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Upcoming Watchable Wildlife Events

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The festivals and events listed below are annual events. For exact dates and additional information, visit the Web sites or call the phone numbers listed below.

Wings Over Willcox (January)
Seminars, tours and field trips focus on winter species including sandhill cranes, raptors and winter sparrows, some of the best birding attractions in southeastern Arizona. Free to the public. Willcox, Arizona. For more information, visit www.wingsoverwillcox.com.

Lunchtime Speaker Series (January-June)
Held every month from January until June at the Flagstaff Game and Fish Office. Most presentations will be held at noon on the third Friday except for the June talk. No registration required; talks are free to the public. For more information contact the Game and Fish office (928) 774-5045 or visit the Region II Facebook page at Arizona Game and Fish Flagstaff Region.

Bald Eagle Natural History Workshop (February)
Hosted by Arizona Game and Fish and the Willow Bend Environmental Education Center. Presentations provided by Game and Fish biologists and a kids talk given by the staff at Willow Bend Center. Reservations are required through the Willow Bend Center website at www.willowbendcenter.org.  For more information, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Flagstaff regional office at (928) 774-5045 or the Willow Bend Center at (928) 779-1745.

Tres Rios Nature Festival (March)
A two day outdoor event at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area that focuses on the rich diversity of wildlife, habitat, history and culture of the Gila River drainage. Free to the public. Avondale, Arizona. For more information, visit www.tresriosnaturefestival.com.  

Gilbert Riparian Preserve Feathered Friends Festival (March)
A one day event held at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve that promotes the enjoyment of wildlife and wildlife watching in an urban setting. Free to the public. Gilbert, Arizona. For more information, call (480) 503-6231. 

Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival (April)
This festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley. Free to the public. Cottonwood, Arizona. For more information, visit www.birdyverde.org.

Yuma Birding and Wildlife Festival (April)
This event focuses on birds, wildlife and natural resources, and highlights the unique ecosystems of the lower Colorado River and the Sonoran Desert. Free to the public. Yuma, Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.yumabirding.com .


Fiesta de las Aves / International Migratory Bird Day (April/May)
Multiple events take place at various birding locations including the Huachuca and Chiricahua Mountains, San Pedro River and Patagonia, and across the border in northern Sonora, Mexico. For more information, visit http://membershipandevents.sabo.org/CalendarFiesta.htm

Region III Wildlife Fair (May)
Hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Kingman regional office. Free to the public. For more information, call (928) 692-7700.

Payson Wildlife Fair (May)
This fair includes activities and booths to promote wildlife recreation, games, a fishing clinic and other traditional outdoor recreation opportunities. Free to the public. Payson, Arizona. For more information, call the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Mesa office at (480) 981-9400.

San Pedro Spring Fest (May)
Bird walks, interpretive river walks, presentations, hummingbird banding, children’s crafts and activities, music, cowboy poetry, and mule and buggy rides are offered at this festival. Free to the public. Sierra Vista, Arizona. For more information, visit www.sanpedroriver.org.

Ironwood Festival (May)
Sponsored by the Tucson Audubon Society. Tucson, Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/education/mason/248.html

Region III Summer Wildlife Series (May-August)
A range of topics are featured in this eight-part series. One-hour presentations are held at the Mohave County Library, Kingman, Arizona. For more information, call (928) 692-7700, Ext. 2301. zmocarski@azgfd.gov

Bighorn Sheep Natural History Workshops (July)
Presentations provided by biologists, followed by a tour at Canyon Lake on the Dolly Steamboat to observe bighorn sheep in their native habitat along the shores of Canyon Lake. Fee of ca. $30.00 per person to the public.  Staged in cooperation with the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society.   Reservations are required. Mesa, Arizona. For more information, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Mesa regional office at (480) 981- 9400.

High Country Hummers (July)
Come see hummingbird capture and banding activities, see live wildlife and a raptor exhibit, and learn about hummingbird natural history program. This festival offers excellent photo opportunities. Free to the public. Springerville, Arizona. For more information, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Pinetop regional office at (928) 367-4281.

Summer Wildlife Speaker Series (Select Saturday evenings in July and early August. Schedule TBA in May)
Topics will feature wildlife natural history or wildlife-related projects. Free to the public. Pinetop, Arizona. For more information, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Pinetop regional office at (928) 367-4281.

Bighorn Sheep Natural History Workshops (July/August)
Mandatory classroom education the first evening followed by a boat trip to observe bighorn sheep in their native habitat along the Colorado River the next morning. Applications can be found at www.azgfd.gov/bighornworkshop. Participants are selected through a random draw. Kingman, Arizona. For more information, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Kingman regional office at (928) 692-7700, Ext. 2301.

Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival (August)
This event celebrates the unique biodiversity of southeast Arizona with exciting educational opportunities for birders and nature enthusiasts to discover and enjoy the Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands. Tucson, Arizona http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/festival.html  

Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival (August)
Self-guided and guided nature tours for all ages, plus exhibits an programs about Southern Arizona birds and butterflies. Free to the public. Bisbee, Arizona. For more information, visit www.swwings.org.

Elk Workshop (August)
Arizona Game and Fish and Mormon Lake Lodge will host the elk workshop at Mormon Lake Lodge. Come learn more about Arizona’s largest wildlife species. Free to the public. Flagstaff, Arizona. For more information, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Flagstaff regional office at (928) 774-5045 or visit the Region II Facebook page at Arizona Game and Fish Flagstaff Region.

Wildlife Viewing Basics Workshop (September) This event will not be held in 2013.
Learn how to have a successful wildlife viewing experience by getting started with elk during their rut (breeding season). Free to the public. Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area, Arizona. For more information, contact the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Pinetop regional office at (928) 367-4281.

Woodland Wildlife Festival (October)
Free to the public. Pinetop, Arizona. For more information, visit www.pinetoplakesidechamber.com.

Prescott Great Outdoors (October)
The event promotes participation in outdoor activities. Vendors are on site and Game and Fish will have strong participation at the event. Prescott, Arizona. More information can be found at http://www.cityofprescott.net

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Grasslands Fair (November)
Held at the Visitors Center, the free festival features live raptors, reptiles and other Sonoran desert species; Spanish horses; demonstrations and lectures on birds bats and butterflies; Central American music and Aztec dancers; food, arts and crafts, archery lessons and activities for children. For more information, see http://www.friendsofbanwr.org

 
 
 
 
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