Difficulty: Moderate (May include walking along mostly level trail but with uneven surfaces for around 1 mile, one area with steep stairs. Please follow boat rules. Sunscreen highly recommended. Drive time to location about 80 minutes)
Attention: The arranged pontoon boat is out of commission. This trip most likely will not include boating, but slight chance it is fixed. Check out the top eBird hotspot in the state from a different perspective as we will be birding from a pontoon boat. Sonoita Creek Watershed Specialist, Howard Buchanan, will share with us the unique features of Patagonia Lake and the conservation challenges it faces. Mexican Duck, Ruddy Duck, and Neotropic and Double-crested Cormorants should be readily seen on the lake along with raptors and riparian species along the shore. Either before, or after the boat trip, we will explore some of the trails around the state park for more Arizona specialties, then we’ll head to the Paton Center for Hummingbirds for lunch, courtesy of local Gathering Grounds. Limited to 6 participants.
Violet-crowned Hummingbird by Greg Lavaty