Sonoran Audubon Society


Sonoran Audubon Society offers birding trips throughout the year near the Phoenix area and further abroad.  Reservations are A MUST.  Field trips are generally first-come first-served.  Cancellation, if necessary, is common courtesy; please notify the Trip Leader ASAP and allow others an opportunity to go. Participation is limited on some trips in order to protect sensitive birds or habitats, or to reduce the number of vehicles and logistical issues.

Most SAS trips are guided by volunteer Trip Leaders. The Field Trip Committee creates the schedule each year and publishes it on the website calendar (Click HERE).  Each Trip Leader manages the reservations for each trip.

Joe Ford, an excellent, experienced bird leader for Sonoran Audubon and Maricopa County Parks, leads 2nd Saturday birding trips every month at Estrella Mountain Park, and occasional Saturday trips at White Tanks Mountain Park and Cave Creek Park and at Hassayampa Preserve Park. His trips are ideal for families and for beginning birders. Joe also gives an interesting program after his birding trek that covers different bird species. Joe’s trips and all the details involved are on our calendar and his past trip reports are under “Trips” and on eBird.

Fees:  For some trips a reservation fee may be required in advance.  There is a fuel charge for some trips to share the costs of fuel and carpooling, thus it is a good idea to bring some cash.  For overnight trips, costs are estimated and published ahead of time.

eBird:  Participants on field trips usually keep lists of the birds they observed at each birding location. These bird count data can be entered at, an online resource that has revolutionized how bird observations can be used by birders and by researchers.  Sonoran Audubon has an eBird account.  The Trip Leader may if they desire enter the data into eBird and will use eBird’s share function to share the bird list(s) with trip participants who also use eBird.

High-clearance vehicles with 4WD may be required.

Always come prepared with appropriate clothing, personal amenities, food and beverages, and birding gear.

For more about the do’s and don’ts of birding on SAS trips, please read our  Group Birding Etiquette


Click HERE to see reports from previous trips.

Click HERE for SAS calendar.