Difficulty: Easy (Flat walking trails. Drive time to location approximately 75 minutes.)

The famous Paton Center for Hummingbirds is known for its backyard birds and scenic location dating back to 1973. Wally and Marion Paton first began inviting birders into their yard shortly after moving to Patagonia, and after their passing, the center was acquired by the Tucson Audubon Society. Since then we’ve worked to improve the habitat by removing invasive plants, installing pollinator gardens, and much more. Explore the area with Invasive Plant Program Manager, Jay Snowdon, and Phil Chaon, co-author of Habitats of the World and you’re sure to find Violet-crowned Hummingbirds amidst the array of riparian specialty birds. Limited to 8 participants.

Violet-crowned Hummingbird by Greg Lavaty