FIELD TRIPS & SPECIAL EVENTS
GENERAL INFORMATION

Our field trips and general meetings are generally free and open to the public.  If driving is required, we will try to carpool using participants’ vehicles.  Other special events by our partner non-profit organizations may have donations or costs associated with an event… if so these costs will be noted on their event information.

We do ask passengers to reimburse the driver at a rate of $.10 (10 cents) per mile, to be split between all passengers in the vehicle.

Bring binoculars, comfortable walking shoes and gear, and all the water and snacks you will need.

ALSO – CHECK BACK OFTEN, as we occasionally offer a last-minute trip to take advantage of moments when the birding is especially good.  If you are on our Prescott Audubon Email List, we will send notices to you as well.

To register contact the trip leader listed below for each trip.

UP-COMING TRIPS

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – Cuckoos on the Upper Verde River IBA
COMMENTS: The Cuckoo counts are all the more important now that cuckoos have been listed as a species of concern by the Federal Government. The AZ Game & Fish will direct this Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey and protocol.  This will be a full-morning trip and involves some medium-difficulty riverside hiking. Check back again for more information – we will post it when we learn the details. If you are interested in learning more about this special species and in contributing to the science of Federally-listed birds, consider this trip.
Karen O’Neil, at: moc.liamgnull@lienokdnaj will be our trip leader.

Thursday, July 6, 2017 – Birding Mingus Mountain
COMMENTS: This will be a nice morning of birding in the cooler highlands of Mingus Mountain.
We will look for high country species such as Olive Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush, Red-faced Warbler, and Painted Redstart.
Picnic lunch.  
Contact Norma Jenkins at (928) 925-7221 or Rich Schooler at (928) 379-5953 for details.

Saturday, July 8, 2017  – Highland Center Walk at 7:30 AM
COMMENTS: Our birding walks are scheduled on the second Saturday of every month. Experienced Prescott Audubon birders lead these outings, always on the site of the Highland Center for Natural History. The walks are about 2 hours long, and they are open to birders of all ages and levels. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Highland Center, 1375 S Walker Rd, in Prescott.  Walker Road meets Hgwy 69 next to CostCo, and the Highlands Center is a few miles up Walker Rd from there. No need to register; everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 – Cuckoos on the Upper Verde River IBA
COMMENTS: The Cuckoo counts are all the more important now that cuckoos have been listed as a species of concern by the Federal Government. The AZ Game & Fish will direct this Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey and protocol. This will be a full-morning trip and involves some medium-difficulty riverside hiking. Check back again for more information – we will post it when we learn the details.  If you are interested in learning more about this special species and in contributing to the science of Federally-listed birds, consider this trip. 
Karen O’Neil, at moc.liamgnull@lienokdnaj, will be our trip leader.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – Cuckoos on the Upper Verde River IBA
COMMENTS: The Cuckoo counts are all the more important now that cuckoos have been listed as a species of concern by the Federal Government. The AZ Game & Fish will direct this Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey and protocol. This will be a full-morning trip and involves some medium-difficulty riverside hiking. Check back again for more information – we will post it when we learn the details. If you are interested in learning more about this special species and in contributing to the science of Federally-listed birds, consider this trip. 
Karen O’Neil, at moc.liamgnull@lienokdnaj, will be our trip leader.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Cuckoos on the Upper Verde River IBA
COMMENTS: The Cuckoo counts are all the more important now that cuckoos have been listed as a species of concern by the Federal Government. The AZ Game & Fish will direct this Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey and protocol. This will be a full-morning trip and involves some medium-difficulty riverside hiking. Check back again for more information – we will post it when we learn the details. If you are interested in learning more about this special species and in contributing to the science of Federally-listed birds, consider this trip. 
Karen O’Neil, at moc.liamgnull@lienokdnaj, will be our trip leader.

Saturday, August 12 – Highland Center Walk at 7:30 AM
Our birding walks on the second Saturday of every month. Our bird walk begins at 7:30 AM. Experienced Prescott Audubon birders lead these outings, always on the site of the Highland Center for Natural History. The walks are about 2 hours long, and they are open to birders of all ages and levels. Meet at the Highland Center, 1375 S Walker Rd, in Prescott.  Walker Road meets Hgwy 69 next to Costco, and the Highlands Center is a few miles down Walker Rd from there.   No need to register; everyone is welcome.

Monday, August 14-Thursday, August 17 – Birding the San Bernadino & Leslie Canyon Refuges
We heard about these intriguing refuges from Bill Radke, Refuge Manager, at our September Window on Nature presentation. The refuges have springs, and the monsoon rains bring the flowers, birds, dragonflies, etc., that cross the Mexican border and enter the U.S. only in the very southern corners of Arizona and only at this time of year. Refuge personnel will be our guides to the best spots for birds and butterflies. Costs include 3 nights in Douglas, AZ, all meals, and travel.
Contact trip leaders Becky Beckers,
moc.loanull@ykcebtnega, or Sue Drown, moc.liamgnull@nwordeus, for details and to register, $100 deposit required to hold a (double-occupancy) room.
Limit 10.

Tuesday, September 5 – Local Mine trip with Birding Opportunity –  TBD
We are planning a half-day trip into a new spot in the Bradshaws, where it’s cool, or at least cooler. In addition to enjoying high-mountain birds, we will have an opportunity to visit an old and interesting mining cave. Details to come.
Contact trip leader Becky Beckers,
moc.loanull@ykcebtnega.

