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Tucson Audubon is responding to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All activities through May 4 are canceled or postponed. READ MORE

Advocacy, conservation, restoration, and science are not on pause. The Tucson Audubon Emergency Fund has the goal of raising $75,000 to ensure that we can support the organization over the next 3–5 months. Thank you!

Birding Excursions

See new birds and travel to interesting destinations on one of our Birding Excursions! Your travel dollars support our education programs, including youth programs that get kids outdoors, and allow us to offer programs to a broader and more diverse audience.

These multi-day trips (occasionally single day) provide the opportunity to explore different habitats and learn about the birds, and all of the animals and plants that live there. We offer trips throughout the southwestern United States, northern Mexico and beyond.

We typically travel in 15-passenger vans with 7-9 participants per van and explore the best birding hotspots along the way. Experienced leaders will help you get the most out of your trip while at the same time promoting the welfare of birds and their environment.

What is included?

Unless otherwise stated, the following is included in the cost of the trip:

  • Ground transportation as noted in the itinerary
  • Double-occupancy lodging for the dates of the program
  • Meals (except most dinners)
  • Fees for planned activities
  • Educational services of the trip leaders and local guides

Trip costs are based on double occupancy. The availability of a single occupancy rate will vary from trip to trip. Fees do not typically include dinners, alcoholic beverages, or airfare to and from your destination. A deposit is required to secure your place on a trip. Register for one of our Birding Excursions today!

Please contact Luke Safford with questions.

TRIPS CANCELED – El Aribabi Conservation Ranch: Sonora, Mexico
April 25-27 or May 2-4, 2020
Two trips this year to meet demand!

NOTE: As we learn more about the developing situation pertaining to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Tucson Audubon reserves the right to cancel or revise any event for any reason. If it becomes necessary to cancel this van trip, we will notify you and issue a full refund for this trip, minus processing fee. Learn more

Have you been curious about exploring some of the rich and diverse habitats in Mexico just a short drive away but have been hesitant to take this trip on your own? Join Tucson Audubon for a trip across the border for a two-night stay at El Aribabi Conservation Ranch along the lush Río Cocospera.

Join us on this three-day trip to explore this diverse and beautiful area. Located 35 miles south of the border in Sonora, Mexico, many of the tough to find specialty birds of SE Arizona are much easier to find here. Species we hope to see include Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Five-striped Sparrow, Sinaloa Wren, and Buff-collared Nightjar, and we’ll also likely find Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Green Kingfisher, Thick-billed Kingbird and Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet. If we’re lucky we may even find White-tipped Dove, Rose-throated Becard, or Elegant Trogon, as well as other Mexican and riparian specialties. Birding and naturalist walks will be conducted along the Río Cocospera and adjoining areas. (Please note, in order to access all of the birding areas it is necessary to cross the river which involves wading in ankle to knee-deep slow-moving water.) We’ll also enjoy an authentic taste of Sonora with meals prepared by an experienced local cook.

Leaders: Jim Rorabaugh (both trips), Tom Brown (both trips), Luke Safford (April 25-27), and Gordon Karre (May 2-4)
Fee: $550 members // $650 non-members  Deposit: $300
Each trip is limited to 10 participants. Trip includes all transportation, double-occupancy lodging, and meals, as well as the services of your skilled leaders. The rooms at El Aribabi have just one​ full-size bed. Some rooms have the option of an additional small bed or cot. If you are a single traveler, you will need to share one of these rooms with another traveler.

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Trip is Postponed–Trinidad & Tobago, in partnership with Caligo Ventures
June 11-19, 2020
Trip is FULL. Look for this trip again in June 2021.

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South Africa Birding and Wildlife Safari, in partnership with Birding Ecotours
October 1-10, 2020
Trip is FULL. Look for 2021 itinerary soon.

Join Luke Safford and local experts on a wonderful trip to South Africa! We’ll spend 10 days in one of South Africa’s richest areas for birds, mammals and other wildlife, in one of the world’s most famous game parks, Kruger National Park. This massive park covers a vast area and is teeming with Africa’s mammals, both big and small, including African Elephant, Giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and many more. The great thing for birders, though, is that it’s full of easy to see, spectacular-looking species, such as several species of rollers, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbills, vultures, owls, storks, and more! The park is full of birds of prey including the spectacular and colorful Bateleur, plus a good chance of finding Secretarybird, Kori Bustard (the world’s heaviest flying bird), and Southern Ground Hornbill. This will be an adventure you will never forget!

With a small group (7 participants) and two guides you’ll be guaranteed plenty of individual attention to help you get the most out of your experience. And if you’ve ever been on a field trip with Luke you know not only what a great birder he is but also how much he enjoys birding with others and making it a fun experience for everyone. Like all of our Birding Excursions, your participation supports our emerging and growing Education program.

Leaders: Luke Safford and local guides
Fee: R73,500 per person—shared room (prices in South African rand); R7,700 for single supplement
Trip limited to 7 participants.

More details here. To register, email info@birdingecotours.com with “Tucson Audubon South Africa Tour – October 2020” in the subject line. Or click here and type in “Tucson Audubon South Africa Tour – October 2020” when prompted for a tour name. 

 

Trip Policies
(For trips with partner companies, please see their trip and cancellation policies.)

Deposit Policy A deposit is due at the time of registration for our trips. A deposit is the only thing that guarantees your place on the trip.

Payment Policy Payment in full is required 30 days prior to the trip departure date for van-based trips and 90 days prior to the trip departure date for any trip involving flights.

Cancellation Policy In the event a participant needs to cancel a reservation, the following policies will apply:

  • 90 days or more prior to trip departure date, deposit is refunded, minus an administrative fee equal to 25% of trip deposit.
  • Less than 90 days / more than 60 days prior to trip departure date, 50% of deposit is refunded.
  • Less than 60 days prior to trip departure date, no refunds will be given.

If for any reason, Tucson Audubon Society cancels a trip, prior to its start, full refunds will be given to all participants. In the event the trip is cancelled while underway due to unforeseen circumstances not within the control of Tucson Audubon Society, no refund will be issued. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip insurance and trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself from unforeseen circumstances.

Tour Date and Trip Leaders Changes Disclaimer Leaders and schedules are determined up to a year in advance of our tours. In the event that we have a change in a trip’s dates or leaders, we reserve the right to do so, and will strive to inform participants as early in the process as possible. Additional leaders will be added to tours according to the group size and will be specified in the tour itinerary. We also reserve the right to cancel any trip for which there are insufficient reservations.

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447