Sonoran Audubon Society

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Mar
7
Sat
SAS Field Trip – Cave Creek Regional Park & Program @ Cave Creek Regional Park
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

This habitat is dominated by Upper Sonoran vegetation. Species include Palo Verde, Velvet Mesquite, Creosote Bush and numerous cactus species, especially the Saguaro. Lack of water sources limit bird species. Expect to see 15-25 species. Specialties include Phainopepla, numerous woodpecker species, gnatcatchers, Curve-billed Thrashers, Black-throated Sparrows and Cactus Wrens.

The hike begins at the Nature center (unless noted otherwise) and takes approximately 1 hour. The trail does go through some washes, thus some uphill sections are involved, but they are short.

Difficulty Level   (1)

Meet at the Nature Center.

Program to follow at 10:30 am at the Nature Center “Raptors”

No registration is required, but be sure to check the park website for times and any last minute changes that might have occurred.
http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/cave-creek-regional-park/

Mar
10
Tue
SAS Field Trip – East Verde River Adventure @ East Verde River
Mar 10 @ 7:00 am

It’s been quite a few years since I led this trip. We start out just north of Payson on route 87 and just barely out of town we turn east on Houston Mesa road. We pass some homes which are in a high grassland area with a few trees and as we go further north we encounter more Ponderosa pines. Around 15 years ago the road use to cross the East Verde in the water on cement or asphalt crossings. Now they all have large bridges which makes it more difficult to find places to park and get down to the river. We will try to stop at some of these spot to see a mixture of grassland and forest birds. At the river crossings there are lots of cottonwoods and sycamore trees that are usually filled with birds taking advantage of the water and the shade.

We eventually come to the fire control road that runs under the rim from the town of Pine all the way east to Christopher Creek. We will cross the control road and go further north thru several cabin communities to Washington Camp. There are a number of trails that start there and go up to the top of the rim and another that follows a creek. We will elect to follow the creek and avoid killing any birders trying to climb up 2000ft to the top of the Mogollon Rim. This is a very lush and beautiful area that attracts a lot of birds. I hope that some of the migrants have already shown up this early in Spring.

We will also visit another area where highway 87 crosses the East Verde on the way to Pine and Strawberry. This has been a great place to bird everytime we have been there.

Meeting Places: Frys Electronics, 31st Ave and T-bird, NE corner of parking lot.

Time: 7:00am 2nd Spot: McDonalds, I17 and Carefree Hwy, NE corner at 7:30am.

Bring a Lunch; Difficulty 2, Leave Payson at 2:00pm

Contact: Dan Bohlmann at (602) 938-8244 or Email dansbohlmann@prodigy.net

Mar
14
Sat
SAS Field Trip – Estrella Mountain Park & Program @ Estrella Mountain Park
Mar 14 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

Estrella Park is located along the Gila River and adjacent hills. The habitat is diverse, varying from desert scrub flood on the flood plain to riparian vegetation dominated by salt cedar (tamarisk species) and some Gooddings Willow. The park itself has Velvet Mesquite and some large Blue Gum species which support nesting by raptors. Irrigation has increased the number of birds seen. The hills south are made of ancient metamorphic rock, exposed plutons, and produce thermals which are friendly to soaring vultures and other species. Expect a variety of bird species and further diversity during migration. Specialties include Vermilion Flycatcher, Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey, Yellow-rumped Warblers, White Pelicans and shore birds when the river flows. Species numbers can be as high as 65.

The walk is approximately 1 to 1.5 miles in length covering 2.5 hours along level terrain.

Meet at the Nature Center at 8:00 am.

Difficulty Level (2) due to its length.

Program to follow at 10:45 “The Wonder of Warblers”

No registration is required, but be sure to check the park website for times and any last minute changes that might have occurred.
http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/estrella-mountain-regional-park/http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/estrella-mountain-regional-park/http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/estrella-mountain-regional-park/

Mar
21
Sat
SAS Field Trip – White Tank Mountains Park & Program – CANCELLED @ White Tank Mountains Park
Mar 21 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

This habitat is dominated by Upper Sonoran vegetation. Species include Palo Verde, Ironwood, Creosote Bush, Jojoba and numerous cactus species, most notably the Teddy Bear Cholla, barrel cactus species, and the dominate Saguaro. Lack of water sources limit bird species. Woodpecker types dominate. Expect to see 15-25 species. Specialties include Rock Wrens, Cactus Wrens, Phainopepla, and Gila Woodpeckers.

Meeting location area 4

This hike takes an hour to 1.5 to 2 hours and covers  .5 to 1 mile. Some short areas of uphill (less than 35 yards) may be on a trail.

Difficulty Level  (1).

Program will be “Geology in Arizona” at around 10:30 AM in the Nature Center.

No registration is required, but be sure to check the park website for times and any last minute changes that might have occurred.
http://www.maricopacountyparks.net/park-locator/white-tank-mountain-regional-park/

Mar
23
Mon
SAS Field Trip – Salt River Birding CANCELLED
Mar 23 – Mar 28 all-day

This trip has been cancelled