August 3 - 6, 2022
The 31st Southwest Wings Summer Birding and Nature Festival will be held August 3-6, 2022. Registration opened on April 1 and closes on Sunday July 17, 2022. This family friendly event is our main one with expertly guided field trips, pre-festival Jamboree, free programs, including some new ones just for kids, exhibitors, vendors, live animals, Keynote Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction.
The small-group guided field trips will be both Car Caravan style, in participants' own vehicles, as well as in Group Vans to more distant or less accessible by car-caravan locations.
This year the keynote speaker will be Sheri Williamson with a fabulous talk on hummingbirds, from right here in Sierra Vista - the Hummingbird Capital of the United States! Her talk is entitled "Hummingbirds: Their Past, Their Present, Our Future".
Don't miss the Silent Auction to be held during the Keynote Dinner to raise funds for future festivals. Items being auctioned are nature-themed artwork, books, clothing, and much more. All items can be viewed here on our website and during the first day of the vendor hall open hours on Wednesday, Aug 3 and Thursday Aug 4 before the Keynote Dinner.
Winning bidder will be announced at the end of the Keynote dinner.
The free program of talks will cover a wide range of topics from speakers including Diane Hadley, Justin Schmidt, Rick Taylor and Rick Wright.
Vendors include the Huachuca Art Association, and also Jay's Bird Barn with their optics and accessories and festival sponsor, Swarovski Optik, will also be there with so you can try out the very latest equipment.
Pre-festival Check-in and Welcome Jamboree Social - Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 4:30-5:30 PM
ALL registered festival participants are cordially invited to Check-In and join us as our guest for the pre-festival FREE Welcome Jamboree social on Tue, Aug 2, 4:30-5:30 PM held at Cochise College, Sierra Vista Student Union Community Room to check into the festival, pick up your complimentary Southwest Wings water bottle and other goodies. Enjoy a chance to meet your fellow Southwest Wings participants, guides, and the faces behind “The Greatest Little Birding Festival in the United States”, along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages (non-alcoholic, due to licensing restrictions).
To Car Caravan participants - While car caravan trips rendezvous at the specified day, time and meeting point, please join us to Check-In to the festival on Tue, Aug 2, as our guest for the pre-festival FREE Welcome Jamboree.
When registering for your trips online at the Cvent platform be sure to also select the pre-festival Jamboree to be counted.
Access to the Jamboree is open to registered attendees only.
On Saturday, August 6, Rick Taylor will be signing advance copies of his new book, Birds of Arizona.
Copies will be on sale, in advance of its official publication, exclusively through Jay's Bird Barn at the Southwest Wings Summer Festival.
Don't miss the chance to get your copy before anyone else!!
Southwest Wings will adhere to the following protocols for protection against catching Covid, and at present these include:
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.
GROUP 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.
Full details of the Summer Festival field trips can be found using the drop-down menu bar above, together with the guide bios, field trips tips, free talk program and the festival artist, plus details of what is available for purchase from our online shop. From April 1 you will be able to access our registration website and select both your trips and your keynote dinner place, using the button at the top of the page.
field trip costs
Full Day $75.00
Half Day $50.00
Night Trip $40.00
Price does not include lunch - for full-day trips you must bring your own lunch and water.
CAR CARAVAN field trips begin from different meeting points - make sure you know both the place and time.
Full Day $110.00
Overnight $300.00 (single supplement $65.00)
Double Overnight $520.00 (single supplement $130.00)
Price includes a boxed lunch and you can choose your sandwich filling when registering - the menu is below the field trip descriptions of the registration page. Please also bring your own water. Overnight trips include lodging and all meals.
GROUP VAN field trips all start at 6am from Cochise College - please be there early.
Registration, Check in and Refunds
2022 Festival Registration
From April 1 you will be able to register online for the 2022 summer field trips. Before that time you will be able to view up-to-date information about the field trips via our sneak peek on the website. 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. The $15 online registration fee is non-refundable. If you need help please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 check in
For CAR CARAVANS check in will be with your guide, at the meeting point.
For GROUP VANS check in will be at the desk in Cochise College Library.
Please arrive well before your trip is scheduled to leave.
2022 Cancellation and Refund Policy
The online registration fee ($15) is non-refundable.
Cancellations received by June 1, 2022 will be refunded less a 10% processing fee.
Cancellations for day trips between June 2 and July 1, 2022 refunds will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
No refunds will be issued after July 1, 2022.
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
You'll need a visitor access approval for your trip at Fort Huachuca. If you haven't already done so please plan to have your approved Visitor ID card in hand for the start of the trip. It is processed in person at the Visitor Control Center located at the Van Deman Gate. They do a quick background check, take a photo and issue an ID card.
You can access the required form to complete ahead of time on their website.
The Visitor Control Center at Fort Huachuca is open to vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles 24/7. It is located at the Van Deman Gate, Hatfield Street (not the Buffalo Soldier Gate). Follow signs to Fort Huachuca, Van Deman Gate from the junction of Hwy 90 and Buffalo Soldier Trail.
For further assistance please contact the Visitor Control Center 520.454.2323 directly.
Be sure to make any lodging reservations well in advance. We urge you to make any lodging reservations as early as you can.
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