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Birding Field Trips

 General Information

  • All Field Trips are designed to maximize your safety, while also enjoying birds. CDC Guidelines are followed, maximum group size is no more then 12 birders total, participants are encouraged to observe safe distancing, and face coverings are strongly requested for those who are not fully vaccinated for Covid-19.
  • 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.
  • For general questions or help registering, contact khowe@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: We encourage you to sign up on the waiting list for any trip you’re interested in as we do regularly have cancellations. If a place becomes available, you will be contacted by us.
  • Cancellations: To cancel your reservation, please email khowe@tucsonaudubon.org and the trip leader as soon as possible to free your space. For fee-based trips, please see below for our refund policy.

Please limit yourself to two field trips/month. Thank you for understanding.

January ’22 Field Trips

January 26- Wednesday, 7:45 am & 8:00 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Field Trip is FULLClick 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 10 participants per group.
Leaders: Robert Mesta, Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

January 27- Thursday, 7:00 am
Chestnut-collared Longspurs in Chihuahuan Grassland
Field Trip is FULL Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate. Be prepared to walk over uneven terrain in tall grass and be prepared for very cold conditions at the start.

Possibly the fastest declining bird in all of North America, the Chestnut-collared Longspur has declined by more than 87% since 1966, largely due to habitat loss on its breeding grounds in north-central U.S., and its wintering grounds in the American southwest and north-central Mexico. For over 10 years, Jennie MacFarland, Tucson Audubon’s Bird Conservation Biologist, has been leading surveys in Southeast Arizona’s grasslands to learn more about how we can support and protect this imperiled species. We will be collecting actual data for our ongoing study and recording what grass species are present where we find longspurs. 
Directions for meeting location to be sent out to participants. Limited to 12 participants.
Leader: Jennie MacFarland, TAS Bird Conservation Biologist (jmacfarland@tucsonaudubon.org)
Registration fee: $20/member, $40/non-member*
*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community.

January 28- Friday, 8:00 am
Pink Hill Loop-Saguaro NP East
Field Trip is FULL | Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Moderate. 4.25 mile loop on mostly level trails, though sometimes soft or rocky.  No facilities available.
Greet the sunrise with the songbirds on this moderately paced hike in Saguaro National Park East. We should see or hear many of the iconic birds of the Sonoran Desert including Gila Woodpecker, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Verdin, Black-throated Sparrow, and Rufous-winged Sparrow. Gilded Flicker and Greater Roadrunner are always possible. We’ll pause a few minutes on top of Pink Hill to take in the expansive view of the Park and Tucson, and then bird our way back to the parking lot, listening and looking for those birds we haven’t yet seen. 

Meet in the Broadway Trailhead parking area on the north side of Saguaro NP. Wear hiking shoes, dress in layers, and pack a minimum of one quart of water. Bring your binoculars. Wrap up by 11 am. Limit 8 participants.
Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

January 29- 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 at the Tucson Audubon 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 10 participants.
This program is offered in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). To view more programs offered by the NRPR Environmental Education Team, visit here.
Leader: James Gessaman (jim.gessaman@gmail.com)

Please limit yourself to two field trips/month. Thank you for understanding.

February ’22 Field Trips

February 2- Wednesday, 7:30 am & 7:45 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Field Trip is 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 10 participants per group.
Leaders: Robert Mesta and Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

February 3- Thursday, 8:00 am
Pena Blanca Lake
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Moderate, some stairs and inclines; Walking Distance: About 1 to 1.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 – 3 hours; Three pit toilets around the lake and one at the starting point in the picnic area.
With 282 species reported through eBird at this medium-sized lake in the Pajarito Mountains you never know what you may find. In February, we’ll look for some of our resident and wintering birds like Ruddy Ducks, Red-naped Sapsucker, and Canyon Towhees and keep our eyes open for rarities. The lake is about 90 minutes south of Tucson and directions to the meeting location will be sent out to registrants the week of the trip. Limited to 8 participants.
Leader: Rob Rutledge (Merlin32757@gmail.com)
Registration fee: $20/member, $40/non-member*
*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community.

