Sonoran Audubon Society

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Dec
21
Sat
SAS Field Trip – White Tank Mountains Park & Program @ White Tank Mountains Park
Dec 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 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 9

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 “Bird Weirdness I” 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/

Jan
4
Sat
SAS Field Trip – Cave Creek Regional Park & Program @ Cave Creek Regional Park
Jan 4 @ 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 visitor 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 Visitor Center.

Program to follow at 10:30 am at the Visitor Center “Canaries in the Coal Mine”

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/

Jan
10
Fri
SAS Field Trip – Arlington Area – Special for those with physical challenges @ Arlington Area
Jan 10 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

We have a special bird trip SAS has planed for Buckeye and Arlington on Jan.10th 2020. This will be called “Joan’s trips” and will be a special trip for handicap folks who need walkers or canes to get around and also like to see birds. We will drive along the fields and ponds in the area watching for birds, no walking. We also know where there are rest rooms and rest stops that can be used. We hope you will join us for this trip.

Meet at the Wildlife Zoo on Northern and the 303 in the main parking lot near the west side, at 9am. Bring water, snacks and lunch. We should be back around 3pm.

Please call Donna Smith, 623-556-9535 or rms15247@cox.net to sign up. We plan to take 7 people, every one can sign up, we will have a waiting list.

Jan
11
Sat
SAS Field Trip – Estrella Mountain Park & Program @ Estrella Mountain Park
Jan 11 @ 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 “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/estrella-mountain-regional-park/

Jan
15
Wed
SAS Chapter Meeting January 2020 @ West Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tice Supplee, Bird Conservation Director at Audubon Arizona, and a founding member of Sonoran Audubon, will be our guest speaker. She will highlight the latest science report on climate change from National Audubon and will focus on effects of climate change on Arizona’s birds. The program will start at 7:00 PM with mill around and home made cookies and fudge at 6:30 PM thanks to David and Joan Kennedy and Kathy Wheeler!