Friends of Sonoita Creek is an Arizona non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Sonoita Creek and its watershed.

Visitors to the watershed find a variety of landscapes, unusual plants, rich wildlife, a moderate climate and great outdoor recreationJoin us in exploring and learning about  the fascinating and fragile Sonoita Creek.


Local Water Wells a focus for Friends of Sonoita Creek

Friends of Sonoita Creek is launching a Water Well Monitoring Project

We are sponsoring two speakers, Gary Hix in September and Laura Norman in December  who will be talking about our water quality and supply.

More about Gary Hix and his presentation



Rapid Stream Riparian Assessment is focus to study Sonoita Creek

Dr. Peter Stacy will return October 21-24 to present stream information and train volunteers who will collect data on Sonoita Creek in an on-going project.   More about the work can be found here.








Dr. Laura Norman will speak about Sonoita Creek on December 3

Dr. Norman is returning after those who heard her in March asked that she return to continue her discussion of Sonoita Creek.  More details will soon be available.









Friends working on survey of fencing in Sonoita Creek State Natural Area



Western Screech-Owl, Cienega Loop Trail

Western Screech Owl

Sonoita Creek is home to over 300 species of birds, including Gray Hawk, vermilion flycatcher, violet-crowned hummingbird, thick-billed kingbird, zone-tailed hawk, green kingfisher, white-throated sparrows (in winter) and black-bellied whistling duck.

CHECK IT OUT!  Patagonia Area Seasonal Bird Sightings List:  Guided bird walks at Patagonia Lake State Park are over for the summer.  Join us in November for more guided walks.

Bird and Butterfly checklists on line are linked on our RESOURCES page.


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