Tucson Audubon Society: Southeast Arizona Birding Festival – Madera Canyon at the Santa Rita Lodge Overnight Field Trip

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 9 participants.


  • $250/person (includes lodging, dinner, breakfast, and birding guide) + Festival Registration
  • Difficulty: Moderate (Walking distances over unpaved trails with some steeper slopes)
  • Begins at Santa Rita Lodge on Friday, August 12 at 3pm
  • Ends at Santa Rita Lodge on Saturday, August 13 at 12pm


Overnight Field Trip—Meet at Lodging Location



Part of the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival!

Proceeds from this event support Tucson Audubon’s work to protect birds and the places they live and your participation illustrates value of our region’s spectacular biodiversity. Together we can send an important message that Birders Mean Business – THANK YOU!

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


Aug 12 2022


3:00 pm - 8:00 pm



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