Tucson Audubon Society: Southeast Arizona Birding Festival – The Secret Lives of Desert Purple Martins Field Trip

Be a part of the Desert Purple Martin Project research crew for a morning!

Tucson Audubon is using technology and a network of volunteers to learn more about these little known birds that nest in saguaro cavities during the monsoon abundance. We will visit several saguaros with active nests and use an endoscope camera and telescoping pole to peek inside the nests. We will be gathering real datapoints of what stage each nest has reached as specific timing of nests is still not completely known to science. Participants must wear sturdy shoes, long pants and sleeves, binoculars, hat and other sun protection. Bring water and snacks, it heats up quickly in the desert! Meeting place will be the Greasewood Park parking lot. Drive time to meeting location from festival venue is about 20 minutes, specific meeting instructions will be emailed beforehand. Limited to 10 participants.

  • 6:00am – 10:00am
  • $20/person + Festival Registration
  • Difficulty: Moderate (walking over uneven, rocky terrain and off trails relatively short distances)


“Drive Yourself” field trips will meet on-site at birding locations and you will received detailed directions.



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


6:00 am - 10:00 am



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