spring fling Festival​ April 29- May 2, 2020




Come early and be our guest at our exclusive festive Kick-Off Fiesta !

Tuesday, April 28,  4:30-5:30 pm

Banquet Hall at the adjoining Student Center.


Early Bird arrivals are invited to join us (immediately after early check in registration, from 2:30-4:00 pm), 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 April 15 to secure your place.

field trip costs


Our 2020 Field Trip prices per person are:

Double Overnight $475 

Overnight $250

Full Day $100
Half Day $65
Owls (night trip) $50


  • All Field Trips begin and end at the Cochise College Library, building 900.

  • Price includes transportation, a bird guide and for full day trips a lunch. Overnights include transportation, lodging and all meals.

Registration, Check in, Fort Access and Refunds

Festival Registration

Registration for the Southwest Wings Spring Fling is conducted only online and the $15 online registration fee is non-refundable. Using this on-line registration system you will be able to view information about the field trips, space available, prices and trip leaders. 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 full day field trip.  If you have a dietary restriction please indicate no lunch and bring your own meal. Half day trips return at 12:00 pm and do not include a lunch.

You can come back into the registration system and make any changes you might need. If you need help or have a question please contact us at admin@swwings.org. 

check in

All Field Trips begin and end at the Cochise College Library, building 900. All field trip participants must check in prior to their first trip 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 6:00 am Wednesday through Saturday. Pre - Event Registration and Check In will be available Tuesday afternoon from 2.30 pm to 4 pm. Folks checking in on Tuesday will receive a free Southwest Wings water bottle as a thank you. Check in only takes a few minutes and is required. Please wear your ID badge every day when boarding for a trip.

SPRING FLING Cancellation and Refund Policy

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

  • Cancellations for day Field Trips by March 1, will be refunded 90%

  • Between  March 2 and April 1 Field Trip refunds will be 50%

  • No refunds will be issued after April 1, 2020

  • If you need to cancel after April 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 prior to the start of the Festival for which you have a reservation, we will notify you and offer a full refund.

  • No refunds will be issued for no-shows

Fort Huachuca Access

You must complete an in person security clearance and get your access badge at Fort Huachuca prior to getting on your trip van to Fort Huachuca. The Visitor Control Center is open 24/7 and is where you get your clearance. It is located off Highway 90 at Hatfield Street and Buffalo Solider Trail. It is also known as the Van Deman Gate. Some people will need a drivers license plus a second ID to get your access card. Please see the Field Trip General Info tab for more information. We can no longer offer access to Fort Huachuca for our foreign visitors. However many of our other trips offer access to the same habitats and birds and are open to non- U.S.citizens.


Click Here to see which forms of ID will be accepted. Click Here to see the ever changing list of states with approved drivers licenses.

Each registrant for a Field Trip that goes onto the Fort will get an email notification. If you are not going onto the Fort you do not need this clearance.



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.


Contact Us

contact  admin@swwings.org

Southwest Wings

Birding Festival

Sierra Vista, Arizona

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