Difficulty: Moderate (Will involve some walking on dirt/gravel trails and roads on mostly flat surface. Open areas with high exposure. Drive time to location about 90 minutes)

We’ll explore this 117,000 acre refuge with habitat that ranges from semi-desert grassland to cottonwoods and is uniquely managed for Masked Bobwhite Quail. Depending on water levels we may stop at Arivaca Cienega, Aguirre Lake, and the BANWR Headquarters. Swainson’s Hawk, Western Kingbird, Loggerhead Shrike, and Chihuahuan Meadowlark should be in the grassland areas, and we’ll keep our eyes open for early fall migrants like Lazuli Buntings. If water levels are high at Aguirre Lake we could expect a variety of shorebirds as well. Limited to 9 participants.

Swainson’s Hawk by Martin Molina