Events at the Casa and In the Area (and to Costa Rica!)
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 Festival
July 30 to August 3: The Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival will host its annual event in Sierra Vista. Join us for the Festival which features field trips to all of the most important birding locations in SE Arizona, with trips to track down all the birds, butterflies, dragonflies, HUMMINGBIRDS, etc that have made this area so famous in the international birding community. The Festival also features talks, seminars, displays and lots of fun. Join Casa de San Pedro for even more birding adventures throughout the year.
Hummingbird Banding at the Casa with SABO
July through October Sheri Williamson and Tom Wood from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory will be banding hummingbirds every week at the Casa through October. Please check the SABO.org website for specific dates (generally every Friday afternoon 4-6 pm).
Birds and Wines Tour: November 7, 8, 9
Join Peg Abbott of Naturalist Journeys for a fun weekend tour of all the best birding locations in SE Arizona with strategic stops along the way at some of the best vinyards in the area. The capstone of this great birding and vineyard weekend will be a fabulous Wine Pairing Dinner hosted by Rod and Sally Kass (Cafe Roka in Bisbee) at the Casa. The dinner will feature several courses, each paired with an outstanding local wines chosen by Rod and Sally to complement the flavors and textures of the beutifully prepared cuisine. This is one of our most popular events of the year so please be sure to book early.
Ducks/Not Ducks Seminar with Kathe Anderson: November 21 & 22
Ducks/Not Ducks: This workshop is geared for beginning and intermediate birders to help distinguish among the many “floaties” that populate ponds, lakes and rivers throughout Southern Arizona in the winter. What makes a duck a duck, beyond that it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and walks like a duck? What about grebes, cormorants and gallinules? Why aren’t they ducks? We’ll discuss the obvious and not-so-obvious visible differences, as well as differences in behavior and diet.
Morning walk: We’ll carpool to Whitewater Draw, about an hour away where we should see many of the waterfowl we discussed the night before, plus sandhill cranes and a variety of songbirds and possibly owls. We’ll finish the program at a restaurant in Bisbee for lunch, go over what we’ve seen and answer questions.
Early bird bonus, Fri, Nov 21: watch the feeders with Kathe Anderson from 4:30-5:15pm to identify and discuss the birds that stop by.
Leave the program with a short handout about Ducks/Not Ducks and a new appreciation for commonly overlooked waterfowl.
Seminar $25 per person, two night minimum stay at the Casa required.
- Our Fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner is SOLD OUT.
- Our Christmas Dinner (Dec 25) will feature our fabulous seafood appetizer bar, followed by a Roast Prime Rib dinner with all the fixings. (minimum 2 night stay required) Call early for reservations 888 257-2050
- New Year's Eve Dinner - Celebrate the New Year at Casa de San Pedro -Relax at the Casa and enjoy a fabulous dinner and avoid having to drive! (minimum 2 night stay required).
- Valentines Day Romantic Dinner: Join Casa de San Pedro for a relaxing and romantic weekedn - featuring a gourmet Valentines Dinner with your sweetie! Saturday, February 14.
Holiday Bird Tours
We will once again feature our Holiday Bird Tours of SE Arizona with the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, Sheri Williamson and Tom Wood. The Tours will begin on December 26 and will rotate daily between the best birding locations in SE Arizona: Day 1 in Patagonia and Sonoita (San Rafael Valley), Day 2 in the San Pedro River Valley and Huachuca Mountain Canyons, and Day 3 in the Sulphur Springs Valley and Whitewater Draw. The tours will run December 26, 27, 28 and repeat December 29, 30 and 31. Transportation and Lunches included. Lodging at Casa de San Pedro required. Optional dinner on New Years eve at the Casa may be added.
Birding 101/102 Seminar with Kathe Anderson
January 16, 17, 18, 2015: Birding 101 and 102: This back-to-back program is a great introduction to jumpstart your new birding hobby, or brush up on birding interests that may have been interrupted by your career or family responsibilities.
- Friday evening January 16 -, Birding 101 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.
- Early bird bonus, first evening: watch the feeders with Kathe Anderson from 4:30-5:15pm to identify and discuss the birds that stop by.
- Saturday, January 17, Morning walk: Approximately 2 hours, concentrating on birds right at Casa de San Pedro and polishing binocular and visual identification skills. Wrap up back at the Casa to review the list of birds we’ve seen and answer questions.
- Saturday January 17, Evening: Birding 102 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.
- Sunday, January 18 - Morning walk: Approximately 2 hours, exploring the San Pedro River near the Casa, with continuing emphasis visual identification, but with attention to other aspects, as discussed in class. Wrap up back at the Casa to review the list of birds we’ve seen and answer questions.
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.
- Cost fo rhe program: $25 per person, minimum 2 night stay at the Casa required.
Join Patrick and Karl in Costa Rica!
Join your hosts Karl and Patrick in Costa Rica: January 23 thru 30. Once again we are venturing to another of the world's birding hotspots on a tour designed by Peg Abbott of Naturalis Journeys. The tour will take us to some of the best birding locations in Costa Rica. Details at the Naturalist Journeys website where you can register for the tour. A west coast extension is also available if you wish to stay longer!
Birding 103 Seminar with Kathe Anderson
February 27-28, 2015: Birding 103: Whether you have taken Birding 101 and 102, or just want to learn more about bird identification generally, this workshop should expand your knowledge in understanding two additional elements:
- First, we’ll discuss the basic taxonomy of birds—which has changed some in last decade! 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!
- Early bird bonus, Fri, Feb 27: watch the feeders with Kathe Anderson from 5-5:45pm to identify and discuss the birds that stop by.
Saturday, February 28: Morning walk: Approximately 4 hours, we’ll carpool to at least 3 different habitats to see what shows up in each spot, and compare what we see. Wrap up back at the Casa to review the list of birds we’ve seen and answer questions.
Leave the program with a handout that provides an overview for bird classification and identifies AZ’s seven basic habitats, and some tips for identifying similar species by the habitat in which they are found.
- Cost of each program: $25 per person, minimum 2 night stay at the Casa required.
Area Events: For more detialed information about history tours, special events, stage/arts events, and festivals please click the following links for:
- Southwest Wings Birding Festival - July 30 to August 3
- Events in Bisbee, AZ
- Events in Sierra Vista, AZ
- Huachuca Art Association:Art in the Park - First Weeked in October annually;. plus First Sunday Artist Receptions in the SV Mall Gallery monthly 3 - 5 pm ; and Artist Potluck on the Second Saturday at the Astro Gallery in Hereford (4-6 pm.
- Huachuca Audubon Events and Walks
And, The Nature Conservancy in Ramsey Canyon offers nature 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.