Upcoming Events at Casa de San Pedro and 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.
SOUTHWEST WINGS BIRDING AND NATURE FESTIVAL
The Southwest Wings Birding Festival hosts two birding events annually. The August Festival is the major event of their year, featuring birding tours to all of SE Arizona's birding hot spots, plus field trips for butterflies, dragonflies, etc. etc. The dates for the 2016 festival are August 3 - 6. For more information please go to the Southwest Wings website where you can register for tours, dinners, speaker events and more! www.swwings.org. The festival is headquartered a the Cochise College campus in Sierra Vista, but you can stay at Casa de San Pedro during, and before and after the festival. Come Join Us.
In yet another edition of our annual tours to other great nature lodges, January 2017 will offer a spectacular and unique tour opportunity: Two top tier Nature Lodges and Two Countries. In a tour that cannot be replicated elsewhere we will first fly to Belize to fly out to a remote nature lodge (for 5 nights) famous for its luxury, remoteness, and native jungle teeming with wildlife. Then we fly (on a private charter flight - arranged specifically for this tour in order to avoid a wasted overnight trip back to Belize City) to Honduras to another world famous nature (for 4 more nights) lodge for yet more adventures in birding and opportunities for beach time and snorkeling on pristine reefs. A 10 day trip with your hosts from Casa de San Pedro, Karl and Patrick, to experience some of the best nature travel, luxurious lodges with great amenities, and plentiful wildlife! More details very soon - the itinerary is almost finished and will be posted here for you to review, dream of warm January weather, and incredible hospitality. We hope you can join us!
SUMMER HUMMINGBIRD BANDING:
Sheri Williamson and Tom Woods from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (www.sabo.org) are again planning to do Hummingbird Banding during most of the summer months and into September and October. (Exact dates and times are on their web site: www.sabo.org). And, see our calendar, above, for the dates.
The Hummingbird Banding happens in our back yard on (most, but check the calendar carefully!) Friday afternoons. Join Tom and Sheri for a great hummingbird experience.
These banding sessions at Casa de San Pedro are free to our resident guests.
- For non-resident participants you must pre-register with SABO at their website and attendance is limited.
- There is a small charge for participants not staying at the Casa.
Fri-Sun, Sept. 9-11: 2 nights. Birds up Close and Personal.
As we admire birds from afar, it’s even more fascinating to know more about them up close. On the first evening, in Feathers and Fluff
, we’ll look at the structure of feathers (there are 7 different kinds of feathers), and consider their growth, coloration, care and molt.
On the second evening, in Bird Anatomy A-Z
(alula to zygodactyl), we’ll take a closer look at some bird body parts, with a few tips to help identify certain species by variation in their body parts.
Choose one or both classes below, each $30. Field trips included.
Friday, September 9:
- 6-6:30pm – Early Bird Bonus for Friday class participants! Feeder watch (meet in the dining room).
- 6:30-7:30pm – dinner on your own, or bring dinner and eat with Kathe and other participants in the dining room.
- 7:30pm – Feathers and Fluff. This is an interactive class with questions to promote discussion, and opportunity for personal observations and questions.
Saturday, September 10:
- 6-7:30am - Early Bird Bonus for Saturday class participants! A slow wander around la Casa to see what species are early summer residents of the area.
- Right after breakfast (and we won’t rush the delicious meal!): Approximately 4 hour field trip to nearby Ramsey Canyon ($3 for Nature Conservancy members, $6 for others) and Ash Canyon ($5). These visits will allow us to explore entirely different habitats—lush Ramsey canyon with towering trees, as well as more of a transition zone at the foot of Ash Canyon.
- 5pm – Optional participant dinner at nearby Pizzeria Mimosa.
- 7pm – Bird Anatomy A-Z. This is an interactive class, with a PowerPoint to illustrate the alphabet of bird body parts, designed to engage participants in learning more about birds inside and out.
Sunday, September 11:
- 6:30-7:30am - Early Bird Bonus for Saturday class participants! A slightly later and slow wander in the area around la Casa to look for whatever shows up.
- Right after breakfast (and we won’t rush the delicious meal!):Approximately 3 hour field trip to the Bureau of Land Management’s San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (NCA), containing nearly 57,000 acres of public land. Feeders and grasslands there feature still more habitats and possible additional species. Wrap up at the picnic tables at San Pedro House with a comprehensive list of species seen throughout the weekend.
Leave the program with handouts that provide notes from the evening programs, and perhaps a new appreciation for the remarkable, more intimate, features of birds.
Leave the program with handouts that provide notes from the evening programs, and an appreciation for the treasures the unique San Pedro River and SE AZ habitats provide.
AllenWildlife Special Event at Casa de San Pedro:
Southwest Arizona Field Workshop
Hummingbird and Other Bird Photography
October 5-8, 2016
Enjoy one of the country's hottest birding areas while the birds are still migrating, but after the crowds have left, in order to get good, quiet views of the amazing hummingbirds and other birds.
Stay at the beautiful Casa de San Pedro, which was built as a destination lodge for birders. At the B&B, you will enjoy a hearty breakfast and several other meals, afternoon pie, and classroom instruction. Some of the evening photography will take place on the B&B's 10 acres with its many bird and hummingbird feeders, or on the adjacent San Pedro River and Riparian National Conservation Area. You will have ample opportunity for individual instruction.
A morning session highlight will be Ash Canyon Bed & Breakfast, a birding spot known as the best place in the area to photograph the Lucifer Hummingbird (third photo from the bottom, at right), as well as many other bird and hummingbird species.
For full information on the workshop please click this link PHOTO WORKSHOP.
Price $1900, double occupancy. ($500 deposit. Price increases to $2100 if deposit is made after July 5, 2016. Single occupancy, add $255. Non-photographing partner, $950.) Limit 8 participants.
Includes Three nights of lodging; classroom and field instruction; entrance fees; all breakfasts, and two dinners. Transportation not included.
Contact Dave and Kristin for more information using the contact link above or call.
Download the reservation form to sign up.
For more detailed information about history tours, special events, stage/arts events, and festivals please click the following links for: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.