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  • Contact the trip leader with questions. For general questions or help registering, contact  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.
  • To view more birding locations in Tucson check out the Tucson Birding Trail Map at tucsonaudubon.org/tucsonbirdtrail.
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April 29 - May 6
Migration in Southwest Ohio--Registration Deadline: MARCH 31
Trip Rating: Easy, relaxed tour pace. Distance:  most walks over flat ground, ability to climb steps and moderate hills and withstand high humidity, hot or cold temps, wind and rain, as well as walking in mud or loose gravel are general requirements.
This field trip is designed to take advantage of the eastern migration in southwestern Ohio where the peak movement of birds and returning breeders occurs during the first week of May. This tour is geared toward western birders who want to experience something new and take in the volume and variety of bird song on an early morning in Ohio. We will have a goal to see 125 or more species ranging from common to rare, many of which are scarcely seen here in Southeast Arizona. See a prospective bird list here. A per participant registration fee of $100 is the share of the leader’s expenses and will be sent to Clifford Cathers for confirmation of participation. Along with registering online please fill out this form and send to Clifford with the registration fee. Transportation to Dayton, lodging, rental car, food, etc., are the sole responsibility of each participant. Further details, along with the draft trip itinerary, can be found here. Minimum of 6 participants needed; 16 participants max. To begin the registration process sign-up here with Tucson Audubon.
Leader: Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272

June 23-25
El Aribabi Conservation Ranch in Northern Sonora Mexico
Trip Rating: Moderate. All the walks are on flat ground, and excursions are within about 2 km of the lodge. Participants must be prepared to wade across sections of the river (not deep, but you will get your feet/boots wet) and be able to cross downed logs in the river corridor to get to a specific viewing spot (like to see a Rose-throated Becard or Sinaloa Wren nest). Water shoes are beneficial.
Looking for a low-cost Mexican birding adventure? Join Jim Rorabaugh, Chris Rohrer, and Kathy Cooper for a two night stay at El Aribabi Conservation Ranch along the Rio Cocospera, 35 miles south of the border in Sonora, Mexico where many of the tough to find specialty birds of SE Arizona are easier to find. Black-capped Gnatcatcher, Five-striped Sparrow, Sinaloa Wren, and Buff-collared Nightjar are expected, with Green Kingfisher, Rose-throated Becard, and White-tipped Dove as area specialties as well. As Jim says, “Yellow-billed Cuckoos are thick as fleas”! Birding and naturalist walks will be conducted along the R?o Cocospera and adjoining areas. Cost is $60/night per person to stay in the lodge or $30/night per person for camping; $35/person for food, which includes beer and wine. Transportation will occur in personal vehicles and carpooling will be encouraged. You can find recommendations for border crossing here and find out more about El Aribabi here. Maximum of 15 participants; there are limited beds in the lodge of varied quality. You will need to have check/cash prepared for the lodge upon arrival and payment for food ready for Kathy Cooper. To begin the registration process sign-up here.
Leaders: 
Kathy Cooper & Jim Rorabaugh,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Weekly Tucson Audubon Bird Walks--No online registration required 

Wednesday Mornings at Sweetwater Wetlands
November through February starts at 8 a.m.
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
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 48, 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. No online registration required.
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-- led by Pima County NRPR $5 Fee, Registration Required
November through February starts at 8:30 a.m.
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, $5 fee. 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.
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.
 

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. 

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. Two spots left! Click here to sign up for this trip.
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 (3835 W. Hardy Rd.). 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. Field trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Leader: Linda Hanson and 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 register for this trip here.
Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

February 25--Saturday 7:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Northeast Tucson
Trip rating: Short walks of 300 yards in sandy washes and brushy fields. Soft earth in fields may sink underfoot a few inches at times due to burrowing activity.
Come out to experience grassland sparrows and wintering waterfowl within the northeast Tucson area! We will explore the lakes and grassland habitat in the Castlerock neighborhood, which can be a magnet for falcons as well. Tanque Verde Loop will also provide some rich riparian habitat which has had some nice rarities over the years. Great trip for beginners! Limit to lucky 21 participants. Meeting place TBD. Please register for this trip here.
Leaders: Brian Nicholas ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Paul Suchanek ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

