Birding, Wildlife Safaris, & Biodiversity Tours

We have a diverse array of tours already designed to maximize the number of species you’ll see and hear during your Nature Adventure. Going at a slow pace, each Birding Tour allows you to not only find various species, but also to enjoy and learn about them. During a Wildlife Safari, while you’ll enjoy seeing birds, you’ll also be able to discover other wildlife – the Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, and Invertebrates that collectively make the Sky Islands a world Biodiversity Hotspot! Biodiversity Tours focus on all types of wildlife, as well as native plants and fungi.  At night enjoy skies full of stars, planets, and deep sky objects during a Starry Safari, an Owl Prowl, or any number of engaging slide shows that will complement your daytime explorations.  Rates for BirdingTours, Nature Adventures, Wildlife Safaris, and Biodiversity Tours include:

  • Expert guiding
  • Transportation on a Toyota 4Runner TRD
  • A hearty and healthy bag lunch for Full Day Tours
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Trip lists

RWWJ PRIVATE TOUR RATES

Half Day:  5 hours for 2 guests= $250 total
 
Full Day: 10 hours for 2 guests=$400 total

Given our fully booked schedule our Tours must be booked in advance.

SKY ISLANDS BIRDING HOTSPOTS TOUR!

Ethnobotanist, Naturalist, Wildlife Biologist, Wilderness Survival Instructor, and local Bird expert, Vincent Pinto will lead you on a fascinating Sky Islands Birding Hotspots Tour. We offer many choices and will tailor your Tour based on your fitness level and preferences. For example, you may choose to trek deep into the wilderness amidst 9000 acres of pristine habitat in one of our area’s hidden riparian gems.  Such an immersion into one area often allows you a better chance of spotting elusive birds, while traveling at a measured pace.

Alternatively, you can explore a number of different fascinating Sky Islands Habitats within one day, such as a typical Madrean Evergreen Woodland, Desert Scrub, and Grasslands. This multi-site approach allows you to experience a grater diversity of bird species within a short time frame.

Either way, during a Birding Adventure you may see species more typical of Mexico and the Southwest including:

  • Golden Eagle
  • Gray Hawk
  • Zone-tailed Hawk
  • Common Black Hawk
  • Montezuma Quail
  • Black-bellied Whistling Duck
  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Inca Dove
  • Common Ground Dove
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Whiskered Screech Owl
  • Elf Owl
  • Mexican Spotted Owl
  • Lesser Nighthawk
  • Broad-billed Hummingbird
  • Violet-crowned Hummingbird
  • Magnificent Hummingbird
  • Blue-throated Hummingbird
  • Elegant Trogon
  • Green Kingfisher
  • Gila Woodpecker
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  • Arizona Woodpecker
  • Northern Beardless Tyrannulet
  • Vermillion Flycatcher
  • Dusky-capped Flycatcher
  • Brown-crested Flycatcher
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • Thick-billed Kingbird
  • Mexican Jay
  • Bridled Titmouse
  • Juniper Titmouse
  • Verdin
  • Cactus Wren
  • Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
  • Black-capped Gnatcatcher
  • Curve-billed Thrasher
  • Crissal Thrasher
  • Phainopepla
  • Virginia’s Warbler
  • Lucy’s Warbler
  • Grace’s Warbler
  • Painted Redstart
  • Red-faced Warbler
  • Rufous-capped Warbler
  • Hepatic Tanager
  • Abert’s Towhee
  • Canyon Towhee
  • Rufous-winged Sparrow
  • Botteri’s Sparrow
  • Five-striped Sparrow
  • Pyrrhuloxia
  • Varied Bunting
  • Bronzed Cowbird

Birding Hotspot Tours range from half-day to multiple-day ventures, depending upon your interests.

