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|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|