IFO Winter Sparrows in Southeast Arizona

Tucson, AZ, USA

4 reviews
Jan 26 - Feb 1, 2023
Group size: 4 - 20
IFO Winter Sparrows in Southeast Arizona
Tucson, AZ, USA

4 reviews

Jan 26 - Feb 1, 2023
Group size: 4 - 20

About this trip

Southeastern Arizona is home to many resident species of breeding sparrows and a favored location for migrants to overwinter. We will visit semi-desert grasslands and riparian woodlands to observe the behavior and habitat selection of over 20 species of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs. Daily outings will be followed by classroom presentations on identification, vocalizations, ecology, natural history, and conservation. Potential highlights include Botteri’s, Rufous-winged, Black-chinned, and Baird’s Sparrows and Chestnut-collared and McCown’s Longspurs. Other birds of interest that may be seen include Ferruginous Hawk, Scaled Quail, Bendire’s Thrasher, and Mountain Plover.

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    6 hotel nights
  • Meals
    3 meals per day from dinner on day 1 until breakfast until day 7. Including non-alcoholic beverages during meals.
  • Transportation
    All in-country private transportation to and from sites visited. Transportation from airport to hotel and day 1 and from hotel to airport on day 7.
  • Guiding fees
    All guiding fees for tour leaders and local guides.
  • Entrance fees
    All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Activities
    All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Internat transportation
    Transportation to and from start/end point of the tour.
  • Alcoholic beverages
    Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal purchases
    Items such as (but not limited to) calls, laundry, souvenirs etc.
  • Tips
    Any tips you would like to offer tour leaders, guides, drivers, porters, wait staff, housekeeping etc. for outstanding service.
  • Insurance
    We strongly recommend all travelers get travel insurance.

Available Packages

Double occupancy (price per person)
20 left
Deposit: $1,393
Single occupancy
20 left
Deposit: $1,593

Available options


Your Organizer

American Birding Association
4 reviews
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I run out of superlatives when I try to share my experiences on this ABA trip to Panama. Every single day was filled with the sensory overload of new birds, new plants, new bugs, etc. I appreciated how each day was broken up into segments with some free time in between to rest or process photos or explore the property. I had never been on a trip of this type and had never been to a foreign country, so I was a bit nervous. I had wanted to go to Canopy Tower/Lodge for years as an introduction to tropical biology, so when I heard about the trip on the ABA podcasts, I decided it was time to have an adventure (and it truly was an adventure!) The itinerary was well thought out-we sampled many of the different habitats in the area, which exposed us to a maximum number of species-over 300!! Everything about the trip was wonderful-the other participants were great to spend time with (I really appreciated that they would call to me when they found interesting bugs). The Canopy Family staff were very friendly and they obviously know how to do eco-tourism right. The food was always delicious! Eating meals together as a group was an opportunity to connect and to reflect on the highlights of the day. One participant had to avoid gluten and it was handled very well at each meal-always an alternative available or something we could all eat. Our guides both had decades of experience and uncanny abilities to find the birds we were looking for, even in the thickest brush. They knew all the calls and could imitate them perfectly. They were able to get scopes on the birds quickly as well as directing us to where the birds were such that the entire group almost always got eyes on the bird-no small feat, especially in the rain forest. In summary, I feel like I can’t adequately describe just how amazing the trip was. I will remember it forever and can’t wait to try it again.
By Bob N for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 21 Sep, 2022
Birding with a group of ABA members in Panama was very enjoyable - most of us had never been there before. While most of us were strangers to each other at the start, our shared passion and the beautiful birds brought us together as friends. The Canopy Family is extremely well organized and accommodating, including excellent guides. There is room for improvement in communication between the ABA and folks signed up for the tour, some info wasn't received until the night before the trip, but I'm sure this will be addressed. I look forward to future ABA trips.
By Paul K for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 14 Sep, 2022
This was the best birding trip of my life! The Canopy Family and ABA took care of everything! Expert guide Carlos Bethancourt and ABA liaison Nate Swick were both incredible in their depth of bird behavior, habitat, and classification in Panama and beyond. Our group was small, cohesive, and full of passionate and interesting individuals who love birds and travel. Accommodations were perfect for this type of trip! Overall, worth every penny!
By Greg S for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 13 Sep, 2022
This was a great trip! We had so much fun and saw gorgeous birds. The weather was perfect in the mountains, the scenery was beautiful. Jake Thompson - our bird guide - was smart, knowledgeable, indefatigable in his search for birds. He has energy! Our organizer, Katinka, was great. Kind and smart and organized,. The artist - Christina Baal was excellent. She had ALL of us (skeptics that we were ) sitting and drawing Burrowing Owls and painting other birds. It was surprisingly fun. Very good at getting us all engaged. Five stars!
By LORNA h for Bird of the Year in Southeast Arizona on 08 Aug, 2022