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SOUTHEAST ARIZONA BIRDING FESTIVAL | August 8–12, 2018| Tucson, AZ

FAQ and Local Area Info


How do I register?

Online. We prefer you register online. There is a registration fee of $25 per person to assist in covering the administrative costs of the festival. The deadline for online registration is August 8, 2018.

Support. If you are having problems registering online, please contact Diana Rosenblum at drosenblum@tucsonaudubon.org or 520-629-0510 x 7002, Monday through Thursday 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 drosenblum@tucsonaudubon.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 Doubletree by Hilton Hotel by Reid Park445 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona, 520-881-4200. All field trips will depart and return from the hotel, and the Nature Expo, social hours, evening programs, and most workshops will also be onsite. See map for directions.

Use this link to get the special Festival reduced room rates!

When is check-in?

Festival check-in will begin on Wednesday, August 8th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Living Room. Stop by the Welcome Desk and pick up your name tag and registration packet so that you’re prepared for field trips on Thursday morning. The registration area will be open through Saturday so be sure to stop by as 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.

How do I get around?

enterprise_234x60The hotel has two great restaurants and while we are close to many other amenities you may want a rental car. If you do plan on booking a rental car we suggest Enterprise as we have been renting 15-passenger vans from them for our field trips every year of the festival. You will not be disappointed by their great service and price.

Where do I eat?

A breakfast buffet (for Doubletree 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 Doubletree Front Desk by 9:00pm the night before.

The Cactus Rose Restaurant at the Doubletree serves excellent food and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine indoors or fireside, outdoors on the patio. Also at the Doubletree, hanging out at the Javelina Cantina is a longstanding Tucson tradition. This favorite “watering hole” offers delicious, contemporary Southwestern cuisine in a fun setting. Whether you join us for one of Tucson’s best Margaritas and a quick appetizer, or a delicious dinner on our covered patio, you’ll enjoy our delicious offerings and friendly service. The Javelina Cantina is open 2pm – 11pm on weekdays and 11am – 11pm on weekends. Registrants for the Saturday evening banquet will receive 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, near the El Con Mall or in downtown Tucson. Stop by the festival registration desk or the hotel front desk for ideas, and check out these links for meal and entertainment ideas:  downtowntucson.org/, visittucson.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 drosenblum@tucsonaudubon.org to cancel before July 1, 2018. 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?

General Information: (520) 209-1811
Email: lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org

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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