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.
Whitewater Wetlands Walks
These 2-hour bird walks take place at the Arizona Game & Fish Department’s Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area between Bisbee and Elfrida, an oasis for breeding and migrating birds and winter home to hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, waterfowl, songbirds, and thousands of Sandhill Cranes. Walks are offered most weekends from late November through late February and are followed by a 2-hour Sandhill Crane Watch (free).
Five species of small owls nest in the “sky islands” of southeastern Arizona, but they can be difficult to find and identify. Join a SABO naturalist on a moonlight walk in search of Elf Owls, Whiskered Screech-Owls, and other night creatures.
Two-hour Owl Prowls take place in lower Carr Canyon. These walks are typically offered once or twice per month from late March through May, depending on the timing of the full moon. Owl Prowls begin with an introduction to owling ethics and the natural history, behavior, and identification of the small owls of southeastern Arizona. Playback of recorded calls is used for instructional purposes only during the introduction.
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. These Sunday morning tours begin at 8 a.m. from November through February and 7 a.m. from March through October. The tours explore areas normally off limits to the public, and the EOP is closed to the general public on weekends.
Participation is limited and on a first-come first-served basis; reservations are not accepted. Special tours are available for groups of 6 or more with advance arrangements; for more information on group tours, contact SABO.