Birding in the Sonoran Desert: Cactus Wrens to Vermilion Flycatchers
The Sonoran Desert teems with wildlife specially adapted to its harsh environment. Discover the birds that call this place home and learn about their migration and nesting habits.
Rating (4.8)
Program No. 7447RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The pristine Sonoran Desert landscape of western Arizona, "forested" with an unusual mix of iconic saguaro cactus and otherworldly Joshua trees, is home to a wide variety of bird life. Enjoy leisurely morning walks through spectacular desert, Weaver Mountain landscapes and hidden wetland oases (desert wildflowers likely in bloom) while learning about and spotting the region’s bird life and diversity of habitats.
Small Group
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 ...

  • Experience the dynamic riparian landscape of the Nature Conservancy's Hassayampa River Preserve where nearly 280 species of birds migrate through or nest each year.
  • Get tips from birding experts on species identification and learn about bird migration and nesting habits. Over one hundred avian species were identified during our 2016 program.
  • Brush up on your knowledge of western history and art with an afternoon spent with a docent at the famed Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

General Notes

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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