Southwest Wings: Summer Festival Field Trip – S5 Las Cienegas and Box Canyon

A visit to what was formerly one of the Southwest’s largest cattle ranches.

This expansive BLM National Conservation Area is home to Pronghorn Antelope, Prairie Dogs and a wide variety of birds. Professional guide Melody Kehl will visit rolling grasslands, mesquite thickets and cottonwood-lined Cienega Creek, one of the area’s only sources of permanent water, looking for Zone-tailed and Gray Hawks, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Bell’s Vireo, Lucy’s Warbler, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Abert’s Towhee, and Cassin’s, Botteri’s, Song, Lark, and Grasshopper Sparrows. After a break for lunch, head through the oaky foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains to Box Canyon. In this lush succulent-thornscrub habitat, we hope to find Five-striped Sparrow, Varied Bunting, Costa’s Hummingbird, Scott’s and Hooded Oriole, and more. Bring water, hat, sun protection, and wear trail shoes. Lunch is included. Hiking Difficulty: 1-2 easy. Guide Melody Kehl

Meeting place: Cochise College, Sierra Vista. Follow Campus Drive to east of Colombo Avenue and park in parking lot on the left. Map link

  • Audience: Adult
  • Genre: Field Sciences
  • Type: Expo/Festival, Field Trip/Outdoor Activity, Workshop

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Aug 06 2022


6:00 am - 3:30 pm



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Cochise STEM Hub,
Pima North STEM Hub


Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus
901 N. Colombo Ave., Sierra Vista, AZ, 85635

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Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
3201 E. Universal Way, Tucson, AZ, 85756


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