OUTDOORS AND RECREATION
All events are free or included in admission or vehicle entrance fee unless otherwise noted. Parking may be additional. Bad weather may change or cancel activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No pets unless otherwise specified.
Walks to spot the birds
Bird Walk — San Pedro House, 9800 E. Highway 90, Sierra Vista. Considered one of the largest and most critical avian migratory corridors remaining in the western United States. 7-9 a.m. Sept. 23. Donations accepted. 459-2555.
Bird Walk — Environmental Operations Park, Hwy. 90 east of Sierra Vista. A two hour walk led by docents from Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory and the Friends of the San Pedro River. Suitable footwear. 7-9 a.m. Sept. 24. 459-2555.
Birding Tour — Historic Canoa Ranch, 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. Kendall Kroesen will lead a walk in search of resident and migratory birds of the desert grasslands. Reservations at pima.gov/canoaranch or 349-5026. 8-9:30 a.m. Sept. 26. Donations accepted. 724-5000.
Morning Bird Walks — Sweetwater Wetlands, 2511 W. Sweetwater Drive. Join a Audubon Society staff member on a two hour, 1 mile easy hike to see waterfowl, warblers, and other species hiding in the reeds. 7-9 a.m. Sept. 27. 209-1811.
Other walks and activities
Kangaroo Rat: Super Survivor — Saguaro National Park West, 2700 N. Kinney Road. An easy hike on level ground to learn about the behavioral and physical adaptations. Suitable footwear. 3:15-4 p.m. Sept. 21 and 28. 733-5158.
Spiny, Shady, and Cool — Saguaro National Park West. A short walk to discover the variety of cacti in the desert. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Sept. 21 and 28. 733-5158.
Synergy in the Desert: The Sonoran Habitat — Saguaro National Park West. A talk and walk about the saguaro. 2:15-3 p.m. Sept. 21 and 28. 733-5158.
River Walk — San Pedro House, 9800 E. Highway 90, Sierra Vista. Find 82 species of mammals, dozens of reptiles and amphibians and nearly 350 species of birds. 8-10 a.m. Sept. 23. 459-2555.
Cooking with Prickly Pear — Saguaro National Park West. A live cooking demonstration will show how to prepare and cook prickly pear. 3:15-3:45 p.m. Sept. 24. 733-5158.
Paquimé and Mata Ortiz Tour — Amerind Museum, 2100 N. Amerind Road, Dragoon. Explore one of the archaeological gems of the international borderlands and its inspiration for a modern spectacular artistic ceramic tradition. Call to register. 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sept. 25-28. $200. 586-3666.
Monsoon Rains in the Desert — Saguaro National Park East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail. A walk with a park naturalist to learn the vital role that the rains play in the lives of plants, animals and humans. 10-10:45 a.m. Sept. 26. 733-5153.
Tour of Historic Canoa Ranch — 5375 S. I-19 Frontage Road, Green Valley. A walk to visit the historic buildings, corrals and exhibits of the people of Canoa. Online registration required. 8:30-10 a.m. Sept. 26. 724-5220.
Desert Botany 101 — Saguaro National Park East. An easy walk through the cactus garden. 10-10:30 a.m. Sept. 27. 733-5153.