February 4- Friday, 8:15 am
Oracle State Park
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Bird beautiful Oracle State Park situated at 4500 ft. elevation which means cooler temperatures and the chance to see some higher elevation species like Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay, Crissal Thrasher, and Canyon Towhee. Walk 1-2 miles on fairly level terrain and meet at the Kannally Ranch House/Visitor Ctr. at end of access road. Restrooms available. $7 entrance fee per vehicle or free with Arizona State Park Pass. Limited to 10 participants.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

February 4- Friday, 8:00 am
Sabino Canyon
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip Rating: Easy. Walking Distance: 3 miles. Elevation Gain: 25 feet. Ground Conditions: Rocky Trails.

We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, 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. Parking fee or pass required ($8 per car). Return by 11 am. Sunhat, water and walking shoes always recommended. Beginning birders welcome. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 12 participants.
Leaders: Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh (jhhenge@gmail.com)

February 4- Friday, 8:00 am
Salt River (Phoenix Metro Area)
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Complete Covid-19 vaccination is required.

Trip difficulty: Easy. Uneven surfaces, but fairly easy walking.
Before the winter influx of waterfowl begin to leave, let’s explore the Salt River, and look for ducks, cormorants, grebes, and probably Common Gallinules. (One day last year, we got 14 species of ducks!) In addition, we can hope for Bald Eagles, a few shorebirds and reliable desert species. We will start at the Salt River, working our way upstream at several recreation sites, to finish with lunch in a picnic ramada at Saguaro Lake. Wrap up about 1:30pm. Participants should bring their National Parks Pass if they have one as well as lunch, snacks, and water. Meeting place will be determined a few days before the trip. Limited to 7 participants.
Leader: Kathe Anderson (kathe.coot@cox.net)

February 5- 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 at the Tucson Audubon 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 10 participants.
This program is offered in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). To view more programs offered by the NRPR Environmental Education Team, visit here.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

February 5- Saturday 8:00 am
Lincoln Park-Atturbury Wash
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.

Trip difficulty: Easy. 1.5 mile loop over mostly level dirt paths. Public restrooms are available.
The portion of Lincoln Regional Park along Atturbury Wash in SE Tucson provides a mix of urban and natural habitat. This is a good place for beginning birders to get to know some of the most common birds living in the Tucson area, as well as many of the plants and trees they rely upon. Expect to see around 20 species of birds.
Meet in the Atturbury Wash parking lot at the NE corner of Lincoln Regional Park off Escalante Rd. Wrap up around 10:30 am. Limit 12 participants.
Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

February 6- Sunday, 8:00 am
Urban Birding for Complete Beginners- Reid Park
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Join Kirsten Howe on bi-monthly birding walks designed for those new to birding and Tucson Audubon! These walks will be held in a different urban park each time and will focus on using binoculars, understanding bird behavior, and finding and identifying Tucson’s most iconic avian neighbors! Some of the birds we’re likely to see include Vermilion Flycatcher, Cactus Wren, Cooper’s Hawk, Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Gambel’s Quail, and others!
This walk is designed for those with little to no birding experience and those who have attended fewer than 5 Tucson Audubon birding field trips. Limited to 10 participants. Full details will be emailed to registered participants prior to the walk.
Leader: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org)

February 8 – Tuesday, 9:00 am
Whitewater Draw
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.

We’ll head down to Whitewater Draw to watch the Sandhill Cranes which winter in the Sulphur Springs Valley by the thousands. Along with the cranes there should be a good number of waterfowl and raptors to keep our eyes out for too. No need to get up early–we’ll leave at 9am from Tucson and arrive at Whitewater as the cranes start returning from the surrounding agricultural fields. Plan for colder weather and pack a lunch. We’ll plan to be back in Tucson by 4pm. Limited to 12 participants.
Leader: Luke Safford, (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)
*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community.

