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General Information

  • Tucson Audubon field trips are free, unless stated otherwise. 
  • Contact the trip leader with questions. For general questions or help registering, contact the Field Trip Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-209-1811.
  • Trip birding ethics: Approach birding with the health and safety of birds as your first priority. Tucson Audubon uses the American Birding Association's position on birding ethics, including the use of playback, at www.aba.org/about/ethics.html.
  • Field trip leaders are in charge of all aspects of the day's birding. Please 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 Bird Walks - No registration required

Wednesday Mornings at Sweetwater Wetlands--NO TRIP ON DECEMBER 14th
November through February starts at 8 a.m.--NO TRIP ON DECEMBER 14TH!
Trip rating: easy; Walking distance: 1 mile; Trip duration: 2 hr; Elevation gain: none; Ground condition: concrete and dirt trails. Restrooms at the trailhead. 
Join Luke Safford for an easy walk through the Sweetwater wetlands to see waterfowl, 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 Drive.
Contact Luke with questions, 520-576-6044, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Every Wednesday. Start times: November - Feb: 8 a.m.; March - April: 7 a.m.; May - August: 6 a.m.; September - Oct: 7 a.m.

Saturday Mornings at Arivaca Cienega, November-April
Starts November 5th at 8 a.m.
Trip rating: Easy. Walking distance: About 2 miles. Trip duration: 2 1/2 – 3 1/2  hours. Elevation gain: minimal. Ground condition: good dirt trails and sometimes boardwalks. Restrooms at the parking lot only.
 
Join Bob and one of several expert birder leaders for a walk through this great birding site consisting up upland desert, grassland and wetlands. You will likely see 30-55 species depending on the season, including potentially some southeast Arizona specialties. RSVP not required. From Tucson, go south on I-19 to Amado exit 42, exit right, the Arivaca road is across from the Longhorn Bar. It is not a high speed road. The Arivaca Cienega trailhead (plenty of parking) is located 1/4 mile before the town of Arivaca and is well-marked.
Contact Bob at 520-399-2873,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
November through April. Start time 8 a.m. 

Weekly Walks from Tucson Audubon Partners

Thursday Mornings at Agua Caliente Park--$5 Fee, Registration Required
Led by Pima County Natural Resources, Park & Recreation
November through February starts at 8:30 a.m.
Canceled on Thanksgiving
PCNRPR 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 at Pima County's website at www.pima.gov/nrpr. 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. Further PCNRPR bird trips can be found here.

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 at www.pima.gov/nrpr, $5 fee. 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. Further PCNRPR bird trips can be found here.

 

Current Trips - Please register for trips by clicking on the registration link found in the trip descriptions below.

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 you are on the waiting list and a place becomes available, you will be contacted by the field trip leader
5. If you are registered and must cancel, contact the leader or coordinator ASAP to free your space.
6. If you have trouble signing up, contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-209-1811.

 

DECEMBER

December 10--Saturday 8:30 a.m.
WOW Arizona, Winter Birds and Hummingbirds
Trip Rating: Easy-Moderate; Walking Distance: 1k; Ground Condition: gravel/path/pavement.
71 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. Towhees, Warblers, Hawks, Rufous-winged Sparrows, Grosbeaks…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 25+ 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). Field Trip is Full, click here to be added to the 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

December 13--Tuesday 9 a.m.
Birding at the Tucson Botanical Gardens 
Trip Rating: Easy. Distance 0.25 to 0.50 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: paved and smooth dirt trails.
 
Tucson Audubon partners with the Tucson Botanical Gardens for a garden bird walk. The walk is especially good for beginning bird watchers and those interested in attracting birds to their own yards. Along the way we'll point out some of the many bird-friendly plants at the gardens and give you ideas for how to bring birds into your own yard. There will be a limited number of loaner binoculars for for guests to borrow. The birding is free but there is an entrance fee to enter the gardens. Meet at the gardens--2150 N Alvernon Way. No online registration necessary. 
Leader: Kendall Kroesen,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  , 520-209-1806 

December 17--Saturday 6:30 - 3 p.m.
Nogales Christmas Bird Count/Sonoita Creek
Trip rating: Moderate. Portions of hike will be wet and muddy.
If you would like to participate in a Christmas Bird Count, join me for a hike along and or in Sonoita Creek as part of the Nogales Count. This stretch of Sonoita Creek, in the Rio Rico area, is active with bird life as well as beautiful country. Dress for the weather, bring water, snack and lunch. This hike may entail some rock hopping across the creek depending on water level, so wear footwear you won't mind getting wet and muddy. Meet at 6:30am at the Fry's parking lot Irvington and 1-19. We can make a stop at the McDonald's in Green Valley if you live in the area. Back by 3pm. Please register for this trip here.
Leader: Michael Bissontz, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 520-577-8778.

