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Visiting Southeast Arizona

Your first birding visit

Be sure to check out the guidebooks in our Online Nature Shop— a great way to gear up for birding in Arizona! And definitely pick up a copy of Finding Birds in Southeastern Arizona (2015, Revised 8th Edition), the ultimate birding guide to southeast Arizona.

If you are coming to southeast Arizona for the first time, it is helpful to become acquainted with the common birds and habitats. You could begin in the Tucson area palo verde/saguaro desertscrub where the typical species include Gambel’s Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Gila Woodpecker, Gilded Flicker, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee and in summer, White-winged Dove and Black-chinned Hummingbird, or in winter White-crowned Sparrow and Anna’s Hummingbird. Agua Caliente Park, Catalina State Park, Tucson Mountain Park, the two units of Saguaro National Park and Sabino Canyon are good examples of desertscrub near Tucson. To see water birds and shorebirds, the ponds at Sweetwater Wetlands and Arthur Pack Park are good from fall through spring.

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Local Birding Guides for Hire

If you are looking to hire a local birding guide, you have come to the right place! As a service to the birding community, Tucson Audubon refers local guides who we know to be knowledgeable and reputable. These local guides and guide companies support Tucson Audubon as partners in our efforts to serve the community through environmental conservation, education, and recreational programs.

Guides who are members of the Tucson Audubon Birds Benefit Business Alliance are indicated with a logo below. If you’re looking for accommodations or other services, please visit our Birds Benefit Business Alliance Members list.


Adventure Birding Company
Specializing in flexible, personalized guiding in SE Arizona
Gavin Bieber, WINGS SE AZ and beyond
Ken Blankenship, East West Birding Tours
770 317-8486
Bird Guiding and Tours in SE Arizona, LRGV Texas, and the Southeastern U.S.
Chris Chappell, Take Flight Birding & Nature Adventures
Personalized birding and ecological tours of Southeast Arizona and New Mexico
Richard Fray, Fun Birding Tours
Professional guide based in Rio Rico, covering all SE AZ
Laurens Halsey, Desert Harrier Birding and Nature Guide Services
Personal and custom Birdwatching Guide Services throughout Southeast Arizona
Rich Hoyer, Senior leader for WINGS Top-notch ear-birder with much Neotropical experience, all-around naturalist
Melody Kehl, Melody’s Birding
Individualized tours designed to meet your specific needs and wish list, covering all Southeast Arizona
Jake Mohlmann, WINGS and Adventure Birding Company
Vincent Pinto, Ravens Way Wild Journeys
Birder, Naturalist, Ethnobotanist, Wildlife Biologist, and Wilderness Survival Instructor. Personalized birding experiences.
John Yerger, Adventure Birding Company Based in Portal, AZ. Tours throughout southwestern Arizona
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Small group and private tours for birders of all levels.

These referrals are not vetted by Tucson Audubon with regard to permitting or insurance. Tucson Audubon takes no responsibility for the guided trip that is chosen. When hiring a local birding guide, check that they have the required materials in place to operate on public lands managed by the National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, or other agencies (permits, liability insurance, etc.). You may also want to ask the guide to provide you with references. Some guides may use recorded bird calls; please check with your guide in advance if this is a concern to you.

Important resources to help you plan a trip to southeast Arizona:

Tucson Audubon's 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.
Learn more

Birding Southeast Arizona App

A great interactive companion to our Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona, our new app covers over 130 birding sites in six subregions in and around Tucson, all vetted by local experts. Search by nearest site, by bird, or by city and get exact directions! Keep track of your sightings and share with friends on Facebook.

Learn more and download now!

Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona

Revised 8th Edition, 2015: SOLD OUT
Tucson Audubon’s updated edition brings together all the latest information on finding birds in southeast Arizona. This is your best source of detailed information that will help in planning bird watching adventures in the region.

Learn more

Sweetwater Wetlands

Sweetwater Wetlands is a gem of urban bird and wildlife activity right in urban Tucson. 306 bird species have been documented here. Join our weekly bird walks on Wednesdays and see what you can find!

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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


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