February 9- Wednesday, 7:15 am & 7:30 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Field Trip is 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 10 participants per group.
Leaders: Robert Mesta (robertmesta@cox.net) and Rob Rutledge (merlin32757@gmail.com)

February 10- Thursday, 8:30 am
Birding For Every BODY at Canoa Ranch
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Join Marcia OBara for a leisurely birding experience designed for nature lovers with accessibility challenges; wheelchairs, walkers, or other assistive devices are welcome. The pace is slow, distance short, and terrain even. This month’s birding explores the emerging birding hotspot of Historic Canoa Ranch where we hope to see waterfowl, raptors, sparrows, and a lot more. Finish up by 10 am. To view a complete accessibility review for this location, visit the official Birdability Map. For more information: email fieldtrips@tucsonaudubon.orgeeducation@pima.gov, or call 520-724-5375. Limited to 8 participants.
This program is offered in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). To view more programs offered by the NRPR Environmental Education Team, visit here.
Leader: Marcia OBara, (623-451-7064)

February 11- Friday, 8:15 am
Oracle State Park
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Bird beautiful Oracle State Park situated at 4500 ft. elevation which means cooler temperatures and the chance to see some higher elevation species like Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay, Crissal Thrasher, and Canyon Towhee. Walk 1-2 miles on fairly level terrain and meet at the Kannally Ranch House/Visitor Ctr. at end of access road. Restrooms available. $7 entrance fee per vehicle or free with Arizona State Park Pass. Limited to 10 participants.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

February 12- 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 at the Tucson Audubon 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 10 participants.
This program is offered in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). To view more programs offered by the NRPR Environmental Education Team, visit here.
Leader: James Gessaman (jim.gessaman@gmail.com)

February 14- 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. Limited to 10 participants.
Leaders: Karen Vandergrift (kvandergrift@me.com)

February 15- Tuesday, 7:00 AM
San Pedro House Trails (Sierra Vista, AZ)
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Trip difficulty: Easy, ~3 miles walking distance over mostly level terrain, some ups/downs in wash/river area, muddy conditions are possible in sections. Dress in layers, as dawn can be frosty near the river. Public restrooms are available at the parking lot.
We start our birding along the edges of the San Pedro House parking lot, where birds often perch up to take in the dawn sun. Volunteers keep seed feeders on the grounds around the house, and we’ll check those for sparrows, towhees, doves, and other feeder birds. After that we will head out on a loop around the grasslands, birding dirt roads and trails, while enjoying a view of the snow-capped Huachuca Mountains. A side trail to the pond(s), depending on conditions and recent sightings, will allow us to check for waterfowl and kingfishers. From the pond, we’ll find a trail to the river, and make our way downstream, checking river edges and the tall cottonwoods for both birds and mammals. A short climb out of the river bottom puts us again in the open grasslands, and on our trail back to the house grounds. The grounds and feeder stations are worthy of a recheck, as some birds do not get active until later in the morning. Wrap up by noon. The leader plans to enjoy an early lunch at one of the picnic areas, you are welcome to join if you’d like. Please plan to bring your own water, lunch or snacks. Meeting spot: East side of the San Pedro House parking lot (9800 AZ-90, Sierra Vista, AZ). Limited to 10 participants.
Leader: Julie Michael (jbirdsaz123@gmail.com)
Registration fee: $20/member, $40/non-member*
*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community.

