Welcome!

Registration for Wings Over Willcox is open. The festival will be held in Willcox, Arizona, on January 13th through January 17th, 2016.

We are upgrading our registration system this year so please be patient with us if there are any problems or delays. Please contact the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture if you have any questions.

Registration Instructions:

All festival tour participants must register. Those who participate only in the Seminars and Nature Expo do not need to pre-register.

To register, please enter the required information below. If you are registering for more than one person, please indicate the number of participants (including yourself) and include their name(s) in the space for “Additional Attendees.” All of the information provided is treated with strict confidentiality and is ONLY use to mail brochures and festival announcements.

Please be aware that there is a $10.00 non-refundable registration fee for each registrant. For information about cancellations, refunds, etc., please click on the link for Participant Information. You may also contact us at wingsoverwillcox@vtc.net or call us at (520) 384-2272.

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The tour meeting times listed are provided to ensure that the tours depart on time. All tours depart promptly 10 minutes after the meeting time.

To sign-up for the Wings Over Willcox tours and events, it is necessary to first register as a participant of the festival. On-line registration requires a credit card as payment. At this time we can only accept MasterCard, Visa or Discover credit cards. A secure on-line transaction is provided through PayPal. To pay by check, please print out the registration form and send by mail.

To register, please click on any of the “Register” links on this page and follow the instructions. Please be aware that there is a $10.00 non-refundable registration fee for each participant. “Early” registration deadline is December 31st, 2015. Registration after this date will require an additional $5.00 per event, per person fee. (After December 31st the price will reflect this fee.) On-line registration closes January 8, 2016. Registrations after that date may be made, if available, by calling the Willcox Chamber office or at the festival

Registration Desk.

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Thursday 01/14/16
4 Sunset Sandhill Crane   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   3:45 PM  Return:   6:30 PM  $30.00   
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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     Sandra Noll    

Friday 01/15/16
7 Fort Bowie Geology and History and Naturalist Saunter   Remaining Tickets: 12
Meet at WCC:   7:45 AM  Return:   2:30 PM  $50.00   
The emigrant trail that crossed Cochise County enroute to California included stops near Apache Pass southeast of Willcox and Sulphur Springs near the south end of Willcox Playa. Fort Bowie was built in 1862 to protect emigrants from Apaches. The 1.5 mile trail passes historic features including ruins of the Butterfield Stage Station, post cemetery, Apache Spring and site of the first Fort Bowie. The visitor center offers exhibits and a bookstore. A National Park Ranger will explain the history, geology and plant and animal life of the park. 1.5 mile of easy walking following the old military road. Trail is not steep but may be covered with loose gravel. Beginner. Includes lunch, drinks and rest stops.


8 Winter Waterfowl   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   8:30 AM  Return:   12:00 PM  $35.00   
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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. The tour will cover waterfowl identification, habitat, and conservation. Less than 1/2 mile of easy walking

Trip Leaders: David E Brown  

9 Cochise Stronghold & Sunsites Specialties   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   8:45 AM  Return:   5:00 PM  $75.00   
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10 Ag Tour   Remaining Tickets: 16
Meet at WCC:   8:50 AM  Return:   3:30 PM  $45.00   
Visit Kansas Settlement Cotton Gin, Bonita Bean Plant, a chili processing plant, an organic farm and other agricultural sites. Managers and owners at each location will explain their operation and discuss the latest methods they use in maximizing production. In addition, your guide will discuss irrigation farming and other agriculture crops along the way. Approximately 1/2 mile of easy walking. Includes lunch, drinks, and rest stops.

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11 Wine Tasting   Remaining Tickets: 15
Meet at WCC:   12:45 PM  Return:   4:00 PM  $35.00   

Willcox has become a premier location for vineyards and winemaking with 23 exisiting vineyards and 11 tasting rooms. Willcox wines consistently rank 88 or above with Wine Spectator Magazine ratings. We begin with 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. We will see the vines in their dormant, pruned winter stasis and discuss the growth cycle of grapevines. We will explore the unique challenges of farming grapes in Arizona, and discuss the unique characteristics of Arizona's soil & microclimate that gives our wines their distinct, mineral flavors and rich, full body. We will discuss the Arizona wine industry while walking the vineyard and enjoying wine together. Each participant in the event will receive a commemorative 22-ounce fine, long-stemmed Bordeaux wine glass and full wine tasting flight of Flying Leap wines. The portion of the tour will last for about one hour, depending on how many questions or special requests come from the group.

