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Southeast Arizona Birding Tour 2021- FULL

August 21 - August 29

Indiana Audubon is proud to present an out of state birding tour for members to experience the incredible avian diversity and specialty Mexican species that can be found in southern Arizona during August 2021. Late summer in Arizona is often called the “second spring” and can bring monsoon type rains that green the desert. August is also a great time as fall migrants, including western warblers that are migrating through, as well as Mexican specialty hummingbirds wandering north in search of food. The trip would be led by IAS Executive Director, Brad Bumgardner, and long-time IAS member and guide Roger Hedge. A maximum of 10 participants would be allowed to register. The specific trip dates are August 21-29, 2021.

As part of Indiana Audubon’s commitment to conservation in areas we visit, a portion of the trip fees will be donated towards the Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory and their conservation work in southeastern Arizona, the habitats and the diversity of species that share those habitats through research, monitoring and public education.

The trip would embark from Tucson, Arizona and involve 9 days of birding, with overnight stays throughout the SE Arizona area. A list of specialty species is included below.

Lodging for the first and last night of the trip will be at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham in Tucson. A rough itinerary is below.

Day 1: Arrive in Tucson. Saguaro National Park tour for those arriving before 3pm. Dinner in Tucson. Night at La Quinta Inn & Suites.

Day 2: Early morning birding at Sweetwater Wetlands, then head to Willcox for shorebirds and waterfowl, followed by Portal for evening local birding. Targets include Cinnamon Teal, Vermillion Flycatcher, Acorn Woodpecker, Bridled Titmouse, Phainopepla, and more. Night at Cave Creek Ranch, dinner provided.

Day 3: Chiricahua Mountains birding, including Cave Creek Canyon one of the most famous hotspots in the area. Targets include Rivoli’s Hummingbird, Arizona Woodpecker, Suphur-bellied Flycatcher, Painted Redstart, and more. Night at Cave Creek Ranch. Lunch and dinner provided.

Day 4: Chirachua Mountains continued, Rustler Park, with venture into Rodeo for lower elevation desert specialties. Early evening drive to Sierra Vista and Huachuca Mountains for dinner and lodging. Targets include Olive Warbler, Mexican Chickadee, Yellow-eyed Junco, Chihuahuan Raven, Scaled Quail, Black-throated Sparrow, and more. Night in Sierra Vista, lunch provided.

Day 5: Huachuca Mountains exploration, including Miller and Ramsey Canyons. Visit to Beatty’s Guest Ranch and Ash Canyon Bird Observatory for hummingbirds. Targets include Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Townsend’s and Grace’s Warbler, White-eared, Broad-billed and Anna’s Hummingbird. Night in Sierra Vista.

Day 6: Morning birding in areas not visited in Huachuca Mountains, followed by visit to Paton Center for Hummingbirds and Patagonia area. Visit De Anza Trail in Tubac for Rose-throated Becard in late afternoon. Targets also include Thick-billed Kingbird, Black-capped Gnatcatcher, White-winged Dove, Varied Bunting, and an assortment of hummingbirds. Night in Green Valley.

Day 7: Morning venture to California Gulch for Five-striped Sparrow. Late morning arrival in Madera Canyon in Santa Rita Mountains. Evening owl and nightjar search after dinner. Targets include Five-striped Sparrow, Montezuma Quail, Mexican Whip-poor-will, Poorwill, Whiskered-Screech Owl, and more. Night in Green Valley.

Day 8: Morning in Madera, Box Canyon, afternoon return to Tucson. Optional trip to Saguaro if needed late afternoon. Dinner and night at La Quinta Inn & Suites. Targets include Mexican Jay, Hepatic Tanager, Rufous-capped Warbler, Varied Bunting, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Bridled Titmouse, and more. Night in Tucson.

Day 9: Depart from Tucson

Trip Cost:

$1,659 per person IAS Member Double Occupancy

$1,729 per person Non-IAS Member Double Occupancy

$520 Single Supplement Fee

For more information, or to register, contact Brad Bumgardner.  A $200 deposit is required to hold a reservation.


*Participants will be responsible for airfare to Tucson, AZ and all food and drinks, except two lunches and dinners, and most breakfasts.
*IAS standard trip terms and conditions and waiver agreement will also be attached to final trip listing
*Covid-19 restrictions may cause portions of the trip itinerary to change without notice, up to and including birding site restrictions, meal restrictions, and COVID-19 testing before trip departure. 


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August 29
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