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Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds

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477 Pennsylvania Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624
+1 520-415-6447
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A small slice of heaven on earth!

Beautiful natural setting & a small slice of heaven on earth for hummingbird lovers. Peaceful... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
humguy32
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Satellite Beach, Florida
Very Birdy

Not only will you see several species of hummingbirds, you will also see a ton of other bird... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Darlene L
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San Diego, California
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The Paton Center for Hummingbirds is a place to explore and experience the birds of Southeast Arizona. The site is dedicated to the observation and conservation of hummingbirds--and all of southeast Arizona's astounding biodiversity--through recreation, education, and sustainable practices. Over 200 bird species have been reported at this 1.4-acre residential property on the outskirts of Patagonia, including: Violet-crowned Hummingbirds, Gray Hawks, Varied Buntings, Thick-billed Kingbirds, and many more! Gates are open dawn to dusk. Entry is free of charge, but donations to the "Sugar Fund" help Tucson Audubon maintain the grounds, feed the birds, improve the habitat, and provide educational opportunities. Visit the Paton Center on social media: facebook.com/patonhummingbirds youtube.com/channel/UCYPdH8qgMhXwvgrsfemNZ5g
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Hours Today: 06:30 - 19:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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477 Pennsylvania Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful natural setting & a small slice of heaven on earth for hummingbird lovers. Peaceful & quiet. We never miss it when we visit Arizona from Florida. Many species of hummingbirds. Home of the violet-crowned hummingbird.

Thank humguy32
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not only will you see several species of hummingbirds, you will also see a ton of other bird species. Lots of Inca and white-winged doves as well as Gila woodpeckers. Great photo opportunities.More

Thank Darlene L
Management response:Responded 4 weeks ago

Darlene L, Thank you for your kind review! We're tickled you enjoyed your time at the Paton Center and deeply appreciate that you took the time to write us a review here on Trip Advisor. Come see us again soon! The hummingbirds will be waiting....More

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the hummingbirds. The gardens we full of birds and butterflies. The sitting was arranged to look in all directions.

Thank Mickey D
Management response:Responded 5 August 2017

Mickey- Thank you for your review of the Paton Center! We're thrilled to know you enjoyed your visit and were able to experience the gardens and local fauna. Come again soon! Best regards, Jonathan Lutz, Paton Center Coordinator

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Everything good that you've ever heard about this legendary spot is true! There are many feeders sprinkled around the property, offering varied bird treats in addition to the fabled hummingbird station. The grounds are lovely and are maintained with birds and butterflies in mind. There...More

Thank kayakgirl2016
Management response:Responded 5 August 2017

Kayakgirl2016- Thank you for your glowing review of the Paton Center for Hummingbirds! We are working hard to honor the traditions of feeding the birds in the former yard of Wally and Marion Paton. In addition to the gardens and improved viewing areas, we'll soon...More

Reviewed 26 July 2017

The Paton home, open to me and others for years and years, was sold to the Audubon Society which is doing it up. In addition to the hummingbird feeders, there are water features and a large pollination garden which attracts bees and butterflies as well...More

Thank bfly1
Management response:Responded 5 August 2017

bfly1- Thank you for your kind review of the Paton Center for Hummingbirds! Tucson Audubon Society is working hard to maintain and improve the destination made world-famous by Wally and Marion Paton. We're endeavoring the provide a high-quality bird-viewing experience, while also being a model...More

Reviewed 23 July 2017

We made two lunch-time visits in late December and whilst it was an excellent place to watch birds whilst having our picnic lunch, I don't think that we saw it at its best. In part this may have been due to the renovations underway, but...More

Thank hkprinia
Management response:Responded 5 August 2017

hkprinia- Thank you for your review of the Paton Center for Hummingbirds! Indeed, bird activity and diversity can be low during the winter months. We do enjoy seeing a different variety of birds in the winter versus the summer, including: Green-tailed Towhee, White-crowned Sparrow, and...More

Reviewed 31 May 2017

I've been coming to the Paton's for over 20 years, before the Paton's passed on. This is a mecca for hard to find birds in southeastern Arizona. Several of the professional tour groups put this place on their stops. It is now owned and operated...More

Thank AzbrDr
Management response:Responded 5 August 2017

AzbrDr- Thank you for your review of the Paton Center for Hummingbirds! We're thrilled to know you've been coming to the property for many years and appreciate the ongoing improvements being made by the Tucson Audubon Society. Just a small note: While we are grateful...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017

This is a little gem hidden away in Patagonia. With just an easy stroll around, you can see lots of different birds in their native habitat, up close, and you don't have to walk far. Maybe this isn't great for serious birders, but for amateurs...More

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Management response:Responded 5 August 2017

03Val48- Thank you for your lovely review! We couldn't agree more with your assertion that the Paton Center is, indeed, "a little gem." Tucson Audubon Society is working hard to make sure the site is a haven for birders and demonstration site for what native...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017

Love this place. I'm a birder, and this place is low-key. They just let you pay your $5 and spend the day watching birds! What could be better than that? (Well, if they had bathrooms here, it would be perfect.)More

Thank Kathryn C
Management response:Responded 5 August 2017

Kathryn- Thank you for your review of the Paton Center! We share your concern about the need for public restrooms at our site. As you may know, public restrooms are available in Patagonia Town Park just 0.3 miles away (across Highway 82 from the Wagon...More

Reviewed 6 April 2017

We are new to the birding world and truly appreciated spending time at Paton's in Patagonia, AZ. This is an actual person's backyard that is now maintained and supported by the Audubon Society. There was a nice person from Audubon there who helped ensure that...More

Thank Nancy B
Management response:Responded 5 August 2017

Nancy- Thank you for your friendly review of the Paton Center for Hummingbirds! I was so thrilled to read about your experience and appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts here. Tucson Audubon Society continues to work diligently to improve the site for...More

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Jaye B
23 September 2016|
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Response from Trista107 | Reviewed this property |
It is a small area that really is set up for quiet bird watching. Though I don't think a small dog on a leash would be too much of a problem space-wise, quiet and less movement is appreciated as birders would like what they... More
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