Workshops & Tours

SABO offers a variety of educational workshops and tours. Mini-workshops include two days of activities, usually starting with a morning classroom session followed by field trips to local hot spots appropriate to the subject and season. Regional tours spend up to a week exploring a wider variety of locations. For more information on upcoming workshops and tours, please visit the Calendar of Events.

Interested in more exotic destinations? Check out our International Tours.


Hawks and Cranes 

Jan 13-19

Winter birding in southeastern Arizona combines our iconic resident birds from Greater Roadrunner, Pyrrhuloxia, Gambel’s Quail, Harris’ Hawk, Bendire’s Thasher and Arizona Woodpecker with an influx of winter visitors. Wintering Raptors, including Prairie Falcon, Ferruginous Hawk, Northern Harrier and more Red-tails than you ever thought possible, are upstaged by the spectacle of 20,000 Sandhill Cranes at their winter home. Our tour begins in Tucson with a visit to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and their free flight demonstration and then travels to the comfortable confines of Casa de San Pedro B & B. From here we will explore the varied habitats and wildlife of southeastern Arizona. Our small group size and relaxed, comfortable style of birding will provide ample photo opportunities for the wildlife photographer.

Cost: $1495/ person double occupancy

$300 single occupancy

 

 

Day 1 (Sun): meet in Tucson at  airport hotel 5 pm for dinner and orientation        Overnight Tucson

Day 2 (Mon): Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Sweetwater Wetlands Overnight Tucson

Day 3 (Tue): early breakfast, Las Cienegas, Patagonia, check-in at Casa de San Pedro

Day 4: Sulpher Springs Valley  to Willcox, Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area on the way back, dinner in Bisbee

Day 5 (Thu): Casa walk, lunch in Sierra Vista, San Pedro House

Day 6 (Fri): early breakfast, sunrise at Whitewater Draw, lunch in Bisbee, Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary

Day 7 (Sat): full breakfast, leave for Tucson around 9 a.m., arrive airport around 11 a.m.

 

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Venue Tucson/Hereford AZ
Starts Sun Jan 13 2019
Ends Sat Jan 19 2019

Featured lodging for this tour will be Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast, adjacent to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

Sparrow-phobics Anonymous Workshop
February 3-9, 2019

Are you terrified at the thought of sorting through all those “little brown jobs”? You’re not alone! Let fellow sufferers guide you through the basics of sparrow identification with a little classroom study and plenty of practice on the real thing.

This weekend workshop begins with a classroom presentation covering the basics of sparrow identification, including season, habitat, field marks, behavior, and voice. The group will then spend time in quality sparrow habitat honing new skills.  For more information, please contact SABO.

 

Alamos, Sonora  March 2-9, 2019

Mexican birds are part of southeastern Arizona’s allure, but few birders venture into neighboring Sonora. Within a day’s drive of the border is a land of Black-throated Magpie-Jays, Social Flycatchers, Elegant Quail, Squirrel Cuckoos, Mexican Parrotlets, and much more.

The tour begins in Tucson with an evening orientation and dinner at a hotel near the airport. The next morning, we’ll load the van and drive through the Sonoran Desert to the coastal resort town of San Carlos. After an afternoon birding beaches and estuaries and a relaxed evening at a hotel overlooking Bahia San Carlos, we’ll start the next morning with some early birding at Nacapule Canyon, famous as a “lost world” oasis of tropical plants and animals, enjoy a buffet breakfast at our hotel, then continue south to the charming colonial town of Alamos. Our destination is El Pedregal Nature Lodge, a luxurious retreat at the edge of the city. The relaxed pace of the tour will allow participants to fully enjoy the site’s amenities, including a pool, bird feeders, and trails. After 3 days of exploring a variety of tropical habitats, including walks through Sinaloan thorn forest and tropical deciduous forest, we’ll return to San Carlos for one more night before ending our tour in Tucson. (8 days/7 nights)

Tentative Itinerary*

Day 1 (Sat): Meet at Baymont by Wyndham Tucson Airport for orientation and dinner
Day 2 (Sun): Depart Tucson for San Carlos, night at Marinaterra Hotel & Spa
Day 3 (Mon): early birding at Nacapule Canyon, breakfast, drive to Alamos, check in at El Pedregal Nature Lodge
Day 4 (Tue): Breakfast at El Pedregal, birding around Alamos, restaurant lunch, afternoon siesta/free time, dinner in Alamos
Day 5 (Wed): Breakfast at El Pedregal, birding around Alamos, restaurant lunch, afternoon siesta/free time, dinner in Alamos
Day 6 (Thu): Breakfast at El Pedregal, birding around Alamos, restaurant lunch, afternoon siesta/free time, dinner in Alamos
Day 7 (Fri): Early birding around El Pedregal, check out and depart for San Carlos, night at Marinaterra Hotel & Spa
Day 8 (Sat): Breakfast at the hotel, check out, return to Tucson mid-afternoon

* The actual itinerary will be flexible and may change as opportunities and/or access issues dictate.

$1750 per person/double occupancy*, $2050 per person/single occupancy. SABO members are eligible for a discount of $30 per person. Package includes 7 nights’ lodging, ground transportation from Tucson, tourist and guide fees, and meals from dinner the first day through lunch the last day. Alcoholic beverages, guide and lodging gratuities, and other personal expenses are not included. Limited to 8 participants. A deposit of $200 per person is required to hold your reservation. For additional information, please contact SABO.

Owls & More
May 12-18, 2019

Southeastern Arizona is a birder’s paradise during spring migration as the arid valleys and lush “sky island” mountains come alive with northbound travelers and local residents. Birds of many species are particularly active and vocal this time of year, making it an excellent time to search for owls and other mysterious and elusive night birds.

The field trip destinations have been selected to highlight the best that spring has to offer, including the owls, other raptors, Elegant Trogons, songbirds, and hummingbirds that make this region so special. The tour will include short presentations to give you an in-depth understanding of the natural history, behavior, and identification of the species of owls found in the region.

Tour activities will include short hikes on easy to moderately demanding trails. Late spring in southern Arizona can be warm, with daytime highs in the 80s to low 90s. To compensate for early mornings and warm afternoons, many days will incorporate an hour or two of siesta time.

Featured lodging for this tour will be Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast, adjacent to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

$1435 per person for SABO members, $1465 per person for non-members, double occupancy*; add $450 for single occupancy. Package includes 6 nights’ lodging, ground transportation from Tucson, entrance fees, and meals from dinner the first day through breakfast the last day. Alcoholic beverages, guide and lodging gratuities, and other personal expenses are not included. Limited to 8 participants. A deposit of $200 per person is required to hold your reservation.


Hummingbirds of Arizona

August 11-17, 2019

Spend a week exploring southeastern Arizona’s hummingbird havens with Sheri Williamson, author of the Peterson Field Guide to Hummingbirds and scriptwriter for Hummingbirds of North America in the Advanced Birding Video Series by Peregrine Video.

August is one of the most exciting months for hummingbird watching in southeastern Arizona. Summer thunderstorms bring a second spring to the “sky island” mountains and valleys. Blooming wildflowers and the area’s famous feeding stations attract up to 15 hummingbird species plus many other colorful birds, butterflies, and much more.

Most field trip destinations will be of particular interest to hummingbird aficionados, but we won’t neglect the songbirds, raptors, butterflies, and other wildlife that make this region so special. The tour will include short presentations to give you an in-depth understanding of hummingbird natural history and identification. Participants will also have the opportunity to see research in progress at SABO’s hummingbird banding stations. To compensate for early mornings and avoid thunderstorms, most days will incorporate an hour or two of siesta time in the afternoon.