February 25--Saturday 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Hunter Canyon
Meet at 7:30am at the new USFS Office at 4070 S Avenida Saracino, Hereford, AZ 85615. We will drive to the start of Hunter Canyon Rd from there, combine into higher clearance vehicles, and drive to the trailhead.
Difficulty: Moderate; 2.0 miles round-trip; 700’ elevation gain; hiking on rocky trails
Although the 2011 Miller Peak Wilderness fire certainly left its mark, the result is a unique combination of habitats that are home to a diversity of bird species year-round. The initial hike is dominated by sun-drenched successional oak-scrub; birds that have moved in to fill this niche include: Crissal Thrasher, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Black-chinned Sparrow, Bushtit, Spotted and Green-tailed Towhee, and more. Higher up, the trail enters a stand of conifers and oaky hillsides that were spared when the fire “jumped” the canyon; here we hope to find Yellow-eyed Junco, “Mountain” Pygmy-Owl, Red-naped Sapsucker, Hammond’s Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Montezuma Quail, and more. The forest here wasn’t spared completely, however, and the scrubby disturbance habitat has also become home to a resident pair of Rufous-capped Warblers, which we hope will be a well-earned highlight of our hike. Limited to 15 participants. One spot left! Please register for this trip here.
Leader: Ken Blankenship ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

February 26--Sunday 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
WOW Arizona - Hummingbird BUZZ!
Trip Rating: Easy-Moderate; Walking Distance: 1k; Ground Condition: gravel/path/pavement.
Most of our time will be spent on the Hummingbird Patio, surrounded by 25+ feeders scant feet from the seating area. We will also note other feeder zones designed for viewing different behavior. Right now, we have four species daily: Broad-billed, Costa's, Anna's, and Broad-tailed. We use multiple iPads to assist side-by-side species comparison. An abbreviated guided walk will occur on the ground's pathways/feeder zones  to known activity areas amongst the diverse habitats to see all of the other birds. The remaining time guests are free to roam. 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, see the 'house bird List’.   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 waitlist.
Leader:
Christopher Vincent and MaryEllen Landen. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-907-8735 

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. Field trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist. 
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 (3835 W. Hardy Rd.). 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 for this trip here.
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 for this trip here.
Leader: Linda Hanson and 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 for this trip here.
Leader:  Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272.

March 11--Saturday 7 a.m.
Tanque Verde Wash Important Bird Area
Trip Rating: Easy. Distance: 2-3 miles over semi-level ground and sand and brushy fields. Soft earth in fields may sink underfoot a few inches at times due to burrowing activity.
Tucson's Tanque Verde Wash holds feathered treasures within Tucson. Come explore this urban Important Bird Area with TAS staffer and Arizona IBA biologist Jennie MacFarland and local expert Brian Nicholas. We will explore this cottonwood lined wash where all sorts of rarities have been found before.  A couple ponds may also be explored for visiting waterfowl.   Limited to 20 participants. Meet at the McDonald's on Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway at 7am. Please register for this trip here.
Leaders:  Jennie MacFarland This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Brian Nicholas This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

March 12--Sunday 7:30 a.m.
KERP and Sam Lena Park
Trip rating: easy. Walking distance: 1-1.5 miles. Elevation gain: minimal. Ground conditions: paved path.
The main attraction for birders at KERP (Kino Environmental Restoration Project) is the large open pond that can attract waterbirds during any season. Adjacent to the pond low desert scrub, managed wetlands, and restored riparian woodland host a variety of bird species. We'll check the water for migrant, wintering, and resident waterbirds, and then have a look around the surrounding habitat to see what else is there. Check the eBird hotspot list to know what's around! Restrooms available at Sam Lena Park, a 5-minute walk from the meeting area. Meet at 7:30 at the solar panel-covered parking lot off of Ajo Way. We'll bird for 1-2 hours, depending on activity. No limit but please register for this trip here.
Leader: Scott Olmstead, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-840-9567 

