Sonoran Audubon Society

SAS 2019 Picnic at Horseshoe Ranch – POSTPONED

March 23, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Horseshoe Ranch/Agua Fria National Monument
Karen LaFrance


Dear Friends of Sonoran Audubon Society and Invited Friends of Friends: The SAS ANNUAL BIRD WALKS AND PICNIC AT HORSESHOE RANCH is Saturday March 23, 2019 from 8:00 AM to about 1 PM. We’ll be in the shade on the lovely campus of the Horseshoe Ranch complex using one of the full-service houses as our base of operations. HORSESHOE RANCH is an inholding in the Agua Fria National Monument on Bloody Basin Road (Directions below). Come on out-RAIN or SHINE!

The Bird Walks: Start time:8:00-8:30 AM: Depending upon attendance, there will be one or more of these hikes below. Guides may (or may not) be: Jim “Plants for Birds” Consolloy, Tice (“AZ Audubon”) Supplee, Bob “McBob” McCormick, Karen “Still Learning the Birds” LaFrance, Andree’ (“Super Volunteer”) Tarby and others.

Silver Creek Hike-NEW ROUTE: Lower Silver Creek to the confluence with the Upper Agua Fria River and back to cars parked at the restrooms-should be some good sightings and avoids the hot 1/2 mile walk to get to the upper Silver Creek’s “good parts.” Tice Supplee will be your guide.

Indian Creek from the Ranch, probably with Bob “McBob”. This is truly a hike, so appropriate footwear, hats and water required.

Around the Ranch Easy Walk OR The Big Sit Not-A-Walk: Yep: around the Ranch-big trees full of birds… A Golden Eagle flew right over a few years ago! And last year we had the curlew in the field next to the picnic area…all day. Bring your lawn chairs & look for birds from your catbird’s seat. Little exertion required.

The Picnic: SAS will provide The Main Course-hamburgers, veggie burgers and kielbasa on the grill-plus Soft Drinks and water, condiments and utensils. Please bring a side dish or dessert for pot luck.

Bring your boots, hats, sun screen and binocs!…AND, hanging out doing the Big Sit and eating, lawn chairs. There will likely be Plants for Birds raffles courtesy of Jim and Tom. RSVP BY WED MARCH 20th to Karen at 602-809-3360 or OR to Donna, so SAS has an accurate count of attendees for food planning purposes. A few of you replied months ago when we learned the date; thanks.

Directions: Drive north toward Flagstaff on Route 17 out of Phoenix to the Bloody Basin Road exit #259 about 50-60 miles from Phoenix. Drive EAST on BB Road for six miles. The dirt road is OK for regular cars; just go slow in some places as there may be rough spots with all the rain lately. As you come over the rise at about Mile 6 and see the Upper Agua Fria River/big trees below in the valley you will also see the Ranch complex across the river. Turn LEFT into the Ranch Road, drive OVER (through!) the stream (yes, it is the river) and up into the Ranch yard to park.