Sonoran Audubon Society

SAS Picnic at Horseshoe Ranch

March 24, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Horseshoe Ranch/Agua Fria National Monument
Karen LaFrance
SAS Annual Picnic
Saturday, March 24, 2018
 The SAS ANNUAL PICNIC is Saturday March 24, 2018 at Horseshoe Ranch in Yavapai County 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.

The Picnic:  The main course—hamburgers, veggie burgers and kielbasa on the grill—plus Soft drinks and water SAS will provide as are all condiments and utensils.  Please bring a side dish or dessert for pot luck.  RAIN or SHINE!

The Bird Walks: starting around 8:00-8:30 AM:  Depending upon numbers, there will be one or more of these hikes below.  Guides may (or may not) be: Jim “Plants for Birds” Consolloy, Joe “Family Walks” Ford, Bob “McBob” McCormick, Karen “Still Learning the Birds” LaFrance, Andree’ (“Super Volunteer”) Tarby and Jerry “World Traveller” Theis!

  • Silver Creek Hike:  Access to Silver Creek Canyon is from cars about one half mile farther up the Bloody Basin road from the ranch.  This is truly a hike, so appropriate footwear, hats, water.  Birds can be GRRRREAT!
  • Around the Ranch Easy Walk OR The Big Sit Not-A-Walk:  Yep: around the Ranch or up past the pond….  Really great birds. A Golden Eagle flew over the picnic a few years ago!  Bring your lawn chair & look for birds from your catbird’s seat.  Little or no exertion required; check the big trees.
  • Upper Agua Fria River IBA Walk/Hike:  South from the Horseshoe Ranch Ford….or north along the river; can be good birding…depends…!

Bring your boots, hats, sun screen and binocs!…AND, for hanging around doing the Big Sit and eating, lawn chairs.  The only thing we ask is that you RSVP BY WED MARCH 21 to Karen at 602-809-3360/ and to Donna so SAS has an accurate count of attendees for food preparation purposes. Some of you have already RSVP’d; no need to do it again.

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 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.