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 for this trip here.
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 (3835 W. Hardy Rd.). 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 20.
Leader: Linda Hanson and Laurel Salvador  630-344-9803

March 25--Saturday 7 a.m.
Hummingbird Safari - Priority for New Tucson Audubon Members
Trip Rating: Easy, with some mild slopes but on excellent surfaces.
This Year of the Hummingbird excursion is a "can't miss" for beginner birders interested in getting to know some of the area's most dazzling birds. Led by hummingbird expert, Karen Krebbs, you will visit popular hummingbird sites around the area and grow in your hummingbird knowledge. Sites visited will be at the discretion of the leader. Group will meet at 7 a.m. with location given ahead of time to those registered. Limited to 12 participants. Bring $15 dollars in cash for various possible hummingbird sites that require small fees, along with lunch and water. Please register here starting Thursday, February 23 or in person at Tucson Meet Your Birds on February 18.
Leader:
Karen Krebbs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

March 25--Saturday 7:30 a.m.
Rio Vista Natural Resource Park
Trip rating: easy. Walking distance 1-2 miles. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: dirt trails.
This is one of urban Tucson's most natural desert parks. In addition to year-round desert dwellers, we'll look for wintering sparrows (Brewer's, Vesper, Lark Bunting, etc.) and early-arriving migrants like Lucy's Warbler and Ash-throated Flycatcher. Check the eBird hotspot list to know what's around! Restrooms available at the park. Meet at 7:30 at the parking lot north of Prince Rd at the end of Tucson Blvd. Limited to 15 people. Please register for this trip here starting Monday, February 27.
Leader: Scott Olmstead,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 520-840-9567

March 29--Wednesday 8 a.m.
Tucson Mountain Park, Ironwood Picnic Area : Spring Desert Birds for Beginners
Trip rating: Easy. Walking distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: 50 feet. Ground conditions: paved road.
We will look for the birds that thrive among the palo verdes, chollas and sagauro cactus, such Gilded Flicker and Costa's Hummingbird. Spring arrivals could include Lucy's Warbler, White-Winged Doves, flycatchers and orioles. There will be a scope. Pit toilets but no water. Be read for wind and sun. Meet at the first ramada in the picnic area on Hal Gras Road. From Old Tucson (Gates Pass road and Kinney), drive 1.5 miles southeast on Kinney to Hal Gras road and turn right. From Ajo way and Kinney Road, drive northwest on Kinney Rod 4.8 miles to Hal Gras road and turn left.  Call or email leader if any questions. No limit but please register here starting Monday, February 27.
Leader: John Higgins. 520-578-1830, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 27.
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 (3835 W. Hardy Rd.) 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 (3835 W. Hardy Rd.) No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

April 18--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 Thursday, March 16.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

April 22--Saturday 6:30 a.m.
De Anza Trail from Guy Tobin Park Trail Head, Rio Rico
Trip Rating: Moderate.

We will hike 4 miles, round trip, along the Santa Cruz River looking for spring migrants and raptors. The trail is fairly flat and easy hiking. Wear comfortable foot wear, bring sunscreen, water, snack and lunch, return mid-afternoon. Meet at the Fry's- Irvington and I-19, south end of parking lot near the gas station. No limit but please register here starting Monday, March 27. 
Leader: Michael Bissontz ( 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 Monday, March 27.
Leader: Clifford A. Cathers 520-982-3272.

April 26--Wednesday 7:30 a.m.
Avra Valley Wastewater Treatment Ponds: Spring Shorebird Migration for Beginners
Trip rating: Easy. Walking distance: 1 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: graded dirt road.
After a quick check of Kennedy Park Lake, we will drive out to the Avra Valley ponds on Snyder Hill Road. Walking out to the shallow ponds, we will see which sandpipers, plovers and other wading birds are headed north. Good chances for swallows and raptors There will be a scope and ID guides. Be ready for heat and sun. Restrooms at the park and nearby restaurants but not at the ponds. Meet at the Mission Library parking lot on the NW corner of Ajo Way and Mission Road. Mileage of 30 miles round trip. Car-pooling encouraged. Back by 10:30 a.m. Call or email leader if any questions. No limit but please register for this trip here starting Monday, April 3.
Leader:
John Higgins. 520-578-1830 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

