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.




Dirt Bags improving trails in State Park, Natural Area and around Patagonia

The Dirt Bags, many of whom are Friends members, are a volunteer trail crew under the leadership of Chris Strohm and Joe Watkins.   You may contact them to find out when and where they will be working on Thursdays. (530-545-1191) Women are also on the crew, though they are not pictured.  To participate you must be able to walk about three miles and lift a branch nipper.

These photos were taken as they worked on the trails in the State Natural Area just west of Patagonia Lake State Park.



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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