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One Tank Trips: Bird observatory in Cochise County brings birders from around the world

Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary
Posted at 7:11 AM, Jun 28, 2024

HEREFORD, Ariz — For this weeks episode of One Tank Trips, pack your binoculars and head to Cochise County's Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary.

Located off Highway 92 the Bird Sanctuary, also known as the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, is tucked into Ash Canyon and hosts hundreds of different birds during different periods of the year.

“The Lucifer hummingbird, this is probably the best place in the United States to see that bird," says Tom Wood, director of SABO.

SABO is a non-profit that relies on donations from visitors to pay for bird feed and upgrades to the sanctuary.

"Cochise County is probably one of the best birding spots in the United States. There have been over 400 species of birds seen in this county," says Wood, "And some of them are down along the river, the San Pedro River. Some of them are up in the mountains. The nice thing about this area is that they're pretty close together."

Including Ash Canyon here are some other popular stops for bird watching:

  • Ramsey Canyon
  • Miller Canyon
  • The San Pedro House
  • Beatty's Guest Ranch
  • Carr Canyon

From the Eastside of Tucson, all locations are about 80 miles away, or about an hour and a half.
This trip is more about the peace and quiet, as well as the chance to see something special.

Blake Phillips is a reporter for KGUN 9. Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Blake grew up in Sierra Vista. During his college tenure at the Missouri School of Journalism, Blake worked for the NBC affiliate KOMU-TV in Columbia. He is excited to return to a place he calls home and give back to the community in which he grew up. Share your story ideas and important issues with Blake by emailing blake.phillips@kgun9.com.