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Birding Field Trips

General Information

  • Tucson Audubon proudly offers a variety of free field trips requiring no pre-registration. For those field trips with online registration, a $6.00 service fee will be required. This fee helps to cover some of the expense associated with organizing and promoting these special programs. We hope you’ll consider this an investment in the future of these long-running Tucson Audubon programs!
  • It is customary for carpool passengers to help pay for fuel and other vehicle-related costs at the end of each trip. 10 cents/mile is a good place to start; use Google Maps for mileage.
  • For general questions or help registering, contact the Education Programs Manager, Eric Scheuering, 520-209-1808.
  • Trip leaders: Learn more about them! Leaders are in charge of all aspects of the day’s birding.
  • Trip birding ethics: Tucson Audubon adheres to the American Birding Association’s position on birding ethics: http://listing.aba.org/ethics. Also useful, Audubon’s Guide to Ethical Bird Photography
  • To register for a trip: Click on the registration link at the end of that trip’s description and you will receive a confirmation email. If the trip is full you will be put on the waiting list but will not receive an email.
  • Waiting list: If a place becomes available, you will be contacted by us.
  • Cancellations: To cancel your reservation, please email Eric Scheuering or call 520-209-1808. Please contact Eric and the trip leader as soon as possible to free your space.

NEW multi-day trips! 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. Click here for more details.

November

November 24–Sunday, 7:30 am
Northeast Tucson
Trip difficulty: 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 the raptors, sparrows and wintering waterfowl within the northeast Tucson area! Areas explored could include the Tanque Verde wash at Wentworth Road and Tanque Verde Loop Rd, and the lakes and grassland habitat in the Castlerock neighborhood. Meet in the Mcdonald’s parking lot located at the northeast corner of Tanque Verde and Catalina Highway. Great trip for beginners! Wrap up around 11:30 am. Limit 21 participants. Trip is FULL. Register for the wait list here.
Leaders: Brian Nicholas (Weehawker2@yahoo.com) and Paul Suchanek (suchanek_paul@live.com)


December

December 3–Tuesday, 8 am
Atturbury Wash
Meet your birds at this new monthly trip with a focus on beginning birding. No birding experience required – all bird appreciators welcome! Binoculars available for use.
This lush desert wash set in Sonoran desertscrub with many mature mesquite and palo verde trees and a wide trail winding through it is home to many resident bird species. We’ll explore the main trail and other paths that lead into open desert habitats. Approximately 1.5 hours. No registration necessary. Meet at the parking lot at Lower Lincoln Park, 8280 E Escalante Rd.
Leader: Eric Scheuering (escheuering@tucsonaudubon.org), Education Programs Manager

December 6–Friday, 8 am
Sabino Canyon
Trip difficulty: Easy. Walking distance: 3 miles. Elevation gain: 25 feet. Ground conditions: Rocky trails.
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian area. 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 always recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 15 participants. REGISTER HERE
Leaders: Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh (jhhenge@gmail.com)

December 6–Friday, 8:15 am
Oracle State Park
Trip difficulty: Easy 2-hour bird walk about 1 mile on dirt trails and pavement, some uneven terrain on trails.
Bird beautiful Oracle State Park about 35 miles north of Tucson. Elevation is 4500 feet so be prepared for cooler temperatures. Chance to see some higher elevation species. Picnic tables and restrooms available. You can also visit historic Kannally Ranch house after the bird walk. Free entry with AZ State Park pass or $7 per vehicle. Meet at Ranch house parking lot at 8:15 am (park gate does not open until 8 am). These walks will occur the first two Fridays of every month thru April. No registration necessary.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

December 7–Saturday, 8 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
Trip difficulty: Easy. Walking distance: 2.5 miles. Trip duration: 2 hr 45 min. Elevation gain: none. Ground condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at two locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join us for an introduction to birdwatching basics at our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Regional Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the trails and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Meet at the Mason Center (3835 W. Hardy Rd.) on the corner of Hardy and Thornydale in NW Tucson. No registration necessary.
Leaders: Ray Deeney, Mary Ellen Flynn, or Jim Gessaman, call 520-209-1808 with any questions.

