Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum: Birds of Prey

With twenty-eight species of raptors in Arizona it can be difficult to tell one hawk from another, but with some tips and practice the nuances of identification become easier to recognize.

Here is an opportunity to learn which traits are most reliable to help you through this process. Shapes, flight style, plumage, habitat, behaviors and season are all important to learn. The class will consist of a single 3-hour classroom session with still photos to illustrate key identification points. Raptors are an integral part of southern Arizona’s ecosystems and understanding of their life histories begins with their identification. This class is open to all levels of birders. Member price is 10% less.

The program will be followed up with an optional field trip to the Tubac Hawk Watch on Sunday, March 20th to practice what you have learned.


Additional Information:


Instructor(s):   Stephen Vaughan is a professional photographer and ornithologist. He has been photographing and studying natural history for more than 40 years. His photographs have appeared in numerous books, magazines and calendars, and in publications including National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, Sierra Club and Arizona Highways.


Where to Meet:   Education Annex


What to Bring:   Notepad, and pencil.


What to Expect:   The presentation will be indoors with beautiful photography and tips for identifying birds of prey. There will be an optional field trip on March 20th.

Cancellation:   If cancellation is made more than 15 days in advance, payments will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds can be made within 15 days.

Questions:   Please contact the Reservations Coordinator at or by phone at 883-3025.

  • Audience: Adult
  • Genre: Field Sciences
  • Type: Presentation

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Mar 18 2022


1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85743


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