Useful Field Trip Information
Car Pooling: Please make EVERY effort to organize your own carpool; consolidate vehicles at meeting places and/or contact leaders for car pooling assistance. Be courteous to your driver and help cover their driving expenses. We recommend that passengers reimburse drivers 20 cents per mile.
Limit: Maximum number of participants per field trip. Please call early to make your reservations.
Difficulty Levels 1 through 5: We use a difficulty scale. 1 equals very low level of exertion, short walking distance, considerable birding from vehicle and possible multiple birding stops. 5 equals very high level of difficulty with respect to exertion. Longer hiking distances are expected with possible steep trails. All trips are level 1 unless noted otherwise.
Day Passes Required for National Forests. Many favorite spots in our National Forests now require Day Use Passes. You are responsible to acquire a day pass ($6) in advance of field trips with an asterisk (*). Passes are available by phone or mail, at FS district and ranger offices, Big 5, some Circle K’s, the Shell station at Tom Darlington and Cave Creek Road and elsewhere. Visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/passes-permits/?cid=fsbdev3_018733 for more information.
Be courteous to the trip leader and help cover their gas costs.
Wear neutral colored clothing and sturdy walking shoes.
Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, head protection and water.
Always bring your binoculars. Bring a scope if recommended.
Be quiet so others can bird by ear.
Unless stated otherwise, reservations are required.
Avoid wearing bright colors.