Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum: Sandhill Cranes, Raptors and Waterfowl

Southeastern Arizona’s desert grasslands and agricultural areas are dotted with artificial lakes, ponds and mudflats providing habitat for winter birds, including at least twelve species of raptors and numerous waterfowl (ducks and geese).

Thousands of sandhill cranes migrate from as far away as Alaska to spend the winter near Willcox. Join us for a spectacular day of discovery as we explore the Willcox area–one of the region’s birding hot spots. We will meet at Park Place Mall and bring a sack lunch. Very little walking is required. Member price is 10% less.

Where to Meet:   Northeast corner (right along Broadway) of Park Place Mall parking lot. Park Place Mall is between Craycroft and Wilmot on Broadway. If you get lost call Jeff at 488-8551.

What to Bring:  Bird field guides (if you have any), binoculars, sack lunch, water in a reusable bottle, notepad, pencil and cool weather clothes.

What to Expect:   Travel to Willcox playa with stops en route to observe birds and their behaviors. Maximum travelling elevation is 4,200 feet, sometimes on dirt roads. Program will operate rain or shine.

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 Reservation Coordinator at or by phone at 883-3025.

  • Audience: Teen, Adult
  • Genre: Field Sciences
  • Type: Workshop

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Feb 03 2022


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