August 30 – September 2, 2013 (Labor Day Weekend) –Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon – 8:00 AM Q Ranch / Mogollon Rim /Tonto National Forest On Friday, carpool (requires high clearance vehicles) to historic Q Ranch near Young, AZ where 150 species of birds have been identified including raptors, tanagers, orioles, hummers, swallows, sparrows, warblers, and Mountain Bluebirds. Expect lots of other natural beauty, including post-monsoon wildflowers and dragonflies. Dark clear night skies at 5600 feet with plenty of stars. Combine birding with brief hikes to nearby scenic and historic locations.
Tour the 1000-year-old Q Ranch Mogollon-Culture Pueblo ruins. Depart ranch Monday after early birding and brunch. Ranch is a relatively poor cell-phone zone, but Verizon service is available within a few miles. All meals included. $135/person/night for shared room (we will link up sharers if possible). $200/person/night for single room. Full online or check payment is due by July 31, 2013 (www.qranch.com). Limited to 12 people total. Riders will pay ~$50 each for drivers’ gas cost. No out-of-the-way departures and ret! urns – you must be able to carpool from and return to Tucson or Phoenix and ride in someone else’s vehicle. For reservations and more info, contact trip leader Steve Buck (email@example.com). Birding leader (present at Q Ranch only): Ken Furtado (firstname.lastname@example.org).
More info at www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/birding/fieldtrips.html
Ranked as one of the best annual birding festivals in the United States, the Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival will take place from 31 July to 3 August 2013. Features of the program include keynote speaker Scott Weidensaul, and field trips targeting endemics, and free nature seminars. For more information visit swwings.org
Dates: 31 July-3 August 2013
Venue: Sierra Vista
Country: United States