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Join Naturalist Journeys for this exciting Southeast Arizona birding tour. Fall is a stunning time to visit Southeast Arizona’s Sky Island mountain ranges, when fall color decorates the stunning Chiricahua and Huachuca Mountains’ canyons. As other parts of the continent turn towards winter, November here boasts perfect warm days as maples turn red, cottonwoods an ash yellow, and sycamores shine burnt sienna. Nights are crisp and boast dark skies with inspiring star views. This tour includes time at two premier birding lodges.
Southeast Arizona is home terrain for Naturalist Journeys and we're so excited to share our favorite places. On this year's fall Southeast Arizona nature tour we’ve invited Hugh Simmons, an accomplished photographer specializing in landscapes, to join us. We plan to set the pace of this one to let you work on photo composition, or simply to marvel at beauty. Hugh provides photo tips for those that want to improve their skills; you can then practice on fall color landscapes and especially at feeders—brilliant birds. We begin at a fun western-themed hotel in Sonoita to have a chance to explore some beautiful grasslands at sunset, and to visit the famous hummingbird feeders at Patagonia. We follow with two nights at the delightful Casa de San Pedro and end with four nights in Cave Creek Canyon at Portal, truly one of the most scenic canyons in the state. This is home turf for guide Peg Abbott and she’s eager to share her beloved terrain. Throughout our travels, we enjoy delicious, catered meals and dining at our favorite local restaurants.
This is not “normal” winter birding. Hummingbirds still linger here at several popular feeder sites—sit awhile and let the birds come to you! Fruiting trees and shrubs attract thrashers, robins and sometimes, rarities, like the Eared Quetzal in the fall of 2020.
Wintering Sandhill Cranes number in the tens of thousands; we watch them fly in at sunset to Whitewater Draw. Sparrows and allies winter in profusion, many from the Great Plains region. Southwestern mammals such as Coati, Javelina, and even Ring-tailed Cat can be found. Raptors abound: Red-tailed Hawk of varied color phases, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Peregrine, Merlin, and more.
- Visit two famous birding lodges of Southeast Arizona
- Find grand fall birding at hotspots like the Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Ramsey and Ash Canyons, local feeders along the San Pedro River, and more
- Marvel at the spectacle of tens of thousands of overwintering Sandhill Cranes! Watch them fly-in to roost at sunset and also observe them feeding during the day
- Experience prime time for wintering raptors in the Sulphur Springs Valley
- Let an expert teach you ID skills for abounding sparrows; last year a small pond had three species of longspurs!
- Spend time in the tiny village of Portal, a birding mecca and home to Naturalist Journeys
- Immerse yourself in fall color and improve your photo skills at Cave Creek Canyon
- Find winter hummingbirds, Vermilion Flycatcher and several species of quail
- Explore Bisbee, a colorful, historic mining town; enjoy lunch and the chance to shop or check out the Smithsonian-affiliated museum
- Find camaraderie at catered meals and dining at our favorite local restaurants (be sure to save room for homemade pie at the Casa)
Itineraries are guidelines; variations in itinerary may occur to account for weather, road conditions, closures, etc. and to maximize your experience.
Thurs., Nov. 9 : Arrivals in Tucson | Sonoita
Welcome to sunshine and saguaros as you land in Tucson, Arizona, where we can pick you up at the airport or a nearby airport hotel. We then head east, leaving the city behind. Shapes of multiple sky islands immediately appear—we are surrounded by a series of small but fascinating mountain ranges. We have a beautiful drive through rolling foothills that look more like California wine country than anything imagined for Arizona, with sky island mountain ranges on the horizon. Our first stop is a treat, easy birding at the famous Paton Center for Hummingbirds in Patagonia. We should find Broad-billed and Anna’s Hummingbirds in good number, and with luck the rarer Violet-crowned.
We then check into our nearby lodgings at Sonoita, just 12 miles up the road. Sonoita is surrounded by grasslands and our goal is to be in a lovely spot for sunset, one where we might also see Pronghorn or some of the wintering sparrows. Tonight’s dinner is at a fun local restaurant.