Wildlife Safaris are designed to find, observe, and enjoy a broad spectrum of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and invertebrates – basically all of our native wildlife, large and small.  During a Wildlife Safari in addition to enjoying birds you will also quest for the other wildlife typical of the Sky Islands region, including:

  • Mountain Lions
  • Bobcats
  • Gray Fox
  • Coyote
  • 4 species of Skunks
  • White-nosed Coati
  • Coues Whitetail Deer
  • Mule Deer
  • Pronghorn
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Collared Peccary
  • Antelope Jackrabbit
  • Arizona Gray Squirrel
  • Madrean Fox Squirrel
  • Dozens of Bat species
  • Gila Monster
  • Clark’s Spiny and other Lizards
  • Sonora Mud Turtle
  • Fascinating Snakes
  • Sonoran Toads
  • Bountiful Butterflies
  • …and a myriad of amazing Insects and other Invertebrates

Wildlife Safaris range from half-day to multiple-day ventures, depending upon your interests.

Biodiversity Hotspot Tours expand the focus of your Nature Adventure even further, adding countless native plants, wildflowers, and fungi to the species you’ll discover and learn about.  If you are looking for a comprehensive approach to understanding the overall ecology and natural history of the Sky Islands region, then this is the right tour for you!

Your Biodiversity Hotspots Tour will cover:

  • Sky Islands Geology
  • Wildlife Tracks and Signs
  • Local Botany, including local specialty plants of the arid southwest and Mexico
  • Ethnobotany – the uses of Native Plants
  • Local History – from Paleo Indians to present

Biodiversity Hotspot Tours range from half-day to multiple-day ventures, depending upon your interests.

IF VISITING SEVERAL HOTSPOTS THE TRAVEL TIME REQUIRED IS AT LEAST 6 HOURS.  IF ONLY EXPLORING ONE HOTSPOT IN DEPTH AT LEAST 3 – 4 HOURS.

 OUR AMAZING MEXICAN SPECIALTIES TOUR!

Another exciting option is to explore a very remote Canyon which is the centerpiece of the 7,500 acre Pajarita Wilderness and it is home to one of the few perennial streams in extreme southern Arizona. The strategic location of this off-the-beaten-track Canyon, lends a very distinct tropical air to this secluded wilderness. Birds are particularly diverse in this wilderness in this Birding Hotspot, including a good number of species more characteristic of Mexico. These so-called “Mexican Specialty” birds include:

  • Painted Redstart
  • Hepatic Tanager
  • Elegant Trogon
  • Northern Beardless Tyrannulet
  • AZ Woodpecker
  • Mexican Jay
  • Montezuma Quail
  • Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
  • Gray Hawk
  • Zone-tailed Hawk

They are also joined by other borderland specialties such as Sonora Chub, White-nosed Coati, Brown Vine Snake, Ball Moss (AZ’s only member of the Pineapple family), and Mexican Blue Oak to name a few. Many eye-catching “hoodoos” or towering rock spires, along with Grasslands, Madrean Evergreen Woodlands, Oak Savannahs, and Canyon Riparian Forest provide a wide range of different habitats hosting unique and diverse plant and wildlife species. Over 625 species of plants – some rare or endangered – have been identified within the wilderness.  Enjoy a secluded wilderness with renowned Sky Islands Biodiversity more reminiscent of Mexico!

GIVEN THE TRAVEL TIME THIS TOUR REQUIRES AT LEAST 6 HOURS.

Lodging

Ideally you are guests staying at our Safari Eco-Lodge, enjoying a Glamping experience. Alternatively, you are lodging at our Main Camp, savoring the beauty, peace and quiet of Raven’s Nest Nature Sanctuary.  Either way you are well-positioned for most of the RWWJ tours offered above.

For tours further afield, RAVENS- WAY WILD JOURNEYS  can arrange for other accommodations including bed and breakfasts, remote research stations, nice hotels, or rustic lodges, depending upon your requirements and the range of options available in each area. Just tell us what your preference is and we’ll be happy to find a place or places that suit your needs.