December 7–Saturday, 8 am
Arivaca Cienega
Trip difficulty: Easy. Walking distance: 1 1/4 miles. Ground conditions: Dirt trails.
The birding hikes are starting again at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge every first Saturday of the month through April. Meet at the Arivaca Cienega Trail which is a 1-1/4 mile loop over a boardwalk and path with opportunities to see bird life in a rare desert wetland. The trailhead has picnic tables and restrooms. Directions: From Tucson take Highway 286 south from Three Points to milepost 12. Turn left and drive east 12 miles to Arivaca. From Interstate 19, take the Amado/Arivaca exit west, turn right at the T, then left at the Cow Palace onto Arivaca Road. Then drive 23 miles to Arivaca. Arivaca Cienega Trail is 1/4 mile east of Arivaca. No registration necessary.
Leader: Rob Rutledge (520-609-9675, merlin32757@gmail.com)

December 10–Tuesday, 8 am
Sulphur Springs Valley (Cochise Co.)
Trip difficulty: Easy
Spend the morning exploring the bird life of the Sulphur Springs Valley. We’ll make a loop around Willcox Playa, with stops at Lake Cochise/Twin Lakes Golf Course, the agricultural fields around Kansas Settlement, and Apache Station Wildlife Viewing Area. Join us as we look for wintering sparrows, waterfowl, raptors, and Sandhill Cranes. Meet at Carl’s Jr. in Willcox (off of W. Rex Allen Dr. exit) at 8 am. Participants will be contacted in advance to assist with carpool logistics from Tucson. Wrap up around noon. Birders of all skill levels are welcome! Limit: 11 participants. Trip is FULL. Register for the wait list here.
Leader: Bradlee Sulentic (bradsulentic@gmail.com)

December 10–Tuesday, 8 am
Kino Environmental Restoration Project (KERP) at Sam Lena Park
Meet your birds at this new monthly trip with a focus on beginning birding. No birding experience required – all bird appreciators welcome! Binoculars available for use.
A large flood-containment basin surrounded by dense palo verde, mesquite, creosote, and desert broom, KERP is a habitat restoration project managed by Pima County. The large basins provide open water habitat for a number of waterbirds and shorebirds rarely encountered in the urban area. We’ll walk the paved path surrounding the basins and look for a variety of birds. Approximately 1.5 hours. No registration necessary. Meet at the ramadas adjacent to the ballfields, 3400 S Country Club Rd (click here for map).
Leader: Eric Scheuering (escheuering@tucsonaudubon.org), Education Programs Manager

December 12–Thursday, 8 am
Mission Garden
Trip difficulty: Easy. Distance 0.25 to 0.50 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: Smooth, ADA-accessible dirt trails.
Explore this reconstruction of the four-acre 18th-century garden at the base of “A” Mountain that was associated with the Mission San Agustin (the northern-most mission in Arizona). See a variety of birds among gardens, crops and orchards depicting all the eras and ethnic groups associate with Tucson’s past. This site has been farmed for over 4,000 years and is considered Tucson’s birthplace. This walk is good for beginning bird watchers, gardeners and those interested in attracting birds to their yards. Along the way you’ll see the wide variety of food-plants that can grow in Tucson and we’ll point out some of the many bird-friendly plants at the garden. Suggested $5 donation at the gate. No registration necessary. Meet at Mission Garden, 946 W Mission Lane (just east of Grande Road on Mission Lane).
Leader: Kendall Kroesen (kkroesen@cox.net) 520-971-2385

December 13–Friday, 8:15 am
Oracle State Park
See details above under Dec. 6

December 14–Saturday, 8 am
University of Arizona campus
Meet your birds at this new monthly trip with a focus on beginning birding. No birding experience required – all bird appreciators welcome! Binoculars available for use.
This urban campus, encompassing approximately 400 acres of landscaped spaces, contains the boundaries of the Campus Arboretum. This unique collection of plants from arid and semi-arid climates around the world provides habitat for over 100 species of birds throughout the year and we’ll explore different areas of campus looking for them. Approximately 1.5 hours. No registration necessary. Meet at the University of Arizona Main Gate at University & Park.
Leader: Anne-Laure Blanche. Contact Eric Scheuering (escheuering@tucsonaudubon.org), Education Programs Manager, with questions.

December 18–Wednesday, 8 am
Sabino Canyon
Trip difficulty: Moderate. Walking distance: 4 miles. Ground conditions: Rocky trails and uneven pavement.
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 around 11am. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leader is a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist. Limited to 10 participants. REGISTER HERE
Leader: Julie Michael (jbirdsaz123@gmail.com)

December 19–Thursday, 8 am
Santa Cruz River Heritage Project
Meet your birds at this new monthly trip with a focus on beginning birding. No birding experience required – all bird appreciators welcome! Binoculars available for use.
Tucson Water has started adding recycled water to the Santa Cruz River at a point south of downtown near the heart of the city. This added water will bring perennial flow to this portion of the river, and with it, vegetation and wildlife. We’ll explore this area along The Loop path to observe the changes to the landscape and the birds it attracts. Approximately 1.5 hours. No registration necessary. Meet at the Paseo de las Iglesias parking lot on the west side of the river on S Cottonwood, just south of W Silverlake, behind the Pima Federal Credit Union (click here for map).
Leader: Anne-Laure Blanche. Contact Eric Scheuering (escheuering@tucsonaudubon.org), Education Programs Manager, with questions.

