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General Information: Tucson Audubon field trips are free! Contact trip leader for more information about each field trip, or the 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.

Field trip leaders are in charge of all aspects of the day's birding. You MUST follow their instructions at all times.

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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

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

September 27---Saturday 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

October 1---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

October 4--Saturday 7:30 AM
Seven Saturdays, Patagonia: Corral Canyon TRIP FULL
Join Tucson Audubon for an adventurous walk in the Patagonia Mountains in search of Azure Bluebird, Gray Hawk, and other local specialties. We will also discuss some of the other plants and animals we find, as well as local projects, and potential threats to the area. Meet at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds at 7:30 AM. Please do not show up unregistered. Limit 10. You must register online.

Leader: Bryon Lichtenhan 541-806-3301 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

October 4 – Saturday 8 am
Sabino Canyon NEW TRIP
We'll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert uplands and Sabino Creek riparian areas. The 4-mile walk includes rocky uneven trails. Meet at the ramada by the Visitor's Center at 5700 N Sabino Canyon Road. $5 parking fee. Return by noon. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 15 participants. You must register online.

Leaders: Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh, contact with questions This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

November 1 – Saturday 8 am
Sabino Canyon NEW TRIP
We'll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert uplands and Sabino Creek riparian areas. The 4-mile walk includes rocky uneven trails. Meet at the ramada by the Visitor's Center at 5700 N Sabino Canyon Road. $5 parking fee. Return by noon. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 15 participants. You must register online.

Leaders: Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh, contact with questions 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 Field Trip Coordinator Ken Murphy.

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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