Bird-Watching in Santa Fe
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Randall Davey Audubon Center. At the end of Upper Canyon Road, at the mouth of the canyon as it wends into the foothills, the 135-acre Randall Davey Audubon Center harbors diverse birds (nearly 200 species have been indentified) and other wildlife. Guided nature walks are given many weekends; there are also two major hiking trails that you can tackle on your own. The home and studio of Randall Davey, a prolific early Santa Fe artist, can be toured on Friday afternoons. There's also a nature bookstore. 1800 Upper Canyon Rd., East Side and Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87501. 505/983–4609. nm.audubon.org. Center $2, house tour $5. Mon.–Sat. 8–4; grounds daily dawn–dusk; house tours Fri. at 2.
WingsWest Birding Tours. For a knowledgeable insider's perspective, take a tour with WingsWest Birding Tours. Gregarious and knowledgeable guide Bill West leads regular early-morning or sunset tours throughout spring and summer in Santa Fe and elsewhere in New Mexico, including Santa Fe Ski Basin, Cochiti Lake, the Espanola Valley, the Sandia Mountains, Rowe Mesa and Pecos Monastery, Elk Mountain, and several other spots known for bird-watching. West also leads popular tours in Mexico and Ecuador. Santa Fe, NM. 800/583–6928. www.wingswestnm.com.
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