Wednesday, September 6 – Important Bird Area (IBA) Count on the Upper Verde River – All Day
These IBA’s represent Citizen Science at its best.  This is a full-morning trip and involves some medium-difficulty riverside hiking.  Contact Karen O’Neil at moc.liamgnull@lienokdnaj for details and to sign up. PAS has been monitoring the Upper Verde for some years now, and our data contributes to the Audubon Arizona statewide IBA database.
Lunch after at Little Thumb Butte B&B.

Saturday, September 9 – Highland Center Walk at 8:00 AM
Our birding walks are on the second Saturday of every month. Our walk will begin at 8:00 AM.  Experienced Prescott Audubon birders lead these outings, always on the site of the Highland Center for Natural History. The walks are about 2 hours long, and they are open to birders of all ages and levels. Meet at the Highland Center, 1375 S Walker Rd, in Prescott.  Walker Road meets Hgwy 69 next to Costco, and the Highlands Center is a few miles down Walker Rd from there.
No need to register; everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, September 20 – Important Bird Area (IBA) Count on the Upper Verde River – All Day
These IBA’s represent Citizen Science at its best. This is a full-morning trip and involves some medium-difficulty riverside hiking. Contact Karen O’Neil at moc.liamgnull@lienokdnaj  for details and to sign up. PAS has been monitoring the Upper Verde for some years now, and our data contributes to the Audubon Arizona statewide IBA database.
Lunch after at Little Thumb Butte B&B. 

Wednesday, September 27 –  Hawk Watch, Yaki Point,  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM – Grand Canyon  (*NOTE, date change)
We will spend the day counting hawks and other raptors with representatives from Hawk Watch International. Bring a lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen and chairs.
Limit is 12.
Contact Cory Shaw,
moc.loanull@0340wahsmc.

Saturday, October 14 – Highland Center Walk at 8:30 AM
Our birding walks on the second Saturday of every month. Our walk for October starts at 8:30 AM. Experienced Prescott Audubon birders lead these outings, always on the site of the Highland Center for Natural History. The walks are about 2 hours long, and they are open to birders of all ages and levels. Meet at the Highland Center, 1375 S Walker Rd, in Prescott. Walker Road meets Hgwy 69 next to Costco, and the Highlands Center is a few miles down Walker Rd from there. No need to register; everyone is welcome.

Saturday, October 21 – Stricklin Park
Get acquainted with some Prescott resident birds in Stricklin Park, a small local park that Prescott Audubon has supported for years. Some winter species may also have returned. Easy walking. All welcome. Email Kathy Wingert at
ten.knilyrutnecnull@gniwserp for details.

Saturday, November 11, 2017  – Highland Center Walk at 9:00 AM
Our birding walks are scheduled on the second Saturday of every month. Experienced Prescott Audubon birders lead these outings, always on the site of the Highland Center for Natural History. The walks are about 2 hours long, and they are open to birders of all ages and levels. Meet at   9:00 AM at the Highland Center, 1375 S Walker Rd, in Prescott. Walker Road meets Hgwy 69 next to Costco, and the Highlands Center is a few miles down Walker Rd from there. No need to register; everyone is welcome.
Please note:  This will be our last HCNC birdwalk for 2017.  We begin our monthly walks again in February, 2018.

Friday, December 1, 2017 – Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Trinidad & Tobago
COMMENTS: Trinidad and Tobago (T & T, as it’s known) offers an excellent tropical birding experience, complete with views and gardens to interest non-birding partners as well. A five-night stay at the famous Asa Wright Lodge in Trinidad will include birding trips around the island as well as great viewing from the lodge veranda, a visit to the Oilbird cave, a boat tour of the Caroni Swamp, and more. Our 3 nights in Tobago include a day trip to Little Tobago Island and a lovely stay at Cuffie River Lodge.  $2100 covers the trip costs (double occupancy) including the inter-island flights. Airfare, etc. is not included. For more information or to register, contact Becky Beckers  at moc.loanull@ykcebtnega.

Wednesday, December 13 – Ducks at Willow and/or Watson Lake (final location TBD)
Watson and Willow Lakes are most notable for the number of waterfowl they support during winter. These IBA locations never fail to impress with the number and variety of waterfowl and especially ducks. For details, contact Rich Schooler –
gro.nobuduattocserpnull@8d.

Christmas Bird Counts!
We will be hosting four (Yes, 4!) Christmas Bird Counts in our Chapter area.

Our four counts are Chino Valley, Prescott, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Bullhead City, and the Bill Williams River NWR near Parker, AZ. 

   Monday, December 18 – Chino Valley.
Contact Russell Duerksen,
moc.nsmnull@neskreud.

   TBD – Prescott.
Contact Carl Tomoff,
oc.knilhtronnull@ffomotm.

   Thursday, December 28 – Lake Havasu NWR.
Contact Kathleen Blair, vog.swfnull@rialB_neelhtaK.

Friday, December 29 – Bill Williams NWR
Contact: DeeDee, moc.liamgnull@ozneroledeedeed

A complete list of Arizona Christmas Bird Count events may be reviewed in the Chapter website!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Costa Rica
COMMENTS:
On this trip we will visit the best habitats that you can reach in Costa Rica in 10 days of pleasant but serious birding. From lowland forest to the high-mountain home of the Respendent Quetzai, Costa Rica is birder-friendly, full of eye-candy hummingbirds. and just a lovely country to visit. We will enjoy a river cruise and guided walks in national park trails and private properties. Cost is approximately $3200 (double occupancy), limit 12. Contact Eric Moore at moc.nrabdribsyajnull@cirE.