December 21–Saturday, 8 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
See details above under Dec. 7


				
Wednesday Mornings at Sweetwater Wetlands

No registration needed!
Start time: 8 am, November-February

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 2511 W Sweetwater Drive.
Contact Luke with questions, 520-209-1811, lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org.
Every Wednesday. Start times: Mar - Apr: 7 am, May - Aug: 6 am, Sep: 6:30 am, Oct: 7 am, Nov - Feb: 8 am.

Learn about Sweetwater Wetlands

There are no public programs scheduled while the pond restoration project is in progress. Current information on the pond restoration project can be found at www.pima.gov/nrpr

Birding Canoa Ranch

Pima County leads this walk -- online registration required at Pima County's website at www.pima.gov/nrpr.
Join longtime local birder Brian Nicholas to see a wide variety of sparrows, raptors, and the possibility of waterfowl on the newly restored pond at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome.

When: Saturdays, September 7, 21, 28 and October 12, 19, 26, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Where: Historic Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley 85622
Cost: Free with PCNRPR Membership, Non-PCNRPR Member $5 fee. Online registration required: www.pima.gov/nrpr
For more information: www.pima.gov/canoaranch; email: CanoaRanch@pima.gov or call 520-724-5375

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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.

Departure Times: Please arrive before the departure time listed in the trip description. Trips will leave promptly at the time given.

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).

Tucson Audubon strongly encourages carpooling and the sharing of the driver's fuel expenses. Drivers and trip leaders are not expected to contribute.

Basha's Grocery Store: Catalina, AZ. parking lot at the northeast corner of the intersection of Oracle Rd. and Golder Ranch Rd.
 
Commuter lot at Oracle and Ina:  One block west of the intersection of Oracle and Ina, on the south side of the street.  Actual location is Via Ponte and W. Ina Rd.
 
Empty Grocery Store Lot at Irvington and I-19: On the north side of Irvington just east of I-19.
 
Houghton and I-10: Exit 275 off of I-10 on the north side of I-10 there is a large dirt parking lot used by commuters
 
McDonald's (Tucson) on the northeast corner of Tanque Verde Rd. and Catalina Highway.   We meet on the east side a bit away from where patrons would park.
 
McDonald's (Green Valley) Use the Continental Rd. exit off of I-19 and turn right to the McDonald's.  We meet in the right most portion of the parking lot as one is facing the restaurant.

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January

January 2–Thursday, 8:30 am
John F. Kennedy Park
Trip difficulty: Easy. Two-mile loop over paved and dirt pathways with some slopes and uneven footing. Restroom facilities are available.
John F. Kennedy Park in southwest Tucson is located west of I-19 off of Ajo Highway. Bird life here is more abundant in winter when the lake attracts large numbers of waterfowl making it a great place to learn your ducks, including the stunning Redhead, which can be present in large numbers. Vegetation around the lake attracts Bronzed Cowbirds, Yellow-rumped Warblers and a variety of other species, while the lawns and pine trees attract Vermilion Flycatchers, woodpeckers, and others. Dress warmly in layers, wear your walking shoes, bring your binoculars, and come get to know one of your local urban birding hotspots. We’ll finish up around 10:30 am. Meet in the west parking lot near the lake which is accessed from S La Cholla Blvd. No registration necessary.
Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

January 3–Friday, 8 am
Sabino Canyon
Trip difficulty: Easy. Walking distance: 3 miles. Elevation gain: 25 feet. Ground conditions: Rocky trails.
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian area. 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 always recommended. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 15 participants. REGISTER HERE
Leaders: Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh (jhhenge@gmail.com)

January 3–Friday, 8:15 am
Oracle State Park
Trip difficulty: Easy 2-hour bird walk about 1 mile on dirt trails and pavement, some uneven terrain on trails.
Bird beautiful Oracle State Park about 35 miles north of Tucson. Elevation is 4500 feet so be prepared for cooler temperatures. Chance to see some higher elevation species. Picnic tables and restrooms available. You can also visit historic Kannally Ranch house after the bird walk. Free entry with AZ State Park pass or $7 per vehicle. Meet at Ranch house parking lot at 8:15 am (park gate does not open until 8 am). These walks will occur the first two Fridays of every month thru April. No registration necessary.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

