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Springtime Birding by Ear: Isabella Lee Natural Preserve

Trip Difficulty: Moderate. Walk 2-3 miles primarily on dirt paths that are uneven and sandy in places.

A trip for birders who have some experience birding in the Sonoran Desert and want to practice birding by ear. We’ll explore the mesquite bosque, a once prevalent but now threatened habitat, along the Agua Caliente wash moving slowly to stop and listen closely to the birds.

We’ll walk about 2 miles on trails and in washes that are uneven and sandy in places. Bring a sunhat, drinking water and wear sturdy walking shoes.

Meet in the parking area at the very end of N Bonanza Ave (there are two small parking areas – park in either one). N Bonanza Road is accessed by taking a right turn from E Tanque Verde Rd after The Lakes at Castle Rock community. Use the coordinates and/or Google maps link below to avoid going to the wrong entrance to the preserve.

Address/coordinates: 32.24291576922329, -110.7812686041839 | Google maps link:

Limited to 12 participants.

Leaders: Matt Griffiths (Audubon Staff), Karen Howe (

Registration for this trip is free. Register here beginning Feb 11, 7:00 AM.


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7:30 am - 10:00 am

Trip Features

All Levels,
Shade Available


Isabella Lee Natural Preserve


Karen Howe

Volunteer Field Trip Leader


Matt Griffiths

Tucson Audubon Communications Coordinator