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July Key Dates & Events
 
July 1
9:30 a.m. til 3:00 p.m.
  Dragonfly Walk -- July "Sunday Bonus" Tour
  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. Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
   
July 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2007
7:30 a.m.
  Arboretum at Flagstaff Birdwalks
  Find out why The Arboretum is such a great place for birdwatching on one of the Saturday Morning Birdwalks. Volunteers guides from the Audubon Society will help visitors to identify many migratory and resident species of birds that enjoy the pond and plant diversity in the gardens. Visit www.thearb.org for more information.
   
July 7, 2007
6 - 8 p.m.
  Backyard Birding Basics
  Suzanne Sitko, White Mountains Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy and Audubon member, will share valuable tips on identifying and learning about your backyard avian visitors. She'll also discuss how to design and landscape your yard to attract birds. 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.
   
July 7
9:30 a.m. til 3:00 p.m.
  July 7 Saturday Dragonfly Walk
  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.
   
July 11, 2007
7:00 pm
  Predator Calling
  The Phoenix Varmint Callers will hold their monthly meeting at 12851 N.19th Ave., Lodge #2, Phoenix, AZ. Predator-calling demo included. Public is welcome. For more information please visit our website www.pvci.org.
   
July 14, 2007
6 - 8 p.m.
  Wildlife Adaptations
  Biologist Randy Babb will profile of some of Arizona's unique, lesser known wildlife, and explain their behaviors and adaptations for survival in Arizona's harsh and varied climates. You won't want to miss this quality 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.
   
July 14
8:30 a.m.
  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: July 14, 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. Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
   
Jul. 19, 2007
7:00 pm
  Elk/Deer Hunting/Scouting Discussion Group
  The purpose of this meeeting is to meet once before our first camping trip. Our first trip will be a group campout in the Coconino National Forest near Happy Jack, AZ. During this campout we will meet to discuss important hunting topics, where the best hunting spots in Arizona are, and what hunting techniques are working the best. Of course, no meeting would be complete without deciding who had the best hunting trip of the month. See the camping trip event on July 20th for details: http://hunting.meetup.com/24/calendar/5953830/
   
July 21, 2007
4:00 p.m.
  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Game Banquet
  The Prescott\Quad Cities Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host the annual Big Game Banquet/Fundraiser on July 21, 2007 at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. The event doors will open at 4:00 p.m. for cocktails and a preview of the auction items. You will also have an opportunity to view the "400 Club Elk Display" and hear the elk calling contest. For ticket information contact Julie Pittman at (928) 636-8990. For information concerning the elk calling contest, contact Jeff Dysinger at (928) 856-1034 or visit rmef.org.
   
July 21, 2007
6 - 8 p.m.
  Arizona's Wild Turkeys
  Before he became the Department's Big Game Supervisor, Brian Wakeling spent countless hours researching and following wild turkeys in the field. Another of the agency's quality speakers, Brian will summarize all those years of behavioral study at this evening's 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
   
July 21, 2007
12:00 pm
  Annual Arizona State Varmint Calling Contest
  The Phoenix Varmint Callers will hold their Annual State Varmint Calling Contest on July 21, 2007 at the Gila County Fairgrounds in Globe, AZ during the Arizona Trappers Association (ATA)Convention. All predator callers are welcome to compete. Free to enter. See www.pvci.org for more information.
   
July 28
9:30 a.m.
  July 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.
   
July 28, 2007
7:30 a.m. - noon
  "High Country Hummers"
  The Arizona Game and Fish Department is again offering a unique opportunity for people to learn more about Arizona's hummingbirds at the 5th annual High Country Hummers event. On Saturday, July 28, Sheri Williamson, one of the nation's foremost experts on hummingbirds, will conduct a capture and bird-banding event that is free and open to the public at the department's Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area in eastern Arizona. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to get up close and personal with these flying jewels. We are quite fortunate to be able to get Sheri, who is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Hummingbirds of North America, to come to our part of the state to demonstrate her research. Observers will be able to interact with her one-on-one as they watch her capture, measure, weigh and band birds. They will also be able to use a stethoscope to hear a hummingbird's heart beat more than 200 times a minute. Other fun programs will be offered at the wildlife area that day. There will be exhibits featuring live hawks, owls and reptiles. White Mountain Audubon Chapter members will lead a bird walk on one of the hiking trails on the Sipe property. Visitors can also view a slide presentation on hummingbird natural history. Plus, people are welcome to explore the visitor center's interpretive displays on wildlife, habitats, prehistoric culture and conservation. Come prepared to spend most of the morning outdoors. It's a good idea to bring your own food and water, as well as a camera and binoculars. The Sipe Wildlife Area is located southeast of Eagar and Springerville. From Eagar, take Highway 191 toward Alpine for about two miles to the signed turnoff at the top of the first hill. Drive about five miles, on a dirt road suitable for passenger cars, to the Sipe property. For more information on this special event, contact the Pinetop Game and Fish office at (928) 367-4281.
   
* 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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