Sonoran Audubon Society

Calendar

Nov
16
Sat
SAS Field Trip – White Tank Mountains Park & Program @ White Tank Mountains Park
Nov 16 @ 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 Visitor Center, south side

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
22
Fri
SAS Field Trip – Glendale Recharge Ponds – New Date @ Glendale Recharge Ponds
Nov 22 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Glendale Recharge Ponds are know as one of Maricopa County’s premier birding site. The six large basins, in varying stages of water volume for groundwater recharge, invite thousands of ducks, egrets, herons, white pelicans and hundreds of shorebirds; sandpipers, pipits, stilts and dowitchers abound. We have recorded more than 50 species at this time of the year. This facility is maintained by SRP (Salt River Project) in cooperation with Glendale and Peoria.

We will meet first at the Dust Devil Park parking area, closest to the restrooms. Come earlier than 8 a.m. to bird this area with us, and arrange some carpools if necessary. Parking is limited now at the ponds due to new road construction on the bridge side of the ponds. Plan to walk around 2 or 3 of the ponds, all on level, sandy roads. Bring water, binocs, sun screen and a scope if you have one.

Difficulty level (1)

Open to all; and please email or call Jim at: (jconsolloy@gmail.com ) or 602-920-7059 if you plan to attend.

Dec
4
Wed
SAS Field Trip – Arrowhead Ponds and Thunderbird Park @ Arrowhead Ponds & Thunderbird Park
Dec 4 all-day

Details TBA

Dec
7
Sat
SAS Field Trip – Cave Creek Regional Park & Program @ Cave Creek Regional Park
Dec 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 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 “Ravens and Crows and other Corvids”

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/

Dec
10
Tue
SAS Field Trip – Desert Botanical Garden @ Desert Botanical Garden
Dec 10 all-day

Details TBA