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.

2017-2018 TRIPS

(Events in gray with header line-through indicate event was COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE)

November 11, 2017  – Highland Center Walk at 9:00 AM COMPLETED ON SCHEDULE
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 HCNH
bird walk 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, 2017 – Chino Valley.
Contact Russell Duerksen,  moc.nsmnull@neskreud.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – Prescott.
Contact Carl Tomoff,
oc.knilhtronnull@ffomotm.

Thursday, December 28, 2017 – Bill Williams River CBC
Contact Kathleen Blair, vog.swfnull@rialb_neelhtak

Friday, December 29, 2017 – Havasu CBC
Contact DeeDee DeLorenzo, moc.liamgnull@ozneroledeedeed

Sunday, January 1, 2018 — Start your 2018 bird list off in good company! 

This has been a popular field trip for the past few years, when weather permits!   We will bird the most productive spots around Prescott starting at a sensible 9 AM.  We try to be done by noon, but some of us continue into the afternoon if the birding is good. (Bring your lunch.)  Call Sue Drown at (928) 227-3720 or at moc.liamgnull@nwordeus  to register and for details on where to meet.   Limit 12.

Friday, Jan.19-Sunday Jan 21  —  Overnight trip to the Salton Sea

We’ll travel to the Salton Sea on the 19th, ready to spend the next day with a terrific local guide, Bob Miller, on the 20th.  We will bird the morning of the 21st along the Salton Sea before heading home that afternoon.  It has been a good while since PAS has led a Salton Sea trip, so we are eager to return to what just may be the most amazing winter birding hotspot in the deep Southwest.   Shorelines and farm fields full of shorebirds, ducks, gulls, grebes, herons, and songbirds – all in the odd and salt-caked environs that is the Salton Sea.   Cost is estimated at $125 per person (double occupancy) for 2 nights and the guide; limit 10.  Contact Sue Drown at moc.liamgnull@nwordeus  to register.

 Thursday, February 8th, 2017 – Estrella Park (and the Glendale Recharge Ponds?)

Birding in early February?  Time for another winter day trip to the Phoenix area!  This year, leader Rich Schooler will guide us through the Estrella Mt. Park, in Goodyear ($6/vehicle entrance fee).  Target species are desert and water birds of the Sonoran desert and mesquite bogs.  The park is large, with many trails, rest facilities, and picnic areas, and it has a great reputation for quality winter birding.   If time permits, we hope to stop by the Glendale Recharge Ponds as well.   Contact Rich Schooler at 928-379-5953 or gro.nobuduattocserpnull@8d

to register. Bring a lunch, as this is an all-day trip.  Limit 12.

Saturday, February 10 – Highland Center Walk at 9:00AM 

Our Highlands Center Walks series begins again!  This our 2018 season will have birding walks on the second Saturday of every month, as always.  Start times vary with the seasons, so check this listing. Experienced Prescott Audubon birders lead these outings, always on the site of the Highlands 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.  

Tuesday, Feb.13- Saturday, Feb 24  —  Birding Costa Rica

We will be visiting lowland coastal habitats, high montane forests, and everything in between on a private, guided tour, sponsored in conjunction with Jay’s Bird Barn.  The trip is currently full, but contact Sue Drown if you want to be on our waiting list.

Friday, February 16-Monday, February 19 – Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)

Please submit your counts wherever you bird, not only your backyard.  Only have 15 minutes?  That’s enough to contribute to national Citizen Science.  For more information on how to participate, check this link:  GBBC   Please participate- this national effort collects real bird data from backyards and hotspots across the continent! 

Saturday, March 10  —  Highlands Center Birdwalk 8:30 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 Highlands Center for Natural History.  The walks are about two hours long, and they are open to birders of all ages and levels.  Meet at 8:30 AM at 1375 S Walker Rd.  No need to register; everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, March 13  —  Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix

Birding is outstanding in this lovely oasis of desert plants, and March brings some beautiful spring blooms as well.  We’ve chosen the 13th because it is the monthly free day at the garden.  Birds here are accustomed to people, and the gardens are wonderful, so bring your camera!  We will post contact details soon.

Tuesday, March 27  —  Birding in Congress, AZ

As last year, we will tour the very birdy town of Congress, with lunch after at (our favorite) Nichols West restaurant.   Spring comes early in Congress, and the desert birds are out and singing in March.  This trip is mostly a driving tour, no hiking required, and a good way to get more familiar with Curve-billed Thrashers, Gila Woodpeckers, Gilded Flickers, and the like — species not found in Prescott.  Contact Kathy Wingert at 928-445-5062 or ten.knilyrutnecnull@gniwserp .

Thursday, April 5  —  Spring at Stricklin Park

“Our” natural park, Stricklin Park in Prescott near Thumb Butte Rd., has so much to offer in such a tiny space!  From Cooper’s Hawks to Bridled Titmouse and warblers, the birds will be vocal and visible in spring.  The trail is easy and partially paved.  Kathy Wingert will lead this 2-hour bird walk.  Contact Kathy at 928-445-5062 or ten.knilyrutnecnull@gniwserp .

