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Tucson Audubon Society

Location: Mason Center
Time: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
9101 N. Thornydale
Tucson, Arizona

March 13–Tuesday 9:00 a.m.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Difficulty: Easy. Distance 0.25 to 0.50 mile. Elevation gain: none. Ground conditions: paved and smooth dirt trails.
Tucson Audubon partners with the Tucson Botanical Gardens for a garden bird walk. The walk is especially good for beginning bird watchers and those interested in attracting birds to their own yards. Along the way we’ll point out some of the many bird-friendly plants at the gardens and give you ideas for how to bring birds into your own yard. There will be a limited number of loaner binoculars for guests to borrow. The birding is free but there is an entrance fee to enter the gardens. Meet at the gardens–2150 N Alvernon Way. No online registration necessary.
Leader: Vivian MacKinnon, v_mackinnon@yahoo.com

March 17–Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the trails in Arthur Pack Park and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. See map for directions to the Mason Center (3835 W. Hardy Rd.) on the corner of Hardy and Thornydale in NW Tucson. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney. Call 520-209-1811 with any questions.

March 18–Sunday 9am
Tubac Hawk Watch, Ron Morriss Park
Trip rating: easy. Walking distance: none, mostly stationary. Ground conditions: gravel
Join Stephen Vaughan to document northward migration of raptors along the Santa Cruz River corridor. Prior to this field trip on March 17, Stephen will share “How to Identify Birds of Prey” at the Oro Valley Living with Nature program. For several years the Tubac Hawk watch has counted up to 22 species of raptors in this area during the month of March, including Common Black-Hawk, Gray Hawk, and Zone-tailed Hawk. We suggest you bring binoculars, folding chairs, hats, sunscreen, lunch, and water. To get to Ron Morriss Park take I-19 south to exit #40 turn left (east) to the Frontage Road turn right (south) to Bridge Road turn left (east) to the T turn right (south) this is still Bridge Rd it will turn east, go to Calle Iglesia and turn right (south) and follow it into Ron Morriss Country Park. Carpooling is encouraged; meet at the old Fry’s building just east of I-19 (902 W Irvington Rd) at 8 a.m. No limit, but please register for this trip here.
Leader: Stephen Vaughan, , 719-649-8741

March 29–Thursday 7 a.m.
Birding with a Purpose: Paton Center for Hummingbirds
Trip Rating: Difficult; Be prepared for work using shovels and trowels after an easy morning of birding.
Last summer, Tucson Audubon planted hundreds of native plants to improve bird and willdife habitat along Sonoita Creek. Now, we need your help to keep the well-entrenched invasive Johnsongrass at bay, and give our natives a chance to thrive. The work will be light-to-moderate digging with shovels and hand-digging with trowels. Before we start the restoration work we will look for early migrants including Gray Hawk, Rufous Hummingbird, and Lazuli Bunting. Please register for this trip here starting Monday, February 26.
Leaders: Luke Safford and Andy Bennett

March 31–Saturday 8 a.m.
Mason Center/Arthur Pack Park
Trip Rating: Easy; Walking Distance: 2.5 miles; Trip Duration: 2 hr 45 min; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: groomed trail. Restrooms at 2 locations along the walk. Drinking water not available on trail.
Join Tucson Audubon for an introduction to birdwatching basics and our Mason Center. After feeder watching at the Center, stroll across Hardy Rd to Arthur Pack Park for some 20 to 30 more species along the trails in Arthur Pack Park and golf course pond. Great for families. Loaner binoculars available. See map for directions to the Mason Center (3835 W. Hardy Rd.) on the corner of Hardy and Thornydale in NW Tucson. No online registration necessary.
Leaders: Jim Gessaman, Mary Ellen Flynn or Ray Deeney. Call 520-209-1811 with any questions.

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