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SE Arizona Birding Guide Services

Make the most of your visit to SE Arizona by hiring Richard Fray, a professional southeast Arizona birding guide, to take you to the right places and show you the right birds. Whether you’re new to bird watching or a veteran birder, your Arizona birding experience will be greatly enhanced with the help of someone who knows the birds, and how to find them.

Based in Rio Rico, Santa Cruz County, Richard Fray has lived and birded in southeastern Arizona for more than 19 years, guiding full time for the last 12. Subject to availability, you can hire Richard by the day at very reasonable rates.

Southeastern Arizona has some of the very best birding in North America! With its tall mountains, vibrant canyons, rolling grasslands and lush desert, it’s also a region rich in natural beauty. Comfortable lodgings, easy transport, great food and warm weather all make for the perfect birding vacation.

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Birding in Southeast Arizona

I’ve included a whole section of valuable information for birders visiting Arizona.

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Please help me to raise $1,000 for Tucson Audubon Society! That’s my ambitious goal as, for one year only, I resurrect my old birdathon team, the Birds of Fray!

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This year, the team will be:

  • Minno (team captain)
  • Jennie MacFarland (expert birder)
  • Richard Fray (mascot)

This year – 2020 – is a bit different, as we all know. Because of these unsual circumstances, we need YOUR HELP more than ever!

  1. To see and/or hear as many different bird species as possible in one 24 hour period
  2. The date is Friday 24th April, 2020
  3. The area will be a strict five mile radius of our home in Rio Rico, Arizona

Please make a donation! Every dollar is greatly appreciated. 

I have never done a birdathon quite like this, so I don’t have any idea of the number of species we might find. One thing is for sure – other than the Santa Cruz River and a couple of small, obscure cattle tanks, we don’t have any water in this area, so the species count will be lower because of that. Likewise, we won’t find any high elevation species.

However, we do have some excellent habitat, including some of the riparian corridor along the Santa Cruz from Tubac to Rio Rico, as well as the lower part of Rock Corral Canyon, and plenty of desert scrub around the house. We won’t break any records, but I can promise that we’ll give it our best shot!

Tucson Audubon are setting an overall goal of $50,000 to support their crucial conservation work. It’s an excellent cause, and this year, $7,500 will directly support Tucson Audubon’s Birdability initiative to make birding more inclusive and accessible to mobility-challenged people. Please join us!

We hope that you have a safe, healthy, and fun spring of birding. Please make a donation, and thank you for your support! ??


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Birds have a unique, special, and different meaning to each of us. So, too, is each of our connection with Tucson Audubon Society personal and distinct. During Birdathon, we combine the love of bird watching during spring migration with support for bird conservation.

Birdathoners are birders and social fundraisers, joining together to make a difference for the birds and habitats of Southeast Arizona. Birdathoners continue a tradition that has held strong for over 30 years! 

Each Birdathoner’s personal network of supporters is what helps makes Birdathon possible. 

Supporting a team by writing a check?

  • Make checks payable to: Tucson Audubon Society
  • Write the team name on memo line
  • Mail to: 
    Tucson Audubon Society
    300 E University Blvd #120
    Tucson, AZ 85705

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