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Registration for Wings Over Willcox opens October 2, 2017. The festival will be held in Willcox, Arizona, at the Willcox Community Center, 312 W. Stewart St., on January 11th through January 14th, 2018.

If there are any problems or delays in your registration process or you have questions, please contact the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at 520-384-2272.

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You must register to participate in festival tours. The two special seminars on Friday and Saturday evenings with featured speakers have limited seats available, so it is best to also register for those events before the festival begins. Those who participate only in the other Seminars and Nature Expo do not need to pre-register.

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Wednesday 01/10/18
1 Ghost Towns of Southeast Arizona-Overnight   Remaining Tickets: 15
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   3:00 PM  $275.00   
The tour starts with a 45-minute review of photographs of the towns and mining camps in their hey day followed by a two-day tour of the historic ghost towns and mining camps of Southeast Arizona. Step back in time on a visit to five nearby ghost towns and learn the influence of mining on the development of Cochise County. Your tour guides will discuss early life in these towns and showcase ghost town ruins, a restored jail, historic schoolhouse, cemeteries and other buildings. Picnic lunch stop at one of the ghost towns. Spend the night in the mile-high city of Bisbee at the allegedly- haunted Copper Queen Hotel built in 1898 as a place for dignitaries and mining investors to relax in luxury. Dinner in the Cooper Queen is followed by an evening ghost walking tour of Bisbee and hear the haunting tales about the hotels resident ghosts. After breakfast Thursday, participants, outfitted in miners hard hat and yellow slicker, descend into the Copper Queen Mine for a one-hour tour. Retired Phelps Dodge employees lead the group into the mine and recount mining days, techniques, dangers and drama. The tour returns to Willcox via Camp Naco, the gravesite of famous Old West outlaw, Johnny Ringo then on to the ghost town of Dos Cabezas and the story of the scandal of the Mascot Mine and the last days of Big Nose Kate, companion to the infamous Doc Holiday. Lunch stop on the return trip. Includes accommodations and all meals from Wednesday lunch to Thursday lunch. Accommodations: Single or Double occupancy, queen beds. Contact the Willcox Chamber to reserve your accommodations.


Thursday 01/11/18
Packaged Event
2 Cave Creek Ranch & Canyon Montane Birding – Overnight   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   5:30 AM  Return:   4:30 PM  $250.00   
Join Mark Larson, President of the Maricopa Audubon, for a trip to the eastern side of the Chiricahua Mountains and Cave Creek Canyon. This tour begins with a trip to the historic town of Portal, AZ with birding stops along the way, then proceeds to the world-renown Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains. Lodging is at the comfortable cottages and lodges of Cave Creek Ranch. Some of the best birding in the United States is in the Chiricahua Mountains, Portal, and at Cave Creek Ranch. This area is the most biodiverse landmass on the continent of North America, and the bird life reflects that. Cave Creek Canyon is the largest and best watered canyon in the Chiricahuas, and Cave Creek Ranch sits in the mouth of the canyon. The yard list for Cave Creek Ranch rivals any in the United States. Expect to view various species of resident birds such as Bridled Titmouse and Mexican Jay, Montezuma Quail, Gambel Quail, Blue Throated Hummingbird, Magnificent Hummingbird, Arizona Woodpecker, various sparrow, thrashers and raptors, and wintering birds such as Williamson’s Sapsucker, Cassin’s Finch and Townsend’s Solitaire. You may also see deer, javelin, or a coati there. Please be aware that there may be snow in the area and prepare accordingly. Access to some areas may be restricted due to weather. Includes accommodations and all meals from Thursday lunch to Friday lunch. Vegetarian meals available upon prior request. Participants must contact the Willcox Chamber to reserve your overnight accommodations.

Trip Leaders: Mark Larson  

NEW!! 3 Half Day Photography - Full Moonset, Sunrise and Morning   Remaining Tickets: 7
Meet at WCC:   5:00 AM  Return:   11:00 AM  $50.00   
Join award-winning wildlife photographer Bryan Holliday for a morning of bird photography at Whitewater Draw. We will leave Willcox early so we arrive at Whitewater Draw to photograph the Sandhill Cranes at sunrise. We also have the treat of the full moon setting on this morning just before sunrise! There are many other birds at Whitewater and the surrounding areas, so we will spend the whole morning down there focusing our efforts on the opportunities there and have some fun. In the past we have photographed Greater Roadrunner, Loggerhead Shrike, Says Phoebe, Western Meadowlark, Vermillion Flycatcher, and Ferruginous Hawk. You never know what will present itself!

