Welcome!

Registration for Wings Over Willcox opens September 4, 2018. The festival will be held in Willcox, Arizona, at the Willcox Community Center, 312 W. Stewart St., on January 17th through January 20th, 2019.

If there are any problems or delays in your registration process or you have questions, please contact the Willcox Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture at 1-800-200-2272.

Registration Instructions:

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.

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 1-800 200-2272.

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Seminar Information

Throughout the festival weekend we have scheduled several presenters to share their knowledge with you. The seminars are free (although donations are accepted at the registration booth) and are all held at the Willcox Community Center. The seminars are presented in either the Fireplace Room or the Dining Room. To avoid interruption to the presentations, please arrive 10 minutes before the start time for the seminars. Two Special Evening Seminars have been added. There is a fee for these two seminars and you will need to register for them prior to the festival. They are included with the tour registration information.

If you have difficulty viewing the seminar information, please check to see if you are using a current version of your browser software. Also, please be aware that you will have to scroll through the seminar page using the inner scroll bar on the right hand side of the webpage.

Calendar View

Thursday    Friday    Saturday    Sunday     All


T-Shirts              Seminars
Friday 01/12/18
NEW!! 14 Arizona's Venomous Reptiles  
Meet at WCC:   1:00 PM  Return:   2:00 PM   
Arizona is home to 15 species of dangerously venomous reptiles, including the Gila Monster, Sonoran Coral Snake, and about 13 species of rattlesnake. The state's reptile fauna also includes several mildly venomous snakes that are not dangerous to humans. Identification as well as natural history of these fascinating animals will be covered in this talk.

Seminar Speaker: Jim Rorabaugh  

Saturday 01/13/18
11 Crane Basics: Information to Enhance Sandhill Observation  
Meet at WCC:   8:30 AM  Return:   9:15 AM   
Crane Basics is an introductory workshop on the lives of Sandhill Cranes. Participants will learn interesting facts about crane biology and behavior that will enhance their crane-watching experience. Cranes are especially fascinating birds to observe once you understand their body language and range of vocalizations. Facts about these fascinating birds are delivered with a bit of humor and beautiful photos to boot! The programs last approximately 45 min., including Q&A This seminar in the introduction to the Traveling With the Cranes Tour which includes viewing Sandhill Cranes and winter birds at Whitewater Draw and the Sulphur Springs Valley.

Seminar Speaker: Erv Nichols & Sandra Noll  

NEW!! 12 Minerals of Arizona  
Meet at WCC:   10:00 AM  Return:   11:00 AM   
This talk will cover basic concepts in mineralogy and mineral identification, various mineral localities in Arizona, and the importance of minerals to society. Specific emphasis will be placed on copper and other metal ore minerals that are mined throughout Arizona and the southwestern US.

Seminar Speaker: Jeff Bickel  

16 Going Batty - Kids Program  
Meet at WCC:   2:00 PM  Return:   4:00 PM   
Can you fly with your hands? Bats can! Bats are the only flying mammals. In this seminar kids will learn interesting facts about bats and make their own bat to keep as a souvenir of the program.

Seminar Speaker: Kartchner Caverns State Park Staff  

NEW!! 17 Jaguar and Mexican Wolf Sightings in Southern Arizona  
Meet at WCC:   1:00 PM  Return:   2:00 PM   
Presentation will be about recent jaguar and Mexican wolf sightings in southeastern Arizona. Specifically, jaguars in the Huachcua and Dos Cabezzas mountains in late 2016, and a Mexican wolf near Chiricahua National Monument in early 2017. New jaguar sightings are always newsworthy, especially so since video of the so-called El Jefe jaguar in the Santa Ritas caused an international sensation in early 2016. Two two more sightings later that year only served to increase public interest in the elusive species even further. Meantime, a Mexican wolf had not been seen in southeast Arizona in many decades. The presence of these endangered species in the region posed unique challenegs for wildlife and land managers, and has made even more popular among the general public trail camera technology.

Seminar Speaker: Mark Hart  

NEW!! 18 ADVENTURES WITH REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS  
Meet at WCC:   2:00 PM  Return:   3:00 PM   
Richard Lapidus, author of Snake Hunting on the Devil's Highway and numerous articles in national magazines and journals, will share his lifetime of unusual and humorous adventures with all sorts of creatures, many of which occurred right in this area. Participants will be enlightened and entertained by the differences in the field of amateur herpetology from the 1960s to today. Many specific animals will be discussed. There will also be a question and answer period.


