Out and About in Pima County

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The system will allow you to register for tours, bird walks, nature hikes and other activities.

Program information – Phone: 520-724-5375
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Birding Colossal Cave Mountain Park
See what birds enjoy the heat as we explore the bountiful birdlife that inhabits the Arizona Uplands of Colossal Cave Mountain Park. All ages welcome. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, 85641
Tuesday, August 13 • 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Full Moon Wander
Join a Pima County naturalist to send off the sun and welcome the full moon. Nature reveals another side in the night hours; there is always something to discover! Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water and a flashlight. Ages 12 and up. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Feliz Paseos Park, 1600 N. Camino de Oeste, 85745
Thursday, August 15 • 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Bats in Flight
Discover the fascinating lives of Mexican free-tailed bats and watch as hundreds of bats emerge from their daytime roosts under the Campbell Avenue Bridge over the Rillito River. Pima County naturalists and volunteers provide information and family-friendly activities. All ages welcome. Free. Registration not required. Rillito River Park, 4200 N. Campbell Avenue, 85719
Saturday, August 17 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Birding Sweetwater Preserve
Explore the scenic Arizona Uplands of Sweetwater Preserve, where we can expect to see three species of woodpecker, flycatchers, wrens, and many other birds. All ages welcome. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Sweetwater Preserve, 4000 N. Tortolita Road, south of El Camino Del Cerro, 85745
Tuesday, August 20 • 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Birding the Santa Catalina Mountains
Escape the heat and bird the cool beauty of the Santa Catalina Mountains. We explore different parts of the range on each trip. We expect to see a wide variety of birds, such as several warblers, flycatchers, corvids, hummingbirds, and raptors. All ages welcome. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Meeting location will be provided with registration.
Thursday, August 22 • 7:30-10:00 a.m. 

Monsoon Nature Walk
Monsoon is an exciting time of year to enjoy nature. Join us on a naturalist-guided walk to search for lizards, birds, insects and other wildlife. All ages welcome. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Honey Bee Village Archaeological Preserve, southeast corner of N. Ranch Vistoso Boulevard and E. Moore Road, Oro Valley, 85755
Friday, August 23 • 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Desert Night Shift
When most people retreat indoors, our desert comes alive! Join Pima County naturalists on an easy hike to discover “who” is out and about in the desert at night. Learn why many animals, and even some plants, are nocturnal and how they manage life in the dark. Bring a headlamp or flashlight. All ages welcome. Children free. Adults free with Membership, Non-Member Adult $5 fee. Online registration required. Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary. 9201 N. Thornydale Road, 85742
Saturday, August 24 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Santa Cruz River Walk
Take a guided stroll along the flowing Santa Cruz River on the Loop to discover the effects of water on desert habitats. All ages welcome. Children free. Adults free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive, 85743
Sunday, August 25 • 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Bats in Flight
Discover the fascinating lives of Mexican free-tailed bats and watch as hundreds of bats emerge from their daytime roosts under the Campbell Avenue Bridge over the Rillito River. Pima County naturalists and volunteers provide information and family-friendly activities. All ages welcome. Free. Registration not required. Rillito River Park, 4200 N. Campbell Avenue 85719
Friday, September 6 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Guided Birding Tour at the El Rio Preserve
El Rio Preserve is a birding hotspot that is an interesting mix of Sonoran Desert and riparian habitats. It is a magnet for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, herons, egrets, and much more. Please remember to wear a hat and bring plenty of water and sunscreen. All ages welcome. Free with Pima County Membership, Non-Members (Resident) $5 fee for resident Non-Members (Non-Resident) $6.50 fee. El Rio Preserve, 10191 N. Coachline Boulevard 85743. For more information: www.maranaaz.gov/recreation, or 520-382-1950
Tuesdays, September 10 • 8:00-9:30 a.m.

Birding the Santa Catalina Mountains
Join us to bird the cool beauty of the Santa Catalina Mountains. We explore different parts of the range on each trip. We expect to see a wide variety of birds, such as several warblers, flycatchers, corvids, hummingbirds, and raptors. All ages welcome. Free with Membership. Non-member $5 fee. Online registration required. Meeting location will be provided with registration.
Thursdays, September 12 and 26 • 7:30-10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, October 15 • 7:30-10:00 a.m.

Full Moon Wander
Join a Pima County naturalist to send off the sun and welcome the full moon. Nature reveals another side in the night hours; there is always something to discover! Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water and a flashlight. Ages 12 and up. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Feliz Paseos Park, 1600 N. Camino de Oeste 85745
Friday, September 13 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 13 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Learn Your Local Lizards
Discover the fascinating diversity of lizards that live in our area and learn about interesting lizard behaviors including push-ups, head- bobbing, and more. All ages welcome. Free. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive 85743
Saturday, September 14 • 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Introduction to Ethnobotany
The desert is a veritable marketplace. Learn what desert plants have been traditionally used as food and fiber. Explore the harvesting calendar and practices then sample some desert delicacies. Free. Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road 85706
Monday, September 16 • 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Birding Cienega Creek
Join Jeff Babson on this guided walk to observe the rich birdlife in the diverse habitats of Cienega Creek Natural Preserve as we search for raptors, flycatchers, tanagers, warblers, and more. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead at Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, 16000 E. Marsh Station Road 85641
Tuesday, September 17 • 7:30-9:30 a.m.

The Life of a Black Bear
Learn about the natural history and habits of black bears in Arizona. Engage in a discussion of how to avoid encounters with bears while hiking or camping in black bear country. Free. Dewhirst-Catalina Library, 15631 N. Oracle Road #199, 85739
Thursday, September 19 • 10:30-12:00 p.m.

Santa Cruz River Walk
Take a guided stroll along the flowing Santa Cruz River on the Loop to discover the effects of water on desert habitats. All ages welcome. Children free. Adults free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive 85743
Sundays, September 22 and October 20 • 8:00-9:30 a.m.

All About Saguaros
Learn about the ecology and traditional uses of our most iconic desert plant, the saguaro cactus. Discuss the importance of saguaros to native wildlife, as well as native peoples of the Sonoran Desert. All ages welcome. Free.
Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive 85743
Saturday, October 12 • 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Living with Urban Wildlife
Learn about our local wildlife, their habitat needs, and why they may be attracted to your yard or neighborhood. Discuss ways to design and manage your property to benefit both you and wildlife, and get practical tips for living in harmony with our fellow desert inhabitants. Free. Dewhirst-Catalina Library, 15631 N. Oracle Road #199, 85739
Thursday, October 17 • 10:30 a.m.-Noon

Gardening for Birds and Butterflies
Want to attract birds and butterflies to your yard? Learn which native and arid-adapted plants, and other elements to include in your landscape to provide attractive wildlife friendly habitat. Free. Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road 85749
Saturday, October 19 • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Birding Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary
Take a guided walk on flat trails through saguaro-ironwood desert habitat to see a variety of upland birds as well as water birds on the adjacent ponds. Loaner binoculars available. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Arthur Pack Regional Park, 9101 N. Thornydale Road 85742
Tuesday, October 22 • 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Gardening for Birds and Butterflies
Want to attract birds and butterflies to your yard? Learn which native and arid-adapted plants, and other elements to include in your landscape to provide attractive wildlife friendly habitat. Free. Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Road 85706
Thursday, October 24 • 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Living River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Exhibit
Local children share their view of the natural world in this exhibition of award winning poetry and mixed media art. All ages welcome. Free.
July 3 – August 29: Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road, 85711
September 4 – September 29: Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E. River Road #105, 85750
October 2 – October 30: Mission Library, 3770 S. Mission Road 85713
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