SABO offers seasonal walks at some popular birding destinations. Please check our Calendar of Events or Events List for upcoming dates and registration. Personalized walks for individuals and groups are also available with advance arrangements.
The San Pedro River, a narrow green oasis rippling through desert grassland, is one of the last wild rivers in the Southwest and one of the most endangered. Scientists have estimated that up to 4 million birds, from tiny hummingbirds to hawks and herons, use the river as a migration highway linking their winter and summer homes. These 3-hour guided walks through desert grassland and among towering cottonwood trees will introduce you to the birds and other wildlife that make their homes in the sanctuary of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. A busy feeding station at Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast offers excellent views of some of the river’s more elusive residents. River Walks depart from Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast and are offered twice weekly from late March through late May.
In cooperation with the City of Sierra Vista, SABO and the Friends of the San Pedro River offer free volunteer-led 2-hour birding tours of the wastewater wetlands at the Environmental Operations Park on the city’s east side. The tours explore areas normally off limits to the public, and the EOP is closed to the general public on weekends.
Start times for these Sunday morning tours vary by season:
- 8 a.m. December-February
- 7 a.m. March-May and September-November
- 6 a.m. June-August.
Participation is limited and on a first-come first-served basis; reservations are not accepted. During the busy winter and spring seasons, we recommend arriving at the EOP and meeting the leaders a few minutes before the scheduled start time for the walk.