Accommodations at Sonoita (B,L,D)
Fri., Nov. 10 : Ramsey Canyon | Ash Canyon & Local Feeders
In the morning we explore a few areas of the grasslands in search of sparrows, before heading on to Ramsey Canyon, a place of great fall color and always a birding favorite. Just an hour’s drive, this major drainage of the Huachucas sits directly in view of Miller Peak, highest in the range. Set your pace to hike on up the trail or go at a birder’s pace after some time at the hummingbird feeders. We have lunch with birds, bringing a delightful picnic to one of our field sites.
In the afternoon, we check into our wonderful lodgings at the Casa de San Pedro.— a beautiful B&B on the west bank of the San Pedro River. The Casa de San Pedro is a nationally acclaimed inn, described as “90 miles from Tucson and inches from heaven.” Guests have labeled it the most upscale bed and breakfast in Southeast Arizona. We find it the ideal location for our group, with meeting space, incredible hospitality, active bird feeders, a pond, and the San Pedro River right outside our door. From the Casa we can explore cottonwoods that fringe the river, perhaps flaunting a little fall color, as well as surrounding grasslands and tall peaks of the nearby Huachuca Mountains, a mecca for hummingbird enthusiasts. You soon find out why so many guests return here again and again.
Those that wish can stay at this little paradise and relax, or visit local feeder sites, where hummingbirds linger through the winter. Often, we find Arizona Woodpecker, Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay, possibly Wild Turkey and a host of resident species. If booked early, there may be a chance for you to spend time in a photo blind at one of the feeder sites—ask us for details and a booking (additional cost). Dinner tonight is catered at the Inn
Accommodations at the Casa de San Pedro (B,L,D)
Sat., Nov. 11 : Whitewater Draw | Sulphur Springs Valley & Sandhill Cranes | Bisbee
This morning, after a scrumptious Casa de San Pedro breakfast, those that enjoy birding can head out to Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area. Many of the wintering Sandhill Cranes have arrived (numbering some 35,000 birds in the Sulphur Springs Valley at the peak of winter!), and we look for them in ponds and in farm fields where they feed on corn. Depending on water levels, Whitewater may be one of the only local sites hosting shorebirds and with luck we see the area’s resident Great-Horned Owl. The entire valley is a major wintering ground for raptors and some of the northern species, like Ferruginous Hawk, can be found.
Mid-day, those that wish can take a break and explore Bisbee. Our keen photographers may prefer to stay at Whitewater where photo subjects are plentiful. We will have done some scouting for local raptors, and by 2:00 PM we meet back up to angle our way up to Willcox and the Twin Lakes ponds where ducks and cranes are plentiful.
We plan to watch the Sandhill Cranes come in to roost; this “fly-in” is typically active from about 4 to 5:30 PM. We then return to the Inn for another catered meal.
Accommodations at the Casa de San Pedro, (B,L,D)
Sun., Nov. 12 : Chiricahua Mountains | Cave Creek Canyon
Savor a southwestern breakfast before we head over to the small village of Portal, population 300, where Cave Creek presents a magical realm of massive, colorful cliffs that rise over 1,000 feet. Its vegetation is rich and diverse—here yuccas mix with pine. Thick stands of maple decorate the stream, while shrubs turn colors of the rainbow. Hummingbirds linger, some for the winter, and we may find late-season flowers, raccoon-like Coatimundi, or a herd of curious Javelina.
Mid-morning, we take a scenic ramble up South Fork, one of the Chiricahuas' most spectacular canyons. You may want to linger along the creek reveling in the maples' fall colors while others may want to ascend the trail to reach outstanding vistas. There are pools of water that make great hideaways for photographers, a couple of hours spent at one should net images of Canyon Wren, Spotted Towhee, Red-naped Sapsucker, and more.
