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August 10–14, 2022 | Tucson, AZ

FAQ and Local Area Info

NEW for 2021: COVID-19 Safety Protocol

All Southeast Arizona Birding Festival events are designed to maximize your safety, while also increasing your enjoyment of birds and wildlife. All CDC guidelines for social distancing and masking will be followed for the 2021 Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, and we will adhere to all local mandates where appropriate.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, Tucson Audubon is now requiring all visitors (regardless of vaccination status) to wear masks at any of our public indoor spaces, including the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival’s vehicles and indoor spaces. Like you, we look forward to the day when these precautions are no longer necessary. Until then, we will comply with CDC guidelines in order to keep our visitors, friends, staff, and volunteers safe and healthy. Thank you for joining us in that effort.

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.

Vaccination Requirements. If you are participating in a field trip utilizing a 15-passenger van, we do ask you to have completed the full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to the start of the field trip. *An exception to this rule will be made for those medically unable to receive this vaccination. *This requirement does not extend to any other Southeast Arizona Birding Festival event, including meet on-site field trips.

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival Leaders will plan for and follow (at a minimum):

  • Keeping fresh airflow as much as possible while in vehicles.
  • Wearing a face covering while in vehicles and indoor spaces.
  • Avoiding crowds in common birding areas as much as possible while still getting good looks at our bird targets.
  • Sanitizing/disinfecting common touch surfaces such as vehicle door handles and the tour leader’s scope as needed throughout the trip.
  • Complete sanitation and cleaning of 15-passenger vans in-between field trips.

How do I register?

Online. We prefer you register online. There is a registration fee of $20 per person to assist in covering the administrative costs of the festival.

Support. If you are having problems registering online, please contact Diana Rosenblum at drosenblum@tucsonaudubon.org or 520-629-0510 x 7002, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am–4:00 pm.

Drop In. While online registration is the preferred method of registration, you may register for any available event at the festival registration/check-in table. Please note that most trips fill up within the first month of opening registration, but there is usually space in our workshops, social hours, and evening programs.

Waiting Lists. Once an event is full, you can request to be put on a waiting list by emailing drosenblum@tucsonaudubon.org . If demand for a particular trip is high, and quality leaders are available, additional sections may be opened. Cancellations are rare. The best way to ensure that you get on a particular trip is by registering early.

Where can I stay? Where is the festival site?

Our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park has a special Festival rate. Please take advantage of this deal. It’s also handy for all Festival events!

All activities (unless otherwise noted) for the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival will be based out of the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tucson – Reid Park445 South Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona, 520-881-4200. “Van Trips” will depart and return from the hotel, while “Drive Yourself and Meet On-Site Trips” will meet at the birding location and you will receive detailed instructions. The Nature Expo, social hours, evening programs, and most workshops will also be onsite. Please check the description of the event that is on your schedule for any details.

When is check-in?

Festival check-in will begin on Wednesday, August 11th from 4:00 pm–6:00 pm at the hotel venue, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Reid Park. Stop by the registration area to pick up your name tag and registration packet so that you’re prepared for field trips on Thursday morning. The registration area will be open through Friday so be sure to stop by as we recommend you check in  the evening before your scheduled event. If you are unable to come the day before, please arrive 30 minutes before the expected start time of your first scheduled event.

How do I get around?

enterprise_234x60The hotel has two great restaurants and while we are close to many other amenities you may want a rental car. If you do plan on booking a rental car we suggest Enterprise as we have been renting 15-passenger vans from them for our field trips every year of the festival. You will not be disappointed by their great service and price.

Where do I eat?

The Cactus Rose Restaurant at the Doubletree serves excellent food and is open for breakfast and lunch (6am – 2pm) and dinner (5pm – 9pm). Registrants for the Saturday evening banquet will receive dinner as a part of the program.

Nearby restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines within a short distance of the hotel, with a complimentary hotel shuttle available to locations within a 3-mile radius, include: 1925 Bar & Grill (6am-6pm), nearby Smashburger, Azian, and at El Con Mall find Claim Jumper Restaurant, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Rubio’s and Chick-fil A, Falora Pizza, Sushi Garden and Bisbee Breakfast Club Broadway. Stop by the Festival Registration Desk or Hotel Front Desk for ideas, and check out these links for meal and entertainment ideas:  downtowntucson.org/, visittucson.org.

What if it rains?

As you are going to be in southeast Arizona during the monsoon season, it is very possible we will have periods of heavy rain during the days of the festival. All trips are rain or shine. Please dress accordingly, and be prepared for wet weather. Trips will be cancelled only under the circumstances that weather events have made conditions unsafe.

What is the cancellation policy?

If you are unable to attend an event that you are registered for, email Diana Rosenblum at drosenblum@tucsonaudubon.org to cancel before August 1, 2021. Cancellations received on or before this date will be refunded less at 10% processing fee. No refunds will be issued after August 1. If it becomes necessary to cancel a paid event for which you have a reservation, we will notify you and issue a full refund. No refunds will be issued for no shows.

How do I contact the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival?

General Information: (520) 209-1811
Email: lsafford@tucsonaudubon.org

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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