Welcome!

Registration for Wings Over Willcox opens October 3, 2016. The festival will be held in Willcox, Arizona, at the Willcox Community Center, 312 W. Stewart St., on January 11th through January 15th, 2017.

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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Calendar View

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Wednesday 01/11/17
Featured!! 1 Ghost Towns of Southeast Arizona - Overnight   Remaining Tickets: 15
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   3:30 PM  $300.00   
The tour starts with a 30-minute review of photographs of the towns and mining camps in their “hey day”. Step back in time and experience the real Wild West of yesteryear on a two- day trip to Cochise County's ghost towns. Explore four Arizona ghost towns and learn about the fascinating history and demise of these historic sites. Lunches, dinner, bottled water and drinks, overnight accommodations, transportation by mini-bus and professional guides are included. Your tour guides will discuss early life in these towns and showcase ghost town ruins, a restored jail, historic schoolhouse, hotel, cemeteries and other buildings. Picnic lunch stop at one of two 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 a presentation of the haunting tales about the ghosts of Bisbee and the hotel's resident ghosts. After breakfast Thursday, participants will tour the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum. The tour returns to Willcox via the remaining two ghost towns with a lunch stop at the OK Cafe in famous Tombstone, Arizona. Participants will learn about events and historic characters that shaped the area including Doc Holiday's woman Big Nose Kate Includes accommodations and all meals from Wednesday lunch to Thursday lunch. Water, tea and sodas provided with lunches& dinner. Alcoholic beverages at hotel are NOT provided but available at your cost. Vegetarian meals available WITH PRIOR REQUEST.

Moderate walking, 1/4 to 1/2 mile at each stop.

Accommodations: Single or Double occupancy, queen beds. Participants must contact the Willcox Chamber to reserve your overnight accommodations.

Trip Leaders: Terry & Kelly Rowden  

Thursday 01/12/17
Packaged Event
2 Cave Creek Ranch & Canyon Montane Birding – Overnight   Remaining Tickets: 8
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   Remaining Tickets: 8
Meet at WCC:   5:15 AM  Return:   11:00 AM  $50.00   
These tours, led by an award-winning, professional wildlife photographer, will include visits to Whitewater Draw and other southeastern Arizona popular wildlife sites, to photograph Sandhill Cranes taking flight and other birds and wildlife in the area. Choose which to half-day tour fits your schedule.

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

Trip Leaders: Brian Holliday  

NEW!! 4 Half Day Photography   Remaining Tickets: 8
Meet at WCC:   1:30 PM  Return:   6:30 PM  $50.00   
These tours, led by an award-winning, professional wildlife photographer, will include visits to Whitewater Draw and other southeastern Arizona popular wildlife sites, to photograph Sandhill Cranes taking flight and other birds and wildlife in the area. Choose which to half-day tour fits your schedule.

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

Trip Leaders: Brian Holliday  

5 Sunset Sandhill Crane   Remaining Tickets: 25
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.


6 Welcoming Reception   Remaining Tickets: 98
Meet at WCC:   6:00 PM  Return:   7:00 PM  $0.00   
Refreshments and entertainment

Trip Leaders: N/A  

Friday 01/13/17
NEW!! 7 Continental Breakfast   Remaining Tickets: 50
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.


8 Sunrise Sandhill Crane   Remaining Tickets: 40
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


9 Day-Long Hawk Stalk   Remaining Tickets: 12
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 Chiricahua National Monument   Remaining Tickets: 12
Meet at WCC:   7:50 AM  Return:   4:00 PM  $75.00   
Join Wildlife Biologist, Naturalist, & Ethnobotanist Vincent Pinto for a full day of Birding and Nature exploration in stunning Chiricahua National Monument. Here you’ll wander the park’s 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, Townsend’s Solitaire, Phainopepla, Pyrrhuloxia, wintering Warblers, and several Sparrows are all among the possible species at the Monument. When we’re 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. You’ll 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 3.5 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, and hat. Bring a day pack sufficient to hold your lunch and large water bottles with several quarts of water.

Trip Leaders: Vincent Pinto  

11 Fun & Easy Birding Sampler   Remaining Tickets: 8
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   10:30 AM  $30.00   
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 possibly 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 Intermediate. Includes rest stops. Handicapped accessible.


12 Agronomics in the Sulphur Springs Valley   Remaining Tickets: 18
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: 15
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: 10
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.


15 Wine Tasting Tour   Remaining Tickets: 30
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  

16 Sunset Sandhill Crane Tour   Remaining Tickets: 25
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: N/A  

17 Amazing Astronomy   Remaining Tickets: 20
Meet at WCC:   5:45 PM  Return:   8:00 PM  $30.00   
This tour begins with an optional one-hour seminar beginning at 4:00 p.m. The winter skies in southeastern Arizona rank among the best in the country. Astronomer John 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). A star chart, including an observing list, will be provided for each participant. 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 & rubber bands will be provided to cover your flashlights if you do not have a red lens.)


Featured!! 18 Hummingbird Seminar with Wine and Dessert   Remaining Tickets: 48
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 01/14/17
19 Continental Breakfast   Remaining Tickets: 50
Meet at WCC:   5:30 AM  Return:   9:30 PM  $0.00   
Continental Breakfast served in the Community Center by donation.