There are wonderful feeders right at our lodge, with natural perches to delight photographers and observers alike. Blue-throated Mountain Gem often overwinter here; it’s fun to watch them chase off Pine Siskin—a mix of northern and southern species for sure. In the afternoon head down to the grasslands of Stateline Road in search of Bendire’s and Crissal Thrasher, a variety of sparrows, Scaled Quail, and other species. Dinner is at a favorite local restaurant with a fine view of the Chiricahuas.
In the evening, those that wish can do a “star stop” en route back to Cave Creek Ranch where our casitas stand among the shadows cast by the imposing, colorful rhyolite cliffs. Portal is also known for its dark skies and fabulous night sky viewing.
Accommodations at Cave Creek Ranch, Portal (B,L,D)
Mon., Nov. 13 : Chiricahua High Country | Chiricahua National Monument
Early this morning we offer an optional birding walk down the main street of Portal, a simple walk with stunning vistas, bird feeding stations, and a picturesque library and post office. Then, enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Portal Café.
Today we discover a wonderland of rock at Chiricahua National Monument. We reach the high country by crossing the spine of the range on a winding road with spectacular views amid patches of fir, spruce, and Ponderosa Pine. This is the realm of the Mexican Chickadee, Yellow-eyed Junco, and other bird specialties. Listen for raucous Steller’s Jay and look for the small resident Coue’s Whitetail Deer.
On the other side of the mountain, we enter the Monument's rugged terrain, where the Apache leaders Cochise and Geronimo took their last stand until the late 1800s, when cattle ranching became a way of life. Today we gawk at huge pillars of rock in the realm of Rock and Canyon Wrens, a jagged rock landscape that was born of explosive volcanic activity. We have a picnic lunch near the visitor center, and then you can choose to do a loop walk through the wonderland of rock or to visit the historic Faraway Ranch and do some birding.
Watch the late-day feeding frenzy at our lodge’s feeders as you return, freshen up, and then enjoy a catered meal at the ranch.
Accommodations at Cave Creek Ranch, Portal (B,L,D)
Tues., Nov. 14 : Grasslands & Local Feeders | Chiricahua Desert Museum
This morning we explore the lower elevations near Rodeo, New Mexico, a wetland oasis and a grassland area that is usually very productive. Following local sightings from previous weeks, we plan our route. A dedicated following of local birders is always on the lookout for rare Crested Caracara, and a variety of sparrows and longspurs, as well as Horned Lark and up to three species of thrashers. This is a region of open vistas, fabulous for landscape photography.
Enjoy lunch in the Sky Island Grocery and Grill, with a fine view of the mountains, and Greater Roadrunner and Lark Bunting coming into the feeders. A local rancher invites us to his home to see birds at the feeders and with luck to hear some of his stories.
Finally, we enjoy time at the Chiricahua Desert Museum where live animals in natural habitats are displayed and make for some wonderful photo subjects. And, for the history buffs in our group, a fantastic exhibit on Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apache. We enjoy dinner at the Portal Café as we return home.
Accommodations at Cave Creek Ranch, Portal (B,L,D)
Wed., Nov. 15 : Fall Color in the Canyons | Paradise
Enjoy another chance to immerse yourself in the color of fall on a walk up the canyon while birding with Peg, or positioned with Hugh as you try to frame up memorable images. There are any number of trails and scenic campgrounds that let us wander with ease.
We make a loop drive today, on the prowl for Mexican Chickadee, Apache Fox Squirrel, and other species. We visit the smaller village of Paradise, once a thriving mining community, to learn a bit of history and visit the feeders of a local hummingbird expert who has participated in banding and monitoring projects for many years. She often has Juniper Titmouse and several hummingbirds coming in to feeders even at this late date in the year.
Tonight, enjoy a catered dinner with time to celebrate highlights of the great week we’ve had.