April 26--Wednesday 6:15 a.m.
Salt River Recreation Sites
Trip Rating: Moderate. Early start and driving offset by short walking distances, relaxed pace.
Start at 6:15am at meeting place (Starbucks on the NW corner of Power and McDowell in Mesa; 344 S. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ) to explore 4 sites along the Salt River that should be attracting summer residents (nesting Lucy’s Warblers and Bullock’s Orioles, for example) as well as migrants on their journey north including a possible variety of vireos, warblers, flycatchers and tanagers, and common desert species, along with a few lingering waterfowl and shorebirds. Wrap up by 10am. Senior National Parks pass or Tonto National Forest day pass required—those logistics to be determined. Other sites to explore will be discussed and open to participants for the balance of the day. Limited to 7 participants. Please register for this trip here starting Monday, April 3.
Leader:
Kathe Anderson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

April 29--Saturday 7 a.m.
Hummingbird Safari
Trip Rating: Easy, with some mild slopes but on excellent surfaces.
This Year of the Hummingbird excursion is a "can't miss" for birders interested in getting to know some of the area's most dazzling birds. Led by hummingbird expert, Karen Krebbs, you will visit popular hummingbird sites around the area and grow in your hummingbird knowledge. Sites visited will be at the discretion of the leader. Group will meet at 7 a.m. with location given ahead of time to those registered. Limited to 12 participants. Bring $15 dollars in cash for various possible hummingbird sites that require small fees, along with lunch and water. Please register for this trip here starting Thursday, April 6.
Leader:
Karen Krebbs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

MAY

May 6--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 (3835 W. Hardy Rd.). No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney

May 13--Saturday 7 a.m.
Hummingbird Safari
Trip Rating: Easy, with some mild slopes but on excellent surfaces.
This Year of the Hummingbird excursion is a "can't miss" for birders interested in getting to know some of the area's most dazzling birds. Led by hummingbird expert, Karen Krebbs, you will visit popular hummingbird sites around the area and grow in your hummingbird knowledge. Sites visited will be at the discretion of the leader. Group will meet at 7 a.m. with location given ahead of time to those registered. Limited to 12 participants. Bring $15 dollars in cash for various possible hummingbird sites that require small fees, along with lunch and water. Please register for this trip here starting Thursday, April 13.
Leader: Karen Krebbs ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

May 16--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 17.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

May 30--Tuesday 5:45 a.m.
Pinal Mountain

Trip Rating: Moderate. Some walking/hiking in higher elevations.
Start at 5:45am outside of Globe for a journey up through a variety of habitats to top out about 7,800 feet for possible Olive Warblers and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Desert species may include a rainbow of birds with Yellow Warblers, Vermilion Flycatchers and Blue Grosbeaks. Transition zones could get us sparrows, raptors, towhees and Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay. Ponderosa pine offers woodpeckers, warblers, vireos and possible Western Tanagers. A hummingbird stop near the top usually has Broad-tailed and possible Magnificent Hummingbirds. Wrap up back in Globe about 2:30pm. Limited to 7 participants. Please register for this trip here starting Monday, May 1.
Leader:
Kathe Anderson ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

June

June 10--Saturday 7 a.m.
Hummingbird Safari - Priority for Tucson Audubon Members
Trip Rating: Easy, with some mild slopes but on excellent surfaces.
This Year of the Hummingbird excursion is a "can't miss" for birders interested in getting to know some of the area's most dazzling birds. Led by hummingbird expert, Karen Krebbs, you will visit popular hummingbird sites around the area and grow in your hummingbird knowledge. Sites visited will be at the discretion of the leader. Group will meet at 7 a.m. with location given ahead of time to those registered. Limited to 12 participants. Bring id="mce_marker"5 dollars in cash for various possible hummingbird sites that require small fees, along with lunch and water. Please register for this trip here starting Monday, May 15.
Leader:
Karen Krebbs ( 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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