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To sign-up for the Wings Over Willcox field trips, it is necessary to first register as a participant of the festival. On-line registration requires a credit card as payment. Secure on-line transactions are provided through PayPal and all credit cards are accepted.  Please note that a PayPal account is NOT REQUIRED to accept payment. 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. There is a $20.00 non-refundable registration fee for each participant.  

On-line registration closes midnight, Friday, January 6, 2023.  Registration or field trips that have not Sold Out will be possible at the registration desk during the festival You may also email us at or call us at 520-384-2874 and we will return your message as soon as possible, most likely the week of January 8th.  We look forward to seeing you at the festival!



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Friday 01/13/23
4 Southwest Winter Specialties - Fri   Remaining Tickets: 2
Meet at WCC:   6:50 AM  Return:   4:30 PM  $80.00   

Some of the most sought-after birds in North America spend their winters here in Cochise County. The tour travels the wetlands, grasslands, agriculture fields, and foothills of the Sulphur Springs Valley and includes stops at Whitewater Draw and Cochise Stronghold. The tour will look for Scaled Quail, Arizona Woodpecker, Mountain Plover, Sage Sparrow, Chestnut-Collared Longspur, Vermilion Flycatcher, and Bendire's Thrasher, as well as a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds. Be ready for other rare and exciting finds. Approximately one mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops. Intermediate to Advanced. Includes lunch, drinks, and rest stops.

Trip Leaders: To Be Decided     To Be Decided    

5 Birding Roper Lake & Dankworth Pond   Remaining Tickets: -1
Meet at WCC:   7:20 AM  Return:   12:00 PM  $60.00   

Roper Lake is an excellent place for bird watching. Species commonly seen are Gambel's Quail, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great Horned Owl, Northern Cardinal, as well as flycatchers, kingfishers, ducks, 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.  Beginner to Intermediate. 

Trip Leaders: Dorothy Laage     Sam Laage    

6 Beginning Birdwatching   Remaining Tickets: 4
Meet at WCC:   7:50 AM  Return:   10:00 AM  $25.00   

Learn and practice basic identification skills. Time will be spent at the Willcox ponds and nearby areas observing and identifying common bird species.  The trip leader will likely have a spotting scope; however, this tour will require that you bring your own binoculars.  Less than 1/2 mile of easy walking. Beginner.

Trip Leaders: To Be Decided  

7 Daylong Hawk Stalk   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   8:50 AM  Return:   3:00 PM  $70.00   

Explore Sulphur Springs Valley a hawk-watcher's dream during the winter months when large numbers of raptors are seen throughout the area. Approximately 1/2 mile of easy walking. Beginner to Intermediate. Rest stops are included.

Trip Leaders: Tim Snow  

8 Explore the Amerind Museum   Remaining Tickets: 5
Meet at WCC:   9:05 AM  Return:   12:00 PM  $25.00   

Join us as we take a docent-led tour of the Amerind Museum. Located among the balancing boulders in Texas Canyon, Amerind is a museum, art gallery, and research center dedicated to archaeology, Native cultures, and Western art. During your visit, Amerind Docent Steve Deatrick will provide an interpretive tour through the Museums archaeological exhibits.

Trip Leaders: To Be Decided  

9 Whitewater Draw Sandhill Crane   Remaining Tickets: 0
Meet at WCC:   9:20 AM  Return:   2:00 PM  $40.00   

Head to the south end of Sulphur Springs Valley looking for Sandhill Cranes foraging in the fields along the way.  Then enjoy their return to Whitewater Draw as they fly in to loaf after their morning feeding. Less than 1/2 mile of easy walking. Beginner to Intermediate. Includes rest stops and lunch.

Trip Leaders: To Be Decided  

10 Willcox Playa Geology   Remaining Tickets: 5
Meet at WCC:   12:50 PM  Return:   3:30 PM  $55.00   

The playa, the most recent major geologic feature to have been formed, occupies part of the Sulphur Springs Valley.  It has three older siblings between Tucson and the New Mexico border: the Santa Cruz, San Pedro, and San Simon valleys.  By observing the playa and the Sulphur Springs "basin," within which it lies, one can get an idea of what its siblings must have looked like in more youthful times.  Those on the trip will learn about the origin, dimensions, and some of the impacts the playa has had on the history and development of the area.  The tour leader, a retired geologist, will describe features in nontechnical terms. No prior knowledge of geology is required. Tour members may take short walks totaling no more than 1/2 mile total.

Trip Leaders: To Be Decided  

11 Sunset Sandhill Crane - Fri   Remaining Tickets: 1
Meet at WCC:   3:50 PM  Return:   6:00 PM  $25.00   

This tour will start with a circuit of Cochise Lake for late afternoon arrivals of waterfowl. Next stop will be at a known roosting site as dusk begins to fall, with Sandhill Cranes coming in from the fields to spend the night. Up to ¾ mile of walking may be required along unpaved, sandy roads. Be prepared for cold temperatures as the sun sets, and bring a flashlight for the return walk to the vehicle.

Trip Leaders: To Be Decided  


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