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Summer Birding Festivals

August is awesome for a trip to Tucson, gateway to the very birdy Southern Arizona region.

Back to Nature in Tucson

August 1-12, 2018

If you’re looking to retreat from a hectic lifestyle or get back to nature with the kids, visit Tucson in August. This is the gateway to Arizona’s biologically diverse southern region, one of the country’s top birding hotspots. And late summer, when monsoon rains bring out lush foliage and wildflower blooms, is the best time to see the most local and migrating birds and butterflies.

Plus, two back-to-back birding festivals happen in August every year. Local and international experts lead field trips, day hikes, and tours to incredible creeks, canyons, and conservation areas. You can pick and choose from free and fee-based programs for kids and adults, from beginning to advanced, and participate for hours or for days. So, pack up your family, grab your binoculars and get back to nature in Tucson at these festivals!

Southwest Wings Birding & Nature Festival: ​August 1-4, 2018

More than 400 species of birds, almost half of all the birds of the United States and Canada combined, occur in Southeastern Arizona, and August is an especially rewarding time to see many of them. Discover this abundance at Southwest Wings, Arizona’s longest-running nature festival, founded in 1991. Based at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, the event is minutes away from some of the most famous birding spots in the United States. Join the festival dinner on August 2 and hear author and keynote speaker Rick Taylor talk about southeastern Arizona specialties.

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival: August 8 - 12, 2018

See birds found nowhere else in the United States at Southeast Arizona Birding Festival, presented by Tucson Audubon and Zeiss. Enjoy expert-led half- and full-day trips, evening owling trips, photography field trips and workshops, and a free Nature Expo as well as new overnight trips. Stay for the August 11 keynote presentation, a humorous look at the perils and pitfalls of birding, presented by lifelong birder Bill Thompson III, co-publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest. Consider staying at festival headquarters, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at Reid Park, in midtown Tucson near restaurants and museums.

May 28

Butterfly Magic May 26, 2018 - May 31, 2018

Every day, through May, Tucson Botanical Gardens presents a live... Read More

May 28

Birds of Tohono Chul Walking Tour May 26, 2018 - December 29, 2018

Tohono Chul hosts several docent-led and self-guided walking tours of... Read More

Cool Summer Nights: Creatures of the Night May 26, 2018

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum stays open after sundown on Saturday... Read More

Jul 27

Monsoon Madness Plant Sale July 27, 2018 - July 28, 2018

The monsoon season brings you more than just rain as we host local... Read More

Jul 28

Breeze In The Trees 5K July 28, 2018

A cool summer 5K run through the shady Green Valley Pecan Farm... Read More

Aug 11

Meteor Mania at Kitt Peak August 11, 2018 to August 12, 2018

Travel far away from the city lights to view meteor showers under the... Read More

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