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.
The adjacent Kino Springs Golf Course closed in 2021.
Content from Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory