January 22, 2020 - December 29, 2021
Birding Walks at Sweetwater Wetlands
Venue: Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Time: Start times are as follows: November-February: 8 am March-April: 7 am May-August: 6 am September-October: 7 am.
Recurring weekly on Wednesday
Tucson Audubon hosts free weekly bird walks the Sweetwater Wetlands. Join Luke Safford every Wednesday for an easy walk through the Sweetwater Wetlands to see waterfowl in the hundreds, regular and visiting warblers, and several exciting species hiding in the reeds. Birders of all experience levels welcome!
Sweetwater Wetlands is a constructed wetland located in Tucson between I-10 and the Santa Cruz River near Prince Road. Built in 1996, it is used to help treat secondary effluent and backwash from the reclaimed water treatment system at the now-closed Roger Road Wastewater Treatment Plant. Sweetwater serves as an environmental education facility and habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Paths, both paved and unpaved, visit all the ponds and give a view to the large detention basins to the south, which when containing water attract wading birds and shore birds.
Rarities seen at Sweetwater over the years include Groove-billed Ani, Least Grebe, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, and many others. The area consists of several ponds surrounded by cattails, willows, and cottonwoods. Ducks visit the ponds while Red-winged, Yellow-headed, and Brewers blackbirds frequent the cattails. Thick stands of saltbush provide cover to Song Sparrows, Aberts Towhees, wrens, and many other species.