Sedona Wetlands Preserve
Wastewater becomes the new life water for bird species in many spots of Arizona. NAAS's Sedona Wetlands Sanctuary is one of those life-giving wetlands where bird species are thriving. Not only do species thrive, but humans do here as well. It's a well-known walking spot where locals increase their daily step counts and picnic under the Ramadas. It is also a "Birdability" location that is meant "to share the joys of birding with people who have disabilities, and to ensure birding is accessible to everybody."
Sedona Wetlands is an eBird hotspot with the third most species observed in Yavapai County - having 268 species seen to date. Rare species include Red Phalarope, Black Tern, Yellow Grosbeak and many more. NAAS Sanctuary Steward, Rich Armstrong, coordinates closely with the City of Sedona’s Parks and Recreation Department, our partner and landowner, which provides a range of facilities: A sizable graveled parking area, restrooms and shaded Ramadas with picnic benches. A series of trails loop around six individual ponds; plus a NAAS-erected viewing deck overlooks the large pond where ducks congregate for the winter.
Once the spring and fall migrations are on, Rich Armstrong and other NAAS guides, lead Field Trips here as many migrants use this important stop-over and take a much-needed break in between destinations.
It's a great place for beginners to learn to i.d. ducks!
Recent bird sightings and photos here: Latest species and photos, Illustrated checklist
Printable checklist: sedonawetlandschecklist.xls.pdf