December 17--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney.

December 24--Saturday 8:30 a.m.
WOW Arizona, Winter Birds and Hummingbirds
Trip Rating: Easy-Moderate; Walking Distance: 1k; Ground Condition: gravel/path/pavement.
71 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. Towhees, Warblers, Hawks, Rufous-winged Sparrows, Grosbeaks…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 25+ 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). Field trip is Full; click here to be added to the 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

December 27--Tuesday 8:00 a.m.
Tucson Eastside Parks
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance:  1- 2 miles over level ground.
 
It's winter time and the holiday season, time to look for birds packed into Tucson's parks without driving all that far!  We'll start at Lakeside Park, head to Agua Caliente, then Fort Lowell and end at McCormick Park.  It will be a non-stress casual stroll morning looking for whatever finds us.  Meet at the Lakeside Park east parking area at 8:00 AM.  If you do not sign up and do not receive confirmation, please do not show up at the meeting site. Limit 20. Please register for this trip here.
Leader: Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272.

December 27--Tuesday 8:00 a.m.
Catalina State Park
Trip Rating: Moderate; Walking Distance: 1-2 miles on trails that are sometimes rocky.
Catalina State Park is a great place in late December for wintering sparrows along with possibilities such as Northern Beardless Tyranulet, Lawrence's Goldfinch, or Rufous-backed Robin. We'll walk and explore the extensive trail system and wrap-up around noon. Park in the main area and meet at the cul-de-sac where the trails begin at 8 a.m. Make sure to bring your State Park pass or buy one as you enter the park. Limit 10. Please register for this trip starting Monday, December 12th.
Leaders: Luke Safford and Dorian Escalante, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

JANUARY

January 1--Sunday 7:30 a.m.
Pad Your New Year List!
Trip Rating: Moderate. Distance:  1- 2 miles over level ground, lots of driving.
If you went to sleep early, join me for the 4th annual Pad Your New Year List field trip.  Previous years have totaled 95, 89 and 91 species with all three days being weather impacted.  A better route is planned this year and hopefully we'll get to 100 (it's hard to do with a group, but we'll get there!). Meet at the Sweetwater Wetlands parking area overflow at 7:30 AM. If you do not sign up and do not receive confirmation, please do not show up at the meeting site. Limit 20. Please register for this trip starting Monday, December 12th.
Leader: Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272.

January 7--Saturday 8 a.m.
Sabino Canyon
Trip rating: easy hiking. Walking distance: 3.5 miles. Elevation gain: 25 ft. Ground conditions: Rocky trails. 
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian areas. 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. Please register for this trip here.
Leaders: Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 7--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

January 10--Tuesday 9 a.m.
Birding at the Tucson Botanical Gardens
Trip Rating: Easy. Distance 0.25 to 0.50 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: paved and smooth dirt trails.
Tucson Audubon partners with the Tucson Botanical Gardens for a garden bird walk. The walk is especially good for beginning bird watchers and those interested in attracting birds to their own yards. Along the way we'll point out some of the many bird-friendly plants at the gardens and give you ideas for how to bring birds into your own yard. There will be a limited number of loaner binoculars for for guests to borrow. The birding is free but there is an entrance fee to enter the gardens. Meet at the gardens--2150 N Alvernon Way. No online registration necessary.
Leader: Kendall Kroesen,    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-209-1806

