Update: (Sept. 30, 2011) - Registration is now open.
Quail VII is using the RegOnline system for registration for the Jan. 9-12, 2012 event in Tucson. The committee is partnering with The Wildlife Society, Southwest Section which is handling all the financial aspects of hosting this long awaited event.
The early registration fee of $325 ends Nov. 30.
Registrations beginning Dec. 1 will be $400.
Spouse and Guest Field Trips Offered
Field Trip 1 - The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the Old Tucson Studios
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert. Spend the morning touring the museum and enjoy lunch onsite (included) prior to heading to Old Tucson Studios! www.desertmuseum.org
After visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum join us for a private tour of Old Tucson Studios! Just fifteen minutes from Tucson at the base of the Tucson Mountains lay a preserved slice of Americana, Old Tucson. Passing through the gates of an old frontier town, visitors from around the globe are transported back to a time when fearless men with six shooters ruled the Old West. The perfect setting for the more than 300 movies and television productions filmed at the location since 1939. www.oldtucson.com
The Kartchner Cavern story is about amazing discoveries past, present and future. Marvel at the many strange and colorful formations. Learn about the cave fauna, both living and ancient. Experience the wonder of the cave’s discovery and learn about new scientific research and discoveries as ongoing studies continue. Spend the morning touring the Big Room at Kartchner Caverns. It is half of a mile long and takes an hour and 45 minutes to complete, one hour of which is underground.
Note: Big Room Tours are not available for children under 7 years of age. All tours are led by a trained guide, no self-guided tours are available. No items (bags, purses, packs, bottled water, etc) are allowed into the cave while on tour; however lockers are available at the park to store these items. The cave has an average temperature of 72° Fahrenheit (22° Celsius) and 99% humidity year-round, so it will feel very warm and steamy. Most areas are dimly lit and some passages may pass through narrow or enclosed areas. This may be difficult for persons with mobility, respiratory or claustrophobia issues. Lunch is on your own at venue. www.azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA/
Spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful rolling grasslands of Sonoita as you embark on your journey into Arizona’s wine country! Our first stop will be at the Sonoita Vineyards in Elgin, located about 50 miles from Tucson. You will be given a tour of the winery by the Sonoita Vineyards winemaker explaining each stage of the wine making process. You will receive a sample of at least 7 wines and several food pairings, along with a souvenir glass. Next, you will move onto the Vintage Room where you will be served a catered lunch! www.sonoitavineyards.com
So what could be better than visiting a winery you ask? How about visiting two wineries!
Our next winery stop will be just a little a few miles down the road at the Kief-Joshua Vineyards, a small family business with 20 acres in beautiful Elgin, Arizona and 40 acres in Kansas Settlement, Arizona. Here you will enjoy one wine tasting along with a souvenir glass (additional wine tastings and bottled wine must be paid for separately.) www.kiefjoshuavineyards.com
Field Trip 4 - Buenos Aires NWR
Thursday, January 12, 2012 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
This one-half day trip is to Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge south of Tucson. Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge provides approximately 118,000 acres of habitat for threatened and endangered plants and animals. The semi-desert grassland supports the reintroduction of masked bobwhite quail and pronghorns. Prescribed and natural fires play a major role in maintaining and restoring the sea of grass that once filled the Altar Valley. A box-lunch is included.
Field Trip 5 - Grassland Tour
Thursday, January 12, 2012 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Mountain Time)
This full-day field trip will tour southern Arizona grassland and Sonoran desert habitats of three quail species: Gambel’s, Scaled, and Mearns’ (or Montezuma) quail. The tour will include examples of grassland restoration projects underway and included discussion regarding the habitat requirements of all three species. Because of the distances involved, this tour will take all day, so if you are planning on a Thursday afternoon departure, you would do better to select the Buenos Aires trip. A box lunch is included.