Stewart Mountain Desert Tortoise Quest
May
27
6:30 AM06:30

Stewart Mountain Desert Tortoise Quest

Hardy souls willing to trek in the early morning heat of May with a slight chance of finding a desert tortoise can join leader Laurie Nessel as we traverse steep, rocky hillsides searching for tortoises that emerge during the arid fore-summer. Just about all tortoises surface to replenish their water reserves after an iconic monsoon storm. But some tortoises, notably females and juveniles, will emerge in late spring, or even during winter rain days, to feed, bask and drink if possible. This will be a first time spring tortoise trip for MAS. We will cover the behavior, life cycle, and status of this keystone species. Bring snacks, sun protection, hat, sturdy hiking shoes, a high power flashlight or mirror and plenty of water. Start near daybreak and return by noon.

Difficulty: 4 (steep, rocky terrain, and hot weather)
Limit: none
Leader: Laurie Nessel, laurienessel@gmail.com or 602.391.4303.

To RSVP, email or call Laurie Nessel laurienessel@gmail.com, 602.391.4303.

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Pinal County Dragonflies and Damselflies
Jun
15
8:30 AM08:30

Pinal County Dragonflies and Damselflies

Pierre Deviche, ASU’s School of Life Sciences professor and Odonate expert, will be your guide on this dragonfly field trip to nearby Pinal County. Eighty-eight species have been recorded to-date in this county and we should be able to find quite a number of them. This will be a one-day trip visiting (tentatively) Oak Flat, the Gila River at Kelvin Bridge, Kearny Lake, and/or the Dudleyville fishing ponds. All these locations are easily accessible. Be sure to bring hat, sunscreen, long sleeves and pants, hiking shoes, bug dope, and food & drinks for the day. Close-focus binoculars are helpful to observe the small species and so if have a pair, be sure to bring it. Leave Gilbert at 8:30 and return mid-afternoon.

Difficulty: 2
Limit: ~10 (to allow for good viewing and photography)
Leader: Pierre Deviche

To RSVP, email Larry Langstaff at larrylangstaff1@gmail.com.

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Stewart Mountain Desert Tortoise Quest
May
19
6:00 AM06:00

Stewart Mountain Desert Tortoise Quest

Hardy souls willing to trek in the early morning heat of May with a slight chance of finding a desert tortoise can join leader Laurie Nessel as we traverse steep, rocky hillsides searching for tortoises that emerge during the arid fore-summer. Just about all tortoises surface to replenish their water reserves after an iconic monsoon storm. But some tortoises, notably females and juveniles, will emerge in late spring, or even during winter rain days, to feed, bask and drink if possible. This will be a first time spring tortoise trip for MAS. We will cover the behavior, life cycle, and status of this keystone species. Bring snacks, sun protection, hat, sturdy hiking shoes, a high power flashlight or mirror and plenty of water. Start near daybreak and return by noon.

Difficulty: 4 (steep, rocky terrain, and hot weather)
Limit: none
Leader: Laurie Nessel, laurienessel@gmail.com

To RSVP, email or call Laurie Nessel laurienessel@gmail.com, 602.391.4303.

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Papago Park Dragonflies and Butterflies
May
18
7:00 AM07:00

Papago Park Dragonflies and Butterflies

Learn to identify local butterflies including Painted Lady, Queen, and Fiery Skipper as well as common dragonflies and damselflies such as Blue Dasher, Flame Skimmer, Blue-ringed Dancer, and Familiar Bluet. Easy, one to one and a half hour strolls around the lakes. Children welcome. Bring binoculars (close-focus preferred), water, and hat. Meet 7:00 am at Lake 2.

Difficult: 1
Leaders: Pete Moulton and Laurie Nessel. laurienessel@gmail.com.

To RSVP, email Laurie Nessel laurienessel@gmail.com

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Jones Water Primitive Campground northeast of Globe
May
4
6:30 AM06:30

Jones Water Primitive Campground northeast of Globe

Depart Globe 6:30 am, carpool to campground. Small stream riparian area with Lucy's Warbler and possible late warblers, Northern Cardinal, Black-headed Grosbeak, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Juniper Titmouse, Common Raven, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, and Bullock's Oriole. End at 10:00 am and return to Globe. Difficulty: 1. Bring water and snacks. Wear closed-toed shoes.

Limit: 5.
Leader: Myron Scott.

Questions should be directed to Larry Langstaff, larrylangstaff1@gmail.com

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Birding Sunflower and Mt. Ord
Apr
27
7:00 AM07:00

Birding Sunflower and Mt. Ord

See many nesting species like Gray Vireo, Black-chinned Sparrow, Hooded Oriole, Scott’s Oriole, Black Hawk and Zone-tailed Hawk. Going up Mt. Ord we will look for the six “Arizona warblers” as well as migrating Hermit Warbler and Townsend’s Warbler. Bring lunch.