Bryan can help you create better photos by teaching you about reading the light, the wind, the bird behaviors, and exposure. He can also help you with any gear questions and how to use your equipment. Bring your longest lens and a wide-angle!

Less than ½ mile of walking. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced photographers are welcome. Includes snacks, drinks, and rest stops. Choose which half-day tour fits your schedule, or sign up for both!

Trip Leaders: Bryan Holliday  

NEW!! 4 Half Day Photography - Afternoon and Sunset   Remaining Tickets: 7
Meet at WCC:   1:30 PM  Return:   7:30 PM  $50.00   
Join award-winning wildlife photographer Bryan Holliday for an afternoon of bird photography at Whitewater Draw. We will arrive at Whitewater Draw mid-afternoon to photograph the birds at Whitewater and the surrounding areas in the nice afternoon light. In the past we have photographed Greater Roadrunner, Loggerhead Shrike, Says Phoebe, Western Meadowlark, Vermillion Flycatcher, and Ferruginous Hawk. You never know what will present itself! As the sun goes down and the crane activity picks up, we will photograph the Sandhill Cranes with the sunset light. There can be a lot of action and dramatic opportunities at this time, often making the sunset shoot a magical experience.

Bryan can help you create better photos by teaching you about reading the light, the wind, the bird behaviors, and exposure. He can also help you with any gear questions and how to use your equipment. Bring your longest lens and a wide-angle!

Less than ½ mile of walking. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced photographers are welcome. Includes snacks, drinks, and rest stops. Choose which half-day tour fits your schedule, or sign up for both!

Trip Leaders: Bryan Holliday  

5 Sunset Sandhill Crane   Remaining Tickets: 13
Meet at WCC:   3:45 PM  Return:   6:30 PM  $30.00   
This tour will start will a circuit of Cochise Lake for late afternoon arrivals of waterfowl. The next stop will be a known roosting site as dusk begins to fall. Sandhill Cranes can be seen coming in from the fields to spend the night. Be sure to check out the free seminar on Crane Basics: Information to Enhance Sandhill Crane Observation presented by Erv and Sandra from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. prior to the tour.

Approximately ¾ mile of walking is required along an unpaved, sandy road. Be prepared for cold temperatures as the sun sets and bring a flashlight for the return walk to the vehicle. Beginner. Includes rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Erv Nichols & Sandra Noll  

6 Welcoming Reception   Remaining Tickets: 92
Meet at WCC:   6:00 PM  Return:   7:00 PM  $0.00   
Refreshments and entertainment

Trip Leaders: N/A  

40 Birding at Indian Bread Rocks Recreation Area, Dos Cabezas   Remaining Tickets: 8
Meet at WCC:   7:00 AM  Return:   2:00 PM  $75.00   
This tour travels to the spectacular rock formations of the northern Dos Cabeza Mountains in search of a broad spectrum of desert and upland birds. Well meander through Grasslands, Chihuahuan Desert, Madrean Evergreen Woodland, and Riparian zones on a series of slow-paced, off-trail rambles. Along the way we hope to see such species as wintering Raptors, Black-throated and other Sparrows, Crissal Thrasher, Scaled Quail, Lawrences Goldfinch, wintering Warblers, Flycatchers, and any local rarities. As an added bonus, this area is renowned for its Native American artifacts and prehistoric sites. Vincent will interpret these intriguing hints of the past, as he also is an expert Wilderness Survival Instructor. This trip is moderately difficult, owing to the roundtrip walking distance of approximately 3 miles, over uneven, sometimes rocky/steep terrain and mostly off-trail. Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, hat. Bring a day pack sufficient to hold your lunch and large water bottles with several quarts of water.

Trip Leaders: Vincent Pinto  

Friday 01/12/18
NEW!! 7 Continental Breakfast   Remaining Tickets: 45
Meet at WCC:   5:30 AM  Return:   9:30 AM  $0.00   
Join the Wings Over Willcox crew and attendees for a complimentary Continental Breakfast at the Community Center. Donations accepted.

