Difficulty: Moderate (Will include walking in the dark, some uphill on dirt trails and some paved road. Total distance about 2 miles.)
Sabino Canyon night hikes during monsoon season are a local favorite past-time. We will walk up in the light and walk down in the dark in search of birds, toads, snakes, bugs, and more! Good possibilities for Lesser Nighthawk and Common Poorwill at sunset and we’ll hope for monsoon rains so we can see and hear Spadefoots and giant Sonoran Desert Toads. Lizards, scorpions, and tarantulas are crowd favorites and maybe we’ll run into a Gila Monster. We will go at a slow pace and be sure to bring a water bottle and be prepared for hot weather. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover the nightlife with ZEISS thermal imaging cameras. Developed for nature enthusiasts, ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras deliver detailed images for extremely reliable species identification even in low light or total darkness. Participants will be able to try out the thermal imaging cameras to discover how they can be used to maximize their wildlife viewing experience.

Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is approximately 25 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 10 participants.

Giant Hairy Scorpion by Doris Evans