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Sandhill Cranes by Lois Manowitz

Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area with Scott Crabtree

Registration fee: $35/member, $50/non-member*

Trip difficulty: Easy, 1-2 miles on flat dirt paths. Restrooms (port-a-potties) available. No water available. Little to no shade available. 

An oasis in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert grassland, Whitewater Draw is known for its amazing numbers of wintering Sandhill Cranes (10,000+). This Important Bird Area is the winter home for many species of waterfowl (Northern Pintail, Gadwall, possible Snow Goose) and raptors (Northern Harrier, falcons, possible Bald Eagle) among the many other species found in this marsh/desert habitat. Carpooling to location will be arranged among participants and we’ll be leaving the Tucson area at 7:30am, and arriving at Whitewater about 9:30am. Time-permitting we will plan to visit a few roadside stops on our way back. We’ll plan to arrive back in Tucson by 4pm. Plan for colder weather and bring a lunch. Limited to 12 participants.

Leader will have a spotting scope; participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. This trip also provides good photographic opportunities.

Field Trip Leader: Scott Crabtree (the.crabtrees51@gmail.com)

Registration required

*Why does this event cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community


Header image: Sandhill Cranes by Lois Manowitz

Join Waitlist ($$)




7:30 am - 4:00 pm


$35/member, $50/non-member

Trip Features

All Levels,
Benches onsite,
Outside Tucson,
Paid Trip


Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area


Scott Crabtree

Volunteer Field Trip Leader