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 identified) and other wildlife. Free guided nature walks are given most Saturday mornings at 8:30; 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, New Mexico, 87501. 505/983–4609; Docent-led tours of the historic Randall Davey House and Studio $5. Mon.–Sat. 8–4; grounds daily dawn–dusk; house tours Fri. at 2.

WingsWest Birding Tours. For an informed 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, the Jémez Mountains, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, and several other spots known for bird-watching. West also leads popular tours in Mexico and Ecuador. Santa Fe, New Mexico. 505/989–3804;