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Introduction to Sonoran Desert Birds: Isabella Lee Natural Preserve

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

This trip is intended for people new to birding or for birders from other regions who want to learn some of the common birds in Tucson. We’ll practice identifying birds by shape, sound, color, and behavior and will discuss the connections between the birds and their habitats. We’ll focus more on enjoying the birds that show up rather than on a long list of birds. Participants will be introduced to some great resources for getting started with desert birding.

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 10 participants. Binoculars will be provided for those who need them.

Leader: Karen Howe (


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7:30 am - 10:30 pm

Trip Features

All Levels,
Shade Available


Isabella Lee Natural Preserve


Karen Howe

Volunteer Field Trip Leader