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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 Education Programs Manager Eric Scheuering (520 629-0510 x7009) with questions.

UPCOMING TRIPS:

Sonoita Grasslands & Vineyards, Arizona

September 28, 2019

This unique ecosystem provides habitat for many avian species, notably grassland specialists, including up to 14 species of sparrow. Here we can find Cassin’s, Botteri’s and Grasshopper Sparrows, “Lilian’s” Eastern Meadowlark, Loggerhead Shrike, Horned Lark, and White-tailed Kite. This is also Arizona’s wine country and we’ll make a stop for a tasting at Sonoita Vineyards.

Leaders: Luke Safford and Eric Scheuering
Fee: $150 members // $185 non-members
Deposit: $75

See the details of this trip


Salton Sea, California

October 18–20, 2019

We’ll search for Ridgway’s Rail, American and Least Bittern, White-faced Ibis, Sandhill Crane, Snow Geese, and multiple types of grebes. Shorebirds will test our ID capability, including American Avocet, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Curlew, sandpipers and dowitchers, and with some luck, Mountain Plover. Another unique species found here is the Yellow-footed Gull, joining many other gulls (like Laughing Gull) and terns, as well as possible Black Skimmers.

Leaders: Luke Safford and Eric Scheuering
Fee: $595 members // $795 non-members
Deposit: $300

See the details of this trip 

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico

December 5-8, 2019

Experience the spectacle of flocks of tens of thousands wintering geese, ducks, and cranes on this four-day trip to New Mexico. World-famous Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to provide a critical stopover for migrating waterfowl to rest and refuel as they follow the Rio Grande on their migration. Large numbers of raptors and sparrows add to the incredible array of wintering bird species found here each year.

Leaders: Luke Safford and Eric Scheuering
Fee: $750 members // $950 non-members
Deposit: $400

See the details of this trip

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Trip 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