For full southeast Arizona birding information including directions to these locations, we recommend our new Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona, 2015 (Revised 8th Edition), Tucson Audubon's complete reference for birding in southeast Arizona.
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Urban Tucson—West Side
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Take Speedway west from I-10 or Kinney Road from Ajo Way. This is a must-see! All exhibits are live, and there are aviaries for desert birds and hummingbirds.
Mission Road and Ajo Way. Lake, some tules, migrating waterfowl.
Saguaro National Park West
Continue past the Desert Museum. Visitor Center, trails, rangers.
Pima County Kino Environmental Restoration Project (KERP)
Flood control basins. Near East Ajo and Kino Parkway.
Pima County Wastewater Treatment facilities. Bird Watching Opportunities and Protocols for all Tucson area facilities.
Urban Tucson—Northwest Side
Catalina State Park
Oracle Road, six miles north of Ina Road. Picnic and camping sites, trails, ranger on duty. Fee charged. Lush desert habitat. Birding trail.
Tohono Chul Park
Near the northwest corner of intersection of Ina and Oracle Roades. Accessible by Suntran Bus. Desert park with nature trail. Fee.
Silverbell Pond (County Park)
West on Camino del Cerro (Ruthrauff Road) from I-10; south on Silverbell Road to park.
Urban Tucson—Northeast Side
Take Catalina Highway northeast from Tanque Verde Road. For desert and mountain species, stop at picnic and campgrounds (Molina Basin, Bear Canyon, Rose Canyon Lake and others) as you drive the narrow, winding road to high elevations.
Trails, pond, visitor center, guided walks, tram. For information call 749-3223.
Urban Tucson—East Side
Atturbury Wash in Lincoln Park
Near Escalante and Pantano. Intact desert wash. Tucson Adudbon has conducted habitat restoration on site. More info on the project.
Tanque Verde Wash
North of Speedway on Wentworth. Park and walk along the wash. Riparian zone with large cottonwoods and willows.
Saguaro National Park East
22nd Street east of Old Spanish Trail, which runs southeast to Monument. Scenic Drive, visitor center, trails, picnic grounds. Fee.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Offers bird and gardening tours Tues. 9-9:45 a.m. (free with cost of admission). 326-9686
South of Tucson
Oak-pine woodlands up to conifer forest. Nature programs and bird walks. (520) 625-8746
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
Tall cottonwoods and willows line a perenial stream. Owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy, 520 394-2400.
East of Tucson
San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
One of America's premier birding areas, it includes 40 miles of the San Pedro River's gallery forest of cottonwoods and willows. 520 439-6428.
Ramsey Canyon Preserve
Lush canyon in the Huachuca mountains is one of America's best sites for hummingbirds with 14 species recorded. Owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy, 520 378-2785.
Cave Creek Canyon/Portal
One of the most scenic and birdy canyons in southeast Arizona. Perenial water and access to coniferous forest in the Chiricahua mountains, 520 364-3468.