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.


Sonoita Creek Wildlife Corridor expands

Sonoita Creek Wildlife corridor has added more acreage and more space and habitat for the animals that live there.  Their recently published newsletter tells of the acquisition and includes photos of some of the animals that live there.

WC 2017 Newsletter


Kate Tirion of Deep Dirt Institute keynote speaker and tour leader at Annual Meeting

Kate Tirion, speaking about her methods for restoring and caring for her share of Mother Earth to a room of about 25 members and friends of Friends;

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Kate’s greenhouse at her Deep Dirt Institute (DDI);IMG_4193 (1)

one of only two gabions at the DDI;

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and Kate explaining to Board members Joe Watkins and Andy Gould about one of DDI’s single-rock “smiles.”

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Gabions, smiles, rain basins, deeply implanted and shored-up tree limbs set askew in stream banks,  and even single-rock “necklaces” are used to re-direct and slow down to retain seasonal water flows and greatly reduce siltation and soil loss along the banks.  DDI has become a renowned training center for Kate’s techniques, which include using almost zero new materials and recycling everything from old reed fencing material to “urbanite” (large chunks of torn-up concrete) to old carpeting.  Among many other techniques, she keeps ducks for pest control, uses biological mosquito control in her pods and bird baths and uses semi-composted mulch (the bottom of the pile that no one else wants) to inoculate her composting piles. Attendees and those who went on Kate’s DDI tour felt they had learned a lot for use in their own little pieces of Mother Earth — one of Kate’s great hopes for the planet.  Thank you, Kate

Here are other things we did this spring:

April 4, 2017 at PLSP
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Why does stream assessment matter? Join an outing on Tuesday, April 4th, along Sonoita Creek above Patagonia Lake to discover a pristine part of the creek and brainstorm ways to preserve this un-eroded part of the creek from the devastation closer to the lake created by summer floods. Members of our stream assessment team will demonstrate some of the techniques we use to measure the health of the creek.

This hike is limited to twenty people – FOSC members– so sign up now. Patagonia Lake State Park Manager Colt Alford has graciously agreed to free admittance for our members, if you do not have a park pass.  Tell the ranger at the gate that you are with our hike. We will meet at the birding trail kiosk at 8:30 a.m. Please carpool if you can as parking is limited.

The hike itself is really just a walk of about a mile each way in the state park birding area. Bring sun protection, water, a walking stick if you choose, and binoculars. No dogs please.

RSVP  to gould226@hotmail.com for the hike to the headcut.


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Spring Celebration for Friends members and friends of Friends

April 4 (following the hike, but you do not need to go on the hike to come to the party.)
11:30 – 2:00 pm at the home of Yunghi Choi and Terrence La Noue, 1080 Route 82, Nogales

Bring friends interested in learning about joining Friends of Sonoita Creek and entrees and salads to share.  Appetizers, Beverages and Cheer will be provided.

Please RSVP for the Spring Celebration to yunghi.choi@gmail.com


April 15 at Cady Hall beginning at 10:00am
FOSC Annual Meeting, Talk and Tour by Tirion

Kate Terion Poster

Active link for RSVP:  margarite59@hotmail.com


Local Water Wells a focus for Friends of Sonoita Creek

Friends of Sonoita Creek is in the beginning stages of a water well-monitoring  project for Patagonia.  Read more..


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.


See more photos and information on our Facebook Page by clicking on the name

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