Violet-crowned hummingbird, photo by Mick Thompson
The Paton Center for Hummingbirds is a place to explore and experience the special birds of southeast Arizona.
It is dedicated to the celebration and conservation of hummingbirds—and all of southeast Arizona’s astounding biodiversity—through recreation, education, and sustainable living. 247 bird species have been reported for our Center on the outskirts of Patagonia, including Violet-crowned Hummingbirds, Gray Hawks, Varied Buntings, Thick-billed Kingbirds, and many more local specialties. Check the eBird Hotspot list for the latest sightings.
The Paton Center is open from dawn to dusk.
Entry is free of charge, but your generous donations help us maintain the grounds, feed the birds, improve the habitat, and provide education and recreation programs.
Pavilion at The Paton Center for Hummingbirds, photo by Jeff Goldberg
Visiting The Paton Center
You can sit in the shade in our backyard under the uniquely designed pavilion, watching the amazing variety of birds at the feeders.
Our Richard Grand Memorial Meadow boasts flowers throughout the growing season and is a haven for a growing number of butterflies.
Our main pond serves as a habitat for the endangered Gila topminnow and is a bird magnet.