In January, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation is offering multiple guided birding opportunities around Tucson:
Wake Up with the Birds, Every Thursday in January, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Pima County Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road Cost/Age: free, all ages welcome.
Tucson Mountain Park Birding Walk, Saturday, January 3, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where:Tucson Mountain Park Ironwood Picnic Area, 1548 S. Kinney Road Cost/Age: free, ages 12 and up.
Birding at Roger Road Ponds, Tuesday, January 6, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Pima County Roger Road Ponds, 2600 W. Sweetwater Drive Cost/Age: free, ages 12 and up.
Honey Bee Canyon Park Birding Walk, Saturday, January 10 and January 24, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Honey Bee Canyon Park, 13880 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley Cost/Age: free, ages 12 and up.
Birding at Sweetwater Wetlands, Wednesday, January 14, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Sweetwater Wetlands, 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive Cost/Age: free, ages 12 and up.
Cienega Creek Birding Walk, Friday, January 16, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead at Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, 16000 E. Marsh Station Rd Cost/Age: free, all ages welcome.
Birding along the Santa Cruz River, Monday, January 26, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive Cost/Age: free, ages 12 and up.
Canoa Ranch Birding Walk, Tuesday, January 27, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Where: Historic Hacienda de la Canoa, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Rd., Green Valley Cost/Ages: free, all ages welcome.
Check their calendar for more information.
Don’t forget, Tucson Audubon Society leads bird walks, too:
Sweetwater Wetlands – Wednesdays Join Bryon Lichtenhan for an easy walk through the Sweetwater wetlands to see waterfowl in the hundreds, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome! Contact leader for start time and to sign up, 520-307-6728, firstname.lastname@example.org
Birding Hikes at Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve – First Fridays The Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is partnering with Tucson Audubon to provide guided birding hikes. These roughly 2 hour hikes, led by the Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds caretaker Larry Morgan are suitable for birders at any level. While there is no special fee for the hike, normal preserve fees will apply. For more information and start time, please see the TNC site.
Mason Center Saturday Morning Birdwalks – Every other weekend October through April See our calendar to find the next walk. Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After brief feeder watching at the Center, stroll through the desert to Arthur Pack Park for a chance at more species! Great for families! Loaner binoculars are available. RSVP no longer required. Call 520-209-1815. Walk begins at 8am, see the Mason Center page for details. Led by Ken Murphy, Jim Gessaman, or Mary Ellen Flynn.
Arivaca Cienega/Buenos Aires NWR – Saturdays, November thru April Tucson Audubon bird walk at Arivaca Cienega, 8 AM. Meet at the trailhead for a mostly level walk of approximately 2 miles. You can expect to see 30 to 50 species depending on the season. To get there, take I19 to exit 48 at the town of Amado, then southwest on Arivaca Road approximately 25 miles to the well-marked trailhead about ½ mile before the town of Arivaca. For more information call Bob Rolfson at 520-399-2873.
Be sure to check their website for more birding adventures.