Accommodations at Cave Creek Ranch, Portal (B,L,D)
Thurs., Nov. 16 : Departures from Tucson
After a final delicious breakfast, we head to the airport, with plans to arrive by 11:00 AM for flights out after 12:30 PM. (B)
Bridled Titmouse by Bryan Calk
Arizona Woodpecker by Hugh Simmons
Rufous-collared Sparrow by Peg Abbott
Red-naped Sapsucker by Peg Abbott
Fall Arizona by Peg Abbott
Canyon Wren by Peg Abbott
Sandhill Cranes by Hugh Simmons
Coronado, by Hugh Simmons
Cost of the Journey
Cost is $2890 DBL / $3440 SGL from Tucson, AZ, and includes accommodations for seven nights, meals as specified in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner), professional guide services, park and program entrance fees and miscellaneous program expenses. Cost does not include: round-trip airfare to and from Tucson, items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, time in the photography blind if scheduled, drinks from the bar, or gratuities for luggage handling or personal services.
Please plan to make air travel plans only after the minimum group size has been met. We will send you a confirmation email as soon as the trip has been confirmed.
Arrival and Departure Airport: Tucson International Airport (TUS) Arrive: November 9th, no later than 1:00 PM Depart: November 16th, after 12:30 PM After breakfast on November 16th, we have a 2.5 hour drive from Portal back to Tucson. Please plan your flight out of the Tucson Airport (TUS) after 12:30 pm. If you wish to extend your stay in Tucson, you could use the below hotel recommendations or plan accordingly on your own. Hotel Recommendations: If you want to relax and stay near the airport after arrival (we can pick you up at these hotels), we recommend: La Quinta Inn Tucson Airport (520) 573-3333 Courtyard by Marriott Tucson Airport (520) 573-0000 Does staying downtown and exploring the many shops and restaurants sound interesting? We would recommend: Home 2 Suites by Hilton (520) 274-7400 The Leo Kent Hotel by Marriott (520) 549-5330 If you have a rental vehicle and plan on visiting Tohono Chul, a great hotel in that area is La Posada. There are many restaurants in this area as well. La Posada Lodge & Casitas (520) 492-6637 Travel Tip: If you want to arrive a day or two early, Tucson is a great city to explore. The world-renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a fun place to spend part of a day with a zoo, natural history museum, and botanical gardens all in one location. Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens offers easy nature trails through a variety of gardens and Saguaro National Park is a great place to visit for scenery, hiking, and to see the iconic saguaro cactus. The downtown area, which is close to the University of Arizona campus, offers many restaurants and shops. Downtown Tucson is about 8 miles from the airport and can be reached by a taxi, Uber/Lyft, or renting a car. You will need to return to the airport by 1 pm on November 9th if you are not staying at an airport hotel.
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Hugh Simmons' interest in photography began when he was a young boy, as did his love of nature. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology during which he was “sparked” by a chance encounter with an Eastern Towhee. Not long after college he took up birding with, of course, a desire to photograph birds. Today he enjoys sharing his decades of photographic knowledge to help others get the most out of their photography whether it be of birds, landscapes, flowers, other wildlife or people. Hugh is a founding member of the North American Nature Photographers Association and served on the board of directors of the National Audubon Society. He is a long time board member of the Chesapeake Audubon chapter in Maryland and is the Audubon Climate Watch Coordinator for his area. Hugh also volunteers with the Cape May Bird Observatory and the Phoenix Wildlife Center.
Photo credit: Mike West
Other trips with Hugh Simmons
Essential Information +
This information is important for being prepared for your journey; we want you to have the best experience possible. If you only read one section, this one is key!
Ahead of Your Tour
- Please talk with your doctor about general health needs. It is a good idea to consult with your doctor about general vaccinations recommended for travel.
- Please plan to make air travel plans only after the minimum group size has been met. We will send you a confirmation email as soon as the trip has been confirmed. After you make travel reservations, please send a copy of your travel itinerary to the Naturalist Journeys office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Travel insurance in case of serious medical emergency is recommended. Full health coverage and repatriation is available through Allianz Travel Insurance.
- Soft sided luggage/duffel bags are easiest for packing the vans. Remember to pack essential medications in your carry-on luggage, as well as one day of clothing and optics in case of luggage delay.
