Upcoming Events in Southern Arizona
Join Casa de San Pedro for a relaxing stay and enjoy special birding events or special dinners to make your stay even more satisfying! Be sure to sign up in advance for special events by calling us toll free at 888-257-2050. The calendar below has a representation of a few of the many events in the area.
HOLIDAY BIRD TOURS AVAILABLE!
- Thanksgiving Dinner at the Casa (November 26) (SOLD OUT)
- Christmas Dinner at the Casa (December 25) (SOLD OUT)
- New Year's Eve Dinner at the Casa (December 31) (A few spaces still available, Book Now!)
- Romantic Valentines Dinner at the Casa (Saturday, February 13, 2016)
Tom Woods from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (www.sabo.org) is available for Bird Tours in SE Arizona December 28, 29 and 30 for Casa guests. Contact Tom at email@example.com to organize a terrific tour of the many birds throughout the area. Start with an early morning walk at Whitewater Draw on Dec 27 (Sunday) from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Then we recommend a 3 day, 3 valley (and canyons) tour of the area. In any order you could do day trips to
- The San Rafael Valley (to the west of us) including Patagonia and Kino Springs.
- Then another day for the San Pedro River Valley and the famous birding canyons of the Huachuca Mountains on the west side of the San Pedro River Valley (Ramsey Canyon, Carr Canyon, Ash Canyon, Coronado National Monument) for even more birds.
- And finally a tour of the Sulphur Springs Valley (to the East of Bisbee) including Whitewater Draw featuring thousands of Sandhill Cranes, waterfowl, and the many raptors in the valley.
Tom can best advise you about the best birding locations, and the many types of birds that you will be able to see.
ADDED SPECIAL: Casa guests who book day tours with SABO during the holiday week will get a 10% discount off of your lodging cost for the night of the tour.
Join your hosts Karl and Patrick in Panama: January 2016. Once again we are venturing to another of the world's birding hotspots on a tour designed by Peg Abbott of Naturalist Journeys. The tour will take us to some of the best birding locations in Panama. Details will soon be available at the Naturalist Journeys website where you can register for the tour.
Also do check the Naturalist Journeys web site
for other great tours including a tour to the Asa Wright Nature Center with Tom Wood and Sheri Williamson in June 2015.
Jan. 15-17: 2 nights. Begin the New Year Making Good Your Resolution. (i.e. jumpstart Your New Birding Hobby, or one way to Spend More Time Outdoors). This is something of a cram course with 3 introductory birding classes (Birding 101, 102, 103), each $30, with a bonus introduction to Birding-by-Ear if a participant registers for all the classes. This might sound intense, but it’s planned to be fun, and scheduled with afternoons off to explore other options in the area. Or mix and match--take just the classes that intrigue you most.
Friday, Jan 15:
- 5-5:30pm – Early Bird Bonus! Feeder watch (meet in the dining room).
- 5:30-7pm – dinner on your own, or bring dinner and eat with Kathe and other participants in the dining room.
- 7pm – Birding 101. This class concentrates on the visual perception of birds, beginning with basic bird body parts. We’ll also discuss binoculars, what to consider when shopping, and how to use them—including finding the birds in the view and how to focus. Field guides, apps and websites can be important tools for bird identification. We’ll consider their advantages and disadvantages. Finally, we’ll talk about what makes a successful birding outing.
Saturday, Jan 16:
- 7:30-8:15am - Early Bird Bonus! A slow wander around la Casa to see what additional birds might be coming to the feeders and the immediate environs.
- Right after breakfast (and we won’t rush the delicious meal!): Approximately 2 hour field trip, concentrating on birds right at Casa de San Pedro and its immediate area, to polish binocular and visual identification skills. Wrap up back at la Casa to review the list of birds we’ve seen and answer questions.
- 11ish - Birding 102. This class expands bird identification with a more holistic approach by including calls, songs and behaviors, as well as diet—and how birds’ bills are specialized for their diets. This interactive program helps imbed new concepts with a low-key and fun hands-on activity, Qs & As, and time to share personal observations about bird behavior.
- 7pm – Birding 103. We’ll talk about bird families and habitats: First, we’ll discuss the basic taxonomy of birds—how birds are classified. We’ll review some biology classification basics, then move onto common bird families found in Arizona and their characteristics. Second, we’ll concentrate on the seven basic different habitats in Arizona, and what they offer for bird species diversity. Arizona is the third birdiest state after Texas and California—find out why!