February 16- Wednesday, 7:15 am & 7:30 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Field Trip is 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 10 participants per group.
Leaders: Rob Rutledge and Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

February 19- 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 at the Tucson Audubon 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 10 participants.
This program is offered in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). To view more programs offered by the NRPR Environmental Education Team, visit here.
Leader: Ray Deeney (raydeeney@comcast.net)

February 22- Tuesday, 7:00 am
Santa Cruz Flats: Raptors
Field Trip is FULL. Click here to be added to the waitlist.
Complete Covid-19 vaccination is required.
Trip Rating: Very Easy with only short jaunts from the vehicles 
We’ll drive around this agricultural area north of Marana and look for a number of winter visitors (the birds!).  Target species will include a number of raptors such as Crested Caracara, but also Bendire’s Thrashers, Sagebrush Sparrows, and Mountain Plovers.  Return early afternoon. Bring water, snacks and/or lunch; scope would also be useful. Please note, there are no restrooms available in this area.
Limited to 11 participants; final meeting instructions by email.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris, (tnhelentjaris@msn.com)
Registration fee: $20/member, $40/non-member*
*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community.

February 23- Wednesday, 7:00 am & 7:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Field Trip is 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 10 participants per group.
Leaders: Robert Mesta and Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

February 25- Friday, 8:00 am
Madera Canyon
Field Trip is FULL. | Click here to be added to the waitlist.

We will slowly bird Madera Canyon from Proctor Road up the canyon to Santa Rita Lodge and back. Walking on uneven terrain for about 3.5 miles with a 450’ elevation gain. Recommend bringing water, snacks and/or lunch, although Santa Rita Lodge does sell beverages and snacks. Depending on birdiness, we expect to be back at Proctor Road between 12pm and 1pm. Limited to 6 participants.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)
Registration fee: $20/member, $40/non-member*

*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community.

February 26- 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 at the Tucson Audubon 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 10 participants.
This program is offered in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). To view more programs offered by the NRPR Environmental Education Team, visit here.
Leader: James Gessaman (jim.gessaman@gmail.com)

February 27- Sunday, 8:00 AM
Urban Birding for Complete Beginners- Kennedy Park
If you are a new birder and would like to join this trip, please email Kirsten Howe at khowe@tucsonaudubon.org to be added.
Join Kirsten Howe on bi-monthly birding walks designed for those new to birding and Tucson Audubon! These walks will be held in a different urban park each time and will focus on using binoculars, understanding bird behavior, and finding and identifying Tucson’s most iconic avian neighbors! Some of the birds we’re likely to see include Vermilion Flycatcher, Cactus Wren, Cooper’s Hawk, Gila Woodpecker, Verdin, Gambel’s Quail, and others!
This walk is designed for those with little to no birding experience and those who have attended fewer than 5 Tucson Audubon birding field trips. Limited to 10 participants. Full details will be emailed to registered participants prior to the walk.
Leader: Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org)

Please note, registration for all March field trips will remain closed until February 12 at 12:00 AM MST. At that time, registration will open and remain open until the start of the each field trip.

Please limit yourself to two field trips/month. Thank you for understanding.

March ’22 Field Trips

March 2- Wednesday, 7:00 am & 7:15 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
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 10 participants per group.
Leaders: Robert Mesta and Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

March 3- Thursday, 8:00 am
Pena Blanca Lake
Registration fee: $20/member, $40/non-member* | Register Here beginning February 12
Trip difficulty: Moderate, some stairs and inclines; Walking Distance: About 1 to 1.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 – 3 hours; Three pit toilets around the lake and one at the starting point in the picnic area.
With 282 species reported through eBird at this medium-sized lake in the Pajarito Mountains you never know what you may find. In February, we’ll look for some of our resident and wintering birds like Ruddy Ducks, Red-naped Sapsucker, and Canyon Towhees and keep our eyes open for rarities. The lake is about 90 minutes south of Tucson and directions to the meeting location will be sent out to registrants the week of the trip. Limited to 8 participants.
Leader: Rob Rutledge (Merlin32757@gmail.com)
*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community.

March 4- Friday, 8:15 am
Oracle State Park
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
Bird beautiful Oracle State Park situated at 4500 ft. elevation which means cooler temperatures and the chance to see some higher elevation species like Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay, Crissal Thrasher, and Canyon Towhee. Walk 1-2 miles on fairly level terrain and meet at the Kannally Ranch House/Visitor Ctr. at end of access road. Restrooms available. $7 entrance fee per vehicle or free with Arizona State Park Pass. Limited to 10 participants.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

March 4- Friday, 8:00 am
Sabino Canyon
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
Trip Rating: Easy. Walking Distance: 3 miles. Elevation Gain: 25 feet. Ground Conditions: Rocky Trails.

