Southern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO)
And Bird walking Tours!
I never really paid much attention to birds until we visited this place. We got to watch SABO staff capture and weigh and put bands on hummingbirds. Then they set them free. They band them so they can follow their migration route. I learned that even for their small size, hummingbirds can be very territorial and aggressive.
This is a great non-profit organization dedicated to bird conservation and research, protecting their natural habitats and educating the public through hikes, tours and workshops. Jacob and I were excited to participate in a 4 hour guided walk up in Miller Canyon with SABO volunteers. The walk started from Beatty's Guest Ranch and Orchard and meandered up into the Coronado National Forest. Bring lots of water with you and wear good hiking shoes. We had no idea the number of bird varieties we would see and the staff were so knowledgeable. There was plenty of wildlife to see also, so bring your camera. If you're lucky you'll spot a coatimundi, a very playful relative of the raccoon.
SABO offers many other walks and tours; their website has a calendar that is constantly updated. They offer a night hike called Owl Prowl, where you may see as many as six varieties of owl species. If you are in the area at the end of April or early May, you will enjoy Fiesta de las Aves, a travelling festival with birding experts and presentations at different locations in Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties.
P.O. Box 5521 Bisbee, AZ 85603-5521
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|Jacob Tip: If you want to attract hummingbirds to your house, you'll need to either plant flowers they like, or hang up a special feeder that you fill with sugar water. Don't buy premade hummingbird nectar as it almost always has fake red dye in it, and it's crazy expensive. Make your own: 3 to 5 parts water with 1 part white sugar, nothing else or you may hurt the birds.|
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