Difficulty: Moderate (4 mile round trip loop with elevation gain, and some rocky and uneven terrain.)

We’ll start our hike and bird from Proctor Road to Madera Picnic Area at Madera Canyon, one of the most renowned birding destinations in the United States. We will begin in the desert grasslands at Proctor Road, and bird our way up through mesquite bosque, cottonwood-sycamore-riparian, juniper-live oak, and finally ponderosa pine habitat. Target species include Acorn Woodpecker, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Mexican Jay, Wild Turkey, Bridled Titmouse, and Painted Redstart. On a lucky day we could also spot Arizona Woodpecker or an elusive Elegant Trogon. On our hike back down to Proctor Road, we’ll see the subtle shift in which species are active a bit later in the day. Wear hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Limited to 8 participants.

Painted Redstart by Matt Ellerbroek