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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 temporarily 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 American Birding Association’s position on birding ethics.
  • To register for a trip: Click on the registration link at the end of that trip’s description and you will receive a confirmation email. If the trip is full you will be put on the waiting list but will not 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.

NOTE: All field trips now require you to register. Because we have limited field trips, please consider registering for only one field trip per month.

 

September Trips

September 23-Wednesday, 6:30 am & 6:45 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
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. September is a great month for migrating flycatchers and warblers. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required. Both times are FULL. Please click here to be added to the waitlist.
Leaders: Thomas Brown & Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

September 30-Wednesday, 6:30 am & 6:45 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
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. September is a great month for migrating flycatchers and warblers. Birders of all experience levels welcome! The Wetlands are located at 2511 W Sweetwater Drive. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required. Both times are FULL. Please click here to be added to the waitlist.
Leaders: Thomas Brown & Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

October Trips

October 7-Wednesday, 6:45 am & 7:00 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
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. Both times are FULL,  Please click here to be added to the waitlist.
Leaders: Thomas Brown & Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

October 14-Wednesday, 6:45 am & 7:00 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
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. Both times are FULL. Please click here to be added to the wait list.
Leaders: Thomas Brown (FocusOnFeathers@hotmail.com) & Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

October 16-Friday, 7:30 am
Lower Madera on Foot
Trip difficulty: Moderate. 4 mile round trip loop with elevation gain, and some rocky and uneven terrain.
Do you like to hike as much as bird? If so, then you will enjoy this trip birding 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 5 species of woodpecker including Arizona Woodpecker, Mexican Jay, Wild Turkey, Bridled Titmouse, & Painted Redstart. 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. Meet in the Proctor Road parking lot. ($8 Day Pass required per vehicle, and available for purchase at the parking lot. Interagency Pass accepted.) Wear hiking shoes, hat for sun, and dress in light layers. Bring binoculars, water, and your Interagency Pass if you have one. Wrap up around 10:30 am. Limited to 5 total participants and face covering required. Field Trip is FULL. Please click here to be added to the waitlist.
Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

October 21-Wednesday, 6:45 am & 7:00 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
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. Both times are FULL. Please click here to be added to the wait list.
Leaders: Thomas Brown & Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

October 28-Wednesday, 6:45 am & 7:00 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
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. Both times are FULL. Please click here to be added to the wait list.
Leaders: Thomas Brown & Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

Wednesday mornings at Sweetwater Wetlands

Start time: 6 am, May-August
Registration now required
(Please note changes to access from the north: https://azdot.gov/node/15795)
Trip rating: easy; Walking distance: 1 mile; Trip duration: 2 hr; Elevation gain: none; Ground condition: concrete and dirt trails. Restrooms at the trailhead.
Join Luke Safford for an easy walk through the Sweetwater Wetlands 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.
Contact Luke with questions, lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org.
Every Wednesday. Start times: Mar - Apr: 7 am, May - Aug: 6 am, Sep: 6:30 am, Oct: 7 am, Nov - Feb: 8 am.

Learn about Sweetwater Wetlands

Thursday Mornings - Birding Agua Caliente Park

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

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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Meet our fantastic field trip leaders!

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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300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
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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

color_square_face_right

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