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Hittin' the Trails 4 You: Guided bird walks at Saguaro National Park

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TUCSON - Saguaro National Park is offering bird walks in November and December at both districts. These guided tours will take place on Sundays at the Tucson Mountain District (west) and Tuesdays at the Rincon Mountain District (east).

In the Tucson Mountain District (west), the public is welcome to join park volunteer John Higgins for a 30-minute walk in the sandy wash behind the Red Hills Visitor Center. Participants will have an opportunity to see woodpeckers, sparrows and other birds that live among the cactus and shrubs. Additionally, the groups will learn how these animals find food, water, and shelter. Those who are interested in more will be able to join John Higgins for another 30-minute walk at Sus Picnic area (two miles west of visitor center) to look for wrens, hawks and other birds that reside there.

In the Rincon Mountain District (east), the groups will be led by park volunteer Ralph Terry for a 2-hour walk on the Freeman Homestead Trail. Visitors can discover which birds stay here year-round and which ones are just passing through, as well as learn the natural history of the desert birds. Groups will meet at the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center and then drive to the mile-long trail.

Birders and non-birders of all ages are invited.

Tucson Mountain District (west) walks will begin at 9:45 a.m. Rincon Mountain District (east) walks will begin at 9:00 a.m. It is recommended that participants wear walking shoes, hats, and sunscreen, bring binoculars and water.

Details:

Tucson Mountain District

What: Bird walks with birder John Higgins

Where: Red Hills Visitor Center, 2700 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ, 85743

When: Sunday, November 12th; Sunday, November 26th; Sunday, December 10th; Sunday, December 24th; 9:45 a.m.

Bring: Walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, water

Rincon Mountain District

What: Bird walks with birder Ralph Terry

Where: Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ, 85730

When: Tuesday, November 14th; Tuesday, November 21st; Tuesday, November 28th; Tuesday, December 5th; Tuesday, December 12th; Tuesday, December 19th; 9:00 a.m.

Bring: Walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, binoculars, water

For more information or questions, please contact the Red Hills Visitor Center at (520) 733-5158 or the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center at (520) 733-5153. No reservations required. Free with paid admission to the park; Interagency Park Passes are accepted and for sale in both districts. For other naturalist programs offered at Saguaro National Park, please visit our website at https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/guided-programs.htm.

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