Tucson Audubon Society: The Secret Lives of Desert Purple Martins

Part of the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival

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 8 participants.

All Van Trips depart from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Reid Park.

A packed lunch, snacks, and drinking water are provided on full-day field trips. A light snack and drinking water are provided on half-day field trips. 

Half-day Van Trips—Complete Covid-19 Vaccination Required for Van Trips (includes snacks)

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


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

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Aug 15 2021


6:00 am - 11:00 am



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