Saturday, April 14  —  Highlands Center Birdwalk 8:00 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 Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH).  The walks are about two hours long, and they are open to birders of all ages and levels.  Meet at 8:00 AM at HCNH, 1375 S Walker Rd.  No need to register; everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, April 25  — A Morning in Watson Woods

Ready for spring in Prescott?  We’ll be looking and listening for all the returning breeding birds in Watson Woods during this morning-only trip.  In April, Watson Woods never disappoints.  Contact trip leader Rich Schooler for details at 928-379-5953 or ten.enoelbacnull@reloohcsar .  Wednesday is free parking day at the Peavine trailhead, btw.

Wednesday, April 25  —  Upper Verde River Important Bird Area (IBA) count

These IBS’s represent citizen science at its best, and the Upper Verde is absolutely beautiful.  This is a full-morning trip and involves some challenging riverside hiking.  Contact Dave Frechette at ten.asunull@hsinifotsgnitoof for details.  PAS has been monitoring the Upper Verde for some years now, and our data contributes to the Audubon AZ statewide IBA database.  As always, a great lunch awaits us at the Little Thumb Butte B & B.

Thursday, April 26-Sunday, April29 —  The “Birdy Verde” Festival in Cottonwood, AZ

This annual birding and nature festival offers field trips in the Cottonwood region and attracts participants from all over the country.   Several of the trips are led by our Prescott Audubon leaders.  See their website, birdyverde.org .

Wednesday, May 9  —  Upper Verde River Important Bird Area (IBA) count

This will be our second 2018 opportunity to visit the awesome Verde River for both fun and to do some meaningful citizen science.  (see April 25, above).  This is a full-morning trip and involves some challenging riverside hiking.  Contact Dave Frechette at ten.asunull@hsinifotsgnitoof for details.  PAS has been monitoring the Upper Verde for some years now, and our data contributes to the Audubon AZ statewide IBA database.  Lunch after at the Little Thumb Butte B & B.

Saturday, May 12  — Highlands Center Birdwalk 8:00 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 Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH).  The walks are about two hours long, and they are open to birders of all ages and levels.  Meet at 8:00 AM at HCNH, 1375 S Walker Rd.  No need to register; everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, May 15  —  Birding in the Bradshaws

In mid-May, most of our high-mountain breeding birds are back and singing as they establishes their territories.   We will spend a morning looking and listening, most likely up Senator Highway.  We’ll look for Red-faced and Virginia’s Warblers, Painted Redstarts, and Greater Pewee. For details and to register, contact trip leader Kathy Wingert at 928-445-5062 or ten.knilyrutnecnull@gniwserp .

Saturday, June 9  —  Highlands Center Birdwalk 7:30 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 Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH).  The walks are about two hours long, and they are open to birders of all ages and levels.  Meet at 7:30 AM at HCNH, 1375 S Walker Rd.  No need to register; everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, June 27  —  Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey on the Upper Verde River

Our Cuckoo surveys begin today and run every two weeks until August 8th, for a total of four survey mornings.  The area is east of Paulden, the same sections of the Verde River where we do our IBA surveys (see May 9th listing).  The terrain can be medium-difficult, but the birding is terrific.  Lunch after at the Little Thumb Butte B & B.  Contact Dave Frechette at ten.asunull@hsinifotsgnitoof for details.

Thursday, July 5  —  Mingus Mountain

At this time each year, we head uphill to escape the heat and to search for Mingus Mt. specialties, including Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Hermit Thrush, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and high country warblers such as Red-faced, Grace’s, and, if we’re lucky, Olive.   Contact Rich Schooler at 928-379-5953 or gro.nobuduattocserpnull@8d to register.

Wednesday, July 11  —  Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey on the Upper Verde River

This is survey #2 of 4.  These Cuckoo surveys run every two weeks until August 8th.  The area is east of Paulden, the same sections of the Verde River where we do our IBA surveys (see May 9th listing).  The terrain can be medium-difficult, but the birding is terrific. Lunch after at the Little Thumb Butte B & B. Contact Dave Frechette at ten.asunull@hsinifotsgnitoof for details.

Saturday, July 14  —  Highlands Center Birdwalk 7:30 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 Highlands Center for Natural History (HCNH).  The walks are about two hours long, and they are open to birders of all ages and levels.  Meet at 7:30 AM at HCNH, 1375 S Walker Rd.  No need to register; everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, July 25  —  Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey on the Upper Verde River

This is survey #3 of 4.  There is one more, on August 8th.  The area is east of Paulden, the same sections of the Verde River where we do our IBA surveys (see May 9th listing).  The terrain can be medium-difficult, but the birding is terrific. Lunch after at the Little Thumb Butte B & B. Contact Dave Frechette at ten.asunull@hsinifotsgnitoof for details.