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Arizona

Birding Bonanza

Program No. 7414RJ
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.
Length
6 days
Rating (4.96)
Activity Level
Starts at
1,749

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DATES & starting prices
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Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2023
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1,749
Feb 5 - Feb 10, 2023
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1,749
Feb 19 - Feb 24, 2023
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1,749
Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2023
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1,749
Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2023
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1,749
Apr 2 - Apr 7, 2023
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1,749
Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
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1,749
Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2023
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1,749
Jan 7 - Jan 12, 2024
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1,899
Jan 21 - Jan 26, 2024
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1,899
Feb 4 - Feb 9, 2024
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1,899
Feb 18 - Feb 23, 2024
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1,899
Mar 3 - Mar 8, 2024
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Mar 17 - Mar 22, 2024
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1,899
Mar 31 - Apr 5, 2024
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Apr 14 - Apr 19, 2024
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1,899
Nov 17 - Nov 22, 2024
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DATES & starting prices
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Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2023
Starting at
2,019
Feb 5 - Feb 10, 2023
Starting at
2,019
Feb 19 - Feb 24, 2023
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2,019
Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2023
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2,019
Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2023
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2,019
Apr 2 - Apr 7, 2023
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2,019
Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2023
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2,019
Nov 12 - Nov 17, 2023
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2,019
Jan 7 - Jan 12, 2024
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2,299
Jan 21 - Jan 26, 2024
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2,299
Feb 4 - Feb 9, 2024
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2,299
Feb 18 - Feb 23, 2024
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2,299
Mar 3 - Mar 8, 2024
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2,299
Mar 17 - Mar 22, 2024
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2,299
Mar 31 - Apr 5, 2024
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2,299
Apr 14 - Apr 19, 2024
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2,299
Nov 17 - Nov 22, 2024
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2,299

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
Outdoor: No Sweat
Walking up to one mile and standing up to one hour. Elevation ranges between 3900 and 5800 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 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

Birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1 in the field, according to the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics.
Featured Expert
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Matt Brown
Matt Brown has been a birding enthusiast from a young age! In elementary school, Matt taught birding ID to his fellow classmates. He went on to study psychology at Syracuse University before moving to Arizona in 1998 to pursue his passion of bird watching and bird leader. Locally, Matt has worked for the Nature Conservancy, Patagonia Lake State Park, Road Scholar and local birding and butterfly festivals. Since 2002, Matt has owned the Patagonia Birding & Butterfly Company offering custom birding and butterfly programs.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Matt Brown View biography
Matt Brown has been a birding enthusiast from a young age! In elementary school, Matt taught birding ID to his fellow classmates. He went on to study psychology at Syracuse University before moving to Arizona in 1998 to pursue his passion of bird watching and bird leader. Locally, Matt has worked for the Nature Conservancy, Patagonia Lake State Park, Road Scholar and local birding and butterfly festivals. Since 2002, Matt has owned the Patagonia Birding & Butterfly Company offering custom birding and butterfly programs.
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Sharon Goldwasser View biography
Sharon Goldwasser became an avid birder and naturalist as a student at UC-Santa Cruz. She worked as a field biologist for several years, then moved to Tucson for graduate school in ecology where she studied song mimicry by Lesser Goldfinches. In 1987, she routed her career into education, bringing love of science to thousands of middle school students. Since retiring from the classroom in 2020, she has renewed her birding passion and is excited to share knowledge of birds and the ecology of southern Arizona.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Shrubs and Trees of the Southwest Uplands
by Elmore, Francis H.
Flowers of the Southwest Deserts
by Dodge, Natt
Davis and Russell's Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona
by Davis, William A. and Stephen M. Russell
A Birder's Guide to Southeastern Arizona
by Lane, James A.
Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Third Edition.
by National Geographic Society
Birding Arizona
by McMillon, Bill
Trogons of the Arizona Borderlands
by Taylor, Richard Cachor
Mountain Islands and Desert Seas: A Natural History of the U.S. Mexican Borderlands.
by Gehlbach, Frederick R.





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