We will share a copy of your health and emergency contact information with your guide. This information will be kept confidential but is very important in case of a medical emergency. In addition to bringing any prescription medications with you, we recommend that you have a copy of the prescriptions in case of loss.
Pace of the Tour & What to Expect
You will receive a Schedule-at-a-Glance and list of hotels (our eContact List) a few weeks before your departure. This will serve as an outline for each day and alert you to any recent changes made in the schedule or to our hotels, if needed.
Our journeys are set up to follow the rhythm of nature. Our focus is on birding and nature; we offer full, well-planned field days and often get up early for that magical time around dawn. We generally follow the published itinerary, but we stay flexible to the weather, wildlife opportunities and the interests of the group. Your guide will keep you apprised of the next day’s schedule at each evening meal, noting what to bring and what to prepare for. Questions and/or concerns are welcome.
The pace of our Naturalist Journeys tours is moderate; to fully participate you should be able to get in and out of vehicles several times a day, and walk 1-3 miles over uneven terrain. It is important to participate with a flexible attitude as adjustments may be made in our schedule to make the most of our time in the field or for other purposes at your guide's discretion. We are not a “listing” bird company that drills down on target species, but at times we do wait for those special species unique to the places we visit. During the day, we take time to stop for photos and for educational opportunities to learn about conservation projects, landscapes, and geology. We appreciate other taxa as well as birds, with mammals often the biggest draw but plants and butterflies are also very popular. Our clients often lend their own expertise to the mix.
We like to make meals a fun and memorable part of the experience, too. Breakfasts are often at hotels, and we carry snacks, fruit, and water in the vans each day. Lunches are a mix of picnics in the field (weather dependent) and a chance to dine with locals at small cafes and restaurants. For dinner, we pride ourselves in our homework to keep up with the best choices for dining, choosing restaurants with atmosphere that specialize in local foods. On occasion we keep dinner simple to go back out in the field for sunset wildlife viewing or night walks. In some remote locations, our choices are limited. If you are tired, room service for dinner may be an option you can choose.
Food & Drink
We carry water and juices/cold drinks in the cooler each day, and sodas if people like them. Please also plan on bringing and filling your water bottle for hiking each day. We try to use as few plastics as possible!
Packing, Clothing & Laundry
Soft sided luggage/duffel bags are easiest for packing the vans. Please pack essential medications in your carry-on luggage, as well as one day of clothing and optics in case of luggage delay.
Dress is informal and is casual even at restaurants. Layering is a great way to stay comfortable. Protective clothing is essential, whether it be from from sun, rain, cold, insects, or vegetation. You need closed toe shoes, and we comfortable walking shoes with good tread. Hiking boots with good support for hiking and on rocky terrain can work well.
Many people ask how much to plan to bring as spending money. Part of that depends on how much you want to shop. Most shops will take VISA and MasterCard or American Express. Typical items people purchase include local souvenirs and T-shirts, caps, and natural history books. You may want to bring cash for drinks with dinner (if available) or smaller local purchases.
Expect the normal tipping protocol to apply for hotel maids and bar service. If at the end of the tour, you would like to show your appreciation to your guides, tipping is entirely appropriate but at your discretion. We hope that you will be pleased with all professional services. Gratuities for group meals are included. For your birding tour guide, we suggest $10-$15 per day per guest. Note that if there is more than one guide, this amount can be split among them.
Cell Phones & Internet Service
Wi-Fi and cell phone service are available in most US destinations, although there are some exceptions in remote locations. Wi-Fi is generally provided in all hotels, lodges, and restaurants you visit, at least in public areas. Please refrain from taking or making cell phone calls in the vehicles when traveling with other passengers unless it appears to be an emergency as this disrupts other guests – please plan cell phone calls on your own time.
Smoking is not permitted in any vehicle or in any situation where the group is participating in an activity together, such as a vehicle excursion or a guided walk. Please respect all designated smoking areas at hotels and restaurants.
For this tour, your guides will drive travelers in either full-size or mini-vans or a combination of those two. We ask all attendees to please rotate your seating, so you ride with different drivers and alternate between front and back seats.
