Sierra Vista
Birding Bonanza
Explore three of the nation’s top birding destinations to spot sandhill cranes, western tanagers and myriad other species as you learn from experts and add to your birding list.
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Program No. 7414RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

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. Visit premier viewing sites in 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!
Activity Level
Walking up to one mile and standing up to one hour. Elevation ranges between 3900 and 5800 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

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 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. All Road Scholar birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field. We adhere to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html.
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