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Sonoita Grasslands & Vineyards, Arizona  Trip is FULL

September 28, 2019

Rolling high desert grasslands, grassy oak savannas, and riparian woodlands, along with elevations around 5000 feet, combine to create a spectacular landscape that stands in sharp contrast to the cactus-filled Sonoran Desert less than an hour’s drive away. This unique ecosystem provides habitat for many avian species, notably grassland specialists, including up to 14 species of sparrow. Here we can find Cassin’s, Botteri’s and Grasshopper Sparrows, “Lilian’s” Eastern Meadowlark, Loggerhead Shrike, Horned Lark, and White-tailed Kite. In addition, we’ll have the opportunity to look for riparian-associated species, including Gray and Zone-tailed Hawks, Cassin’s Kingbird, Blue Grosbeak, and Yellow Warbler, along with late fall migrants.

This is also Arizona’s wine country and we’ll make a stop for a tasting at Sonoita Vineyards. After a stop for lunch at Copper Brothel Brewery in Sonoita, we’ll visit Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and search for any of those grassland specialties that we may not have found in the morning.

Trip includes transportation, lunch, and a wine tasting, as well as the services of your skilled leaders. Trip limited to 14 participants.

Leaders: Luke Safford and Eric Scheuering
Fee: $150 members // $185 non-members
Deposit: $75

See more Birding Excursions at tucsonaudubon.org/excursions

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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

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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

color_square_face_right

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