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Birding in the Chiricahuas

As space permits, people other than scientists and researchers are welcome to stay at the SWRS. The Chiricahua Mountains are a prime destination for nature enthusiasts, with some 265 bird species recorded in the area, including nesting Elegant Trogons, Montezuma Quail, and over 13 species of hummingbirds. About 30 species are of sub-tropical origin and have their northern limits within this area.

Tour Groups

Participants of official organizations are welcome to stay at the Southwestern Research Station. Space is usually available only during the spring and fall, though the Station does accept reservations up to a week in advance from June 15 through September 1. Tour participants are housed in Triplex rooms at double occupancy (some single occupancy rooms may be available, depending upon vacancy). All rooms have kitchenettes with a small fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. Tour organizers must coordinate reservations and room assignments and handle payment.

Please let us know in advance if you will need early breakfast and/or sack lunches during your stay, and if any participants prefer vegetarian or no red meat meals. If your participants request coffee before breakfast, you may arrange this in advance - coffee will be available on the dining porch as the dining room is not open until breakfast. Coffee break refreshments and snacks can also be arranged (for an additional fee). Smoking is prohibited in all buildings on station grounds.

Tour groups that will be using National Forest areas (e.g., South Fork, Rustler Park) for activities are advised that they may be required by law to obtain an Outfitter/Guide Permit. Please write to Recreation and Lands Staff, Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 1192 West Saddleview Rd., Douglas AZ 85607, or call 520-364-3468. South Fork and other areas have a USFS parking fee.

If you are a Tour Leader and would like to bring a tour to the Station, please call the Main Office to speak with our Tour Coordinator for rates (520-558-2396), or you may email [email protected] with your questions.

SWRS Birding Tours

The SWRS offers birding tours in the spring and fall months each year. Enjoy great food, double occupancy rooms, discounts in the Nature Shop, and spectacular views. Get more information on our 7-day tours.

Hummingbird Monitoring Network (HMN)

From mid-April to mid-September, the SWRS partners with the HMN and bands hummingbirds every two weeks. If you are interested in participating or just observing, call 520-558-2396 for the days we will be banding this year.