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The Paton Center for Hummingbirds

The Paton Center for Hummingbirds is a place to explore and experience the special birds of southeast Arizona. It is dedicated to the celebration and conservation of hummingbirds—and all of southeast Arizona’s astounding biodiversity—through recreation, education, and sustainable living. 213 bird species have been reported for this cozy home lot on the outskirts of Patagonia, including Violet-crowned Hummingbirds, Gray Hawks, Varied Buntings, Thick-billed Kingbirds, and many more local specialties.

Gates are open dawn to dusk. Entry is free of charge, but your generous donations to the “Sugar Fund” help us maintain the grounds, feed the birds, improve the habitat, and provide education and recreation programs.

Contact the Paton Center:
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ

The Paton Center is open!
The Paton Center’s front yard feeding station and the Richard Grand Memorial Meadow–approximately two-thirds of the world-famous property–are currently open to visitors. The Patons’ backyard will re-open to visitors in the second half of March. As of March 1, 2017, we’re seeing a nice diversity of hummingbirds each day, including Violet-crowned, Broad-billed, and Anna’s Hummingbirds. In addition, Lazuli Buntings have been frequent visitors to the front yard feeders, along with a nice variety of doves, finches, and towhees. The meadow garden feeders are literally buzzing with hummingbirds and recent warm temperatures have resulted in an increase of butterflies. For up-to-date sightings, please visit the Paton Center eBird Hotspot on Cornell’s eBird website. For real-time news and announcements, please follow the Paton Center’s Facebook Page. We look forward to seeing you in Patagonia this spring!
For questions, please contact Paton Center Coordinator, Jonathan Lutz, via

Live Web Cams

Not able to be at the Paton Center? Viewing our web cams is the next best thing! Watch the hummer cam, or see the backyard transform on the temporary construction cam.

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Wally and Marion Paton first began inviting birders into their yard shortly after moving to Patagonia in 1973. They had a special vision for supporting their backyard birds and supporting the wider community.

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Paton FAQ

What is the vision for the Paton Center? What is all that work going on? We get a lot of questions, here are some of them and the answers you’re looking for.

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The Richard Grand Memorial Meadow

Discover a new part of the Paton Center and a showcase for ecosystem restoration in action! Learn more

Sonoita Creek Restoration

Tucson Audubon Society has accepted the challenge from Matt Fraker to turn the Johnsongrass-choked bankside of the Sonoita Creek at the Paton Center into an area instead crowded with native grasses and flowers, a weedy-seedy (in the best senses of those words) haven for finches, buntings, and all the other little seed-eaters, as well as producing a bountiful crop of the insects that provide meals for cuckoos and flycatchers and all nesting species. Once completed, the area will be a living memorial to his mother Carol.

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Azure Bluebird Nest Boxes

In partnership with the Sonoita Wine Guild and several other organizations, Tucson Audubon is launching an Azure Bluebird conservation project. We will install nest boxes on the vineyards of the Sonoita grasslands and in the Patagonia Mountains. Though breeding in the grasslands is historically documented for Azures, eBird and first-hand accounts reveal that the breeding range and population numbers have decreased. Research states lack of adequate nesting cavities to be the population’s primary limiting factor.

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meadow_volunteersVolunteer at the Paton Center!

The Paton Center in Patagonia is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us with a variety of tasks including feeder filling and cleaning, weeding and planting, visitor greeting, administrative tasks, and more. If you’d like to spend your time volunteering at one of the most beautiful birding destinations in southern Arizona, then get in touch and we’ll find rewarding work for you to do!

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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