We’ll bird Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, 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. Parking fee or pass required ($8 per car). Return by 11 am. Sunhat, water and walking shoes always recommended. Beginning birders welcome. Leaders are Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists. Limit 12 participants.
Leaders: Jean & Mark Hengesbaugh (jhhenge@gmail.com)

March 5- Saturday, 8:00 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
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 at the Tucson Audubon 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 10 participants.
This program is offered in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). To view more programs offered by the NRPR Environmental Education Team, visit here.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

March 6-  Sunday, 7:15 AM
Gilbert Water Ranch and Tempe Town Lake (Phoenix Metro Area)
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
Complete Covid-19 vaccination is required.
Trip difficulty: Easy. Well-graded, mostly wheelchair accessible paths.

We’ll start at Gilbert Water Ranch, 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 been visiting regularly, hanging around with the egrets. After a break, we’ll take a quick detour to Tempe Town Lake, to see what we can add to our list. The Lake can host deeper diving birds, as well as Osprey and Bald Eagles. Wrap up around 11:30 am. Limited to 7 participants. 
Leader: Kathe Anderson (kathe.coot@cox.net)

March 8- Tuesday, 6:00 AM
Santa Cruz Flats: Desert Thrashers
Registration fee: $20/member, $40/non-member* | Register Here beginning February 12
Trip difficulty: Moderate; Walking Distance: less than 2 miles; Trip Duration: return by noon; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: gravel roads and some walking through desert scrub. No established restrooms on site.
Another under-birded area relatively close to Tucson along Night Sky Rd. in the southwest corner of the Santa Cruz Flats, we’ll be targeting the thrashers that are found here on the Pima-Pinal County lines, including LeConte’s, Sage, and Bendire’s Thrashers; (this area is the closest location of LeConte’s Thrasher to Tucson).  There will also be a chance for Sagebrush and other Sparrows and a number of raptors and other birds on our return through the agricultural areas of the Flats.
Wear good walking shoes and layered clothes, bring binoculars, a few scopes for the group would be helpful, water and snacks.  Limited to 11 participants.  Instructions for meet-up will be emailed to registered participants before the trip.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris (tnhelentjaris@msn.com)

March 9- Wednesday, 6:45 am & 7:00 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
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 10 participants per group.
Leaders: Robert Mesta (robertmesta@cox.net) and Rob Rutledge (merlin32757@gmail.com)

March 11- Friday, 8:00 am
Birding For Every BODY at Agua Caliente Park
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
Join Marcia OBara for a leisurely birding experience designed for nature lovers with accessibility challenges; wheelchairs, walkers, or other assistive devices are welcome. The pace is slow, distance short, and terrain even. This month’s birding explores the emerging birding hotspot of Agua Caliente Park where we hope to see waterfowl, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches and more. Finish up by 9:30 am. Each registered participant is welcome to bring a support person. To view a complete accessibility review for this location, visit the official Birdability Map. For more information: email fieldtrips@tucsonaudubon.orgeeducation@pima.gov, or call 520-724-5375. Limited to 8 participants.
This program is offered in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). To view more programs offered by the NRPR Environmental Education Team, visit here.
Leader: Marcia OBara, (623-451-7064)

March 11- Friday, 8:15 am
Oracle State Park
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
Bird beautiful Oracle State Park situated at 4500 ft. elevation which means cooler temperatures and the chance to see some higher elevation species like Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay, Crissal Thrasher, and Canyon Towhee. Walk 1-2 miles on fairly level terrain and meet at the Kannally Ranch House/Visitor Ctr. at end of access road. Restrooms available. $7 entrance fee per vehicle or free with Arizona State Park Pass. Limited to 10 participants.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)

