When I tell people I’m going to Arizona in July I’m sure they wonder, “Are you nuts?”
Today I’m on my way to the Southwest Wings Festival, July 29 to August 1 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. It’s one of the top 10 birding festivals in the U.S. and happens to be in one of the cooler places in the state.
“Cooler” in two ways: cool birds and cooler temperatures than Phoenix.
The festival is held in the mountains of southeastern Arizona where it never gets as hot as Phoenix. The arrow shows where it is.
The birds at this location are definitely cool. The area is the northernmost range of many Central American mountain species and the only place in the U.S. where you can find them including 15 species of hummingbirds, the elegant trogon, the Arizona woodpecker, yellow-eyed juncoes and much, much more.
Many of the best birds are migratory so the festival is held in late July during southeastern Arizona’s “second spring” — the monsoon season. I’m looking forward to a lot of new Life Birds and getting reacquainted with birds I saw the last time I was in Arizona in 1997.
Am I crazy? Well, I’m the only one in the house who’s crazy enough to go to Minnesota in the winter and Arizona in the summer. My non-birder husband is wisely staying home. 😉
(image from the National Weather Service)