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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
J O'Callaghan Camp Verde Anytime English of course, some Spanish
I live on the Verde River and have a large ranch with access to the national forest. Many birds are here. Willing to work with families.
J Ellison Flagstaff Anytime English
T Blows Flagstaff Weekend English
As a long term resident of Flagstaff I am well acquainted with the area and its wildlife. I am always happy to help those wanting to see birds in the area.


  J Day Green Valley, Arizona & Plovdiv, Black Sea June - September, Black Sea English, Spanish, Bulgarian, Latin
  I am Jim Day, and I've been birding for 35 years. These days I split my year into three locations: The Bulgarian Black Sea, the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and Green Valley, Arizona.

I've welcomed a number of BirdingPal visitors over the past several years, from many parts of the world, and it's always fun.

I also make a major birding trip yearly. Last year it was Madagascar, Namibia and Botswana, the prior year South Africa, and in each of the three years before that I birded in Colombia. This year I'm considering Australia. I started birding during my years in Texas.

Most of my Pals have found me at the Bulgarian Black Sea. I am based in Ravda, between Bourgas and Sunny Beach, and am usually in residence there from early June through most of September.

A few of the many birds we usually turn up include Black-headed Bunting, Dalmatian Pelican, Collared Pratincole, Slender-billed Gull, Bee-eater, and Pygmy Cormorant.

During fall migration starting about August 15, we get tens of thousands of White Stork, White Pelican, and a spectacular variety of raptors. One of the most popular local sites is Lake Atanasovsko, on the north side of Bourgas.

I'd also be happy to welcome Pals in Plovdiv and in Arizona.
The Bulgarian Black Sea, the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and Green Valley, Arizona.

Area Birds:

Nature: birdwatching,

G Crandall Green Valley (Winter only) Anytime English
J Alpert Kingman Anytime English
The non-profit Willow Creek Riparian Preserve is a 10 acre high desert riparian preserve located 30 miles east of Kingman, Arizona. It is 1.5 hours east of Lake Havasu, 3 hours southeast of Las Vegas, NV, and 2.5 hours west of the Grand Canyon National Park. The Preserve is owned and operated by Senior Preserve Managers Bob and Julie who have over 45 years of combined professional birding experience. Bob and Julie have also created and conducted ecological education tours; perform habitat management restoration; and are knowledgeable about ethnobotanical resources. The Preserve offers much more than birding - there are many reptiles and amphibians present as well as mammals, in addition to significant historical and cultural resoures. The property was utilized as a way station between 1840 and 1880 between Hardyville (i.e. Bullhead City) and Prescott/Fort Whipple - the road was known as the Hardyville Toll Road. Camp Willow Glen, 8th Cavalry, was located in the southern portion of the Preserve. The surrounding area offers dry camping with plenty of room to set up an RV (water available at the Preserve) and 1,000's of surrounding acres to explore. The nearest lodging and dining is in Kingman. Special events at the Preserve may be considered. All donations go to the Preserve for future habitat acquisition and restoration.
M Bilotta Mesa Anytime English


  D Edmonds Patagonia, AZ and Westminster, CO Anytime English
  I am sometimes available to go into the field with birders, but am open to requests and will accommodate whenever possible.

I am more familiar with birding spots in Colorado, including Southern/Southeastern areas.
I live part of the year in Westminster (North Denver suburb), Colorado, and part in Patagonia, Arizona.

Area Birds:

Nature: birdwatching


  T Waters Phoenix Anytime English
  Longtime birder who has lived in several states, I lead field trips for Maricopa Audubon. Enjoy birding with anyone, from beginners to experts! Area:

Area Birds:
Thrasher Spot, Riparian Preserve in Gilbert, Glendale Recharge Ponds, Tres Rios
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, car, long walk
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, monument, arboretum
Attend: theatre, live music, sports event, convention, competition

Play: cards, sports, boardgames, chess, checkers, scrambled letters games, lawn games, computer games

V Heron Phoenix Weekends and most national holidays English
I've been birding a little over a year so I am familiar with most of the resident birds and the more common visitors to the area. I mainly go to Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Tres Rios but will usually travel anywhere and am open to exploring new places. Area: Desert Botanical Gardens, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Gilbert Water Ranch, Tres Rios,

Area Birds: Roadrunner, Gila Woodpeckers, Abert's Towhees (and Canyon, Green tailed and spotted) Raptors, Water birds in winter. Flycatchers in spring and summer
Nature: birdwatching,, photography, hiking, butterflies
Travel: train, bus, car, long walk,
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop, antique, swap
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event, auction, antique, convention, political rally, protest, competition
Participate: night life, rock, country, classical,swing, wine, liquor, social games,
I Kitzman Portal Anytime English
J Hilton Prescott Anytime English
R Armstrong Sedona Anytime English
My wife and I have been birders 25 years. Retired now. Have lead Audubon field trips. Mid Arizona birds, not southeast specialties.
R Wood Tucson Anytime English
J Smith Tucson Anytime English
R Carlson Tucson (winter only) Anytime English
B Jackson Tucson (Winter only) Anytime English
R Tess Tucson Anytime English
I moved here 5 years ago, found it to be the top area in the USA for possible varity a warm climate.
N Williams Tucson Anytime English
I've been a birder in Tucson for over 50 years. I'm an 84 y.o. female. I can walk a mile--more with rest stops. I live in the Orange Grove/La Canada part of Tucson.
V Rose Tucson Anytime English, French, Spanish, some Brazilian Portuguese
I love birds and love to share my appreciation of them with others. My emphasis is more on natural history than ticking, but as we have many endemics and specialties here. I'm willing to go for the elusive warbler with you. I live on the western edge of Saguaro National Monument; there are lots of good high desert birds right in my back yard.

Professional Guides

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Initial Last Name Area Available Language
M Kehl Tucson Anytime English
Melody is an avid birder who loves to share her knowledge with anyone and everyone. She continues to take courses in ornithology to keep up to date and to feed her frenzied need for more knowledge about our feathered friends. In addition to leading personal tours for a one-on-one experience for beginners and advanced birders, Melody also leads birding and hiking tours for the Tucson Audubon Society and the Southern Arizona Hiking Club.
Her 20+ years (10 of those years spent leading professionally) of intensive birding and hiking in Southern Arizona has provided her with intimate knowledge of the places where birds gather, nest, feed and hide. She is also knowledgeable of the area's fauna and flora and current environmental issues. Melody's enthusiasm for birding is contagious and makes for exciting and fun days in the field.

Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Arizona
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Desert Rivers Audubon Society Club
Huachuca Audubon Society Club
Maricopa Audubon Society Club
Northern Arizona Audubon Society Club
Prescott Audubon Society Club
Sonoran Audubon Society Club
Tucson Audubon Society Club
White Mountain Audubon Society Club
Yuma Audubon Society Club
Hummingbird Society Club
Northern Arizona Audubon Society's Latest Sights
SABO Bird Observatory Banding
Willow Creek Riparian Preserve Park
Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area Phoenix
Wings over Willcox Festival
Verde Valley Festival
Southwest Wings Festival
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