Sunday, Jan 17:
- 7:15 ~ About 30 minutes before breakfast: For those who registered for all 3 classes and want a short introduction to birding-by-ear, we’ll grab a cup of coffee, gather in the living room and talk more about this aural aspect of birding.
- 8:45 ~ Right after breakfast (and we won’t rush the delicious meal!): Approximately 3 hour field trip, off-site, to Mary Jo’s Ash Canyon birding hot spot. ($5 donation requested.) Mary Jo is a font of knowledge--a bird observer extraordinaire! You’ll not only get close-up encounters with birds at her feeders, but you’ll get back-stories and information that will help pull together the various aspects of bird ID discussed in the classes. End the program with a list of birds we’ve seen over the weekend.
Leave the program with handouts that help you remember what we’ve covered, resources for additional information, some insight into often overlooked aspects of birding identification, and new bird stories.
March 4-6: 2 nights. Get ready for Migration. Early migrants will have already arrived, while millions of other birds are getting restless for their journey north to establish territories, breed and raise young. How can you tune into this magical natural phenomenon? Literally, listen for tunes—and look for breeding behavior, nests and eggs! Choose one or both classes, each $30. Here’s the program to enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of this active time for birds:
Friday, Mar 4:
- 5:30-6pm – Early Bird Bonus! Feeder watch (meet in the dining room).
- 6-7pm – dinner on your own, or bring dinner and eat with Kathe and other participants in the dining room.
- 7pm – Birding-by-Ear. This class concentrates on listening—how to listen, what to listen for, and how to remember which birds make which sounds. We’ll answer such questions as what’s the difference between bird calls and bird songs? Why does that matter? What other sounds do birds make? How can we tune in better?
Saturday, Mar 5:
- 7:15-8am - Early Bird Bonus! A slow wander around la Casa to hear, and perhaps see, what might be singing at dawn.
- Right after breakfast (and we won’t rush the delicious meal!): Approximately 2 hour field trip, concentrating on birds in the San Pedro River corridor near la Casa, to listen for bird calls, songs and sounds, as well as identify the species we encounter. Wrap up back at the la Casa to review the list of birds we’ve seen and heard, and answer questions.
- 7pm – Eggs and Nests. This is an interactive Q and A session designed to explore the wide variety of homemaking abilities of birds. What are nests made of? What forms do they take? Why don’t we see more nests? Why aren’t eggs all “egg-shaped”? Can we identify egg shells left behind by different species?
Sunday, Mar 6:
- 7:15-8am - Early Bird Bonus! A slow wander around la Casa to look for nests and nest-building activities.
- Right after breakfast (and we won’t rush the delicious meal!): Approximately 3 hour field trip to nearby Ramsey Canyon. ($3 for Nature Conservancy members, $6 for others). This visit will allow us to explore an entirely different habitat—a lush canyon with towering trees, and with luck, a crystalline flowing stream attracting birds. We hope to view resident birds (woodpeckers, wrens, nuthatches and jays) starting their territorial claims and exhibiting nesting behavior. Perhaps some early migrants will be arriving and singing. Wrap up the program at Ramsey Canyon, to add to the bird list and answer questions.
Leave the program with handouts that help you remember what we’ve covered, and appreciation for the amazing skills birds bring to their life cycle.
For more detailed information about history tours, special events, stage/arts events, and festivals please click the following links for:Southwest Wings Spring Fling - May 4th to 7th, 2016.Southwest Wings Birding Festival - August 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2016Events in Bisbee, AZEvents in Sierra Vista, AZHuachuca Art Association
: Art in the Park - First Weekend in October annually; plus First Sunday Artist Receptions in the SV Mall Gallery monthly 3 - 5 p.m.; and Artist Potluck on the Second Saturday at the Astro Gallery in Hereford (4-6 p.m.)Huachuca Audubon Events and Walks
Nature Walks Visitors from all over the world come to see the more than 170 species of birds found in the preserve and surrounding national forest. Southwestern specialties such as painted redstarts and magnificent hummingbirds share the canyon with many other animals, including black bears, Chiricahua leopard frogs and dozens of species of butterflies. The canyon is also home to more than 400 species of plants, from tiny mosses to towering firs.
Guided walks are on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m. from March 1 to the end of October.
The reserve is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.