Photo Release & Sharing
We take many group photos and will share photos with the group. And after your tour, we will organize a chance to share photos via Dropbox or Google Photos. Please note that this is our policy and if you prefer to be excluded, we need to know ahead of your tour.
By registering for this tour, you agree to grant to Naturalist Journeys and its authorized representatives permission to record photos and/or video of your participation in the tour. You further agree that any or all of the material photographed may be used, in any form, as part of any future publications, brochures, or other printed materials used to promote Naturalist Journeys, and further that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation.
Please contact Naturalist Journeys by email at email@example.com or telephone our office: (520) 558-1146 or toll free: (866) 900-1146 if you have any questions. Many thanks for traveling with us and we hope you enjoy your journey.
Packing List +
Please pack light!
Soft luggage is much easier for us to pack than a more rigid hard sided piece, so if you have the choice, please use your soft luggage. Be sure to have your name and address on the inside of the bag, as well as on the luggage tag on the handle. It is our hope that you can pack in one checked suitcase that does not exceed 45 pounds. Be sure to pack your personal medication, airline tickets, passport, binoculars, camera, and other essential items in your carry-on bag. You will want a day pack for field trips, so this is an ideal carry-on. Please reconfirm your airline’s baggage weight and size restrictions about a week or so before departure.
In general, the weather should be mostly chilly, with highs in the low-60°s and lows sometimes dipping down to the low 30°s or even 20°s. We suggest packing a medium/heavy jacket and layers. Check your favorite weather website like, www.weather.com, closer to your departure to better predict what the weather will be on your adventure.
Dress is comfortable and informal throughout the trip. Dressing in layers is the best way to be comfortable. Lightweight long-sleeved shirts and long pants make ideal field clothing as they are more protective from sun and vegetation. But if you like to wear them, by all means bring some shorts. Also, choose clothing you don’t mind getting dirty or muddy and things that are comfortable and easy. Note on clothing colors: We recommend muted colors of tan, brown, khaki, grey or green, as they are spotted less easily than white or bright colors, though camouflage clothing is not recommended.
Clothing & Gear
- Long pants, 2 pairs
- Shorts (1 pair or use a pair of zip-offs that give you both short and long)
- Long-sleeved shirts (2)
- T-shirts or equivalent (remember you may be buying some there anyway)
- Lightweight raincoat or poncho (rain not likely, but possible)
- Windbreaker type jacket (can be same as above)
- Hat with broad brim
- Personal underclothing
- Socks, long enough to tuck in your pants – lightweight and easy to wash and dry
- Comfortable walking shoes and lightweight hiking boots – good tread is essential!
- Medium to heavy weight jacket
- Warm fleece/sweater/sweatshirt
- Gloves, warm hat, scarf for mornings and evenings
- Comfortable clothes for evening (a cleaner version of your field cloths or a skirt, etc.)
Equipment & Miscellaneous
- Airline ticket
- Photo identification
- Toiletry articles
- Small daypack or fanny pack for carrying your field gear
- Walking stick (optional but recommended if you usually use sticks when hiking)
- Water bottle (or plan to refill one bought on location)
- Alarm clock (if you use your phone, be sure to turn off data roaming)
- Sunscreen/Chapstick or equivalent
- Gel bandana for cooling (optional)
- Sunglasses with neck strap
- Insect repellent
- Sulphur powder for possible chiggers (found at garden store)
- Umbrella, compact and not brightly colored (optional, but useful for protection from rain if not windy)
- Small flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries
- Binoculars (a clear shower cap works well to keep off rain and mist)
- Camera and extra batteries, battery chargers, film or digital chips, lens cleaning supplies and your instruction manual (optional)
- Spotting scope and tripod (optional, guide will have one)
- Notebook or journal and pen (optional)
- Field guides (optional)
- Earplugs (optional)
- Portable packages of facial tissues
- Laundry soap if you plan to do hand washing
- Small bottle of antibacterial soap
Rechargeable power bank (optional)
WE DO NOT RECOMMEND TRAVELING WITH PRECIOUS OR VALUABLE JEWELRY – don’t tempt anyone and don’t bring things you’d regret losing, and your mind will be at ease!
