Birds

SPRING FLING
MAY 4 - 7, 2022

Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival is Arizona’s oldest birding festival. Since 1991 we’ve been offering small group trips through monsoons and droughts…and even a global pandemic. 

The Southwest Wings Spring Fling will run from Wednesday May 4 to Saturday May 7, 2022 with a welcome pre-festival Jamboree on Tuesday May 3.  The Jamboree runs from 4.30-5.30 pm at Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus, Student Center, Bldg 1000. See map.

                                                        REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

 

FIELD TRIPS

 

For descriptions of field trips and other information please select from the drop down menu above.

 

With your best interest always in mind and as you consider your comfort level with the new realities of travel, here are some of the steps we’re taking to put your health and safety first.
 

Spring Fling 2022 will be with small group, car-caravan style guided field trips in participants' own vehicles along with a limited number of Covid-safe Group Van Field Trips to more remote or less accessible by car-caravan locations.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS –

 

  • For participation on Group Van Trips, Covid 19 proof of vaccinations and boosters is required and a touchless temperature check will be given before each departure with mask wearing required when traveling in the vehicles.

  • Vans (and Car Caravan guide's car) will be stocked with hand sanitizers, antiseptic wipes, first aid kits and extra masks.

  • Vans and common areas will be cleaned and sanitized daily. 

  • When birding outside the need for social distancing will be honored.

  • Shared scopes are to be sanitized between views.

 

We will continue to evaluate and enhance these policies as time goes on and as public health recommendations are updated.

LOGISTICS -

 

VAN TRIPS will be limited to eight participants (plus guide) and will meet and depart from Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus. Lunch and water are included in van trips and sandwich filling can be chosen when registering.

 

SELF-DRIVE CAR CARAVAN TRIPS will be limited to a maximum of four cars (plus the guide's) and eight participants (plus guide), unless stated otherwise. Each car caravan will have a set meeting point and time to meet your guide. Out of consideration for all trip members, the guide and the scheduled itinerary plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before start time to avoid any disappointments. Cars will follow the guide's lead car to each birding location. Your guide will make sure that phone numbers are exchanged and in case of becoming separated you will be told the next stop on your itinerary. On car caravan trips lunch and personal water are not included. Be sure to bring plenty of your own water, and for full-day trips you will also need to bring your own lunch. 

FIELD TRIP PRICES 

 

CAR CARAVAN

Full day      - $65

Half day     - $45

Night trip   - $35

 

GROUP VAN

Full Day                    - $100

Overnight                 - $275 (single supplement $60)

Double Overnight    - $475 (single supplement $120)

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

  • The online registration fee ($15) is non-refundable.

  • Cancellations received by March 1, 2022 will be refunded less a 10% processing fee.

  • Cancellations between March 2 and April 1, 2022 will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.

  • No refunds will be issued after April 1, 2022.

  • If you need to cancel after April 1 please 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.