Kino Springs Golf Course webpage
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Tips for birding Kino Springs
On the northern edge of Nogales is the Kino Springs Golf Course. Its large spring-fed ponds were once surrounded by large cottonwoods and willows, but drought killed most of them. The area is undergoing restoration, but it will be many years before the habitat returns to what it once was. The ponds still attract many water-loving birds, including Black-bellied Whistling-Duck. In summer, watch along the entrance road for Varied Buntings, Gray Hawks, and Black Vultures, but please stop your car off the roadway to avoid an inconvenient or dangerous situation for other drivers. Visitor parking is permitted in the parking lot in front of the club house/pro shop; please step inside to ask for permission to bird around the big ponds across the driveway. Watch for Tropical Kingbirds and Bronzed Cowbirds around the clubhouse in summer.
From Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
About Kino Springs Golf Course
Surrounding the golf resort, with views of the Santa Cruz River and vistas of the Patagonia mountains, is some exceptional real estate. It’s an idyllic western setting with Tracy Lake and Kino Springs Lake. The Master Planned Community of Estancia Yerba Buena-Kino Springs offers the opportunity for a truly relaxed yet active lifestyle.
Kino Springs is horse and cattle country. The pastures along the banks of the Santa Cruz River are a perfect location for equestrian activities, and the Estancia Yerba Buena Equestrian Facility is located in an old Santa Cruz County fire station. Spanish Barb horses, descendants of the horses bred by Padre Eusebio Kino at the Mission Dolores in Sonora, and later discovered in 1989 in a herd on the Wilbur-Cruce Ranch, can be seen grazing in the pastures adjacent to the Santa Cruz River.
From Kino Springs Golf Course webpage