January 14--Saturday 6:30 a.m.
Willcox-Waders Wings & Wine
Trip Rating: Easy, light walking.
Winter got you Down? Got the Inauguration Blues? What better way to turn that frown upside down than to enjoy SE Arizona's diverse bird population and try some of the area's finest wines? Winter residents abound and the wine is flowing in the "Wilcox Bench" region. We will look for Sandhill Cranes, raptors and sparrows amongst other bird species. Dress for the weather, bring scopes, snacks, water and lunch. Wine tastings typically cost $7.00 and we'll do two. Please preregister 10 days in advance and be sure to specify if YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE WINE TASTINGS. As a courtesy to the winery proprietors,I would like to give an accurate number of attendees. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated! Designated drivers are also greatly appreciated! We will meet at Houghton Rd. and I-10 at 6:30 a.m. Please register here starting Monday, December 12th.
Leader: Michael Bissontz, 520-577-8778

January 14--Saturday 8 a.m.
El Rio Open Space Preserve (Coachline Gravel Pit)
Trip Rating: Easy/moderate. Distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: mostly flat dirt ground, somewhat uneven in places with occasional rocky and sandy surfaces.
We'll bird the Coachline Gravel Pit area in search of wintering and resident birds, and perhaps if lucky encounter a rarity or two. Meet at 8amat the new visitor parking lot along the southwest corner of the preserve on Coachline Blvd in Marana; this location is just east of the intersection with Turquoise Moon Way and Opal Moon Ct. Finish by 11am. Water, walking shoes and sunhat recommended. No on-site restroom facilities. Limit 10 participants. Please register here starting Monday, December 19th.
Leader: Ken Murphy, ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

January 17th - Tuesday 7 a.m.
Santa Cruz Flats - Priority for Tucson Audubon Members
Trip Rating: Very Easy with only short jaunts from the vehicles
We’ll drive around this agricultural area north of Marana and look for a number of winter visitors (the birds!).  Target species will include a number of raptors such as Crested Caracara, but also Bendire’s Thrashers, Sagebrush Sparrows, and Mountain Plovers.  Return early afternoon. Bring water, snacks and/or lunch; scope would also be useful. Caveat, there are no restrooms in this area, so be forewarned. Limit 11 participants. Members, please register here starting Thursday, December 23.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

January 21--Saturday 7 a.m.
Redington Pass in the Rincon Mountains
Trip rating: Moderate. Walking distance: Short excursions. Ground conditions: Uneven terrain. Driving: 35 miles.
Meet at Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde at the McDonald’s on the east side at 7:00 am.  We will make a short stop at Wentworth and check the wash, then head into the Rincon Mountains as far as Bellota Pond.  High-clearance vehicles are desired.  Short excursions over uneven terrain is to be expected.  With any luck, we should find Woodhouse Scrub Jay, Juniper Titmouse, Black-chinned Sparrows, Western Bluebirds, Crissal Thrasher. . . maybe???  Return after a late lunch.  Bring plenty of water and your lunch. Please register here starting Tuesday, January 3rd.
Leader: Melody Kehl,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

January 21--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

January 25--Wednesday 8 a.m.
Avra Valley: Hawks for Beginners
Trip rating: Easy. Walking distance: none. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: standing on the side of the road.
After a quick check of Kennedy Park Lake, we will drive around the south half of Avra Valley looking for Red-Tailed Hawks, Kestrels, Black Vultures  and other raptors. There will be scopes and ID guides. Round trip of 50 miles on paved and graded dirt roads. Carpooling encouraged. Be ready for cold and mud. Restrooms at Kennedy Park and Saguaro NP West. Meet at the parking lot of Mission Library at the NW corner of Mission Road and Ajo Way. Back before noon. Non-birders and those who are mobility-challenged are especially invited (You can do this trip without ever getting out of your car!). Call or email leader if any questions. No limit but please register here starting Tuesday, January 3rd.
Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

FEBRUARY

February 4--Saturday 8 a.m.
Sabino Canyon
Trip rating: Easy hiking. Walking distance: 3.5 miles. Elevation gain: 25 ft. Ground conditions: Rocky trails. 
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian areas. 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. Please register here starting Monday January 9 at 1 p.m. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

