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General Information

  • All Field Trips are designed to maximize your safety, while also enjoying birds. CDC Guidelines are followed, maximum group size is 7 birders total, and participants must wear face coverings and observe safe distancing. Consultation with fellow Audubon chapters along with special training for field trip leaders help us to stay safe while birding together.
  • Participation in social activities, such as field trips, comes with an inherent risk of exposure to infectious disease. Prospective participants should self-evaluate or discuss with their doctor if their participation merits this risk. If you’re sick or experiencing any symptoms that indicate you might be sick, STAY HOME.
  • NOTE: Carpooling is suspended on Tucson Audubon field trips due to health concerns.
  • For general questions or help registering, contact lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org
  • Trip leaders: Learn more about them! Leaders are in charge of all aspects of the day’s birding.
  • Trip birding ethics: Tucson Audubon adheres to the ABA’s position on birding ethics.
  • To register for a trip: Click the registration link at the end of the trip’s description and you will receive a confirmation email. If the trip is full you’ll be put on the waiting list but won’t receive an email.
  • Waiting list: If a place becomes available, you will be contacted by us.
  • Cancellations: To cancel your reservation, please email lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org and the trip leader as soon as possible to free your space.
  • All Field Trips have been cancelled for the month of January due to the extremely high rate of COVID transmission currently in Arizona. We will re-evaluate on a monthly basis. If you have any questions, please contact Luke Safford at 520-576-6044. Thank you for understanding.

February Trips

February 3-Wednesday, 7:30 am & 7:45 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Both trips are FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leaders: Thomas Brown & Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

February 3-Wednesday, 8:00 am
Catalina State Park
Field trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
We will bird areas undamaged by the Bighorn Fire in this beautiful NW Tucson state park. Easy walking for a mile or so, with very minor elevation gain. We will meet at the very end of the entrance road in the picnic area that is fenced off from the parking lot (there is a small raised platform for concerts in this picnic area). Free entry with AZ State Park Pass or $7 per vehicle. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

February 5-Friday, 7:45 am
Gilbert Water Ranch
Field Trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Easy. Well-graded, mostly wheelchair accessible paths.
The Water Ranch is one of the top birding destinations in the Phoenix metro area, usually yielding 45-50 species in a typical two-hour cool season walk, including wintering waterfowl, waders, shorebirds, common desert species and often some surprises. A roseate spoonbill has moved in for weeks, and recent surprises have included a black-throated blue warbler. Wrap up around 10:30 am. Meeting place will be determined a few days before the trip. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leader: Kathe Anderson (kathe.coot@cox.net)

February 6-Saturday, 8:00 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
Field Trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Drinking water not available on trail. Restrooms at the Mason Center and one restroom midway on the 2.5 mile loop.
Join us for an introduction to birdwatching basics, during a pandemic, at our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Regional Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the trails and golf course pond. Meet at the Mason Center (3835 W. Hardy Rd.) on the corner of Hardy and Thornydale in NW Tucson. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leader: Jim Gessaman (jim.gessaman@gmail.com)

February 10-Wednesday, 7:15 am & 7:30 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Both Trips are FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leaders: Thomas Brown & Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

February 10-Wednesday, 8:00 am
Catalina State Park
Field Trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
We will bird areas undamaged by the Bighorn Fire in this beautiful NW Tucson state park. Easy walking for a mile or so, with very minor elevation gain. We will meet at the very end of the entrance road in the picnic area that is fenced off from the parking lot (there is a small raised platform for concerts in this picnic area). Free entry with AZ State Park Pass or $7 per vehicle. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

February 12-Friday, 8:00 am
Lakeside Park
Field Trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip Difficulty: Easy. 1.2 mile trip on concrete and paved surfaces. Restrooms are available.
Lakeside Park in southeast Tucson is a great place to get to know your urban birds. We’ll explore the lake and the adjacent lawns and ball fields. Likely sightings include Black-crowned Night-heron, Vermillion Flycatcher, Cooper’s Hawk, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lark Sparrow, and 25-30 more species! The month of December attracts several species of wintering ducks, allowing great views and comparison of species. We will meet in the parking lot off Stella Rd, near the NW corner of the lake and the soccer field. Wear good walking shoes, and dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars, and water and snacks as needed. Wrap up around 9:30 am. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

February 13-Saturday, 8:00 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
Field Trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Drinking water not available on trail. Restrooms at the Mason Center and one restroom midway on the 2.5 mile loop.
Join us for an introduction to birdwatching basics, during a pandemic, at our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Regional Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the trails and golf course pond. Meet at the Mason Center (3835 W. Hardy Rd.) on the corner of Hardy and Thornydale in NW Tucson. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

February 15-Monday, 8:00 am
Sabino Canyon Birding & Natural History
Field Trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Moderate. 3 mile hiking loop on some uneven rocky trails.
We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, with particular attention to the natural history of the canyon and the surrounding habitats, walking a loop that includes both Sonoran desert upland and Sabino Creek riparian area. Meet at the ramada by the Visitor’s Center at 5700 N Sabino Canyon Road. Requires national recreation area parking fee or pass. Sunhat, water and walking shoes are always recommended. Beginning birders welcome. Limit 5 participants and face covering is required.
Leader: Sabino Canyon Naturalist, Karen Vandergrift (kvandergrift@me.com)

February 17-Wednesday, 7:15 am & 7:30 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Both Trips are FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leaders: Thomas Brown & Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

