SOUTHEAST ARIZONA BIRDING FESTIVAL
FAQ and Local Area Info
How do I register?
Online. We prefer you register online. Secure registration is available at tucsonaudubon.org/festival. There is a registration fee of $15 per person to assist in covering the administrative costs of the festival. The deadline for online registration is August 6, 2017.
Support. If you are having problems registering online, please contact Diana Rosenblum at email@example.com or 520-629-0510 x 7002, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Drop In. While online registration is the prefered method of registration, you may register for any available event at the festival registration/check-in table. Please note that most trips fill up within the first month of opening registration, but there is usually space in our workshops, social hours, and evening programs.
Waiting Lists. The number of remaining openings for a particular trip will be updated weekly on the website. Once an event is full, you can request to be put on a waiting list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . If demand for a particular trip is high, and quality leaders are available, additional sections may be opened. Cancellations are rare. The best way to ensure that you get on a particular trip is by registering early.
Where is the festival site?
All activities (unless otherwise noted) for the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival will be based out of the Arizona Riverpark Inn, 777 W. Cushing Street, Tucson, Arizona, 800-551-1466. All field trips will depart and return from the hotel, and the vendor fair, workshops, social hours, and evening programs will also be onsite. See map for directions.
When is check-in?
Festival check-in will begin on Thursday, August 10th from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm in the Palo Verde Room. Stop by the Welcome Desk and pick up your name tag and registration packet and attend the social hour that evening. As the field trips start very early, we recommend you check in at the Registration Desk the evening before your scheduled event. If you are unable to come the day before, please arrive 30 minutes before the expected start time of your first scheduled event. If you are registered for the offsite workshop at the U of A on Thursday, August 10th, feel free to come by the registration desk after the workshop is over.
How do I get around?
Since the field trips leave from the hotel, and you will have access to the hotel’s restaurant, there is no great need for a rental car. However, if you would like a rental car while in town, Enterprise is offering a special rate for festival goers. Reserve your car at here and enter in this account number: L509177. The account number lets you access a rate which remains the same all year. If you are booking early, you may find that Enterprise is offering lower rental rates than you would receive by using the information above. If you are booking closer to the festival, using the account number might help you get a lower rate. We recommend checking Enterprise’s daily rates and the rate that you can get by using the account number in order to get the best price.
If you are not renting a car while in Tucson, and want to explore downtown Tucson, hop on the Sun Link Streetcar and explore – venture out for lunch or dinner, or just to see the sights. For your convenience, there is a streetcar stop right outside the Riverpark Inn and you can purchase a day pass for $3.90 or a week long pass for $15 at the Riverpark Inn front desk during your stay.
Where do I eat?
A breakfast buffet (for Arizona Riverpark Inn guests only) is served from 6:30 to 9:00am. Hotel guests who are departing on birding field trips before normal breakfast hours may opt to pick up an “Early Birder Breakfast To Go” at the front desk. Arrangements must be made with the Riverpark Front Desk by 9:00pm the night before.
The Terrace Café at the Arizona Riverpark Inn will be open for dinner on Thursday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, and open for lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Participants who sign up for the evening programs will receive their dinner as a part of the program.
There are many excellent restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines within a short distance of the hotel, in
downtown Tucson, on 4th Avenue, and at the Mercado San Agustin. Stop by the festival registration desk or the hotel front desk for ideas, and check out these links for meal and entertainment ideas: http://mercadosanagustin.com/, http://www.downtowntucson.org/, http://visittucson.org, and http://www.fourthavenue.org/.
What if it rains?
As you are going to be in southeast Arizona during the monsoon season, it is very possible we will have periods of heavy rain during the days of the festival. All trips are rain or shine. Please dress accordingly, and be prepared for wet weather. Trips will be cancelled only under the circumstances that weather events have made conditions unsafe.
What is the cancellation policy?
If you are unable to attend an event that you are registered for, email Diana Rosenblum at email@example.com to cancel before July 1, 2017. Cancellations received on or before this date will be refunded less at 10% processing fee. No refunds will be issued after July 1. If it becomes necessary to cancel a paid event for which you have a reservation, we will notify you and issue a full refund. No refunds will be issued for no shows.
How do I contact the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival?
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