Your first birding visit
Be sure to check out the package deals 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.
Here are some resources to help you plan a trip to Southeast Arizona:
- NEW! Check out our online Tucson Birding Trail Map at tucsonaudubon.org/tucsonbirdtrail. Find info on 45 birding locations in and around Tucson, separated by habitat type! Pick up a FREE printed copy at our Nature Shops.
- Look for an upcoming free Tucson Audubon field trip
- Check the Southeast Arizona Rare Bird Alert
- Discover local Tucson area birding locations
- Accessible Tucson birding locations
- Explore Tucson area birding month by month
- Learn tips for safe desert birding
- Southeast Arizona birding & nature books recommended by our Nature Shops
Birds & Business Alliance Services
Check out the Birds & Business Alliance members to find a local guide, lodging, restaurant, and more services from the organizations who partner with Tucson Audubon to serve the community through conservation, education, and recreation programs. www.tucsonaudubon.org/who-we-are/business-members/bbainfo.html