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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.

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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

August 2--Saturday 5:45 AM
Sweetwater Wetlands
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.

Leader: Contact Rick Wright This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

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.

Leader: Anthony Mendoza. If you have questions (or want to be notified of any last minute changes), email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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.

Contact Bob and Prudy Bowers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.

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.

Contact Bob and Prudy Bowers at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.

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.

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

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.

Leader Dave Dunford. Contact Dave with questions, 520-909-1809 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.

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

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

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