February 4--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

February 6--Monday 9 a.m.
Molino Basin Campground
Trip Rating: Moderate; Walking Distance: 2 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr ; Elevation Gain: 100 feet, but between 4300 and 4400 foot elevation; Ground Condition: campground roads but some side trails. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available. 
Carpooling highly encouraged. Meet at the  McDonald's Parking lot at 9075 E Tanque Verde Rd at 9:00 am as a carpooling location, and bring your Interagency Annual Pass to display in your car window as it is a fee area.  We will explore the riparian area all along the road and into some side trails looking for birds of the desert grassland and open oak woodland ecosystems.  Sturdy shoes are recommended and please bring water. Rain or snow automatically cancels the trip. Limited to 15 people. Please register here starting Thursday January 12th.
Leader: Laurel Salvador  630-344-9803

February 10—Friday 6:30 a.m.
Florence Farmlands
Trip Rating: Easy. Mostly car birding, plus some walking on varied surfaces.
We will meet up at the QT on Cortaro/I-10 and leave promptly at 6:30 a.m. to arrive in Florence at 7:45am. We will wrap up about 11 a.m. and arrive back in Tucson around 12:15 p.m. First we’ll drive Arizona Farms Road for likely burrowing owls and possible ferruginous hawks, with a stop at a cattle pen for blackbirds. Then we’ll head east into the farmlands behind the prisons.  This seems an unlikely area, but can be quite productive, including sparrows, raptors, cardinals, meadowlarks, common desert birds and more.  Limited to 7 participants; registration required and will begin here starting Thursday, January 12.
Leader:
Kathe Anderson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

February 11--Saturday 5 a.m.
Big Thrasher Day! (Curve-billed, Bendire's, Crissal, & LeConte's)
Trip rating: All day, lots of driving, bring good walking shoes. Ground conditions: Uneven terrain. Driving: 400 miles.
A long trip for some great birds. With any luck we should have Sagebrush and Bell's Sparrow, 4 species of thrasher with the LeConte's as the dessert to entice us. Terrain is uneven and you will want good walking shoes. On our way back, we will take a side trip into Santa Cruz Flats with Crested Caracara and Moutain Plover as possibilities. Meet at at the QT on Cortaro/I-10 at 5:00 am. Plan for all day, bring lunch and plenty of water. Please register here starting Monday, January 16.
Leader:
Melody Kehl, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

February 14--Tuesday 9 a.m.
Birding at the Tucson Botanical Gardens 
Trip Rating: Easy. Distance 0.25 to 0.50 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: paved and smooth dirt trails.
 
Tucson Audubon partners with the Tucson Botanical Gardens for a garden bird walk. The walk is especially good for beginning bird watchers and those interested in attracting birds to their own yards. Along the way we'll point out some of the many bird-friendly plants at the gardens and give you ideas for how to bring birds into your own yard. There will be a limited number of loaner binoculars for for guests to borrow. The birding is free but there is an entrance fee to enter the gardens. Meet at the gardens--2150 N Alvernon Way. No online registration necessary. 
Leader: Kendall Kroesen,   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  , 520-209-1806

February 18--Saturday 7:30 a.m.
Patagonia Sonoita Creek Preserve
Trip Rating:  Easy.  Distance:  2 miles over semi-level ground.
It's the black hole of the birding year but we'll try to scrape together a decent list of species at the preserve and later at the Paton Center. Please meet at the Patagonia - Sonoita Creek Preserve Parking area at 7:30 AM. There is a limit of 20 birders. If you do not sign up and do not receive confirmation, please do not show up at the meeting site. Please register here starting Monday, January 23rd.
Leader:
 Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272.

February 18--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

February 20--Monday 9 a.m.
Molino Basin Campground
Trip Rating: Moderate; Walking Distance: 2 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr ; Elevation Gain: 100 feet, but between 4300 and 4400 foot elevation; Ground Condition: campground roads but some side trails. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available. 
Carpooling highly encouraged. Meet at the  McDonald's Parking lot at 9075 E Tanque Verde Rd at 9:00 am as a carpooling location, and bring your Interagency Annual Pass to display in your car window as it is a fee area.  We will explore the riparian area all along the road and into some side trails looking for birds of the desert grassland and open oak woodland ecosystems.  Sturdy shoes are recommended and please bring water. Rain or snow automatically cancels the trip. Limited to 15 people. Please register here starting Monday, January 30th.
Leader: Laurel Salvador  630-344-9803