Difficulty: 2-3.
Limit 8.
Leader: Charles Babbitt (602) 840-1772, cjbabbitt@cox.net

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CANCELLED! Bushnell Tanks
Apr
15
5:45 AM05:45

CANCELLED! Bushnell Tanks

We apologize, but due to unforeseen circumstances this trip has been postponed. Please check back to see if we are able to reschedule at a later date.

An under-birded area off SR87 near Sunflower. Variety of habitats including a sycamore-lined creek, some open fields and nearby high desert/transition zone, with great potential for lingering winter species as well as early migrants. Possible American Robin and Townsend’s Solitaire, along with Lucy’s Warbler, Common Black Hawk and Bell’s Vireo, plus typical resident species. Start about 5:45 am in Fountain Hills, and finish about 10:30 in a Fountain Hills coffee shop.

Difficulty: 2
Limit: 8.
Leader: Kathe Anderson, kathe.coot@cox.net

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Tempe Town Lake -Great-tailed Grackle mating rituals & nesting
Apr
7
7:00 AM07:00

Tempe Town Lake -Great-tailed Grackle mating rituals & nesting

Great-tailed Grackle mating rituals and family nesting site survey.  Enjoy sites along the North shore of the lake where nests abound, elaborate wooing rituals are often seen and learn about the life cycle of this common but fascinating year-round resident. 

Limit: 8
Leader: Roberta Taber, mindfulbirding@protonmail.com


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Lopiano Bosque near Tempe Town Lake
Apr
6
8:00 AM08:00

Lopiano Bosque near Tempe Town Lake

Exploring Evelyn Hallman Canal Park also possible. 
Birds expected may include Cooper's Hawks, Great-Horned Owls, warblers and other migrants, as well as typical desert birds including Roadrunners. Mid-morning hike.  Bring optics, water, comfortable shoes and snacks. (Optional picnic at Park after hike.)

Limit: 6. 
Leader: Myron Scott.

Questions should be directed to Larry Langstaff, larrylangstaff1@gmail.com.

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Birding Pinal Mountain
Mar
29
5:00 AM05:00

Birding Pinal Mountain

Early spring migrants and resident species will be active. Cover four main habitats, each with its own community of birds: mesquite (3500’), chaparral, Ponderosa Pine, and Douglas Fir-Aspen near the peak (7890’). Sunrise is 6:20 am; temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees cooler at the top than in Phoenix. Bring water and lunch. Trip includes two or three short walks into mesquite and Ponderosa Pine habitats, but trails are level and easy. Bring a walking stick if you will feel more comfortable. Most birding from the road and near the cars. Receive a bird checklist two weeks before trip. Leave Tempe 5:00 am. The drive to Globe takes about one hour and 20 minutes. Return 3:00 pm.

Limit: 11 plus leader in three cars.
Leader: Dave Pearson.

Questions should be directed to Larry Langstaff, larrylangstaff1@gmail.com.

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Mar
18
5:00 PM17:00

Mt Ord

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Mt. Ord (7100’), in the Mazatzal mountains, is one of Maricopa County’s few choices for high elevation bird habitat. An early start could grace us with one of the premier sunrises in the county. See Western Bluebird, White-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches, Hairy and Acorn Woodpeckers, Woodhouse’s ScrubJay, Bridled Titmouse, Hutton’s Vireo, and Spotted Towhee. Potential sightings include: Painted Redstart, Olive Warbler, Cassin’s Finch, and Red Crossbill. Difficulty: 2. Uneven rock surfaces and short travel down moderately steep drainage. Meet at 5:00 am. Return at about 1:00 pm. Bring snacks, water, hat, sturdy walking shoes, hiking poles if necessary for drainage, and lunch. Limit: 8. 
Leader: Dara Vasquez. To reserve, send your cell number to Larry Langstaff, larrylangstaff1@gmail.com.

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Feb
23
8:30 AM08:30

Pima Canyon (South Mountain Park)

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Hike a gently rising wide path to see and learn some typical Sonoran desert birds, including Canyon Towhees, Costa’s Hummingbirds, possible Bendire’s and Crissal Thrashers, and raptors. Also see adjacent petroglyphs and beautiful wildflowers. 8:30-10:30 am. Difficulty: 1. Bring water, hat, walking shoes, optional scope.

Limit: 8. 
Leader: Myron Scott. To reserve, send cell # to Larry Langstaff, larrylangstaff1@gmail.com

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