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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.

Tucson Audubon Birding Excursions in 2020 have been cancelled. We plan to resume in 2021!

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Partner Excursions–in cooperation with Tucson Audubon. Please register with tour company and read their trip and cancellation policies–partner cancellation polices will be different and vary by company!

Trinidad & Tobago, in partnership with Caligo Ventures
June 11-19, 2021
Tucson Audubon, in partnership with Caligo Ventures, is offering its first trip to Trinidad & Tobago and the Asa Wright Nature Center! Our very own Jennie MacFarland, Bird Conservation Biologist, as well as local experts will be your guides to one of the most well-known birding destinations in the world. A visit to Trinidad & Tobago makes for one of the best introductions to birding in the neotropics and on this 9-day adventure you’ll visit a diversity of easily-accessible habitats that allow unparalleled access to some of the world’s most beautiful birds.
Leaders: Jennie MacFarland and local guides. Trip limited to 14 participants.
Fee: $2995. For more details, and to register, please contact Sharon with Caligo Ventures at info@caligo.com

 

South Africa, in partnership with Birding Ecotours

Birding and Wildife Safari (Kruger NP & Escarpment)
October 1 – 10, 2021

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! View full trip information and itinerary here.

Cape Town and Pelagic pre-trip
September 24 – October 1, 2021

We’ve now also added an 8-day Cape Town area pre-trip. This allows you to experience the endemic-rich, scenically beautiful, “Fairest Cape” including the opportunity to join a 1-day Cape Town pelagic sea trip for albatrosses and many other birds. We expect to see African Penguin, Cape Rockjumper, dazzling sunbirds and extravagantly long-tailed Cape Sugarbirds. A couple of days in the Karoo should allow you to see birds endemic to the semi-desert just inland from Cape Town. Southern Right Whale, Cape Mountain Zebra and other special mammals are also likely to be seen. View full trip information and itinerary here.

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 for main trip (Kruger & Escarpment): R77,500 per person—shared room (prices in South African rand); R8,100 for single supplement
Fee for pre-trip (Cape Town and Pelagic): R55,915 person–shared room (prices in South African rand); R6,145 for single supplement
Both trips limited to 7 participants.

To register, email info@birdingecotours.com with “Tucson Audubon South Africa Tour – October 2021” in the subject line. Or click here and type in “Tucson Audubon South Africa Tour – October 2021” 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