Upcoming festival July 29 - August 1, 2020
2019 Summer Festival
July 31 - August 3
2019 Festival Artwork by Linda Feltner
Come early and be our guest at our new exclusive festive Kick-Off gathering!
Early Bird arrivals are invited to join us Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 4:30 pm–5:30pm immediately after early check in registration, to be held in the Banquet Hall at the adjoining Student Center.
Meet and mingle with your fellow Southwest Wings participants, guides and the faces behind “The Greatest Little Birding Festival in the United States!”. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and soft beverages (non-alcoholic due to licensing restrictions).
Please RSVP by signing up in the Tuesday field trip section by July 15 to secure your place.
WELCOME KICKOFF JAMBOREE MIXER!
keynote dinner 2019
Keynote Speaker Mark Hart
Due to a family emergency in New Zealand Helen Thayer has had to cancel her appearance.
In her place we have secured Mark Hart to do the Keynote.
Go to Keynote Dinner Page for details
general information -
Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival is Arizona's oldest birding festival. We began offering trips in 1991. This is the premiere nature festival in Arizona, consistently voted one of the top 5 birding and nature festivals in the country. Southwest Wings Spring Fling is held in May each year. The Spring Fling offers guided trips to the many nearby birding hotspots in southeast Arizona. The Summer festival held in August is our big event with free programs, wildlife exhibits, vendors, guided trips and a keynote buffet. Southwest Wings is an educational celebration of the diversity of birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects, in their environment; the sky islands in southern Arizona. The unique confluence of three climate zones ensures that the species count is high and many are only found in this area of the United States. We average about 200 species each festival. Our high elevation location guarantees moderate temperatures during our field trips.
We offer small group trips limited to a maximum of ten people plus a guide. Our roster of guides include many professional bird guides from the area who know the birds and where to find them.
Southwest Wings Birding Festival is a nonprofit educational organization, chartered as a 501(c)(3) under IRS guidelines. There are no members, only a board of directors, and therefore no membership dues to provide income. The two festivals are the major events put on by the group. Additional tax deductible donations to support the organization's goals are always welcome. The Southwest Wings mission is to promote nature-based tourism and environmental awareness in southeastern Arizona.Here are some of the projects we have funded.
field trip costs
Field Trip prices per person are:
Full Day $90
Half Day $45
Trips include all transportation and meals.
All Field Trips begin and end at the Cochise College Library.
location: Cochise college campus info
Here is a detailed map of the Cochise College Campus. The Registration Desk is at the Library building 900.
Sierra Vista Campus
Here is a Google link to the campus location
Registration, Check in, Fort Access and Refunds
2019 Festival Registration
Using the online registration system you will be able to view up-to-date information about the field trips. Overnight Field Trips include transportation, lodging and all meals. Full day trip field trips include transportation and a box lunch – be sure to pick a lunch choice when you choose a field trip. Half-day trips, return before 1:00 pm do not include a lunch. The reservation system provides you with your festival itinerary and a registration code. You can go back to the registration system and make any changes you might need. If you need help please contact us:
2019 check in
All field trip participants must check in at the registration desk (located in the Cochise College Library) to receive their ID badges and information/registration packet. The registration desk will be open 5:30 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday. Pre - Event Registration and Check In will be available Tuesday afternoon from 1 pm to 4 pm. All Field Trips begin and end at the Cochise College Library. Registration only takes a few minutes and is necessary. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your trip to register. You only have to register once when you first arrive.
Pre - Event Registration and Check In will be available Tuesday afternoon from 1 pm to 4 pm. This early registration really helps everyone during the Wednesday morning rush. Those who register Tuesday afternoon will get a free Southwest Wings water bottle as a thank you.
2019 Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations received by June 1, 2019 will be refunded less a 10% processing fee.
Cancellations for day trips between June 2 and July 1 refunds will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
No refunds will be issued after July 1, 2019.
If you need to cancel after July 1 contact us and we can arrange a 25% discount on a future Southwest Wings.
Southwest Wings reserves the right to cancel or revise any event for any reason. If it becomes necessary to cancel a field trip for which you have a reservation, we will notify you and offer a full refund or different trip.
No refunds will be issued for no-shows.
Birding on fort huachuca: security and access information
If you are going onto Fort Huachuca you will need an access badge from the Fort Security prior to getting on your van for your field trip. The Visitor Control Center is open 24/7. It is on Hatfield Street at the North Gate. Park in the parking lot on the right and walk into the security building. You will need to bring a government issued photo ID. For most states a drivers licence plus another ID will be necessary. Fort Security will issue you a 30 day pass which allows you access into the Fort. Have this pass with you on each field trip. Click HERE for a Google map of the Security Center. Click HERE to see the form you will be required to fill out.
Be sure to make any lodging reservations well in advance. We urge you to make any lodging reservations as early as you can and ask for a special Southwest Wings rate. See our lodging page for a list of participating lodgings.