Check out a couple of spots in Payson before heading east on 260 to visit Willow Springs and Woods Canyon Lakes on the Mogollon Rim. A variety of summer birds: Osprey, flycatchers, tanagers, and warblers, as well as resident woodpecker and nuthatch species. Weather permitting, a picnic lunch at one of the lakes. Return to Scottsdale about 3:00 pm. Difficulty: 1-2. Limit: 8. Leader: Kathe Anderson, email@example.com
Expect to be hot—and hot on the trail of returning shorebirds. Start from Scottsdale 5:00 am to arrive in Glendale before sunrise. Prowl the wetlands for the usual variety of birds—ducks, raptors, and water-loving species like Black Phoebes, egrets and swallows, and hope for an abundance of shorebirds returning from the north. Possible unusual species for the desert, like Dunlin or Whimbrel. We will find a cool indoor spot to go over the list. Return to Scottsdale by 10:00 am. Difficulty: 1-2. Limit: 8. Leader: Kathe Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore this San Carlos Apache Reservation reservoir with Dave Pearson. Look for waterfowl, pelicans and migrating shorebirds. Have a chance to see gulls, and terns. A $10.00 recreation permit for the reservation required and will be purchased in Globe. Sunrise is at 6:08 am, so will leave Tempe at 4:30 am, returning about 3:00 pm. Bring water, lunch, and a scope if you have one. LIMIT 7 plus leader in two vehicles. Birding mainly from the road. Leader: Dave Pearson. To reserve a spot send your cell # to Larry Langstaff field trip chair at email@example.com.
Explore the Cottonwood area, likely Page Springs fish hatchery, Dead Horse Ranch State Park, Sedona’s wetlands, and the lower part of Oak Creek Canyon. Leave Phoenix about 5:00 am, stay at a moderately priced hotel in Cottonwood and enjoy dinner out. Expect tanagers, vireos, flycatchers, and some waterfowl at the wetlands. Expenses include a night at a moderate hotel, one to two meals in restaurants, entrance fees, and a gas donation to your driver. Difficulty: 1-2. Limit: 8. Leader: Kathe Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org
A brief, but warm, foray to a little-birded regional park south of Queen Creek, to help boost eBird summer data. Start about 4:30 am in Scottsdale, arrive at the park about sunrise, spend perhaps an hour, and move to Queen Creek Wash for a short stop. Look for a spot to catch coffee—and perhaps breakfast—on the way home, to arrive by about 9:30 am. Limit: 8. Leader: Kathe Anderson, email@example.com
Join Dave Pearson to explore this riparian area for Thick-billed Kingbird, Rufous-winged Sparrow, Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Gray Hawk, Black Hawk, and many desert species. Leave 4:00 am and arrive 5:30 am (sunrise is 5:27 am). Return 3:00pm. Bring water. Lunch at the famous Maria’s Mexican Restaurant in Hayden at the end of birding. LIMIT 7 plus leader in two vehicles. Birding along flat paths and the road for short distances. To reserve, send your cell # to Larry Langstaff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewart Mountain Desert Tortoise Quest. Have you ever seen a Sonoran Desert Tortoise in the wild? Learn about the behavior, life cycle, and status of this keystone species. Difficulty: 4 (steep, rocky terrain, and hot, humid weather, spiny vegetation, some boulder hopping). Bring snacks, sun protection, hat, sturdy hiking shoes, strong flashlight and mirror, and plenty of water. This will be our first afternoon/evening trip. We will meet on-site at 4:00pm and return to the vehicles at dusk (a headlamp is a must). Bring flashlight for hiking in the dark! Limit: 10. Leader: Laurie Nessel. Reservations at laurienesselatgmail.com or 602 391-4303. Leave your name, email address, cell number, cross-streets for car-pooling and whether you can drive or would like a ride.
An intensive two days of birding, including night birding. Leave Tempe 4:30 am to arrive at Claypool about 6:00 am; bird Pioneer Pass until noon. Eat lunch in Globe, check into a motel for an afternoon break. Early dinner in Globe then night birding from about 7:00-10:00 pm. Search for Flammulated and Spotted Owl, Mexican Whip-poor-will and possible Buff-collared Nightjar. The next day bird Pinal Peak from 6:00 am-1:00 pm (picnic lunch) to look for nesting Short-tailed Hawks, warblers, tanagers, nuthatches, woodpeckers and more. Return to Tempe 3:30 pm. Expenses include one motel night, one to two restaurant meals, and gas donation to your driver ($20.00 suggested). Difficulty: 2, some walking, long days. Limit: 6. Leaders: Dave Pearson and Kathe Anderson, Register by April 30, email@example.com