February 21--Tuesday 10:30 a.m.
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 here starting Monday, January 30.
Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

MARCH

March 4--Saturday 8 a.m.
Sabino Canyon
Trip rating: easy hiking. Walking distance: 3.5 miles. Elevation gain: 25 ft. Ground conditions: Rocky trails. 
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian areas. 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. Please register here starting Monday, February 6 at 1 p.m. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

March 4--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

March 5—Sunday 9 a.m.
Tubac Hawk Watch, Ron Morriss Park
Trip rating: easy. Walking distance: none, mostly stationary. Ground conditions: gravel
Join Stephen Vaughan to document northward migration of raptors along the Santa Cruz River corridor. For several years the Tubac Hawk watch has counted up to 22 species of raptors in this area during the month of March, including Common Black-Hawk, Gray Hawk, and Zone-tailed Hawk. Rarer raptors documented at this location have included Short-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara and Golden Eagle. We suggest you bring folding chairs, hats and drinking water. To get to Ron Morriss Park take I-19 south to exit #40 turn left (east) to the Frontage Road turn right (south) to Bridge Road turn left (east) to the T turn right (south) this is still Bridge Rd it will turn east, go to Calle Iglesia and turn right (south) and follow it into Ron Morriss Country Park. Tubac Hawk watch is operated by Hawk Watch International and runs every day during the month of March with spotters counting daily. Carpooling is encouraged; meet at the Fry’s just east of I-19 (902 W Irvington Rd) at 8:15 a.m.  No limit, but please register here starting Monday, February 6th.
Leader: Stephen Vaughan, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 6--Monday 9 a.m.
Molino Basin Campground
Trip Rating: Moderate; Walking Distance: 2 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr ; Elevation Gain: 100 feet, but between 4300 and 4400 foot elevation; Ground Condition: campground roads but some side trails. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available. 
Carpooling highly encouraged. Meet at the  McDonald's Parking lot at 9075 E Tanque Verde Rd at 9:00 am as a carpooling location, and bring your Interagency Annual Pass to display in your car window as it is a fee area.  We will explore the riparian area all along the road and into some side trails looking for birds of the desert grassland and open oak woodland ecosystems.  Sturdy shoes are recommended and please bring water. Rain or snow automatically cancels the trip. Limited to 15 people. Please register here starting Monday, February 13th.
Leader: Laurel Salvador  630-344-9803

March 11--Saturday 7 a.m.
Tubac De Anza Trail
Trip Rating:  Easy.  Distance:  2-3 miles over semi-level ground.
The early vestiges of migration will have begun and we'll be searching for them along with the black hawks that will be moving through (for those that don't feel like sitting and staring at the sky).  Meet at the Green valley McDonalds on Continetal Road at 7:00 AM.  There is a limit of 20 birders.  If you do not sign up and do not receive confirmation, please do not show up at the meeting site. Please register here starting Monday, February 13th.
Leader:  Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272.

March 16—Thursday 9 a.m.
Tubac Hawk Watch, Ron Morriss Park
Trip rating: easy. Walking distance: none, mostly stationary. Ground conditions: gravel
Join Stephen Vaughan to document northward migration of raptors along the Santa Cruz River corridor. For several years the Tubac Hawk watch has counted up to 22 species of raptors in this area during the month of March, including Common Black-Hawk, Gray Hawk, and Zone-tailed Hawk. Rarer raptors documented at this location have included Short-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara and Golden Eagle. We suggest you bring folding chairs, hats and drinking water. To get to Ron Morriss Park take I-19 south to exit #40 turn left (east) to the Frontage Road turn right (south) to Bridge Road turn left (east) to the T turn right (south) this is still Bridge Rd it will turn east, go to Calle Iglesia and turn right (south) and follow it into Ron Morriss Country Park. Tubac Hawk watch is operated by Hawk Watch International and runs every day during the month of March with spotters counting daily. Carpooling is encouraged; meet at the Fry’s just east of I-19 (902 W Irvington Rd) at 8:15 a.m.  No limit, but please register here starting Monday, February 13th.
Leader: Stephen Vaughan,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 18--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