The tour returns to Willcox for a visit to the Aridus Wine Company that offers the largest custom crush facility in Arizona. Aridus utilizes state of the art equipment in a converted apple warehouse built in 1982. Spend time with owner, Scott Dahmer, to learn about the history of the building and the art of winemaking and processing. Reload the bus for a trip to downtown Willcox and a visit to the tasting rooms of Aridus (https://ariduswineco.com), Keeling Schaefer (www.keelingschaefervineyards.com) and Carlson Creek (https://carlsoncreek.com) for a chance to taste their wines. It will be a memorable event like no other!

Approximately ½ mile of walking at vineyard, crush facility and between tasting rooms on Railroad/Railview Avenue. Includes souvenir glass and tastings at Flying Leap Vineyard, 6 wine tastings downtown, and rest stops.

Trip Leaders:      Scott & Joan Dahmer    

12 Easy Birding Sampler   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   12:50 PM  Return:   4:00 PM  $35.00   
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A slower paced tour. Easy viewing will be emphasized on this trip designed for birders with limitations of endurance or mobility. We will visit locations identified by wildlife experts to view a variety of species such as waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, sparrows, and Sandhill Cranes. Most birding will be done from the vehicle or in close proximity to the vehicle and the short excursions will be wheelchair accessible. Beginner to Advanced. Includes rest stops. Handicapped accessible.

Trip Leaders: Michael McCarthy  

13 Sunset Sandhill Crane - Tour   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   3:45 PM  Return:   6:30 PM  $30.00   
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14 Amazing Arizona Astronomy   Remaining Tickets: 6
Meet at WCC:   5:45 PM  Return:   8:00 PM  $35.00   

The winter skies in southeastern Arizona rank among the best in the country. Amateur astronomer, Jahn Ratje, will guide you through the constellations, planets, and deep-sky features visible during Wings. You’ll have multiple opportunities to see a variety of beautiful and fascinating objects through a telescope (provided) and binoculars (bring your own, please). We recommend that you bring a flashlight and folding chair as well.To preserve night vision, it is best to have a red lens for your flashlight. Red cellophane with rubber bands will be provided to cover your flashlights for those without a red lens.

Dress warmly and stay as long or as short as you desire, as our viewing site will be close to Willcox. Participants will meet at the Willcox Community Center.

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Packaged Event
NEW!! 32 Cave Creek Montaine   Remaining Tickets: 4
Meet at WCC:   5:15 AM  Return:   4:30 AM  $70.00   
Begins with a trip to historic Portal, AZ with birding stops along the way then to world renown Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains to see a variety of specie

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Saturday 01/16/16
15 Daylong Photography – Tour   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   5:45 AM  Return:   4:00 PM  $100.00   
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Spend time with a wildlife photographer at Whitewater Draw and other southeastern Arizona sites, photographing Sandhill Cranes and other birds and wildlife.

Less than 1/2 mile of walking. Intermediate to Advanced Photographers. Includes lunch, drinks and rest stops.

 

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16 Birds on the Mountain – Tour   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   6:15 AM  Return:   4:30 PM  $70.00   
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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 border ranges of Cochise County are well known for both resident and migratory specialties, as well as less common specialities 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 Spasucker, 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.

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18 Chiricahua Mountain Geology and Birds   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   7:45 AM  Return:   4:00 PM  $70.00   
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Rocks in the Chiricahua Mountains were formed by explosive volcanic eruptions about 27 million years ago. We will discuss the origin and character of the rock as well as chemical and physical processes responsible for shaping the landscape. The tour leader, a geology graduate of the University of Arizona, will describe features in nontechnical terms. No prior knowledge of geology is required. The tour will include a stop at the Chiricahua Mountains Visitor Center. Time will be spent viewing and identifying birds found in this area including species such as Northern Pygmy-Owl, Blue-throated Hummingbird, Arizona Woodpecker, Juniper Titmouse, and the Mexican Chickadee. Approximately one mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops. Beginner to Advanced birders welcome. Includes drinks, entrance fees to feeding areas and rest stops.