Trip Leaders: N/A  

8 Sunrise Sandhill Crane   Remaining Tickets: 36
Meet at WCC:   5:45 AM  Return:   10:00 AM  $30.00   
Watch Sandhill Cranes take flight as they begin their morning feeding. This incredible take-off is a must see. Local wildlife guides who track the flocks will provide the local location. Approximately ¾ mile of easy walking is required. The walking is along an unpaved road with possible uneven surfaces. Be prepared for a cold morning; prior to sunrise below freezing temperatures are possible. Bring a flashlight for pre-sun-rise walk. Beginner

Trip Leaders: N/A  

9 Day-Long Hawk Stalk   Remaining Tickets: 8
Meet at WCC:   7:45 AM  Return:   4:00 PM  $70.00   
Hawk experts will travel the length of Sulphur Springs Valley pursuing more than 15 species of hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls. Glimpses of javelina and mule deer may add to your viewing pleasure. Less than 1/2 mile of easy walking. Beginner to Advanced. Includes lunch, drinks, and rest stops

Trip Leaders: Richard Filley  

NEW!! 10 Naturalist Saunter to Fort Bowie   Remaining Tickets: 9
Meet at WCC:   7:50 AM  Return:   4:00 PM  $75.00   
Fort Bowie is rightly famous for its place in history as a nexus of the Apache Wars in the 1800s. For those primarily interested in Natural History its gems are even more noteworthy. Join Wildlife Biologist, Naturalist, & Wilderness Survival Instructor Vincent Pinto for a full day of Birding and Nature exploration of this hidden gem. Located where a number of biologically rich habitats converge, this National Historic Site boasts impressive lists of Birds, Mammals, Reptiles, & Plants. During our slow-paced exploration at the Fort Bowie youll have an opportunity to see some of the parks incredible diversity of Birds, the possibilities include: Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Montezuma Quail, Scaled Quail, Acorn Woodpecker, wintering Flycatchers, Woodhouses Scrub Jay, Cactus Wren, Bridled Titmouse, Juniper Titmouse, Rock Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Bendires Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Wintering Warblers, and a wide variety of Sparrows. When the birds are slower, youll learn about how the Apache made use of the local plants, track wildlife, learn key Wilderness Survival Skills, and discover the parks unique geologic history. Other wildlife we may spot includes: Collared Peccary, White-nosed Coati, Mule Deer, and Rock Squirrels. You wont want to miss this Naturalist extravaganza at one of the premier natural destination in Arizonas famed Sky Islands! This trip is moderate to difficult with a roundtrip walking distance for the day of approximately 3.2 miles. The varying terrain is often rocky and will be steep in a few places. The pace will be slow to moderate. Sometimes icy conditions may be encountered. Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, hat. Bring a day pack sufficient to hold your lunch and Large water bottles with several quarts of water

Trip Leaders: Vincent Pinto  

12 Agronomics in the Sulphur Springs Valley   Remaining Tickets: 16
Meet at WCC:   8:45 AM  Return:   3:30 PM  $45.00   
Willcox has an amazing agricultural industry. Travel with one of the area's life-long growers to various agriculture operations to see how food is grown in the desert. Willcox is home of varied agriculture products which include: chilies, grapes, pinto beans, dairy, corn, cotton, beef, pecans, pistachios, apples, tomatoes, and much more. This tour will let you see first-hand how much is produced in this valley as you visit some of these operations. Depending on what is in season and interests of the attendees, will determine where the tour takes you. Willcox is the 2nd largest producer of pistachios in the country, 80% of the wine grapes in Arizona come from Willcox and it is home to a 380- acre tomato greenhouse. The tour will wrap up with a visit to the Golden Rule Vineyard and Pistachio Orchard where wine tasting is an option at an additional cost. So join our amazing guide for an inside look at Arizona agriculture at its best. Approximately 3/4 mile of easy walking. Includes lunch, drinks, and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Tedd Haas  

13 Stronghold & Sunsites Specialties   Remaining Tickets: 9
Meet at WCC:   8:45 AM  Return:   5:00 PM  $70.00   
This tour will explore the Dragoon Mountain’s Cochise Stronghold area for wintering species such as Montezuma Quail, Painted Redstart, Arizona and Acorn Woodpeckers, White-winged Dove, Juniper and Bridled Titmice, Spotted and Canyon Towhees, Western and Mountain Bluebirds, as well as a large variety of sparrows, raptors, and thrushes. A late afternoon drive through the Sunsites area will look for Scaled Quail, sparrows, and other birds. Approximately two miles of hiking with several stops. Intermediate to Advanced. Includes lunch, drinks, and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: N/A  

