Upcoming Field Trips
Let's go birding! Our field trips are generally free and open to the public. If driving is required, we will try to carpool using participants’ vehicles. We do ask passengers to reimburse the driver at a rate of $.15 (15 cents) per mile, to be split between all passengers in the vehicle. Bring binoculars, comfortable walking shoes and gear, and all the water and snacks you will need. If you are interested in a field trip, contact the trip leader for details. Please provide your cell number.
NEW! Breakfast with Birders
BYOB – Bring Your Own Breakfast to meet with fellow birders for conversation, breakfast, and birds. There is no official leader. This is an unstructured gathering to start your day off with friends and birds. Every location has at least one picnic table and restrooms.
August 17 – Granite Basin Lake, Playa parking lot – 7:00 am
September 21 – Thumb Butte - 7:30 am
October 19 – Peavine Trail, Watson Lake – 8:00 am
November – no event
December – no event
January – no event
February 15 – no event
March 15 – Black Canyon Heritage Park – Birding & lunch – 9:00 am
April 19 – Fain Park – 8:00 am
May 17 – Goldwater Lake – 8:00 am
June 21 – Granite Creek Park – 7:00 am
July 19 – Lynx Lake South Shore – 7:00 am
Watson Woods Bird Walk
On the first Saturday of the month, we lead bird walks in Watson Woods, one of our favorite Prescott birding sites!
The walks are approximately 2 hours long and are open to birders of all ages and levels. Experienced Prescott Audubon birders lead these outings. This is a great way to get acquainted with birds and birding or to improve your skills.
Meet at the Peavine Trailhead parking area on Sundog Ranch Rd.
(GPS: 34.57542; -112.42723; fee $3/vehicle).
No registration required; everyone is welcome.
Wednesday, August 24
Visit one of the best spots on Mingus Mountain to see beautiful migrating warblers and much more. This trail is lovely, but the first 100 yards are a bit steep. Parking is limited, so we'll meet at the Mingus Summit Parking Lot at 7:00 a.m. and carpool from there. Limit 6. Contact [email protected] for details.
Wednesday, September 7
We will offer a field trip to Kachina Wetlands near Flagstaff. The trip will require a 6:00 a.m. departure from Prescott so we arrive at the wetlands by about 8:00 a.m. Our timing should be good for migrating shore birds and the surrounding pine forest is good for migrating songbirds. Email Doug Iverson at [email protected] to reserve a spot. Limit is 12. More details will be provided closer to the trip.
Upper Verde River Surveys
Wednesday, September 14
These ongoing surveys document changes in bird populations over time in this riparian habitat east of Paulden. The data contribute to the Audubon Southwest IBA database and help to preserve the IBA status of this beautiful area. The survey transects include off-trail walking over somewhat difficult terrain. Contact Dave at [email protected] for details.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Surveys
Wed, June 22
Wed, July 6
Wed, July 20
Wed, August 3
Wed, Aug 17
These surveys help document the presence of a threatened species in the riparian habitat east of Paulden. The transects can involve off-trail walking in summer heat and difficult terrain. Contact Dave at [email protected] for details.
Page Springs & Bubbling Ponds
Saturday, October 29
We will travel to the Arizona Game and Fish property located off Page Springs Road in Cornville. At 3500 feet elevation with Oak Creek flowing through the property, this area is a hot spot for bird diversity year-round. We will meet at the Page Springs Fish Hatchery parking area at 8:00 AM, birding this property first. Restrooms are located at the facility. Then we will travel a bit further down the road to the Bubbling Ponds area and bird until lunchtime. Bring a sack lunch to eat at the picnic pavilion at the Bubbling Ponds site. Contact [email protected] to register. Field trip is limited to 10 additional persons. Car-pooling is optional and individually arranged. After registration, you will be contacted with further details.
Start Your Year Right Field Trip
January 1, 2023
We will continue our tradition of making a birding outing our first act of the calendar year. Our goal is a good species count to begin our 2023 bird lists. Snow and weather will dictate where go during this morning trip. Contact Sue at [email protected] to register.
Hassayampa River Preserve
January 12, 2023
You may see any one of the 280 species of birds living, nesting and migrating along the riparian corridor at the Hassayampa River Preserve. There are feeders at the entrance as well as numerous trails that go through the riparian area. Meet at 6:30 a.m. between the Starbucks & Big Lots parking lot on Gail Gardner. Carpooling is optional and individually arranged. We will drive through Skull Valley, stopping briefly to look for ferruginous hawks, etc., on our way down. Admission to the Preserve is $5.00. Bring breakfast and/or lunch. Contact [email protected] to register. Limit 12.
Gilbert Water Ranch
Wednesday, February 15
We will offer a field trip to Gilbert Water Ranch. Participants will have to leave Prescott at 6:00 a.m. to reach the site by 8:00 a.m. The water ranch has abundant habitat that has produced a species count for the day of about 60, usually with a surprise or two. Please email Doug Iverson at [email protected] to reserve a spot. Limit will be 12 attendees.
Birding the Town of Congress
March 23, 2023
Just an hour's drive away from Prescott is the tiny, birds town of Congress, AZ. This trip is a great introduction to the desert dwelling bird species of Yavapai County. This trip involves walking. We will park our vehicles and walk the neighborhood. We will look for Curve-billed Thrashers, Gilded Flickers, Pyrrhuloxia, Inca Dove, Cactus Wrens, Great Horned Owls, and many others. Pack a lunch. We will eat at a local park where we will enjoy discussing the "bird of the day!" Contact Cory Shaw at [email protected]. Limit 8.
Birding the Sedona Wetlands
April 22, 2023
Date Subject to Change
We will head out early for the Sedona Wetlands where we will join a local guide from Northern AZ Audubon. At the wetlands we will try for some migrating shorebirds and perhaps some rails in the small retention ponds. Please contact [email protected] for details.
Dead Horse Ranch State Park
May 9, 2023
We will meet at 6:00 a.m. in Prescott Valley and leave as a caravan by 6:15 a.m. Details TBA. Carpooling is optional and individually arranged. Entrance fee to Dead Horse Ranch State Park is $7 per vehicle (1-4 persons). Bring a bag lunch for picnicking at the "Armchair Birding" spot after a fulfilling morning of birding. Limit 8. Contact [email protected]. to register.
Bird Walks by Jay's Bird Barn
Walks in the Prescott region sponsored by one of our local birding shops