Santa Cruz Valley Loop Field Trip

Broad-billed Hummingbird. Photo courtesy of Carol Vleck.

Sunday, April 15

Start and end time:
6 am – 3 pm


Maximum participants:

Provided box breakfast and lunch

Trip Leader(s):
Jeff Babson

Trip Description:
The Santa Cruz River Valley offers a range of habitats that make the area excellent for birding. On this tour we will visit the Tucson Audubon Society’s Paton’s Center for Hummingbirds, Patagonia Roadside Rest, Kino Springs, and the Las Cienegas National Conservation Area, among other well-known birding sites to explore a sample of the riparian and grassland habitats of the region.  The Santa Cruz Valley hosts a large diversity of raptors, songbirds, and hummingbirds. We hope to also see some Black-tailed Prairie Dogs!

Violet-Crowned Hummingbird. Photo Courtesy: Carol Vleck

Likely species:
Black Vulture, Gray Hawk, Zone-tailed Hawk, Inca Dove, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Violet-crowned Hummingbird, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Vermillion Flycatcher, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Lucy’s Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Abert’s Towhee, Green-tailed Towhee, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Hooded Oriole, Bullock’s Oriole.

Recommended Gear and Cautions:
Easy. Short walks on gravel roads and/or level pathways. Bring a water bottle and hat and wear sunscreen.

Additional Information:
Las Cienegas National Conservation Area

Paton Center for Hummingbirds

Patagonia, Arizona


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3 thoughts on “Santa Cruz Valley Loop Field Trip

  1. Hi there … how similar will the habitats here be compared with the Madera valley trip? I’m considering doing both, but would there be a lot of overlap? Thanks a lot. Nicky.


    1. Hi Nicky,

      Would you mind copying and pasting this question into an email to us ( This way we have it in our official records and can more get the appropriate person to reply as well as update the website with this information as well.



      1. Done – thanks.

        Nicola Koper, Ph.D.
        Natural Resources Institute
        University of Manitoba
        317 Sinnott Bldg.
        70 Dysart Rd.
        Winnipeg, MB
        R3T 2M6
        (204) 474-8768


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