March 13- Sunday, 7:30 am
Fort Lowell Park
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
Trip difficulty: Easy. 1 mile loop on mostly level ground. Restroom facilities available.
Fort Lowell Park, in central Tucson features historic buildings and a bit of local history, and also offers a mix of urban and natural habitat, making it home to a wide variety of bird species.  We’ll bird the lawns and trees at the historic site for urban birds as well as the chance for sighting members of a small resident group of Eastern Bluebirds. The small pond attracts wintering ducks, especially American Wigeons. We’ll then bird the more natural area along Pantano Wash for Sonoran desert birds. The pecan grove attracts woodpeckers, and is also one of the best places to find a White-winged Dove in the winter months.  In all we’ll see 20-30 species. Meet in the main parking lot. Bring your binoculars. Wrap up by 9:30 am. Limited to 12 participants.

Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com)

March 14- Monday, 8:00 am
Sabino Canyon Birding & Natural History
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
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. Limited to 10 participants.
Leaders: Karen Vandergrift (kvandergrift@me.com)

March 15- Tuesday, 9:00 AM
Tubac De Anza Hawk Watch
Registration fee: $20/member, $40/non-member* | Register Here beginning February 12
Join Luke Safford and Stephen Vaughan at Ron Morris Park in Tubac to document northward migration of raptors along the Santa Cruz River corridor. For several years the Tubac Hawk watch has counted up to 22 species of raptors in this area during the month of March, including Common Black-Hawk, Gray Hawk, and Zone-tailed Hawk. We suggest you bring binoculars, folding chairs, hats, sunscreen, lunch, and water. This outing is mostly stationary at the park and will not involve walking the trail, although you are welcome to do so on your own. Meet at Ron Morris Park, Tubac, AZ. Limited to 20 participants.
Leader: Stephen Vaughan and Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)
*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community.

March 16- Wednesday, 6:45 am & 7:00 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
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 10 participants per group.
Leaders: Robert Mesta and Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

March 19- Saturday, 8:00 am
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
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 at the Tucson Audubon 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 10 participants.
This program is offered in partnership with Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR). To view more programs offered by the NRPR Environmental Education Team, visit here.
Leader: Ray Deeney (raydeeney@comcast.net)

March 19-Saturday 7:30 am
Isabella Lee Natural Preserve
Trip difficulty: Moderate. 2.5 mile loop over level, but often soft, uneven and dusty terrain. No restrooms are available.
Isabella Lee Natural Preserve, at the confluence of Agua Caliente and Tanque Verde washes in northeast Tucson, is a mesquite bosque providing year-round habitat for resident and migrating birds.  Mid-March brings large numbers of Lucy’s Warblers and Bell’s Vireos to the bosque to breed. Many year-round residents will also be singing on territory, and we’ll be on the lookout for migrating songbirds making a brief stop at the preserve to refuel.  Join us for this listen and locate treasure hunt.  Wear good hiking shoes, dress in layers, and bring binoculars. Meet in the dirt parking area on the northeast corner of the Preserve; from Tanque Verde Road take Bonanza Road south to the end of the road. Wrap up around 10:30 am. Limited to 10 participants. 

Leader: Holly Kleindienst (hollykleindienst@gmail.com

March 23- Wednesday, 6:45 am & 7:00 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
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 10 participants per group.
Leaders:  Luke Safford and Kirsten Howe (khowe@tucsonaudubon.org)

March 25- Friday, 8:00 am
Madera Canyon
Registration fee: $20/member, $40/non-member* | Register Here beginning February 12

We will slowly bird Madera Canyon from Proctor Road up the canyon to Santa Rita Lodge and back. Walking on uneven terrain for about 3.5 miles with a 450’ elevation gain. Recommend bringing water, snacks and/or lunch, although Santa Rita Lodge does sell beverages and snacks. Depending on birdiness, we expect to be back at Proctor Road between 12pm and 1pm. Limited to 6 participants.
Leader: Mary Ellen Flynn (me.flynn@comcast.net)
*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community.

