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Field Expeditions, workshops, and other sponsored events

 

Detailed announcements will be sent to AZFO members about one month in advance of each Field Expedition. Here are brief summaries – mark your calendars now! (TBD = To Be Determined, AT=@)

 

2019

April 27-28 - Southern Patagonia Mountains,

Santa Cruz Co.

It will be peak spring migration in southeastern AZ and even though it is part of an Important Bird Area, the southern Patagonia Mountains are not high on the radar as a birding destination. The general area has much to offer those who enjoy exploring little known and infrequently visited locations. There are actually very few April visits to this areas reported in eBird. Quite near the Mexico border, the Duquesne Road crosses through this section of the range and will be our primary access for exploration and our base camp. The region boasts seldom visited oak-covered slopes, sycamore-lined drainages, and stands of pines in cooler canyons. Who knew there was a peak here (Mount Washington) that surpasses 7200 ft. in elevation. Expedition teams may encounter some very local nesting species, unusual migrants, and maybe even unknown pairs of rarities such as Rufous-capped Warblers, Black-capped Gnatcatchers, or something even more exciting. With many eyes and ears, something good is bound to be discovered. The more participants we have, the more locations can be explored. Key details will be provided approximately a month prior to the Expedition.

Trip Co-Leaders:

Jennie MacFarland (jmacfarland AT tucsonaudubon.org) and

Josh Stewart (joshvireo AT gmail.com). Please contact Jennie or Josh to express your interest in being part of this expedition team.

 

 

 

 



Recent Expedition Summaries

Summaries Archive here

 


AZFO Field Expeditions – NOT your typical birding field trip

So what is the difference between a birding field trip and an AZFO Field Expedition?

  • Field Expeditions are organized with a specific purpose and data-gathering goal in mind.
  • Typically, they will be located in little-known or under-birded areas where the seasonal status of birds is incomplete.
  • Also different from typical birding field trips, most expeditions will be two or more days long and all participants do not remain together.
  • Participants are divided into several teams, each with a qualified leader, which conduct surveys in different areas during the day.
  • Normally, all participants will reconvene during lunch or dinner at a base camp or at other designated locations to review what was discovered.

Updated Friday, December 3, 2010

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