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General Information

  • Tucson Audubon field trips are free, unless stated otherwise listed (occasionally a special, extended trip is listed here)! 
  • 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 , 520-209-1806, 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.
  • For more field trip information, see "Important Field Trip Information" in the column to the right.

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Weekly Tucson Audubon Walks - Free, no registration required

Sweetwater Wetlands - Wednesdays
Join Luke Safford and/or Bryon Lichtenhan 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! The Wetlands are located at 2617 W Sweetwater Dr. Start times are as follows: November-February: 8am, March-April: 7am, May-August: 6am, September-October: 7am. Contact leader with questions, 520-576-6044, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mason Center Saturday Morning Birdwalks - Every 1st & 3rd Saturday November through April
Starting time: 8 am; Join Tucson Audubon for a short introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After brief feeder watching at the Center stroll across Hardy Rd to the Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary within Arthur Pack Park for a chance to see 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and a short walk to a lake to observe waterbirds. Great for families. Loaner binoculars are available. RSVP no longer required. Call 520-209-1815 with questions. See map.
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Drinking water not available on trail. Restrooms at the Mason and one restroom midway on the 2.5 mile loop. Led by 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.

Other Weekly Walks from Tucson Audubon Partners - Please register

Wake up with the Birds at Agua Caliente Park - Thursdays NOW $5 FEE 
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation offers this guided birding walk in the desert oasis of Agua Caliente Park to spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, and raptors. Binoculars are available for use. Online registration required. Free with Membership, Location: Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Visit the Tucson Audubon Nature Shop at Agua Caliente Park after the walk.
Meeting times: Sept – Oct: 8:00 am,  Nov – Feb: 8:30 am, Mar – Apr: 8:00 am, May – Aug: 7:30 am.
Online registration now required, $5 fee. Online registration: www.pima.gov/nrpr
For more information, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 520-615-7855.

Current Trips - Please register

THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT REGISTERING
1. To register for a trip, please click on the registration link at the end of that trip's description
2. You will receive a confirmation email if the trip is not full (or has no limit)
3. If the trip is full you will be put on the waiting list (but you will receive no email)
4. If a place becomes available you will be advanced off the wait list and you will receive an email 
5. If you must cancel a registration, contact the leader or trip coordinator ASAP to free your space.
6. If you have trouble signing up, contact the field trip coordinator, 520-209-1806.

February 13--Saturday 7 AM - 2 PM
Tucson Meet Your Birds, at Sweetwater Wetlands
Come any time between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. We’ll make it easy for you to meet birds! Stroll 20 acres of tree-lined paths and ponds with experts pointing out the birds for you! How many people can we get out to the wetlands this day? Come find out and learn what Tucson Audubon can do for you and the birds! Make it more fun! Bring a child, friend or neighbor that’s new to birding. Bring a birder that has just moved to Tucson. Bring someone that has never been to Sweetwater Wetlands. Bring someone that does not know about Tucson Audubon. This is a major Tucson Audubon outreach event. There will be activities for kids, food trucks, information about the wetlands and water conservation, and much more. No need to register--just come any time between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.! For more information contact Kendall Kroesen, 520-209-1806, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

February 16--Tuesday 10:30 AM
Reid Park Ramble
Trip rating: easy. Walking distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: paved paths, grass.
We will walk around the park for two hours looking for wintering waterfowl, raptors and woodpeckers. Easy pace. Meet at the bus stop in front of the Adaptive Rec Center Pool (looks like a big white circus tent) north of the zoo entrance.  Turn off 22nd St. on to Randolph Way and left onto Zoo Ct. Call or email leader if any questions. No limit but please sign up for trip.
Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

