FIELD TRIP & 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

Saturday, June 10, 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, 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 19, 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, 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.  

Monday, August 14, 2017 – Thursday, August 17, 2017 – Birding the San Bernadino & Leslie Canyon Refuges
COMMENTS:
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, 2017 – Important Bird Area (IBA) Count on the Upper Verde River – All Day
COMMENTS: 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, 2017  – Highland Center Walk at 8:00 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 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, 2017 – Important Bird Area (IBA) Count on the Upper Verde River – All Day
COMMENTS: 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, 2017 – Yaki Point with Hawk Watch International, Grand Canyon
COMMENTS: 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, 2017 – Highland Center Walk at 8:30 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 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.

DATE(s): Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – Sunday, November 5, 2017
SPECIAL EVENT: 2017 Costa Rica International Birding Conference
COMMENTS
: Sponsored in association with American Birding Association, Birdwatcher’s Digest, National Audubon Society, and Swarovski Optik.The 2017 Costa Rica International Birding Conference will be held at Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve in Sarapiquí, located amid primary and secondary forest in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. Though small in geographic area, Costa Rica sits at the crossroads of two continents and is a major flyway for birds in the Western Hemisphere. More than 900 bird species have been recorded in the country, making it a hot spot for birding and a priority for conservation.The conference is designed for birding organization leaders and representatives who focus on field programs.
      It features field trips, seminars and presentations on Costa Rica and international topics, such as National Audubon’s International Alliances Program, ABA’s Youth Birding Initiative, and local birding tours that promote sustainable development and community building. Come and learn about these hopeful efforts to protect and manage birds throughout the Americas, share with your peers, and gain insight for your community initiatives. Join fellow bird leaders, professionals, and enthusiasts for an exchange of ideas, learning, and birding in the tropics at its best! For complete information click on this WEBSITE link.


Saturday, November 11, 2017  – Highland Center Walk at 9:00 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 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, 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.

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 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.