Sonoran Audubon Society

Birding Trip and Fundraiser – Thick Billed Parrots of Madera, Mexico

September 1, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
Madera Mexico
Barb Meding
Solipaso and the Sonoran Audubon Society are pleased to offer a unique trip to see Thick-billed Parrots and other species in the mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico. The itinerary starts in Tucson on September 1st at 5:00 p.m. and concludes upon return to Tucson the afternoon of September 5th. Our guide will be David MacKay. David is the main guidefor all Solipaso trips, he specializes in Mexico birding and is fluent in Spanish. We will travel in Solipaso’s new 15-passenger van with plenty of windows and space.
After gathering in Tucson for an orientation and dinner, we’ll depart Tucson early the next morning and cross the US-Mexico border at Agua Prieta. At our first stop in Mexico we’ll bird in pinyon-juniper habitat and at seasonal ponds. We’ll spend our first night in Nuevo Casas Grandes. The next day we’ll travel through agricultural fields to riparian habitat and oak and pinyon forests. We’ll visit and picnic at the ancient Paquime cliff dwellings of Cuarenta Casas, enjoying the coolness of the pine forests. From here, we’ll travel to the lumber town of Madera where we’ll spend the next two nights. For our full day of birding near Madera, we’ll leave early to travel to the high mesas and moist canyons of the Sierra Madre.Our main goal is to get great views of the highly-endangered and range-restricted Thick-billed Parrot! A local guide will join us while we bird within a reserve created to protect the parrot’s habitat. Most of the day we’ll be above 8,000’, walking old logging roads through tall conifer forest reminiscent of coastal Oregon. Thick-billed Parrots are often found here in good numbers in the summer and we may see them throughout the day. We’ll also look for Eared Quetzal, Russet Nightingale-Thrush, Aztec Thrush, Red-faced Warbler, Crescent-chested Warbler, Montezuma Quail and Mountain Trogon. Our last day will be spent driving back to Tucson, making a few stops along the way and arriving late afternoon.
Trip price: $1,250 per person, $230 single supplement. Includes one night in Tucson, one night in Nuevo Casas Grandesand two nights in Madera. The last night in Tucson is not included, but we can arrange lodging for those who do not want to return to Phoenix that evening.
This is a special price for the Sonoran Audubon Society, and a percentage of the revenue

will benefit Sonoran Audubon.