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SIERRA VISTA, ARIZONA

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Three of the Top 10 birding destinations in the U.S. are within a close radius of Sierra Vista. The region is a seasonal home to many migrating species, including the Green-tailed Towhee, Belted Kingfisher and Western Tanager. In the company of professional birding leaders — one for every ten participants — visit the Huachuca Mountains, San Pedro Riparian area and other sites known throughout the world as premier viewing sites. An average of 100-125 species of birds may be spotted during this birding adventure!


Highlights

• View the migration of Sandhill Cranes during an exploration of the Sulphur Springs Valley.
• Enjoy opportunities to spot key species inside the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, encompassing 57,000 acres teeming with birds.
• Experience premier birding amid the peaks and canyons of the Huachuca Mountains and observe the many water bird species living on and around Patagonia Lake.

Program Notes

So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1. This program has a ratio of 10:1. Road Scholar birding programs are conducted in accordance with the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html

Activity Notes

Walking up to one mile and standing up to one hour.

Date Notes
12/6/2015
The Sierra Vista winter programs can expect to see over 100 species of permanent resident and winter migrant birds. The spectacle of 20-30,000 Sandhill Cranes in the Sulphur Springs Valley is the highlight. The Sandhill Crane migration will just be getting underway with large flocks of birds arriving daily. The valley also hosts wintering birds of prey including Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Northern Harriers and occasionally Golden Eagles. Our southeastern Arizona resident birds can be pretty special as well: Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Curved-billed and Bendire’s Thrashers, Pyrrhuloxia, Gambel’s and Scaled Quail and many others can be found. Trips to grassland, mountain and lake habitats contribute to the impressive diversity of species seen.1/10/2016
The Sierra Vista winter programs can expect to see over 100 species of permanent resident and winter migrant birds. The spectacle of 20-30,000 Sandhill Cranes in the Sulphur Springs Valley is the highlight, but the valley also hosts wintering birds of prey including Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Northern Harriers and occasionally Golden Eagles. Our southeastern Arizona resident birds can be pretty special as well: Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Curved-billed and Bendire’s Thrashers, Pyrrhuloxia, Gambel’s and Scaled Quail and many others can be found. Trips to grassland, mountain and lake habitats contribute to the impressive diversity of species seen. 1/24/2016
The Sierra Vista winter programs can expect to see over 100 species of permanent resident and winter migrant birds. The spectacle of 20-30,000 Sandhill Cranes in the Sulphur Springs Valley is the highlight. The Sandhill Crane migration will be at its zenith through February. The valley also hosts wintering birds of prey including Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Northern Harriers and occasionally Golden Eagles. Our southeastern Arizona resident birds can be pretty special as well: Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Curved-billed and Bendire’s Thrashers, Pyrrhuloxia, Gambel’s and Scaled Quail and many others can be found. Trips to grassland, mountain and lake habitats contribute to the impressive diversity of species seen. 2/7/2016
The Sierra Vista winter programs can expect to see over 100 species of permanent resident and winter migrant birds. The spectacle of 20-30,000 Sandhill Cranes in the Sulphur Springs Valley is the highlight. This will be the height of the Sandhill Crane Migration! The valley also hosts wintering birds of prey including Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Northern Harriers and occasionally Golden Eagles. Our southeastern Arizona resident birds can be pretty special as well: Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Curved-billed and Bendire’s Thrashers, Pyrrhuloxia, Gambel’s and Scaled Quail and many others can be found. Trips to grassland, mountain and lake habitats contribute to the impressive diversity of species seen. 2/21/2016
The Sierra Vista winter programs can expect to see over 100 species of permanent resident and winter migrant birds. The spectacle of 20-30,000 Sandhill Cranes in the Sulphur Springs Valley is the highlight. The migratory birds will all be here for viewing. The valley also hosts wintering birds of prey including Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Northern Harriers and occasionally Golden Eagles. Our southeastern Arizona resident birds can be pretty special as well: Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Curved-billed and Bendire’s Thrashers, Pyrrhuloxia, Gambel’s and Scaled Quail and many others can be found. Trips to grassland, mountain and lake habitats contribute to the impressive diversity of species seen.3/6/2016
The Sierra Vista winter programs can expect to see over 100 species of permanent resident and winter migrant birds. The spectacle of 20-30,000 Sandhill Cranes in the Sulphur Springs Valley is the highlight. The Sandhill Crane will start returning north and it is an impressive site to see the large flocks begin their long journey. The valley also hosts wintering birds of prey including Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Northern Harriers and occasionally Golden Eagles. Our southeastern Arizona resident birds can be pretty special as well: Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Curved-billed and Bendire’s Thrashers, Pyrrhuloxia, Gambel’s and Scaled Quail and many others can be found. Trips to grassland, mountain and lake habitats contribute to the impressive diversity of species seen. 12/4/2016
The Sierra Vista winter programs can expect to see over 100 species of permanent resident and winter migrant birds. The spectacle of 20-30,000 Sandhill Cranes in the Sulphur Springs Valley is the highlight. The migration will just be getting underway! The valley also hosts wintering birds of prey including Ferruginous Hawks, Prairie Falcons, Northern Harriers and occasionally Golden Eagles. Our southeastern Arizona resident birds can be pretty special as well: Greater Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Curved-billed and Bendire’s Thrashers, Pyrrhuloxia, Gambel’s and Scaled Quail and many others can be found. Trips to grassland, mountain and lake habitats contribute to the impressive diversity of species seen.

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