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Tucson Birding Trail Map

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mapPrinted Map Available NOW!

A printed version of this map was produced by Tucson Audubon Society and Tucson Parks and Recreation Department with a grant from the Arizona Game and Fish Department Heritage Fund, and with additional funds from Tucson Parks and Recreation Department. It is now available at the Tucson Audubon Nature Shops, Tucson Parks and Recreation sites other sites.

Birding Ethics

Approach birding with the health and safety of nesting birds and bird populations as your first priority. For more on how to protect birds while birding see the American Birding Association's statement of birding ethics at www.aba.org/about/ethics.html. 

Health and Safety

Remember that you are in a desert. Besides your binoculars and field guide, always take water and a hat, and wear shoes that protect your feet. Due to the dry air, dehydration can happen much faster than you expect, even when temperatures are not extreme. Carry and drink more water than you think you need. Since your body will lose electrolytes surprisingly quickly in the desert air, also drink liquids formulated to restore electrolytes. Effects of dehydration and related loss of electrolytes can come on quickly, with disorientation and confusion being warning signs to heed. Long pants and long sleeves are recommended to protect from sunburn, thorny plants and (during the summer rains) mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus. Be aware that your surroundings could contain rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, javelinas, coyotes, scorpions and other animals that should not be approached.  Watch where you step, reach or sit.  In the summer be aware that rain showers can cause flash flooding in usually-dry drainages, even if it is not raining at your location. Please stay on established roads and trails, and always respect private property.

Reporting Birds

We strongly encourage birders to track their sightings in eBird (www.ebird.org). eBird facilitates listing the species you have seen and also makes the information available to scientists and other birders. Records of bird sightings are available on eBird for each of the sites described below (except The Loop), even if you don’t have a free eBird account. If you see an unusual species, or one you think may be unusual, also report it to the Rare Bird Alert at 629-0510 x3 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For very unusual sightings, gather enough information for evaluation by the Arizona Bird Committee (see http://abc.azfo.org/).