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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.

IF YOU MUST CANCEL a trip registration, PLEASE contact the leader or trip coordinator ASAP to free up your space!!

 

Announcements

Weekly Walks - No sign up required

Sweetwater Wetlands - Wednesdays
Join 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 2551 W Sweetwater Dr. Start times are as follows: November-February: 8am, March-April: 7am, May-August: 6am, September-October: 7am. Contact leader with questions, 520-307-6728, 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. Meeting times: Sept - Oct - 8am, Nov - Feb - 8:30, Mar - Apr - 8:00, May - Aug - 7:30. For 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 or see webcms.pima.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=24117

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

May 23--Saturday 7:30 AM
Seven Saturdays, Patagonia: Corral Canyon TRIP FULL, sign up for waiting list below
Join Tucson Audubon as we return to Corral Canyon in the Patagonia Mountains in search of Azure Bluebird, Gray Hawk, and other local specialties (Yellow-billed Cuckoo has bred here). We will also discuss local projects, and potential threats to the area. Meet at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds at 7:30 AM. You must register on the Tucson Audubon website. Please do not show up unregistered. Limit 15. Sign up for trip.

Leader: Bryon Lichtenhan 520-307-6728 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 23—Saturday 6:30 AM
Birding at WOW Arizona! 3 miles east of Catalina ONE SPOT LEFT!
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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - 520.907.8735. 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 for trip.

Leader: Kendall Kroesen 520-971-2385 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 6—Saturday 6-9:30
Sunset/Evening Birding at WOW Arizona! 3 miles east of Catalina NEW TRIP
37 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') SUNSET FEED TIME! Brief 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. Five species of hummingbirds are currently here. After sunset, nighthawks, bats and maybe, owls!

Limit 8 people. Coffee, tea, wine and water provided. BRING A FLASHLIGHT! 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). Sign up for trip.

Leader: Christopher Vincent cj@wowarizona.o rg 520.907.8735

June 14--Sunday 6 AM
Empire Ranch
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.

Leader: Clifford Cathers: 520.982.3272 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

June 20--Saturday 6:30 AM
Tucson Mountain Park-Ironwood Picnic Area NEW TRIP
Let's go see the desert birds that are "stuck" here in the hot summer just like we are. Fifteen species thrive here in the summer like Brown-crested Flycatcher and Purple Martin. Easy mile walk on paved road. There is sign for the Ironwood PA on Kinney Road. Meet at the first ramada which is about 50 yards after you turn off Kinney. Ironwood PA is at 1548 S. Kinney Road (3.9 miles north of Ajo Way or 1.5 miles south of west end of Gates Pass Road.) Done by 8:30 a.m. No limit but please Sign up for trip.

Leader : John Higgins, 578-1830, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

July 11—Saturday 2:30 PM
California Gulch NEW TRIP
We will head into the gulch via Arivaca with stops to browse the birds along the way as we head into the gulch proper. High Clearance is required!! Our main target is the Five-striped Sparrow. We will owl after we eat. Please wear suitable walking shoes. Bring plenty of water. Bring a chair. Bring your dinner. We should make it out of the gulch at least by 9:00 or 9:30. Sign up for trip starting on June 12.

Leader: Melody Kehl, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-245-4085

 

 

 

 

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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