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.
IF YOU MUST CANCEL a trip registration, PLEASE contact the leader or trip coordinator ASAP to free up your space!!
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- Southeast Arizona birding sites
- Additional Tucson region bird walks
- Local bird guides for hire
Weekly Walks - No sign up required
Sweetwater Wetlands - Wednesdays
Wake up with the Birds at Agua Caliente Park - Thursdays
Birding Hikes at Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve - First Fridays
The Nature Conservancy's Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is partnering with Tucson Audubon to provide guided birding hikes. These roughly 2 hour hikes, led by the Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds caretaker Larry Morgan are suitable for birders at any level. While there is no special fee for the hike, normal preserve fees will apply. For more information and start time, please see the TNC site.
Mason Center Saturday Morning Birdwalks - Every other weekend October through April
See our calendar to find the next walk
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After brief feeder watching at the Center, stroll through the desert to Arthur Pack Park for a chance at more species! Great for families! Loaner binoculars are available. RSVP no longer required. Call 520-209-1815. Walk begins at 8am, lasts about 2.5 hours, see the Mason Center page for details. Led by Ken Murphy, Jim Gessaman, or Mary Ellen Flynn.
Arivaca Cienega/Buenos Aires NWR - Saturdays, November 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 - You must sign up online and you will receieve a confirmation email
April 25--Saturday 8 AM
Kennedy Park Lake & Avra Valley Wastewater Ponds
"Migration special" for beginner birders and those new to birding. Come see which shorebirds and swallows are passing through. One mile of easy-paced walking on level dirt. There will be scopes and bird ID guides. Meet in the parking lot of the Mission Library on the northwest corner of Ajo Way and Mission Road. 30 mile round trip. Car-pooling encouraged. We will be back by 11 a.m. There is no limit, but you must sign up for trip.
April 26—Sunday 7:00-11ish
Birding at WOW Arizona! 3 miles east of Catalina TRIP FULL, sign up below for waiting list
MIGRANTS RETURN! 5 hummingbird species, Bell's & Plumbeous Vireos, NB Tyrannulet, Dusky-capped Flycatchers, Lazuli Buntings, nesting Cooper's Hawks... 33 hummingbird feeders, 27 other feeding stations, 5 water features. WOW Arizona, 3 miles east of Catalina is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife, with extensive meadow and backyard habitat restoration, over 150 species documented to date. (See the 'house bird List') Guided walk on the ground's pathways to known activity areas amongst the diverse habitats. Then, time on the Hummingbird Patios, two areas surrounded by 26 feeders scant feet from the seating area. Guests are free to roam for the rest of the time.
Limit 8 people. Coffee, tea and water provided. Please wear neutral colors and be respectful of others. Point-and-shoot/phone cameras only, NO PRO/DSLR/SLR CAMERAS*, and NO TRIPODS. Parking limited, please carpool if possible. WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3). Leader: Christopher Vincent
- 520.907.8735. Sign up for trip.
May 5—Tuesday 7 AM
Atturbury Wash at Lincoln Regional Park
Whether you are a Tucson birder, a beginner, a resident near Lincoln Park or an out-of-town visitor, please join us to explore this great natural resource right in the City of Tucson. Atturbury Wash in Lincoln Park is one of the remaining intact ephemeral wash floodplains with mesquite bosque vegetation. It has been declared a wildlife sanctuary by the mayor and city council. This is the time of year when the greatest diversity of birds are seen at urban sites like this. Sign up for trip.
May 9--Saturday 6:30 AM
Santa Catalina Mountains NEW TRIP
Join Tucson Audubon as we look for all the sky island regulars with a focus on the warblers along the road to the top of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Meet at the Tanque Verde McDonalds at the Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde Road at 6:30 AM. Bring water and sunscreen. Limit 20. You must register online. Please do not attend if you haven't signed up. Back by noon. Sign up for trip.
June 6—Saturday 7 AM
Palo Verde Park
Palo Verde Park is a city park with big lawns and mature trees. This is a good trip for beginners and local residents of the area near the park (near Broadway and Kolb). There are relatively few records for this park and I bet we can find some new species that haven't been recorded there before. Sign up starting May 4.
June 14--Sunday 6 AM
Empire Ranch NEW TRIP
It's hot, but we'll be in the shade of magnificent Cottonwood Trees on the Empire Ranch north of Sonoita. Expect lots of riparian species and hopefully a surprise or two. Meet at I-10 and Houghton (NW corner) at 6:00 AM. Bring water and sunscreen. Limit 20. You must register online. Please do not attend if you haven't signed up. Back by noon. Sign up for trip starting May 24.