Featured!! 19 Birds of the Southeastern Arizona & Arizona's Sky Islands with Wine Tasting & Food  
Meet at WCC:   6:30 PM  Return:   8:30 PM   
Come enjoy wine tastings from several of our local wineries along with some tasty food (hors d'oeuvres & 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.

Seminar Speaker: Mark Larson  

NEW!! 20 Optics 102 How to Choose the Best Optics for Birding  
Meet at WCC:   3:00 PM  Return:   4:00 PM   
8x42 0r 10x50, close focus, field of view, eye relief, inter-pupilary distance - what does it all mean? Chip Clouse from Opticron optics will teach you the basics and some indepth knowledge for choosing what binoculars and spotting scopes will work best for you and your budget. Whether buying your first pair, upgrading, or a lifetime investment Chip's seminar is a must if you want to get the most out of your optics. Chip is a long-time avian biologist and environmental educator who is presently a contractor for Opticron after spending 2 years as their U.S. sales manager. He is also the former Director of Education and Outreach for the American Birding Association, as well as the Birder's Exchange Coordinator. He has been selling and reparing optics since 1994. When not traveling for Opticron he manages the Front Range Birding Company near Denver, CO where he spends as much time birding as he can.


Thursday 01/17/19
1 Crane Basics: Information to Enhance Sandhill Crane Observation - Seminar  
Meet at WCC:   2:00 PM  Return:   3:00 PM   
Crane Basics is an introductory workshop on the lives of Sandhill Cranes. Participants will learn interesting facts about crane biology and behavior that will enhance their crane-watching experience. Cranes are especially fascinating birds to observe once you understand their body language and range of vocalizations. Facts about these fascinating birds are delivered with a bit of humor and beautiful photos to boot! The program last approximately 45 minutes including Q&A.

Seminar Speaker: Erv Nichols & Sandra Noll  

Friday 01/18/19
NEW!! 1 Climates of Agriculture  
Meet at WCC:   11:00 AM  Return:   12:00 PM   
Understanding unique agricultural challenges in different climates. Want to know how agriculture works on the Willcox climate? Join Moiria White for this enjoyable seminar about one of the area's most notable industries

Seminar Speaker: N/A  

4 Geology Fun for Kids  
Meet at WCC:   10:00 AM  Return:   12:00 PM   
Join Tom Olson of Geology Fun for Kids in a fun workshop on Arizona geology. Mr. Olson will show how to make your own fossils, explain the Geology of Arizona and the area and tell why we have the landscapes today. Children will get a better understanding of how fossils are made and where to look for them.

Seminar Speaker: Tom Olson  

NEW!! 5 Optics 101 How to Chose the Best Optics  
Meet at WCC:   1:00 PM  Return:   1:45 PM   
10x50, 8x42, close focus, field of view, eye relief, interpupilary distance - Tommy will teach you the basics and some in-depth knowledge for choosing what binoculars and spotting scopes will work best for you and your budget. Whether buying your first pair, upgrading to a better one or going for the investment of a lifetime, this seminar is a must for those seeking to get the most out of their birding (or other use) optics.

Seminar Speaker: Tommy Montoya Sportsmans Warehouse  

7 Chiricahua is Our Home - Kids Program  
Meet at WCC:   2:00 PM  Return:   4:00 PM   
Discover some of the many animals that live at the Chiricahua National Monument. Birds, mammals, insects, reptiles: how is each group different? What special characteristics, adaptations, do they have to survive the cold winters and hot summers? Become a detective during this program to solve the mysteries of the amazing wildlife found at Chiricahua National Monument. Craft activity included. All ages are welcome.

Seminar Speaker: Suzanne Moody  

Featured!! 10 Dessert & Wine Tasting with Mark Hart of Arizona Game and Fish Department  
Meet at WCC:   6:30 PM  Return:   8:30 PM   
Come enjoy a delicious dessert of local treats accompanied by wine tastings from several of our local wineries while learning about our incredible area. Join Arizona's own Game and Fish, to explore the natural world around us and what is going to be happening in the future as the Arizona Game and Fish continue to restore habitat. What is you always wanted to know about the animal kingdom right next door?

Seminar Speaker: Mark Hart  

Saturday 01/19/19
13 Geology Fun for Kids  
Meet at WCC:   10:00 AM  Return:   12:00 PM   
Join Tom Olson of Geology Fun for Kids in a fun workshop on Arizona geology. Mr. Olson will show how to make your own fossils, explain the Geology of Arizona and the area and tell why we have the landscapes today. Children will get a better understanding of how fossils are made and where to look for them.

Seminar Speaker: Tom Olson  



 



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