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Friday 01/15/21
1 Birding Sulphur Springs Valley - South   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   7:00 AM  Return:   2:00 PM  $50.00   

Many wonderful species of birds spend their winters here in Cochise County. The tour travels the wetlands, grasslands, agriculture fields, and foothills of the southern portion of Sulphur Springs Valley and includes stops at Whitewater Draw and Cochise Lake. The tour will look for a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds with the potential for rare and exciting finds. Approximately one mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops.  Beginner to Intermediate.  Self-drive tour.  Bring your own lunch.

Trip Leaders: Jeff Babson  

2 Birding Sulphur Springs Valley - North   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   7:30 AM  Return:   2:30 PM  $50.00   

Many wonderful species of birds spend their winters here in Cochise County. The tour travels the wetlands, grasslands, agriculture fields, and foothills of the northern portion of Sulphur Springs Valley and includes a stop at Cochise Lake. The tour will look for Sandhill Cranes and a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds with the potential for rare and exciting finds. Approximately one mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops. Beginner to Intermediate.  Self-drive tour.  Bring your own lunch.

Trip Leaders: Larry Liese  

3 Birding Roper Lake & Dankworth Pond   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   12:00 PM  $40.00   

Roper Lake is an excellent place 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, and mergansers. Dankworth is a very popular southern Arizona birding destination and a large variety of migratory birds spend their winters soaking up the Arizona sun here. Note that this field trip has a 45 minute drive towards Safford, Arizona before birding commences.  Entry to Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond is free to holders of Arizona State Parks annual pass. Entry fee is $10 per vehicle with purchase of daily permit.  Beginner to Intermediate.  Self-drive tour.  Bring your own lunch.

Trip Leaders: Dorothy Laage     Sam Laage    

4 Half-day Sparrow Seek   Remaining Tickets: 1
Meet at WCC:   8:30 AM  Return:   12:30 PM  $40.00   

The grasslands of the Sulphur Springs Valley are well known for the diversity of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs that are winter residents. Over 24 species of Passerellidae (members of the sparrow family) may winter in Cochise County and as many as 19 species have been observed during the festival weekend. The tour includes a field trip seeking a handful of these sparrow species. Less than 1/2 mile of easy to moderate walking and includes brushy areas. Intermediate to Advanced. Includes rest stops. Self-drive tour.

Trip Leaders: Homer Hansen  

5 History and Geology of Texas Canyon and the Sulphur Springs Valley   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   9:00 AM  Return:   3:00 PM  $50.00   

Driving Interstate 10 takes one through Texas Canyon and down through Sulphur Springs Valley, a beautiful landscape with fascinating geology.  A study of the geology of the area will focus on Texas Canyon, including its age and origin, changes to the rock since it was formed, and, relationships of this rock to the regional setting.  The primary stop for Texas Canyon will be at the Amerind where you will walk among the outcrops and make observations to help understand some of the major processes that have been involved.  Stops along the way before and/or after will provide an overview of the historical and geological setting for Sulphur Springs Valley.  No prior knowledge of geology is required. Warm clothing may be needed. Self-drive tour.  Bring your own lunch.

Trip Leaders: Larry Fellows  

Saturday 01/16/21
6 Birding Sulphur Springs Valley & Foothills   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   7:00 AM  Return:   2:00 PM  $50.00   

This tour heads southeast through the Sulphur Springs Valley to the foothills along the eastern flank of the valley.  Along the way you will see Sandhill Cranes and raptors before venturing into pine oak woodland to seek a variety of low montane species.  Approximately one mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops.  Beginner to Intermediate.  Self-drive tour.  Bring your own lunch.

Trip Leaders: Larry Liese  

7 Birding Sulphur Springs Valley - Leader's Choice   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   7:30 AM  Return:   2:30 PM  $50.00   

This field trip is “Leader’s Choice” and will go birding in favorite locations of the leader.  The tour will visit a variety of habitats, including wetlands, grasslands, agriculture fields, and foothills of the Sulphur Springs Valley. The tour will look for a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds with the potential for rare and exciting finds. Approximately one mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops. Beginner to Intermediate.  Self-drive tour.  Bring your own lunch.

Trip Leaders: Jeff Babson  

8 Birding Roper Lake & Dankworth Pond   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   12:00 PM  $40.00   

Roper Lake is an excellent place 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, and mergansers. Dankworth is a very popular southern Arizona birding destination and a large variety of migratory birds spend their winters soaking up the Arizona sun here. Note that this field trip has a 45 minute drive towards Safford, Arizona before birding commences.  Entry to Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond is free to holders of Arizona State Parks annual pass. Entry fee is $10 per vehicle with purchase of daily permit.  Beginner to Intermediate.  Self-drive tour.  Bring your own lunch.

Trip Leaders: Camden Bruner     Casey Bruner     Craig Wilcox    

9 Half-day Sparrow Seek   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   8:30 AM  Return:   12:30 PM  $40.00   

The grasslands of the Sulphur Springs Valley are well known for the diversity of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs that are winter residents. Over 24 species of Passerellidae (members of the sparrow family) may winter in Cochise County and as many as 19 species have been observed during the festival weekend. The tour includes a field trip seeking a handful of these sparrow species. Less than 1/2 mile of easy to moderate walking and includes brushy areas. Intermediate to Advanced. Includes rest stops. Self-drive tour.

Trip Leaders: Homer Hansen  

10 Working Cattle Ranch   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   9:00 AM  Return:   1:30 PM  $50.00   

Lush grasslands of the Sulphur Springs Valley supported large ranches, and ranchers once shipped more cattle from Willcox than any other point in the U.S. Visit an historic, working cattle ranch continuously operated by descendants of one of the earliest pioneer ranchers. Your rancher-guide will discuss ranching history, show and explain modern cattle and range management practices, and discuss relationships between ranching and wildlife. If it's cold in Willcox, it's cold on this tour! Less than 1/4 mile of easy, short walks. Self-drive tour.  Bring your own lunch.

Trip Leaders: Jim Riggs     Thomas Riggs    



 



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