March 20--Monday 9 a.m.
Molino Basin Campground
Trip Rating: Moderate; Walking Distance: 2 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr ; Elevation Gain: 100 feet, but between 4300 and 4400 foot elevation; Ground Condition: campground roads but some side trails. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available. 
Carpooling highly encouraged. Meet at the  McDonald's Parking lot at 9075 E Tanque Verde Rd at 9:00 am as a carpooling location, and bring your Interagency Annual Pass to display in your car window as it is a fee area.  We will explore the riparian area all along the road and into some side trails looking for birds of the desert grassland and open oak woodland ecosystems.  Sturdy shoes are recommended and please bring water. Rain or snow automatically cancels the trip. Limited to 15 people. Please register here starting Monday, February 20th.
Leader: Laurel Salvador  630-344-9803

March 31—Friday 5:45 a.m.
Aravaipa Road
Trip Rating: Easy. Mostly car birding, plus some walking on varied surfaces.
We will meet at the Bashas’ on Oracle/Golder Ranch Rd. and leave promptly at 5:45 a.m. to arrive at Aravaipa Road at 6:30am. We will wrap up about 11 a.m. and arrive back at our cars around 11:45 a.m. This scenic drive towards the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness travels through rural residential areas, stunning Sonoran Desert and riparian sites, hosting a variety of resident desert species, as well as neo-tropic migrants and summer residents.  Past trips have showcased Gray and Common Black Hawks, roadrunners, desert-nesting Purple Martins, a blue heron rookery, orioles, flycatchers and tanagers. An Aravaipa Road resident is planning to join the group for possible behind-the-scenes visits to neighbors’ yards with feeders. Limited to 7 participants; registration required and will begin here starting Monday, February 27th at 1 p.m.
Leader:
Kathe Anderson, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

APRIL

April 1--Saturday 8 a.m.
Sabino Canyon
Trip rating: easy hiking. Walking distance: 3.5 miles. Elevation gain: 25 ft. Ground conditions: Rocky trails. 
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian areas. 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. Please register here starting Monday, March 6. 
Leaders:
Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

April 1--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

April 15--Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park--Every First and Third Saturday (Nov.-May)
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the 2.3 mile Maeveen Behan desert trail and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Call 520-209-1811 with questions. See map. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

April 18th - Tuesday 5:30 a.m.
Puerto Canyon and Spring - Priority for Tucson Audubon Members
Trip Rating: Easy with short walk along old roads
We’ll bird primarily around the spring located in this canyon just west of I19, looking for spring migrants which collect in this grove in the middle of rocky desert habitat.  Return by noon.  Bring water, snacks, sunhat, sunscreen, good walking shoes. Limit 11 participants. Members, please register here starting Monday, March 20th.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

April 23--Sunday 6:30 a.m.
Santa Catalina Mountains
Trip Rating:  Easy.  Distance:  1- 2 miles over semi-level ground.
The summer birds will be returning to the mountains and it's about time to meet them again.  We'll head up the Santa Catalina Mountains in search of the warblers and anything else that's arrived.  Meet at the parking lot behind the Sheriff's Department at Tanque Verde and Bear Canyon Roads at 6:30 AM.  There is a limit of 20 birders.  If you do not sign up and do not receive confirmation, please do not show up at the meeting site. Please register here starting Thursday, March 24th.
Leader: Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272.


MAY

May 16th- Tuesday 5:30 a.m.
Rock Corral Canyon - Priority for Tucson Audubon Members
Trip Rating: Moderate with hiking along old road
We’ll hike approximately two miles up this canyon located just west of Tumacacori in the so-named mountains.  We’ll be looking for early arriving breeders and residents in this area known for its luxuriant vegetation due to its protection from grazing.  Great solitude and scenery. Return early afternoon.  Bring good walking shoes, sunhat, sunscreen, water, snacks and/or lunch. Limit 11 participants.  The road in is extremely rough for the first mile or so, so we’ll need another two drivers with high clearance and 4WD vehicles to accommodate everyone, preference given to these drivers. Members, please register here starting Monday, April 17th.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris ( 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 520-290-9453

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General Information: Tucson Audubon field trips are free! Contact trip leader for more information about each field trip, or contact Field Trip Coordinator Luke Safford.

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.

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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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