SOUTHEAST ARIZONA BIRDING FESTIVAL
Pre- and Post-Festival Extension Trips
Consider extending your stay in southeast Arizona by attending one or more of our Pre and Post- Festival Trips that we are offering in partnership with Solipaso and Borderland Tours. Both companies are generously donating a portion of the registration fee to Tucson Audubon to help us continue protecting birds and habitat in the region.
Offerings from BORDERLAND TOURS
Pre-Festival Field Trip: Bird Communities of the Sky Islands in the Chiricahua Mountains with Borderland Tours
This three-day-long birding workshop in partnership with Tucson Audubon Society is designed for “Southeast Arizona Birding Festival” participants looking for insight into the ecological factors shaping the distribution and population dynamics of avian communities in Southeastern Arizona. Most of our time will be spent in the Chiricahua Mountains, the largest and most biologically diverse of the isolated sierras locally known as “Sky Islands.” Drawing species from six North American bio-geographical regions—three with their locus in Mexico—and spanning five of C. Hart Merriam’s life zones, the Chiricahuas are a living laboratory that supports most of the birds found in the American Southwest.
- Leader: Rick Taylor and/or John Yerger
- Cost of a this workshop includes guided birding, all meals, accommodations, entrance fees, and transportation from Tucson, Arizona—$795.
Post-Festival Field Trip: Alpine Arizona, Grand Canyon, & Condors with Borderland Tours
After soaking up the avian riches of Southeastern Arizona at the Tucson Audubon Society birding festival, we’ll have four days in the high, cool White Mountains of Central Arizona. The White Mountains essentially comprise the southernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains, where we’ll have chances for many birds that normally require a separate trip deeper into the Interior West of the United States. Species that most birders can’t picture nesting in Arizona such as Osprey and Bald Eagle, Downy and American Three-toed Woodpeckers, Williamson’s and Red-naped Sapsuckers, Gray and Pinyon Jays, Clark’s Nutcracker, American Dipper, Gray Catbird, and Mountain Bluebird are all possible. Rounding out our northern Arizona experience, we’ll also bird the environs of the Grand Canyon. A well-timed visit to the Vermilion Cliffs or Marble Canyon–or both–should position us to catch lift-off for America’s largest raptor, the magnificent California Condor. The American Birding Association even recently announced that Condors could now be “counted” per ABA rules, and second generation Condors are again breeding on remote cliffs within this colossal de facto wilderness. Though some may consider Condors the climax of any Arizona trip, for others the simply awe-inspiring vistas from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon will resonate long after our return to Tucson.
- Leader: John Yerger
- Cost of Alpine Arizona, Grand Canyon & Condors includes guided birding, all meals, accommodations, entrance fees, and transportation from Tucson, Arizona—$2295.