14 Winter Waterfowl   Remaining Tickets: 7
Meet at WCC:   8:50 AM  Return:   12:30 PM  $30.00   
This tour of Whitewater Draw will be an educational and recreational guided tour, highlighting the many wildlife residents and seasonal visitors in a wildlife viewing site. Whitewater Draw attracts both Central and Pacific flyway migrating waterfowl. Participants in the tour will see many visitors to Whitewater Draw which include several species of waterfowl. Whitewater draw is also home to wintering Sandhill Cranes, many upland birds, and even birds of prey. There are also several different mammals that inhabit Whitewater Draw and participants may be see varieties such as Javelina, Coyotes, Mule deer, and Desert Cottontails along with a variety of reptiles and amphibians. The tour will cover waterfowl identification, habitat, and conservation. Less than ½ mile of easy walking.

Trip Leaders: David Brown  

15 Wine Tasting Tour   Remaining Tickets: 28
Meet at WCC:   12:45 PM  Return:   5:00 PM  $35.00   
Willcox has become a premier location for vineyards and winemaking with 23 existing vineyards and 11 tasting rooms. This tour begins with a visit to the Aridus Wine Company offering the largest custom crush facility in Arizona. Learn about the art of winemaking and processing. Then take an expertly-guided tour of a working Arizona farm winery, with emphasis on viticulture, winemaking in Arizona and the enjoyment and appreciation of fine wine. Your guide will discuss the Arizona wine industry while walking the vineyard and enjoying wine together. Return to Willcox and stop in downtown Willcox for a visit to the tasting rooms of Aridus, Keeling Schaeffer and Carlson Creek. It will be a memorable event like no other! Each attendee will receive 6 wine tastings in downtown tasting rooms. Approximately ½ mile of walking at vineyard, crush facility and between tasting rooms on Railroad/Railview Avenue. Includes souvenir glass, 6 wine tastings downtown, and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Dan Pierce     Dan Pierce    

16 Sunset Sandhill Crane Tour   Remaining Tickets: 24
Meet at WCC:   3:45 PM  Return:   6:30 PM  $30.00   
This tour will start will a circuit of Lake Cochise for late afternoon arrivals of waterfowl. Next stop will be a known roosting site as dusk begins to fall, with Sandhill Cranes coming in from the fields to spend the night. Approximately ¾ mile of walking is required along an unpaved, sandy road. Be prepared for cold temperatures as the sun sets and bring a flashlight for the return walk to the vehicle. Beginner.

Trip Leaders: Erv Nichols & Sandra Noll  

Featured!! 17 Wine Pairing Dinner   Remaining Tickets: 14
Meet at WCC:   6:30 PM  Return:   8:30 PM  $75.00   
Aridus Wine Company will host a wine pairing dinner. A wonderful meal served with award winning wines from right here in Willcox.


Featured!! 18 Hummingbird Seminar with Wine and Dessert   Remaining Tickets: 30
Meet at WCC:   6:30 PM  Return:   8:30 PM  $15.00   
Come enjoy a delicious dessert of Apple Annie’s pie, along with other local treats accompanied by wine tastings from several of our local wineries while learning about hummingbirds. Join birders and naturalists, Sandra Noll and Erv Nichols, to explore the secret lives of these remarkable little birds that inhabit a world largely invisible to us. This photo-rich program slows down the fast forward lives of hummingbirds! Once you have become familiar with the species, the focus will turn to hummingbird identification and the hummingbirds specific to the Sulphur Springs Valley.

Trip Leaders: Erv Nichols & Sandra Noll  

Saturday 01/13/18
19 Continental Breakfast   Remaining Tickets: 41
Meet at WCC:   5:30 AM  Return:   9:30 PM  $0.00   
Continental Breakfast served in the Community Center by donation.