January 4–Saturday, 8 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
Trip difficulty: Easy. Walking distance: 2.5 miles. Trip duration: 2 hr 45 min. Elevation gain: none. Ground condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at two locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join us for an introduction to birdwatching basics at our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Regional Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the trails and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. Meet at the Mason Center (3835 W. Hardy Rd.) on the corner of Hardy and Thornydale in NW Tucson. No registration necessary.
Leaders: Ray Deeney, Mary Ellen Flynn, or Jim Gessaman, call 520-209-1808 with any questions.

January 4–Saturday, 8 am
Arivaca Cienega
Trip difficulty: Easy. Walking distance: 1 1/4 miles. Ground conditions: Dirt trails.
The birding hikes are starting again at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge every first Saturday of the month through April. Meet at the Arivaca Cienega Trail which is a 1-1/4 mile loop over a boardwalk and path with opportunities to see bird life in a rare desert wetland. The trailhead has picnic tables and restrooms. Directions: From Tucson take Highway 286 south from Three Points to milepost 12. Turn left and drive east 12 miles to Arivaca. From Interstate 19, take the Amado/Arivaca exit west, turn right at the T, then left at the Cow Palace onto Arivaca Road. Then drive 23 miles to Arivaca. Arivaca Cienega Trail is 1/4 mile east of Arivaca. No registration necessary.
Leader: Rob Rutledge (520-609-9675, merlin32757@gmail.com)

January 7–Tuesday, 8 am
Atturbury Wash
Meet your birds at this new monthly trip with a focus on beginning birding. No birding experience required – all bird appreciators welcome! Binoculars available for use.
This lush desert wash set in Sonoran desertscrub with many mature mesquite and palo verde trees and a wide trail winding through it is home to many resident bird species. We’ll explore the main trail and other paths that lead into open desert habitats. Approximately 1.5 hours. No registration necessary. Meet at the parking lot at Lower Lincoln Park, 8280 E Escalante Rd.
Leader: Eric Scheuering (escheuering@tucsonaudubon.org), Education Programs Manager

January 9–Thursday, 8 am
Mission Garden
Trip difficulty: Easy. Distance 0.25 to 0.50 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: Smooth, ADA-accessible dirt trails.
Explore this reconstruction of the four-acre 18th-century garden at the base of “A” Mountain that was associated with the Mission San Agustin (the northern-most mission in Arizona). See a variety of birds among gardens, crops and orchards depicting all the eras and ethnic groups associate with Tucson’s past. This site has been farmed for over 4,000 years and is considered Tucson’s birthplace. This walk is good for beginning bird watchers, gardeners and those interested in attracting birds to their yards. Along the way you’ll see the wide variety of food-plants that can grow in Tucson and we’ll point out some of the many bird-friendly plants at the garden. Suggested $5 donation at the gate. No registration necessary. Meet at Mission Garden, 946 W Mission Lane (just east of Grande Road on Mission Lane).
Leader: Kendall Kroesen (kkroesen@cox.net) 520-971-2385

January 10–Friday, 8:15 am
Oracle State Park
See details above under Jan. 3

January 11–Saturday, 8 am
University of Arizona campus
Meet your birds at this new monthly trip with a focus on beginning birding. No birding experience required – all bird appreciators welcome! Binoculars available for use.
This urban campus, encompassing approximately 400 acres of landscaped spaces, contains the boundaries of the Campus Arboretum. This unique collection of plants from arid and semi-arid climates around the world provides habitat for over 100 species of birds throughout the year and we’ll explore different areas of campus looking for them. Approximately 1.5 hours. No registration necessary. Meet at the University of Arizona Main Gate at University & Park.
Leader: Eric Scheuering (escheuering@tucsonaudubon.org), Education Programs Manager

January 11–Saturday, 8 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
See details above under Jan. 4

January 12–Sunday, 2 pm
Northeast Tucson Sleep In Special
Trip difficulty: 1.5 miles walking in washes and soft soil due to burrowing activity.
Great trip suited for those who may not be early birds. We’ll choose areas based on recent birding activity but they could include Woodland Road, Wentworth Road, Tanque Verde Loop, and The Lakes at Castlerock. These areas tend to have good afternoon birding, especially for sparrows and waterfowl. We’ll finish at sunset watching ducks arrive at the Castlerock lake for the night. Great trip for beginners! Limit 21 participants. Meet in the parking lot just east of McDonald’s in the Safeway shopping Center at the northeast corner of Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde. REGISTER HERE
Leaders: Brian Nicholas (Weehawker2@yahoo.com) and Paul Suchanek (suchanek_paul@live.com)