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19 Cochise Stronghold/Sunsites Specialties   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   8:45 AM  Return:   4:00 PM  $75.00   
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Explore the Dragoon Mountain's Cochise Stronghold area for wintering apecialties 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 2 miles of hiking with several stops. Intermediate to Advanced. Includes lunch, drinks, and rest stops

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20 Texas Canyon Flora & Relationships and Amerind Museum Tour   Remaining Tickets: 11
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 - 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 Museum 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: Cado Daily  

NEW!! 21 Discovery Park   Remaining Tickets: 21
Meet at WCC:   12:10 PM  Return:   4:00 PM  $50.00   
Discovery Park, located in Safford, AZ, is the Visitor's Center for the Steward Observatory on top of Mount Graham. The tour includes a visit to the museum of astronomy where you can view a display highlighting how the telescope mirrors are made (under the stadium at the University of Arizona in Tucson). Also included is a free Disney style shuttle ride that takes people on a virtual tour of the solar system. The tour will be led by John Ratje who was instrumental in the creation of Discovery Park and will also be leading our Amazing Astronomy Tour on Friday evening.

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NEW!! 22 Roper Lake/Dankworth Pond Easy Birding Tour   Remaining Tickets: 3
Meet at WCC:   12:15 PM  Return:   5:00 PM  $50.00   
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 Blackbirds, Yellow headed Blackbirds, Great horned owl, Cardinals, flycatchers, Kingfisher, Mallard ducks, Ruddy ducks, Grebes, Egrets, Herons, Neotropic Cormorants, American Coots and Mergansers. Mammals commonly seen are bobcats, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, and coyotes.

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23 Mid Day Whitewater Draw Tour   Remaining Tickets: 3
Meet at WCC:   12:15 PM  Return:   4:30 PM  $35.00   
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.

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25 Sunset Sandhill Crane - Tour   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   3:45 PM  Return:   6:30 PM  $30.00   
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This tour will start 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 3/4 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. Beginners welcome. Includes rest stops.

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Sunday 01/17/16
27 Continental Breakfast   Remaining Tickets: 41
Meet at WCC:   5:30 AM  Return:   9:30 AM  $2.00   

Continental Breakfast

Join us for a continental breakfast at the Willcox Community Center in the Dining Room.

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28 Southbound Hawk Stalk - Tour   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   7:45 AM  Return:   1:00 PM  $30.00   
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Explore Kansas Settlement area, a hawk-watcher's dream during the winter month when large numbers of raptors are seen throughout the area.

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29 Northbound Hawk Stalk - Tour   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   7:50 AM  Return:   1:00 PM  $30.00   
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Explore the Stewart District to Bonita, a hawk-watcher's dream during the winter months when a 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.

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30 Ghost Town Half Day Tour   Remaining Tickets: 13
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   1:00 PM  $30.00   
Step back in time and experience the real Wild West of yesteryear on a trip to some of Cochise County's ghost towns. Explore 3 nearby AZ ghost towns and learn about the fascinating history and demise of these historic sites. Transportation by busy and professional guide are included. Your tour guides will discuss early life in these towns and showcase ghost town ruins and remaining buildings. Participants will learn about events and historic characters who shaped the area including Doc Holiday's woman Big Nose Kate. Moderate walking, 1/4 - 1/2 mile at each stop.

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Wednesday 01/11/17
1 Ghost Towns of Southeast Arizona - Overnight   Remaining Tickets: 15
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   3:30 PM  $300.00   


Thursday 01/12/17
Packaged Event
2 Cave Creek – Overnight   Remaining Tickets: 5
Meet at WCC:   5:30 AM  Return:   4:30 PM  $250.00   
Begins with a trip to historic Portal, AZ with birding stops along the way then to world renown Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains to see a variety of species. Spend the night at Cave Creek Ranch and more birding the next day

Trip Leaders: Mark Larson  



 



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