Trip Leaders: N/A  

NEW!! 21 Daylong Photography   Remaining Tickets: 7
Meet at WCC:   5:45 PM  Return:   5:30 PM  $100.00   
Spend time with wildlife photographers at Whitewater Draw and other southeastern Arizona sites, photographing Sandhill Cranes and other birds and wildlife. Less than 1/2 mile of walking. Begining, Intermediate to Advanced Photographers. Includes Snacks, lunch drinks and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Linda & Mark Kline  

22 Birds on the Mountain   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   6:15 AM  Return:   4:30 PM  $75.00   
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The border ranges of Cochise County are well known for both resident and migratory specialties. Birding en route, this tour swings 70 miles east of Willcox to world-renowned Cave Creek Canyon, and climbs up to this winter’s snowline (usually about 7,000’) in the high Chiricahua Mountains. The tour will look for regular Sierra Madrean residents, as well as less common specialties such as Montezuma Quail, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Blue-throated Hummingbird, Arizona Woodpecker, Juniper Titmouse, Mexican Chickadee, Crissal Thrasher, Painted Redstart, and Yellow-eyed Junco. Possible wintering birds from the Rocky Mountains include Williamson’s Sapsucker, Pinyon Jay (rare irruptive), Townsend’s Solitaire, and Cassin’s Finch, among others. Approximately one mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops. Beginner to Advanced birders welcome. Includes lunch, drinks, entrance fees to feeding areas and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Bill Howard  

23 Day-Long Hawk Stalk   Remaining Tickets: 8
Meet at WCC:   7:45 AM  Return:   5:00 PM  $70.00   
Hawk experts will travel the length of the Sulphur Springs Valley pursuing more than 15 species of hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls. Glimpses of javelina and mule deer may add to your viewing pleasure. Less than ½ mile of easy walking. Beginner to Advanced. Includes lunch, drinks, and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Tim Snow  

NEW!! 25 Traveling with the Sandhill Cranes   Remaining Tickets: 16
Meet at WCC:   8:30 AM  Return:   3:30 PM  $50.00   
Join crane experts as they take you on a field trip to experience “a day in the life” of a Sandhill Crane. This tour will focus on Sandhill Cranes with an introductory seminar, to gain information to enhance Sandhill Crane observation, followed by a field trip to observe these elegant birds feeding in the fields and socializing during their midday “loafing” session at Whitewater Draw. As a bonus, participants will receive a guided tour of Whitewater Draw’s ponds to observe waterfowl and other bird species overwintering there. This will be a relaxed tour with a slow pace covering about 1.5 miles total over flat terrain. Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, and hat. Includes lunch and drinks and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Erv Nichols & Sandra Noll  

26 Cochise Stronghold & Sunsites Specialties   Remaining Tickets: 11
Meet at WCC:   8:45 AM  Return:   5:00 PM  $75.00   
Explore the Dragoon Mountain’s Cochise Stronghold area for wintering specialties such as Montezuma Quail, Painted Redstart, Arizona and Acorn Woodpeckers, White-winged Dove, Juniper and Bridled Titmice, Spotted and Canyon Towhees, Western and Mountain Bluebirds, as well as a large variety of sparrows, raptors, and thrushes. Approximately two miles of hiking with several stops. Intermediate to Advanced. Includes lunch, drinks, and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Richard Filley  

27 Texas Canyon Flora & Amerind Museum   Remaining Tickets: 14
Meet at WCC:   9:15 AM  Return:   4:00 PM  $45.00   
This tour combines the art and artifacts of the Amerind with the native plants of the high desert in scenic Texas Canyon. Situated at 4,600 to 5,500 feet above sea level in dramatic rock formations, this site is a place where several plant communities come together .Learn what plants grow together and why? There is something special about natural plant groupings that is often overlooked. Do the plants in these “guilds” have relationships with each other? On this field trip, within the context of bio-regions and micro-habitats, we will take a close look at flora morphology and communities around the Amerind Foundation in Texas Canyon. Plant identification and characteristics, ethnobotanical uses and recreating plant communities when landscaping will be discussed. The tour continues with a visit to the world-renown Amerind Museum. The museum exhibits tell the story of America’s first people from Alaska to South America and from the last ice Age to the present. The Amerind’s Art Gallery features works on western themes by such artists as Carl Oscar Borg, William Leigh and Frederick Remington. This tour combines the art and artifacts of the Amerind with the native plants of the high desert in scenic Texas Canyon. Approximately 1-2 miles of easy to moderate walking on dirt roads and with some short jaunts through grass and over rocks to see certain plants. Includes lunch, drinks and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Mimi Camp  

