Sonoran Audubon Society

Calendar

Oct
19
Sat
SAS Field Trip – White Tank Mountains Park & Program @ White Tank Mountains Park
Oct 19 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 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.

Meet at 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 to follow.

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/

Nov
2
Sat
SAS Field Trip – Cave Creek Regional Park & Program @ Cave Creek Regional Park
Nov 2 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 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 10:00 am at the Visitor Center “Turkeys, the Thanksgiving Bird”

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/

Nov
5
Tue
SAS Field Trip – Montezuma’s Well & Wet Beaver Creek – CANCELLED @ Montezuma's Well/Wet Beaver Creek
Nov 5 all-day

This trip has been cancelled due to the leader’s illness.

Nov
9
Sat
SAS Field Trip – Estrella Mountain Park & Program @ Estrella Mountain Park
Nov 9 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 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 Visitor Center at 7:30 am.

Difficulty Level (2) due to its length.

Program to follow at 10:00 “Birds, Memorable Sounds and Colors”

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/

Nov
13
Wed
SAS Chapter Meeting November 2019 @ West Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Charles Babbitt, former President of Maricopa Audubon and intrepid Arizona birder will be our speaker at the November 13th SAS Chapter meeting. The program starts at 7:00 PM at the Glendale Unitarian Universalist Church, NW corner of 59th Avenue and Cholla in Glendale.

At 6:30 PM, SASers will greet you over snacks and soft drinks for informal conversation, so come a bit early on Wednesday. You are welcome to bring kids and guests; we may have some “plants for birds” to raffle….

Mr. Babbitt has written a new book entitled Birding Arizona—What to Know; Where to Go. He will have copies to sell with him and, of course, will remain after the program to sign copies.

Mr. Babbitt’s program will take us on a tour around Arizona to some of the State’s most productive and interesting birding spots including some we don’t even know! We’ll hear about a variety of habitats that attract birds. Have you experienced the summer migration of birds from California or a fall “hawk watch” or shorebirds at Glendale Recharge Ponds? Now’s your chance to become acquainted with these special events and places.

Mr. Babbitt will also touch on “Fun Ways to Count Birds” and citizen science projects such as the Christmas Bird Count and Breeding Bird Surveys…. And…oh, the many stories…!