February 20—Saturday 9 AM - 4 PM
A Day of Birding and Music at Ramsey Canyon TRIP FULL--registration closed.
Trip rating: moderate. Walking distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: 200 ft. Ground conditions: easy dirt trail.
Description: Passionate about your birding and music? Well this is the trip for you; Tucson Audubon Society is collaborating with the Ramsey Canyon Preserve (www.nature.org/Arizona) and the Arizona Folklore Preserve (www.ArizonaFolklore.com), to bring you a day of birding and music. We will start out the day with a morning of birding (9am to 12:30pm) at the Ramsey Canyon Preserve, then drive a short distance to the Arizona Folklore Preserve for a picnic lunch--please bring your lunch and any treats you may want to share with the group. The Arizona Folklore Preserve sells light snacks and drinks. Concert starts at 2pm and we are lucky to have Dolan Ellis as our featured performer; Dolan is Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, original member of the New Christy Minstrels, and member of Arizona’s Music Hall of Fame (www.dolanellis.com). 
Costs: Ramsey Canyon Preserve entry fee is normally $6 but they are generously giving us the membership rate of $3. Participants will each pay at the door. The cost of the Dolan Ellis Concert is $15. The trip leader will hold our reservations and you can pay him by check or cash.
Logistics: For those that would like to carpool, we will meet at the Himmel Park west parking lot (1000 N. Tucson Blvd.) and depart at 7:00am, so please arrive early enough to arrange the carpools. For those that will not be carpooling please meet the group at 9:00am at the entrance to the Ramsey Canyon Preserve. If you are planning to carpool, let the trip leader know if you have a car to drive or want a ride. If you are driving on your own, please let the trip leader know. We should be home about 6pm.
Dress: It could be cold, nice or in between, Ramsey Canyon is typically 10-15 degrees cooler than Tucson, so dress in layers so you can adjust to the temperature. Warm hat and gloves are recommended.
Trail: We will be on the Hamburg trail that follows Ramsey Creek, it is approximately ½ mile long and only gains 200 feet in elevation and is rated as an easy dirt trail, it is described as “a wander up an easy shady trail,” but wear boots that will keep your feet warm and dry.
Limit: 20. Registration is now closed, the last day for registration was February 1 (we needed lead time to inform the Folklore Institute how many were coming).
Leader: Robert Mesta, 520-240-7406 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

February 20—Saturday 8:30--11:30 AM
Winter Birds & Hummingbirds at WOW Arizona  TRIP FULL--Sign up for waiting list below.
Difficulty:Easy/moderate Distance: about 1/2 mile. Surface: Gravel/path/pavement
69 feeders, 5 water features, riparian areas. WOW Arizona, an e-bird Hotspot, 3 miles east of Catalina is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife over 150 species documented to date (See bird list). Join the returning Towhees, Warblers, Grosbeaks, Vireos, as well as the resident Hawks, Rufous-winged Sparrows, and hummingbirds. 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, remaining time free to roam. Limit 8 people. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Please wear neutral colors and be respectful of others. NO OBTRUSIVE CAMERAS, TRIPODS, PROS (Smugmug, Flickr, etc.). Parking limited, please carpool if possible. Money for feed fund happily accepted. WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3). Trip limited to 8 people. Sign up for this trip--wait list.
Leaders: Christopher Vincent & MaryEllen Landen  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  520.907.8735

February 24--Wednesday, 7:45 AM 
Catalina State Park Birding Trail with Bob and Prudy TRIP FULL, sign up below for waiting list
Trip Rating: Moderate. Walking Distance:  Approximately one mile, from the main parking area around the Birding Trail loop and back.  Elevation Gain: moderate stair climb up a hill and down the other side.  On February 2 there were four flowing wash crossings.  Note pit toilets and drinking water are available at the trail head parking lot. 
Will the Rufous-backed Robin still be eating hackberries?  Will Dark-eyed Juncos and Bridled Titmice still be hanging out?  What new birds will have entered the park by February 24?  Join us to find out!  Most of this walk will be on level trails, but note that 50-foot stair climbs up one end of the south hill and down the other side are involved, and unless the washes dry up by the 24th, four flowing wash crossings may require walking sticks and a risk of wet shoes. Beginners and seniors welcome. We will meet to carpool across Oracle Road from the park entrance in the Chase Bank parking lot at 7:45 AM, and return by 11:00 AM. Fee for entry, so state park passes will be appreciated. Complete details and directions will be emailed to registered participants. Limited to 12 participants. Sign up for this trip. 
Leaders: Bob and Prudy Bowers,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