28 Roper Lake & Dankworth Pond   Remaining Tickets: 14
Meet at WCC:   12:15 PM  Return:   5:00 PM  $45.00   
Roper Lake is located about 6 miles south of Safford, AZ and has been a State Park since the 1970’s. Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond are excellent places for bird watching. Species commonly seen are Gamble’s Quail, Redwing Blackbird, Yellow headed Blackbird, Great horned owl, Cardinal, flycatchers, Kingfisher, Mallard duck, Ruddy duck, Grebes, Egrets, Herons, Neotropic Cormorants, American Coots and Mergansers. Mammals commonly seen are bobcats, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, and coyotes.

Trip Leaders: David E Brown  

29 Birding the San Pedro River and Huachuca Mountains   Remaining Tickets: 7
Meet at WCC:   6:30 AM  Return:   4:30 PM  $75.00   
Join Bird Guide, Naturalist, & Wildlife Biologist Vincent Pinto for a full day of birding along the famed San Pedro River and the towering Huachuca Mountains. This in-depth exploration will initially take you to a number of varied birding hotspots within the San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area. Habitats found in this amazing region include Cottonwood-Willow Riparian Forests, Mesquite Woodlands, Chihuahuan Desert, and varied Grasslands. In each unique environment youll seek a wide range of bird species such as Green Kingfisher, wintering Sparrows, a variety of Raptors, Scaled Quail, wintering Hummingbirds, Vermillion Flycatcher, and any local rarities. Later in the day well also visit several sites in the Huachuca Mountains, one of Arizonas Sky Islands, where Madrean Evergreen Woodland habitat promises new bird species, including Warblers, Montezuma Quail, and possible rarities, such as Elegant Trogon. This trip is moderate to difficult, owing to the total walking distance of approximately 4 miles, over varied, sometimes rocky terrain. Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, hat. Bring a day pack sufficient to hold your lunch and Large water bottles with several quarts of water.

Trip Leaders: Vincent Pinto  

30 Chiricahua National Monument Beginning Birdwatching Stroll   Remaining Tickets: 18
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   11:00 AM  $25.00   
Join park biologist Helen Fitting for a 45 minute beginning birdwatching stroll along the Bonita Creek Loop Trail for all ages and abilities. The focus of this easy 0.2 mile (0.3 km) hike will include learning about how to identify birds by sight and sound, and as well as learning about bird habitat needs and preferences. We will meet at the Bonita Creek Parking Area which has an ADA compliant pit toilet. The curbs have been cut to permit access the cement loop trail which is nearly flat and wide enough to easily accommodate a wheelchair, walker, or stroller. Bring binoculars if you have them. A few loaner pairs will be available on a first come, first served basis. This loop around the picnic area is a good trail for grassland birds. Arizona whitetail deer are frequently seen in the lower portion of Bonita Canyon.

Trip Leaders: Helen Fitting  

32 Sunset Sandhill Crane Tour   Remaining Tickets: 28
Meet at WCC:   3:45 PM  Return:   6:30 PM  $30.00   
This tour will start will a circuit of Lake Cochise for late afternoon arrivals of waterfowl. Next stop will be a known roosting site as dusk begins to fall, with Sandhill Cranes coming in from the fields to spend the night. Approximately ¾ mile of walking is required along an unpaved, sandy road. Be prepared for cold temperatures as the sun sets and bring a flashlight for the return walk to the vehicle. Beginner. Includes rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Erv Nichols & Sandra Noll  

Featured!! 33 Birds of Southeastern Arizona and Why Arizona’s Sky Islands, and the Chiricahua Mountains, are Special   Remaining Tickets: 27
Meet at WCC:   6:30 PM  Return:   8:30 PM  $15.00   
Come enjoy wine tastings from several of our local wineries along with some tasty food (hors d'oeuvres, local food products & fruit), while learning about the Birds of Southeastern Arizona & the surrounding Sky Islands. We are fortunate that the natural world knows nothing of our political borders. Arizona just happens to contain some northern outliers, if you will, of the Sierra Madre Occidental of México. This range of mountains and its parallel range, the Sierra Madre Oriental, form the spine of northern México, separating east from west, the Gulf of Mexico watershed from the Sea of Cortez watershed. In this talk, we will explore the ecological and avifaunal links between the Sierra Madre of northern México and the Desert Sky Islands of Southeastern Arizona, with particular emphasis on the Chiricahuas. We will discuss the rare species of birds that have appeared there and some that may, in the future, be expected to occur.

