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June Key Dates & Events
 
June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 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 thearb.org for more information.
   
June 6, 2007
7:00 p.m.
  Predator Calling
  The Phoenix Varmint Callers will hold its monthly meeting at 12851 North 19th Ave., Lodge #2, Phoenix, AZ. Learn about reloading with a predator-calling demonstration included. Public is welcome. For more information please visit our website pvci.org.
   
June 9, 2007
All Day
  Free Fishing Day
  Get your fishing poles ready; Arizona’s free fishing day is Saturday, June 9 in celebration of the National Fishing and Boating Week (June 2-10).
“Arizona is blessed with diverse fishing opportunities from the small trout lakes in the high country to the giant reservoirs along the Colorado River. Please take advantage of this opportunity to visit one of our lakes, streams or rivers,” says Ty Gray, the fisheries chief for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
To help celebrate Free Fishing Day, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is conducting free fishing clinics in many areas of the state. For a list of the current fishing clinics being offered in the state, check out: http://www.azgfd.gov/i_e/edits/aquatic_education.shtml
To find out where to go fishing, or what’s biting where, visit the Game and Fish Department’s weekly fishing report at www.azgfd.gov.
   
June 9, 2007
All Day
  Free day on Tonto National Forest
  The Tonto National Forest will waive recreation fees across the forest on Saturday, June 9, in support of AZ Game and Fish Department’s Arizona Free Fishing Day, in celebration of National Fishing and Boating week.
All fees will be waived at campgrounds and forest day-use sites which includes swimming sites, picnic sites, fishing sites, and boat ramps on the Salt and Verde rivers and the lakes.
The waiver does not apply to group use fees or fees charged by concession-operated facilities such as marinas on the lakes and campgrounds in the Payson area.
“In waiving recreation fees to support this state-wide fishing initiative, we want to enhance and encourage visitors’ fishing experiences on the Tonto. Additionally, this is a great no-expense way to invite visitors to explore our forest to identify favorite recreation activities for future visits,” Tonto Supervisor Gene Blankenbaker said.
The waiver applies to fees associated with the new Tonto Pass program, which provides opportunities to purchase daily passes and watercraft-use stickers valid for forest recreation sites at more than 150 retail vendors across the state of Arizona.
For more information, or to order Tonto passes and stickers directly from the forest using credit cards and debit cards, call the Tonto National Forest Supervisor’s Office at 602-225-5200. Full program information is available at the Tonto National Forest website: www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto
   
June 9 (Saturday)
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 guided "Learn Your Lizards" walks: June 9, July 14, August 11 and September 8. There's 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.
   
June 23
9:30 a.m.
  June 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. Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
   
June 30, 2007
6 - 8 p.m
  Wildlife and Highways
  Research biologist Norris Dodd will give an update on his nationally recognized work tracking elk and other wildlife movements along the Hwy. 260 corridor between Payson and the Mogollon Rim. His studies have resulted in numerous modifications in the Hwy. 260 reconstruction work and have been expanded to include modifications on several other state highways. 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.
   
* 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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