May 3-6, 2017
Sierra Vista, Arizona
The bird-filled Southwest Wings Birding Festival is a delight, and festival organizers are looking forward to their annual summer event. This year’s event is all about being out there in the field with expert tour guides! Registration opens on Jan. 1. There is a sister version of this festival in August.
Canyon, Forest and Mountain Field Trips
On the Ash and Miller Canyon tours, participants will roam the grasslands below the canyons to look for Scaled Quail, Rufous-crowned and Botteri’s sparrows, Blue Grosbeak, and other lowland species. Ten species of hummingbirds are possible, as well as Wild Turkey, Arizona Woodpecker, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Spotted Owl, Hepatic Tanager, Painted Redstart, and other mountain specialties.
Southwest Wings Birding Festival Habitats
A day trip to the Huachuca Mountains offers a variety of habitats, including foothill grasslands, sycamore-lined canyon riparian woodland, and pine forest. Participants will search for the Botteri’s and Cassin’s sparrows, Painted Redstart, Elegant Trogon, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Buff-breasted Flycatcher, Grace’s Warbler, Bridled Titmouse, Hepatic Tanager, and up to 12 species of hummingbirds.
Lowland warblers, orioles, towhees, sparrows, ducks, hawks, grebes and rails can be seen in and around a local sewage treatment plant, infiltration ponds, and the nearby Escapule Wash, which drains into the San Pedro River.
Check back for more details, but put this one on your calendar now.
Birding Festival Organizer
The Southwest Wings Nature Festival is a nonprofit educational organization, chartered as a 501(c)(3) under IRS guidelines. There are no members, only a board of directors, and therefore no membership dues to provide income. The festival is the major event put on by the group. Additional tax deductible donations to support the organization’s goals are always welcome. The organization’s mission is to promote nature-based tourism and environmental awareness in southeastern Arizona.
Over the years, Southwest Wings has acted upon its mission by supporting a variety of efforts and organizations that have like-minded goals in regards to promoting natural science education and acting as stewards of our regions environmental assets.
Below is a list of some of our past supportive and educational gifting:
- $1,000 College Scholarship to local students interested in Natural Science.
- Trail grooming equipment for the BLM maintenance of birding trails along the San Pedro River.
- Fishing line recycle containers at Parker Lake State Park
- Signage at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area near Sonita.
- The Nature Conservancy Ramsey Canyon Kids Camp
- Supported Student Hydroponics projects at Sierra Vista, Douglas and Wilcox
- Supported Master Naturalist Program for Cochise County.