NEW!! 20 Half-Day Photography   Remaining Tickets: 8
Meet at WCC:   5:15 AM  Return:   11:00 AM  $50.00   
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, drinks and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Linda & Mark Kline  

NEW!! 21 Half-Day Photography   Remaining Tickets: 8
Meet at WCC:   1:30 PM  Return:   6:30 PM  $50.00   
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, drinks and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: Linda & Mark Kline  

22 Birds on the Mountain   Remaining Tickets: 12
Meet at WCC:   6:15 AM  Return:   4:30 PM  $75.00   
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: 12
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!! 24 Naturalist Saunter to Fort Bowie   Remaining Tickets: 12
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 1800’s. 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 you’ll have an opportunity to see some of the park’s incredible diversity of Birds, the possibilities include: Golden Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Montezuma Quail, Scaled Quail, Acorn Woodpecker, wintering Flycatchers, Western Scrub Jay, Cactus Wren, Bridled Titmouse, Plain Titmouse, Rock Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Bendire’s Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Crissal Thrasher, Wintering Warblers, and a wide variety of Sparrows. When the birds are slower, you’ll learn about how the Apache made use of the local plants, track wildlife, learn key Wilderness Survival Skills, and discover the park’s unique geologic history. Other wildlife we may spot includes: Collared Peccary, White-nosed Coati, Mule Deer, and Rock Squirrels. You won’t want to miss this Naturalist extravaganza at one of the premier natural destination in Arizona’s 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. Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, and hat. Bring a day pack sufficient to hold your lunch and Large water bottles with several quarts of water.

Trip Leaders: Vincent Pinto  

NEW!! 25 Traveling with the Sandhill Cranes   Remaining Tickets: 20
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: 15
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: 16
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: 13
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.


29 Discovery Park   Remaining Tickets: 20
Meet at WCC:   12:15 PM  Return:   5:00 PM  $20.00   
Discovery Park , located in Safford, AZ, is the Visitor’s Center for the Stewart Observatory on top of Mount Graham. The park is an education and entertainment retreat, emphasizing the science and culture of the Gila Valley, from mining and agriculture to space exploration. Included in the tour is a free Disney-style space shuttle ride that takes people on a virtual tour of the solar system. The tour also 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). .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 Saturday evening. This is a wonderful attraction and perfect tour for families and a special family rate is available, (for a family of parent/parents and 2 or 3 children, children ages 6 to 16.) Contact the Willcox Chamber for larger than 5 family rate.


NEW!! 30 Discovery Park Family   Remaining Tickets: 20
Meet at WCC:   12:15 PM  Return:   5:00 PM  $25.00   
Discovery Park , located in Safford, AZ, is the Visitor’s Center for the Stewart Observatory on top of Mount Graham. The park is an education and entertainment retreat, emphasizing the science and culture of the Gila Valley, from mining and agriculture to space exploration. Included in the tour is a free Disney-style space shuttle ride that takes people on a virtual tour of the solar system. The tour also 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). .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 Saturday evening. This is a wonderful attraction and perfect tour for families and a special family rate is available, (for a family of parent/parents and 2 or 3 children, children ages 6 to 16.) Contact the Willcox Chamber for larger than 5 family rate.

Trip Leaders: John Ratje  

31 Sunset Sandhill Crane Tour   Remaining Tickets: 25
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.


Featured!! 32 Birds of Southeastern Arizona and Why Arizona’s Sky Islands, and the Chiricahua Mountains, are Special   Remaining Tickets: 48
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 01/15/17
33 Continental Breakfast   Remaining Tickets: 50
Meet at WCC:   5:30 AM  Return:   9:30 AM  $0.00   
Continental Breakfast in the Community Center. Donations accepted.


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.


35 Northbound Hawk Stalk   Remaining Tickets: 10
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.


NEW!! 36 Birding at Whitewater Draw   Remaining Tickets: 14
Meet at WCC:   7:50 AM  Return:   12:00 PM  $45.00   
Join Wildlife Biologist and Naturalist Vincent Pinto for a relaxed Birding trip to one of the area’s premier birding destinations. Whitewater Draw is maintained by AZ Game & Fish as excellent wildlife habitat. The riparian forests, wetlands, desert scrub, grasslands, and agricultural fields attract a wide range of wintering birds, including: Snow Goose, Ross’s Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, a wide variety of ducks, Gambel’s Quail, Scaled Quail, American Bittern (rare), Great Egret, Ferruginous & other Hawks, Virginia Rail, Sora, abundant Sandhill Cranes, Shorebirds, Gulls, Greater Roadrunner, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Gila Woodpecker, Vermillion Flycatcher, Cactus Wren, Black-tailed Gnatcather, American Pipit, a wide range of Sparrows, Pyrrhuloxia, Lazuli Bunting, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Lesser Goldfinch, & Lawrence’s Goldfinch. We’ll hope for a rare stray as well, such as Ruddy Ground Dove. Come and experience the abundant Birds of Whitewater. This will be a relaxed tour with a slow pace covering about 1.5 miles total over flat terrain. There will be opportunities to sit and enjoy the birds at times. Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, and hat. Bring a day pack sufficient to hold your snacks and Large water bottles.

Trip Leaders: Vincent Pinto  

37 Half-Day Ghost Town Tour   Remaining Tickets: 15
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  

38 Easy Birding Sampler   Remaining Tickets: 8
Meet at WCC:   8:45 AM  Return:   1:00 PM  $30.00   
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  



 



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