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August Key Dates & Events
 
August 1, 2007
7:00pm - 9:30pm
  Bear/Predator Calling
  The Phoenix Varmint Callers will hold their monthly meeting at 12851 N.19th Ave., Lodge #2, Phoenix, AZ. Focus will be on Bear Hunting/Calling Tactics. Public is welcome. For more information please visit our website www.pvci.org.
   
Aug. 4, 2007
6 - 8 p.m.
  A Chatterbox with a Bushy Tail
  Biologist Bob Vahle has conducted extensive studies of Arizona's red squirrels and will share what he's learned of their natural history, including the endangered population located on Mount Graham. He'll also discuss the Abert squirrel; the red squirrel's tassle-eared, gray cousin that we commonly see here. This program is part of the Summer Wildlife Speaker Series presented every Saturday evening, from June 30 through August 11, at the AGFD Pinetop regional office. We have scheduled several outstanding speakers to present informative, entertaining programs on a variety of Arizona wildlife species and subjects that will educate and impress audiences of all ages. The Pinetop office is located at 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd. in Pinetop. There is no admission cost, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the office at (928) 367-4281 for questions or additional information.
   
August 4
9:30 a.m. til 3:00 p.m.
  Dragonfly Walk, Saturday, August 4
  The Queen Creek Riparian corridor and Ayer Lake are great places to view Red Rock Skimmers, Blue-eyed Darners and various other species of these insect predators. Parents and kids can learn to identify colorful dragonfly species during a one-hour walk,which begins at 9:30 a.m. from the Visitor Center lobby. Bring binoculars! See dragonfly photos and read more online.
   
Aug. 5
9:30 a.m.
  August Butterfly Guided Walk
  Bring your binoculars for dazzling close-up looks at colorful species such as Queen, Painted Lady and Pipevine Swallowtail during this guided outing with Education Coordinator Chris Kline or Arizona State Parks volunteer naturalists. A few butterflies will be captured for kids to have close-up looks at these insects during the tour - so bring your camera, too! Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m.
   
Aug. 11, 2007
6 - 8 p.m.
  Trout Fishing in the White Mountains
  Fisheries Program Manager Mike Lopez will share information on local trout fishing opportunities, techniques and tips on "whatta they biting on." Free fish posters available at this program. This program is part of the Summer Wildlife Speaker Series presented every Saturday evening, from June 30 through August 11, at the AGFD Pinetop regional office. We have scheduled several outstanding speakers to present informative, entertaining programs on a variety of Arizona wildlife species and subjects that will educate and impress audiences of all ages. The Pinetop office is located at 2878 E. White Mountain Blvd. in Pinetop. There is no admission cost, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact the office at (928) 367-4281 for questions or additional information.
   
August 11
9:30 a.m. til 3:00 p.m.
  CAZBA All-Day Butterfly Census
  August 11 (Saturday) members of the Phoenix Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association will conduct a day-long butterfly count from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
   
August 11
8:30 a.m
  August Learn-Your-Lizards Guided Walk
  Why do Arizona lizards do "pushups" to display their azure abdomens? On the second Saturday of each month this Summer participants can observe this unique behavior and learn why lizards have blue bellies and other Sonoran desert adaptations during our guided "Learn Your Lizards" walk: August 11 and September 8. We also have one special "Sunday Bonus" lizard walk tour at 9:30 a.m. September 2. Tours usually last about 90 minutes and proceed along the Main Trail. Carry binoculars for great close-up views of these engaging little reptiles, carry a water bottle and wear sunscreen and a hat. To read more about this tour
   
Aug. 26
10:30 a.m.
  "Opuntia Punch" Class (How-to-Juide-a-Prickly-Pear)
  "Opuntia Punch" Class. or How-to-Juice-Prickly-Pear-Cactus-Fruit Aug. 26 and again Sept. 1 at 10:30 a.m. Have you ever sipped a prickly pear fruit margarita or nibbled candy made from cactus fruit? If so, you're already aware that nothing compares to the subtle flavor and outrageous magenta color of juice from the prickly pear cacti that can be harvested throughout Arizona. Our popular one-hour class is offered to visitors towards the end of each summer when prickly pear fruit ripen. Come learn how to harvest opuntia cactus fruits and extract their juice without turning your hands into a "porcupine" of painful glochids and cactus spines. Apache Junction author Jean Groen ("Foods of the Superstitions") is the cactus fruit harvest season guest on Sunday, August 26, at 10:30 a.m. This same class repeats on Saturday, Sept. 1.
   
* Additional events for this month will be added as they become available. Please check back or submit your event from the link above.
 
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