February 20-Saturday, 8:00 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
Field Trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Drinking water not available on trail. Restrooms at the Mason Center and one restroom midway on the 2.5 mile loop.
Join us for an introduction to birdwatching basics, during a pandemic, at our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Regional Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the trails and golf course pond. Meet at the Mason Center (3835 W. Hardy Rd.) on the corner of Hardy and Thornydale in NW Tucson. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leader: Ray Deeney (raydeeney@comcast.net)

February 21-Sunday, 8:00 am
Agua Caliente Park
Field Trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip Difficulty: Easy. 1.2 Miles on paved and dirt surfaces. Restrooms are available.
Agua Caliente, literally meaning hot water, features a perennial warm spring and pond; the 101-acre park also includes a diversity of other habitats, attracting a wide variety of bird species. Winter is a great time to hear and see many of our local specialty birds, such as Gila Woodpecker, Curve-billed Thrasher, Cactus Wren, Verdin, Phainopepla, Abert’s Towhee, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, and Black-throated Sparrow. In winter the ponds are frequented by wintering ducks and Belted Kingfisher. We will likely see 20-35 species of birds. Dress warmly in layers, wear your walking shoes, bring your binoculars, and come get to know one of your local historical sites and urban birding hotspots. Meet in the main parking lot. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

February 24-Wednesday, 7:00 am & 7:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Both Trips are FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
This popular birding hotspot in urban Tucson offers an easy walk through marshes created by Tucson Water to see waterfowl, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leaders: Thomas Brown & Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

February 27-Saturday, 8:00 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
Field Trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Drinking water not available on trail. Restrooms at the Mason Center and one restroom midway on the 2.5 mile loop.
Join us for an introduction to birdwatching basics, during a pandemic, at our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Regional Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the trails and golf course pond. Meet at the Mason Center (3835 W. Hardy Rd.) on the corner of Hardy and Thornydale in NW Tucson. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required.
Leader: Jim Gessaman (jim.gessaman@gmail.com)

Oracle State Park--Mondays in December & January

Covid-Safe Guided Bird Walks, 8:15am. Limited space, by reservation only! Please call ahead - a reservation is required and the walk is limited to no more than 5 participants. Everyone must agree to wear a mask and socially distance on the trail during the entire guided bird walk. Join volunteer guide, Mary Ellen, each Monday morning at Oracle State Park. Oracle is a beautiful, quiet park at about 4500 feet elevation, with different habitat than Tucson, offering a chance to see higher elevation species. Meet at the Kannally Ranch House upper patio. The bird walk is free for AZ State Parks Annual Pass holders, or with park admission of $7 per vehicle. Call Oracle State Park to make a reservation: (520) 896-2425.

Birding Agua Caliente Park--Walks Canceled Until Further Notice

Pima County leads this walk -- online registration required at Pima County's website at www.pima.gov/nrpr.

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation offers this guided birding walk in the desert oasis of Agua Caliente Park to spot wetland birds, hummingbirds, songbirds, and raptors. Binoculars are available for use. 

When: Mar – Apr: 8:00 am, May – Aug: 7:30 am., Sept – Oct: 8:00 am, Nov – Feb: 8:30 am.

Where: Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Visit the Tucson Audubon Nature Shop at Agua Caliente Park after the walk.

Cost: Free with PCNRPR Membership, Non-PCNRPR Member $5 fee. Online registration required:  www.pima.gov/nrpr 

For more information: email eeducation@pima.gov , or call 520-615-7855. Further Pima County birding trips can be found here.

Birding Canoa Ranch--Walks Canceled Until Further Notice

Pima County leads this walk -- online registration required at Pima County's website at www.pima.gov/nrpr.
Join longtime local birder Brian Nicholas to see a wide variety of sparrows, raptors, and the possibility of waterfowl on the newly restored pond at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome.

When: Every Saturday in March and April, 8-10 am.
Where: Historic Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley 85622
Cost: Free with PCNRPR Membership, Non-PCNRPR Member $5 fee. Online registration required: www.pima.gov/nrpr
For more information: www.pima.gov/canoaranch; email: CanoaRanch@pima.gov or call 520-724-5375

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Liability Waiver: All participants on Tucson Audubon field trips are required to sign a standard waiver. If you would like to read the waiver before the trip, view it here.

Departure Times: Please arrive before the departure time listed in the trip description. Trips will leave promptly at the time given.

Please dress appropriately for your field trip. Always wear sturdy shoes, a hat, and use sun protection. Bring plenty of snacks and water for yourself. Always bring your binoculars, your field guide, and for most trips a scope can be useful. Bring money to cover your share of the carpooling expenses and any required entry fees (i.e. state parks).

NOTE: Carpooling is temporarily suspended on Tucson Audubon field trips due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Tucson Audubon strongly encourages carpooling and the sharing of the driver's fuel expenses. Drivers and trip leaders are not expected to contribute.

Basha's Grocery Store: Catalina, AZ. parking lot at the northeast corner of the intersection of Oracle Rd. and Golder Ranch Rd.
 
Commuter lot at Oracle and Ina:  One block west of the intersection of Oracle and Ina, on the south side of the street.  Actual location is Via Ponte and W. Ina Rd.
 
Empty Grocery Store Lot at Irvington and I-19: On the north side of Irvington just east of I-19.
 
Houghton and I-10: Exit 275 off of I-10 on the north side of I-10 there is a large dirt parking lot used by commuters
 
McDonald's (Tucson) on the northeast corner of Tanque Verde Rd. and Catalina Highway.   We meet on the east side a bit away from where patrons would park.
 
McDonald's (Green Valley) Use the Continental Rd. exit off of I-19 and turn right to the McDonald's.  We meet in the right most portion of the parking lot as one is facing the restaurant.

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447