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Flocks and Rocks

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Ages: 21+
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Join geologist Jack Oviatt and ornithologist Arch McCallum for a fusion of their disciplines as we explore a little-known corner of the Southwest—Leopold Country. Aldo Leopold (1885-1948) created the academic field of wildlife management, helped found the wilderness movement, and proposed the Land Ethic as a guide to our place in nature. We will visit places from his early career that inspired his world view and were immortalized in his classic A Sand County Almanac, as well as learning about his connection to New Mexico through his wife Estella Bergere, a scion of the formidable Luna family. Along the way Jack will enthrall us with inanimate wonders from Pleistocene lake shores to Precambrian quartzite and Arch will reveal how birds common in Canada and others fond of Mexican deserts can all be found along our transect from the Rio Grande to the White Mountains. We’ll visit the radio telescopes at the Very Large Array (VLA) along the way. There is something for every naturalist on this expedition. Expect lots of good stories, laughter, and great food, too!

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Birding in the Zuni Mountains

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Ages: 16+
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Explore the Zuni Mountains at a time of optimal bird activity, right before the summer heat sets in. Cottonwood Gulch’s 540 acre nature preserve has been used by birders for many years and has a diverse ecosystem including cottonwoods, ponderosa forests, and pinyon juniper groves.  Additionally, our staff may utilize other nearby areas to find birding hotspots along creeks, mountains, and canyons in the Zuni Mountains!  See many different species with our expert ornithologist.

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Bird Trek Arizona

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Ages: 21+
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This trek explores the mountain islands and desert seas of southeastern Arizona at a time of maximal bird activity,
with migrants still passing through and breeders setting up territories. Trogons, hummers, hawks, thrashers: southeastern Arizona has something for every birder. We will visit the Chiricahuas, Huachucas, Santa Catalinas, and the deserts, canyons, and valleys between them to see if we can top our 2018 total of 127 species. We’ll still have time to sit around and swap yarns, and our chef will make sure we eat well, as always. 

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Birding

Flocks and Rocks

Dates: Please check back for future dates
Group size: 10-16
Ages: 21+

Join geologist Jack Oviatt and ornithologist Arch McCallum for a fusion of their disciplines as we explore a little-known corner of the Southwest—Leopold Country. Aldo Leopold (1885-1948) created the academic field of wildlife management, helped found the wilderness movement, and proposed the Land Ethic as a guide to our place in nature. We will visit places from his early career that inspired his world view and were immortalized in his classic A Sand County Almanac, as well as learning about his connection to New Mexico through his wife Estella Bergere, a scion of the formidable Luna family. Along the way Jack will enthrall us with inanimate wonders from Pleistocene lake shores to Precambrian quartzite and Arch will reveal how birds common in Canada and others fond of Mexican deserts can all be found along our transect from the Rio Grande to the White Mountains. We’ll visit the radio telescopes at the Very Large Array (VLA) along the way. There is something for every naturalist on this expedition. Expect lots of good stories, laughter, and great food, too!

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Birding

Birding in the Zuni Mountains

Date: Please check back for future dates
Group size: 6-16
Ages: 16+

This trek explores the mountain islands and desert seas of southeastern Arizona at a time of maximal bird activity, just before the summer heat sets in.

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Included in the price:

  • All meals
  • All transportation
  • Staff, educators, field specialists
  • All gear necessary for group expedition

Please contact us with any questions!

Birding

Bird Trek Arizona

Date: Please check back for future dates
Group size: 6-12
Ages: 21+

This trek explores the mountain islands and desert seas of southeastern Arizona at a time of maximal bird activity,
with migrants still passing through and breeders setting up territories. Trogons, hummers, hawks, thrashers: southeastern Arizona has something for every birder. We will visit the Chiricahuas, Huachucas, Santa Catalinas, and the deserts, canyons, and valleys between them to see if we can top our 2018 total of 127 species. We’ll still have time to sit around and swap yarns, and our chef will make sure we eat well, as always. 

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Included in the price:

  • All meals
  • All transportation
  • Staff, educators, field specialists
  • All gear necessary for group expedition

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Please contact us with any questions!

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