Medical & First Aid Items
- Personal medication
- Motion sickness preventatives if likely to be needed on bus, van, drives, etc.
- Personal first aid kit and medications for general ailments (including tweezers for spines)
- Copy of eyeglass prescription, medical prescriptions, Covid-19 vaccination record, and any medical alerts
- Health insurance information
- Extra pair of eyeglasses or contacts
- Band-aids, moleskin to protect against blisters
- Antibacterial soap in small container for quick handwashing
Suggested Reading List +
There are many titles of interest for Arizona; the following are a few that we have enjoyed that can get you started.
Merlin App. A phone-based birding app from Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology. Download it here.
Your guide will have a full set of local identification guides for plants, reptiles and amphibians, mammals and butterflies. For those who would like further detail:
There is a good selection of books available for sale at visitors’ centers, and your guide will also have a selection of reference books and materials for participants to share.
Useful Links +
Sulphur Springs Valley
Casa de San Pedro Bed and Breakfast – An Environmentally Friendly Inn
Nature, Wildlife & Biology
Paton Center for Hummingbirds (check out the live cam link!)
Birding Lake Patagonia
Hotspots in the Huachuca Mountains and the San Pedro River (SABO.org)
Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area – Birding Hotspot
Sandhill Cranes Return to Whitewater Draw - Article
Desert Adaptation of Birds & Mammals (AZ-Sonora Desert Museum)
Reptile and Amphibian Accounts
Pollinator Conservation Resource Southwest
Pollinator Plants of the Desert Southwest, Native Milkweeds
Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and Plants
Conservation, Parks & Reserves
Tucson Audubon Society
Sky Island Alliance
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
Ramsey Canyon Preserve – The Nature Conservancy
San Pedro River
Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area IBA
Cave Creek Canyon
Chiricahua Mountains & National Monument
Chiricahua Desert Museum
Geology & Geography
Geology of Arizona
Geography of Southern Arizona
History & Culture
Tucson’s History and Culture
A Brief Overview of Tucson
Culture History of Southern Arizona – American Era
Canoa Ranch: THEN AND NOW - A Historic View
Bisbee - History
Southern Arizona Cuisine
Helpful Travel Websites
Tucson International Airport
Homeland Security Real ID Act
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Date & Time
Photo credits: Banners: Whitewater Draw Sunset by Hugh Simmons Photography; Sandhill Cranes in formation by Peg Abbott; Chiricahua National Monument by Hugh Simmons Photography; Greater Roadrunner by Hugh Simmons, Whitewater Draw by Hugh Simmons; Vermillion Flycatcher by Hugh Simmons; Sandhill Cranes by Peg Abbott. Canyon Wren, Peg Abbott; Fall Colors, Peg Abbott; Rufous-collared Sparrow, Peg Abbott; Roadrunner by Peg Abbott; Coati by Peg Abbott; Red-naped Sapsucker, Peg Abbott; Fall colors, Peg Abbott; Group, Hugh Simmons; Sandhill Cranes, Peg Abbott; Western Meadowlark, Hugh Simmons; Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Hugh Simmons; Northern Pintail, Peg Abbott; Snow Geese, Peg Abbott; Sandhill Cranes flying, Peg Abbott; Bobcat, Peg Abbott; Bendire’s Thrasher, Peg Abbott; Group walking, Naturalist Journeys Stock; Marsh Wren, Peg Abbott; Northern Harrier, Peg Abbott; Vermilion Flycatcher, Steve Bull; Arizona in the Fall, Peg Abbott; Bisbee Town, Hugh Simmons Photography; Coronado, Hugh Simmons Photography; Sandhill Cranes, Hugh Simmons Photography; Canyon Wren, Peg Abbott; Fall AZ, Peg Abbott; Red-naped Sapsucker, Peg Abbott; Rufous-collared Sparrow, Peg Abbott;