Bighorn sheep workshops near Hoover Dam
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Region 3 office in Kingman serves as host to the popular Desert Bighorn Sheep Workshops each summer.
Two workshops will be held this year:
July 31-Aug.1 and Aug. 7-8
Each workshop begins with a mandatory Friday evening classroom educational session (6-8 p.m.) at the Region 3 office at 5325 N. Stockton Hill Rd. in Kingman. The second day (Saturday) provides the opportunity to view the bighorns in their native environment during a four-hour boat ride beginning at 10:30 a.m. on the Colorado River between Willow Beach and the Hoover Dam. There is also an optional 45-minute tour of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery prior to the river trip.
The application process is open to any member of the public 14-years-old and up. Nobody under 14 will be registered. Space is limited to 49 people per session and preference will be given to those who have not attended the workshop in the past.
To register for either workshop, download an application form and fill it out. Applications may be hand delivered or mailed to: Arizona Game and Fish, c/o Bighorn Workshop, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Rd., Kingman, AZ 86409. They may also be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com. If you are selected to participate a Refundable Deposit of $20 per person made out to Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation must be received by us within 10 days of notification to the address listed above. If the check is not received, you may be replaced on the workshop.
The deposit is returned when a person either attends the workshop or calls to cancel at least 48 hours in advance. Wildlife for Tomorrow is a non-profit group that works closely with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Applications should be limited to no more than four people and must be received by
noon, June 17, 2015.
Because demand for these workshops always exceeds availability, participants are selected through a random draw process. Following the draw, all applicants are contacted by mail or e-mail. Those not selected in the initial drawing are placed on the reserve list and there are generally 4-8 cancellations per workshop. Applications received after the deadline will be returned.
“The hottest time of the year is when the bighorns are coming to the river pretty regularly,” said Zen Mocarski, public information officer with the Kingman office. “The hotter it is, the better the opportunity to see the sheep along the river’s banks.”
“Our goal is to reach as many people as possible, and that’s difficult with only 98 open spots over two weeks,” Mocarski said of giving preference to those that have not attended. “This is a great opportunity for people to learn about bighorn sheep, the department, and the conservation efforts of many different agencies in regards to bighorn sheep.”
Donations, which are not mandatory to participate, will be accepted at the workshop to help offset the increasing costs for boat rentals and fuel. Please do not send cash donations prior to the event.
Participants are encouraged to bring a camera, water, snacks, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. No tripods will be allowed on the boats, but monopods and small coolers are OK.
“It will be hot on the river,” Mocarski advised, “but that’s when bighorn come down for a drink. There is limited shade on the boats, but the temperatures will be in the triple digits.”
For questions or more information, please contact Zen Mocarski at (928) 692-7700, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may view video of a past workshop at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWXktL01aKo.