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.


Owls & More
April 29 – May 5, 2018

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 theĀ  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. For registration and additional information, please visit the Owls & More main page or click the button below.


Hummingbirds of Arizona
August 12-18, 2018 – Sorry, this tour is FULL

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.

$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. This tour is currently FULL.


Sparrow-phobics Anonymous Workshop
February (not offered in 2018)

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.


Owls & More
May

This week-long tour will open a window into the lives of some of the Southwest’s most fascinating and mysterious birds. Though owls and trogons will be our focus, we won’t neglect the other regional specialties that spring such a great time to visit southeastern Arizona, including White-eared Hummingbird, Red-faced Warbler, Arizona Woodpecker, and Abert’s Towhee.

Mornings will be spent in the field, while afternoons and evenings will be divided between classroom sessions and additional field time. Classroom presentations will focus on cover the behavior, ecology, conservation and identification of Arizona’s thirteen owls and two trogons. Field trips will visit a variety of habitats, from deserts and grasslands to conifer forests high atop the “sky islands.” Note: To minimize our impact on the birds, playback of recordings will not be used in the field. For additional information, please contact SABO.