fantastic field trip leaders!
- Southeast Arizona birding sites
- Additional Tucson region bird walks
- Local bird guides for hire
Sweetwater Wetlands - Wednesdays
Wake up with the Birds at Agua Caliente Park - Thursdays
Mason Center Saturday Morning Birdwalks - October through April
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.
August 2--Saturday 5:45 AM
We'll walk the paved paths and finish before 10:30 am. Participants should bring a notebook and pencil, good sun protection including a hat, and plenty of water. Restrooms are available in the parking lot. Targets include waterfowl, raptors, and migrant shorebirds and passerines. You must register online.
August 2—Saturday 7:00 AM
Mt. Lemmon Plant Hunt
Lets drive up Mt. Lemmon and hunt for flowers and other plants. The higher elevations should be nice and wet by the end of July and hopefully flowers will be blooming. Bring your binoculars and, if you have it, a hand lens. Bring a lunch and water too and expect to be back by early afternoon. Meet at 7 am in front of the McDonalds on the start of the Mt. Lemmon Highway. This is an easy trip with short walks. You must register online HERE.
August 3--Sunday 6:30 AM
Santa Catalina Super Flocks NEW TRIP
Join Tucson Audubon for a morning in the mountains north of Tucson in search of a superflock or two containing all of the expected migrant warblers including Hermit & Townsends. Red-faced Warblers are sometimes in large numbers and perhaps a Virginia's or two will show up. Meet at the Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway McDonalads at 6:30 AM. You must register on the Tucson Audubon website...please do not show up unregistered. Limit of 20. You must register online.
Contact the leader, Clifford Cathers, at 520.982.3272 with questions.
August 10--Sunday, 6:30 AM
Morning Walk in Oracle State Park
This is the first time in FIVE years that Oracle State Park has been open from May 1 through October 1 (weekends only), and birders now have an opportunity to make up for lost time. At 4,335 feet elevation, the temperature is comfortable on summer mornings, and a lot of birds are nesting and cavorting in plain sight. We should find Western Scrub-Jay, Bushtit, Lucy's Warbler, Bewick's Wren and Ash-throated Flycatcher, among others, and with a little luck, Hooded and Scott's Oriole. The park's many feeders also attract hummingbirds. This is an easy, mostly level 2-hour walk over less than a mile of trails around the Kannally Ranch House, where we will also bird the gardens and patios. Optional ranch house tour available after the walk. Ideal for seniors and beginners as well as anyone else interested in birding this rich area that has been closed so long. Online registration required and limited to 14 participants. Meeting at Basha's parking lot in Catalina at 6:30 AM, with a second meeting at the park entrance in Oracle on Mt. Lemmon Road at 7:00-7:15 AM. Note the $7 per car entry fee can be waived if enough participants bring a state parks pass. You must register online.
August 13----Wednesday, 6:45 AM
Feeder-Bird Watching at WOWAZ in Catalina TRIP FULL
If you're not up for a birding hike, this outing is for you. 'Wild Outdoor World of Arizona' (WOWAZ) is a 3-acre haven for birds and butterflies west of the Canada del Oro Wash in Catalina. The owners have spent more than a decade converting a dusty parking area into a native plant garden with pathways, trees, water features and bird feeders. This oasis adjacent to the CDO Wash draws some remarkable birds, with over 140 species documented to date. A short walk along the paths will be offered, but participants can choose to bird solely from chairs on a comfortable, shaded patio surrounded by hummingbird and other feeders. Ideal for anyone with mobility issues, as well as seniors, beginners and anyone interested in seeing a lot of birds with little effort. The $5 entry fee will be waived for this trip, although contributions for bird food will be appreciated by the owners. Note that pre-trip online registration is required, and is limited to 14 participants. In addition to Tucson Audubon acknowledgement, you will receive emailed details from the leaders within 3 days. If you don't, email them. We will carpool from the SaddleBrooke drug store parking lot at 6:45 AM and return there by 9:30 AM. You must register online.
August 26--Tuesday 8 AM
Benson and Willcox Ponds
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.
September 13—Saturday 5:30 am
St. David and Willcox
Mid-September usually offers plenty of birds and occasional pleasant surprises. We will begin in the riparian habitat in St. David in the relative cool of the morning. We will be walking a mile or two over mostly level ground. Then we head to the Willcox ponds to see what shorebirds are migrating through. We may stop at the Benson ponds on our return to Tucson (by mid-afternoon). Bring plenty of water, snacks and lunch. Meet at Houghton Road, just north of I-10 (about 180 miles round trip). You must register online.