PAS FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

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.

     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

Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, April 30 – The “Birdy Verde” Festival in Cottonwood

This annual festival, with field trips, a banquet and speaker, and a vendors’ tent,  brings in birders from across the country and can be a good way to explore further into our county. Contact the festival WEBSITE for more details.

Thursday, May 4 – Jail Trail in Cottonwood

This trip was so much fun last year, we have to do it again!  Early May is prime migration time, and this wide corridor of Cottonwood trees along the Verde River near Old Cottonwood town can be a passerine paradise – tanagers, warblers, orioles, and more. We plan to bird the morning, then head into Old Cottonwood for a restaurant lunch (at your own expense).  For registration and details, contact Cathy LeVine at ten.asunull@redilg-74xelec.   Limit 10.

Wednesday, May 10 – 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, May 13  – Highland Center Walk at 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 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 8:00 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.

Saturday, June 10  – Highland Center Walk at 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 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, June 28 – Cuckoos on the Upper Verde River IBA

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 – Birding Mingus Mountain

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  – Highland Center Walk at 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 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 – Cuckoos on the Upper Verde River IBA

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 19 – Cuckoos on the Upper Verde River IBA

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 – Cuckoos on the Upper Verde River IBA

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 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.  

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, gro.nobuduattocserpnull@serp, for details and to register.  Limit 10.

Tuesday, 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 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 8:00 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, 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.

Thursday, September 28 – Yaki Point with Hawk Watch International, Grand Canyon   

We will spend the day counting hawks and other raptors with representatives from Hawk Watch International.  Bring a picnic lunch, snacks and beverages.  Contact Cory Shaw, moc.loanull@0340wahsmc.

Saturday, October 14  – Highland Center Walk at 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 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 8:30 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 down Walker Rd from there. No need to register; everyone is welcome.

Saturday, November 11  – 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.

Friday, December 1 – Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Trinidad & Tobago 

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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2017 – Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Costa Rica 

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 Resplendent Quetzal, 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.