February 27--Saturday 7:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Sonoita Creek State Natural Area TRIP FULL--sign up below for wait list.
Trip Rating: moderate-to-difficult  Walking Distance: 4 miles.  Elevation Gain: 200'  Ground Conditions: Often Rocky, steep terrain, and sometimes off trail. Join Tucson Audubon for a Naturalist Saunter at a pristine and remote 9000-acre wilderness.  Boasting a wide diversity of birds, unique wildlife, fascinating flora, and a stunning geologic history, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area is a naturalist’s wonderland.  We will look for both upland and riparian birds, including Thrashers, Cedar Waxwing, Raptors, Abert’s Towhee, and waterfowl at the spillway of Patagonia Lake.  At a vigorous pace we will reach the Natural Area’s Desert Scrub, Grasslands, and Riparian zones to explore in detail the beauty and biodiversity of these rich habitats.
Meet at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds at 7:30 AM. Please do not show up unregisteredLimit 15. Sign up for this trip--wait list.
Leader: Vincent Pinto  (520)425-6425    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

February 28—Sunday 8:30--11:30 AM
Winter Birds & Hummingbirds at WOW Arizona TRIP FULL--Sign up below for wait list
Difficulty:Easy/moderate; Distance: About 1/2 mile; Surface: Gravel/path/pavement
69 feeders, 5 water features, riparian areas. WOW Arizona, an e-bird Hotspot, 3 miles east of Catalina is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife over 150 species documented to date (See bird list). Join the returning Towhees, Warblers, Grosbeaks, Vireos, as well as the resident Hawks, Rufous-winged Sparrows, and hummingbirds. 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, remaining time free to roam. Limit 8 people. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Please wear neutral colors and be respectful of others. NO OBTRUSIVE CAMERAS, TRIPODS, PROS (Smugmug, Flickr, etc.). Parking limited, please carpool if possible. Money for feed fund happily accepted. WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3). Trip limted to 8 people. Sign up for this trip--wait list.
Leaders: Christopher Vincent & MaryEllen Landen  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  520.907.8735

March 5--Saturday 8:00 AM
Sabino Canyon TRIP FULL--Sign up below for wait list
Trip Rating: Easy. Walking Distance: 4 miles. Elevation Gain: 25 feet. Ground Conditions: Rocky Trails.

We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian area. Meet at the ramada by the Visitor’s Center at 5700 N Sabino Canyon Road. $5 parking fee. Return by 11 am. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 15 participants.
Sign up for this trip--wait list.
Leaders: Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 12—Saturday 8 AM
Saguaro National Park Wildflowers
Trip rating: moderate. Walking distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: moderate. Ground conditions: dirt trails, some sandy washes.

Join Anthony Mendoza to search for wildflowers in Saguaro National Park. It should be magnificent this year with all the rain. Meet 8 AM in parking lot of Saguaro National Park West. If you don't have a pass, bring $5 for the park entrance fee. Bring water, good boots for walking, a hat, sun screen and some snacks. The trip should be over by noon. Trip is limited to 15 people. Sign up for this trip starting February 15.
Leader: Anthony Mendoza (520-971-2385)

March 13—Sunday 8:30--11:30 AM
Spring Birds & Hummingbirds at WOW Arizona 
Difficulty:Easy/moderate Distance: About 1/2 mile Surface: Gravel/path/pavement
69 feeders, 5 water features, riparian areas. WOW Arizona, an e-bird Hotspot, 3 miles east of Catalina is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife over 150 species documented to date (See bird list). Join the returning Towhees, Warblers, Grosbeaks, Vireos, as well as the resident Hawks, Rufous-winged Sparrows, and hummingbirds. 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, remaining time free to roam. Limit 8 people. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Please wear neutral colors and be respectful of others. NO OBTRUSIVE CAMERAS, TRIPODS, PROS (Smugmug, Flickr, etc.). Parking limited, please carpool if possible. Money for feed fund happily accepted. WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3). Trip limted to 8 people. Sign up for trip starting February 22.
Leaders: Christopher Vincent & MaryEllen Landen  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  520.907.8735