Trip Leaders: Mark Larson  

Sunday 01/14/18
34 Southbound Hawk Stalk   Remaining Tickets: 10
Meet at WCC:   7:15 AM  Return:   1:00 PM  $35.00   
Explore Kansas Settlement area, a hawk-watcher’s dream during the winter months when large numbers of raptors are seen throughout the area.

Trip Leaders: Bill Howard  

35 Continental Breakfast   Remaining Tickets: 43
Meet at WCC:   5:30 AM  Return:   9:30 AM  $0.00   
Continental Breakfast in the Community Center. Donations accepted.

Trip Leaders: N/A  

36 Northbound Hawk Stalk   Remaining Tickets: 1
Meet at WCC:   7:45 AM  Return:   1:00 PM  $35.00   
Explore the Stewart District to Bonita, a hawk-watcher’s dream during the winter months when large number of raptors are seen throughout the area. We will pursue the same hawks, owls, eagles and falcons as the Saturday Day-long Hawk Stalk.

Trip Leaders: Tim Snow  

NEW!! 37 1/2 Day Naturalist Saunter to Chiricahua National Monument   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   7:15 AM  Return:   1:15 PM  $30.00   
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Join Wildlife Biologist, Naturalist, & Ethnobotanist Vincent Pinto for a half day of Birding and Nature exploration in stunning Chiricahua National Monument. Here youll wander the parks famous hoodoos or rock spires, learning about their geologic history, while keeping an eye out for many of the areas famous birds. Prairie Falcon, Montezuma Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Northern Pygmy Owl, Arizona Woodpecker, Bridled Titmouse, Plain Titmouse, Mexican Jay, Townsends Solitaire, Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, wintering Warblers, and several Sparrows are all among the possible species at the Monument. When were not spotting birds the focus will shift to a variety of complimentary topics, including: Botany, Ethnobotany (human uses of native plants), Wildlife Tracking, Wilderness Survival, & Human History. Youll be dazzled by the otherworldly beauty and biodiversity of this unique Sky Islands field trip! This trip is moderate to difficult and will cover approximately 2.5 miles roundtrip. The terrain will usually be rocky with some relatively steep ups & downs on trails. We may encounter some snow and ice along the trails and will adjust our pace accordingly. Generally the pace will be slow to moderate. Hiking poles are recommended but not mandatory. Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, hat. Bring a day pack sufficient to hold your lunch and Large water bottles with several quarts of water.

Trip Leaders: Vincent Pinto  

38 Half-Day Ghost Town Tour   Remaining Tickets: 11
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   12:30 PM  $35.00   
The tour starts with a 30-minute review of photographs of the towns and mining camps in their “hey day” followed by a tour of a few of the historic ghost towns and mining camps of Southeast Arizona. Step back in time on a visit to three nearby ghost towns and learn the influence of mining on the development of Cochise County. Your tour guides will discuss early life in these towns and showcase ghost town ruins, a restored jail, cemeteries and other buildings. Approximately ½ mile of easy walking. Includes rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Terry & Kelly Rowden  

39 Chiricahua National Monument Birdwatching Hike   Remaining Tickets: 21
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   12:00 PM  $25.00   
Join park biologist Helen Fitting for an easy 1 1/2 hour birdwatching hike on the Silver Spur Meadow Trail. The 1 mile (1.6 km) loop hike is targeted for beginning to advanced birders and will include identifying birds by sight and sound, and as well as learning about bird habitat needs and preferences. The hike will start and end at the Faraway Ranch Parking and Picnic Area, which has flush toilets and drinking water available. The hike will parallel an intermittent creek through the Faraway Ranch Historic District to the Stafford cabin, built in the 1880s, and then circle back through grasslands dotted with oak and juniper. Arizona whitetail deer are frequently seen in the lower portion of Bonita Canyon. Bring binoculars if you have them. A few loaner pairs will be available, on a first come, first served basis.

Trip Leaders: Helen Fitting  



 



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