March 30- Wednesday, 6:30 am & 6:45 am
Sweetwater Wetlands
Registration for this trip is free. | Register Here beginning February 12
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 10 participants per group.
Leaders: Rob Rutledge and Luke Safford (lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org)

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation

Pima County's Environmental Education and Interpretive Programs require online registration here.

Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation offers guided birding and nature outings in various parks throughout Pima County.  

When: Varies.

Where: Varies.

Cost: Free with PCNRPR Membership, Non-PCNRPR Member $5 fee. Online registration required here.

For more information: email eeducation@pima.gov , or call 520-724-5375.

Birding Canoa Ranch

Pima County leads this walk -- online registration required at Pima County's website at www.pima.gov/nrpr.
Join birding enthusiast Brian Nicholas to see a wide variety of sparrows, raptors, and waterfowl on the pond at Historic Canoa Ranch. All ages welcome. Masks are mandatory; social distancing will be enforced. Group size strictly limited. No walk-ins accepted.
When: 
Wednesday, June 2 -- 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 15 -- 7:30-9:30 a.m.
Where: Historic Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley 85622
Cost: Free with Membership, Non-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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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.

BIRDING EXCURSIONS WITH TUCSON AUDUBON

South Africa Birding and Wildlife Safari, in partnership with Birding Ecotours
  • Kruger National Park and Area: October 1–10, 2022. Cost: R77,500 per person—shared room (prices in South African rand); R8,100 for single supplement
  • Pre-trip: Cape Town and Pelagic. Sept. 24–October 1. Cost: R55,915 person–shared room; R6,145 for single supplement

Join Luke Safford and local experts on a wonderful trip to South Africa! We’ll spend 10 days in one of South Africa’s richest areas for birds, mammals and other wildlife, in one of the world’s most famous game parks, Kruger National Park. This massive park covers is teeming with Africa’s mammals, including African Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and many more. For birders, the park is full of easy to see, spectacular-looking species, such as rollers, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbills, vultures, owls, storks, the spectacular and colorful Bateleur (photo by Bernard Dupont), Secretarybird, Kori Bustard (the world’s heaviest flying bird), and Southern Ground Hornbill. This will be an adventure you will never forget! Add on the Cape Town and Pelagic pre-trip to make the most of your experience!

See all the details and register now! For more information you can email lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org

Field Trip Cancellation Policy

Cancellations of paid field trips received in writing seven or more days before the date of the field trip will be fully refunded less a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations within 6 days of the field trip start date. Tucson Audubon reserves the right to cancel or revise any field trip for any reason. If it becomes necessary to cancel a paid field trip for which you have a reservation, we will notify you and issue a full refund. No refunds will be issued for no-shows.

 

BIRDING TOURS FROM OUR BIRDS BENEFIT BUSINESS ALLIANCE MEMBERS

Birding Trip to Belize with Mowgli Expeditions
  • March 5-14, 2022 – 10 days
  • $3350 per person (twin sharing)
  • Leader: Sachin Aggarwal, founder of Mowgli Expeditions

Belize, formerly British Honduras, has long enjoyed a reputation for unsurpassed natural beauty, with 570 bird species documented in a country that is the only English-speaking country in Central America. Two-thirds of Belize is covered in tropical forest, half of which is old growth primary forest, and home to howler monkeys, tapirs, anteaters, and the occasional lurking jaguar. Group Size: 4–8

Collared Aracari pictured.

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Birding Trip to Colombia with Mowgli Expeditions
  • April 19-28, 2022 – 10 days
  • $3350 per person (twin sharing)

Colombia is one of the best birding destinations in the world, having more species than any other country – Approx. 1950 species and about 80 of them being endemic. Today Colombia is very safe, especially given the places and the lodges we’ll be staying at. The Colombians are warm and friendly people and the country itself has a charm not many others have.

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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