March 26—Saturday 7 AM
Fort Lowell Park
Trip rating: moderate. Walking distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: sidewalks, grass.
This is one of the best suburban public parks for birding in Tucson. We’ll do a loop around the park looking for resident birds and any waterfowl on the pond. We’ll check the mesquite thicket and then finish on the park’s east side where we hope to see scores of migrating Turkey Vultures. Restrooms and drinking fountains are available in the park. No limit but please sign up for trip. Sign up for this trip.
Leaders: Kendall Kroesen & Rosie Watts; contact Kendall at (520-971-2385) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 27—Sunday 8:30--11:30 AM
Spring Birds & Hummingbirds at WOW Arizona 
Difficulty:Easy/moderate Distance: about 1/2 mile Surface: Gravel/path/pavement
69 feeders, 5 water features, riparian areas. WOW Arizona, an e-bird Hotspot, 3 miles east of Catalina is a 3-acre haven for birds and wildlife over 150 species documented to date (See bird list). Join the returning Towhees, Warblers, Grosbeaks, Vireos, as well as the resident Hawks, Rufous-winged Sparrows, and hummingbirds. 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, remaining time free to roam. Limit 8 people. Coffee, tea, and water provided. Please wear neutral colors and be respectful of others. NO OBTRUSIVE CAMERAS, TRIPODS, PROS (Smugmug, Flickr, etc.). Parking limited, please carpool if possible. Money for feed fund happily accepted. WOW Arizona, a 501(c)(3). Trip limted to 8 people. Sign up for trip starting February 29.
Leaders: Christopher Vincent & MaryEllen Landen  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  520.907.8735

April 9—Saturday 7 AM
Himmel Park
Trip rating: Easy. Walking distance: 0.75 mile. Elevation gain: 0 feet. Ground conditions: grass and sidewalks.
This is a relaxed trip in a central Tucson park that provides beginners, intermediates and local residents and opportunity to learn common Tucson park birds and maybe see some of the rarer winter visitors. It’s also a great chance for children to see birds up close. We will walk among the trees and around the edges of this local park for up to 2 hours to see what birds are present. Restrooms and drinking fountains are available in the park. Sign up for this trip.
Leader:
Robert Mesta (520.240.7406) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 30 -- Saturday 8 a.m.
Avra Valley Wastewater Treatment Ponds: Shorebirds for Beginners NEW TRIP
Trip rating: moderate   Walking distance: 1 mile   Elevation Gain: none   Ground conditions: graded dirt and gravel road.
Come see what sandpipers, plovers and other shorebirds are heading north. We will have scopes and bird charts. Easy pace. Be ready for heat and sun. No restrooms at the ponds. Meet at Mission Library on the NW corner of Ajo Way and Mission Road. Round trip drive: 30 miles. Back by 11 a.m. Call or email leader if any questions. No limit but please sign up for this trip.
Leader:
John Higgins. 520-578-1830 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 13--15
Spring Birding at Q Ranch TRIP FULL--Sign up for waiting list below
Located high in a ponderosa pine and oak-dotted valley, Q Ranch has some fine birding in the spring. Make this your birding getaway for migration in May of 2016! From Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th, the trip will include two nights at the Ranch. All meals are included beginning with dinner on Friday. This is a great time of year for birds: over 150 species have been sighted around the ranch. In addition to birds, there are archeological ruins dating from 900 to 1400 AD, and spring wildflowers abound. Gather outside at night for dark skies and magnificent views of the Milky Way. Eat gourmet meals and learn about local history. The trip leader will be Lynn Hassler, educator, author, birder, and botanist. Learn more at the Q Ranch website.
Interest piqued? Carpooling will be arranged for the trip. Space is limited. Doubles $310, singles $440 (all inclusive). Sign up for trip--wait list.
Leader: Lynn Hassler
Questions: Please contact Diana Rosenblum with further questions at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received on or before April 15, 2016 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received between April 16, 2016 and May 1, 2016 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued after May 2, 2016. In the last two cases, cancellations will be refunded less a 10% processing fee if the spot can be filled.

 

 

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 520-290-9453

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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 Kendall Kroesen.

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@tucsonaudubon.org

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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