Tucson Audubon Society: One-night Trip to Madera Canyon

Part of the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival

Staying at the Santa Rita Lodge gives you a unique experience  of spending the night in iconic Madera Canyon where Elegant Trogons croak and hummingbirds zoom.

Who knows, you might even see a Coatimundi snacking at the hummingbird feeders! Elf Owls are known to nest near the lodge and sometimes are visible poking their head out of their hole. Begin by enjoying the birds at the feeders (Rivoli’s Hummingbird, Arizona Woodpecker, Wild Turkey) before evening birding in the mouth of Madera Canyon and proceeding up into the oak-juniper habitat, listening for nightjars and owls characteristic of these habitats (Mexican Whip-Poor-Will, Whiskered Screech-Owl & Elf Owl). We’ll get an early start the next morning and explore the same range of habitats looking for Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Botteri’s and Cassin’s Sparrow, Summer Tanager, and Varied Bunting lower down as well as Painted Redstart, Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher and Elegant Trogon in mid-canyon.  Limited to 8 participants.

Drive Yourself—Meet On-Site Field Trips.  “Drive Yourself” field trips will meet on-site at birding locations and you will received detailed directions.

  • Lodging: Santa Rita Lodge
  • Transportation: Drive Yourself and Meet On-Site
  • Wednesday, August 11 – Thursday, August 12
  • $225/person includes lodging, meals (dinner & breakfast)
  • Difficulty: Moderate, moderate walking distances over unpaved trails with some steeper slopes
  • Arrive at Santa Rita Lodge for 3:00pm start and finish on Thursday around 11am.


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

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Aug 11 - 12 2021


3:00 pm - 11:00 am



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