January 14–Tuesday, 8 am
Kino Environmental Restoration Project (KERP) at Sam Lena Park
Meet your birds at this new monthly trip with a focus on beginning birding. No birding experience required – all bird appreciators welcome! Binoculars available for use.
A large flood-containment basin surrounded by dense palo verde, mesquite, creosote, and desert broom, KERP is a habitat restoration project managed by Pima County. The large basins provide open water habitat for a number of waterbirds and shorebirds rarely encountered in the urban area. We’ll walk the paved path surrounding the basins and look for a variety of birds. Approximately 1.5 hours. No registration necessary. Meet at the ramadas adjacent to the ballfields, 3400 S Country Club Rd (click here for map).
Leader: Eric Scheuering (escheuering@tucsonaudubon.org), Education Programs Manager

January 15–Wednesday, 8 am
Sabino Canyon
Trip difficulty: Moderate. Walking distance: 4 miles. Ground conditions: Rocky trails and uneven pavement.
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 around 11am. Sunhat, water and walking shoes recommended. Leader is a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist. Limited to 10 participants. REGISTER HERE
Leader: Julie Michael (jbirdsaz123@gmail.com)

January 18–Saturday, 8 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
See details above under Jan. 4

January 19–Sunday, 8:30 am
Isabella Lee Natural Preserve

Trip difficulty: Easy. 2.5 mile loop over level, but often soft, uneven and dusty terrain. No restrooms are available.
Isabella Lee Natural Preserve, at the confluence of Agua Caliente and Tanque Verde washes in northeast Tucson, is a mesquite bosque providing year-round habitat for resident and migrating birds. Winter is a great time to hear and see many of our local specialty birds, such as Verdin, Phainopepla, Abert’s Towhee, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, and Rufous-winged Sparrow. Other birds we will encounter are true “snowbirds” which are more abundant or only here in the winter, such as White-crowned Sparrow, American Kestrel, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Bewick’s Wren. Cooper’s Hawks are numerous, and we may have a chance to compare them with other raptors frequenting the area. Join us for this listen and locate treasure hunt! Wear good hiking shoes, dress in layers, and bring binoculars. Meet in the dirt parking area on the northeast corner of the Preserve; from Tanque Verde Road take Bonanza Road south to the end of the road. Wrap up around 10:30 am. Limit 10 participants. REGISTER HERE
Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

January 21–Tuesday, 8 am
Santa Cruz River Heritage Project
Meet your birds at this new monthly trip with a focus on beginning birding. No birding experience required – all bird appreciators welcome! Binoculars available for use.
Tucson Water has started adding recycled water to the Santa Cruz River at a point south of downtown near the heart of the city. This added water will bring perennial flow to this portion of the river, and with it, vegetation and wildlife. We’ll explore this area along The Loop path to observe the changes to the landscape and the birds it attracts. Approximately 1.5 hours. No registration necessary. Meet at the Paseo de las Iglesias parking lot on the west side of the river on S Cottonwood, just south of W Silverlake, behind the Pima Federal Credit Union (click here for map).
Leader: Eric Scheuering (escheuering@tucsonaudubon.org), Education Programs Manager

January 25–Saturday, 8 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
See details above under Jan. 4

January 26–Sunday, 8 am
Avra Valley: Hawks For Beginners (In Three Languages!)

Trip difficulty: Easy. Walking Distance: None. We will bird from the side of the road. Elevation gain: None. Ground condition: dirt and weeds on the side of the road.
The Tohono O’odham and Hispanic people of southern Arizona were looking at birds and giving them names long before the English-speakers showed up. As we wander around the southern part of the Avra Valley looking for wintering raptors, we will try to identify them in all three languages. There will be a scope, hawk ID charts and tri-lingual bird lists. Meet at the Mission Library parking lot on the NW corner of Mission Road and Ajo Way. Bring snacks, water and car-pooling money. Basic restrooms at Kennedy Park near library and modern restrooms at Saguaro (West) National Park visitor center later in trip. Be ready for possible cold, wet and mud. Round trip of 50 miles on paved and graded roads. Car-pooling is encouraged. Done before noon. Those who are new to birding are especially invited, as well as anyone familiar with O’odham or Spanish languages (por favor ayudanos, gracias). No registration necessary.
Leader: John Higgins (jghiggins@cox.net, 520-609-2361)


				

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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