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***CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN***Goin' to the Birds! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
***CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN*** Take a hike with our Special Guest, Joe Ford of the Sonoran Audubon Society! Joe will take you out in the field to discover our fine feathered friends and will teach you how and where to find them. It's fun to become a bird brain as you increase your knowledge of our flying friends. When you think about it, everyone is a birdwatcher-you can do it wherever or whoever you are-but it's more fun if you know what you are looking at. Meet at the Nature Center. Bring your own binoculars and books if you have them, a limited number will be available if you don't. Joe is a native of Missouri. He holds several degrees in education and a Masters Degree in Natural Science from the University of Oklahoma. He has been an educator on the junior high, high school and college levels. After 42 years in the teaching field he retired to Sun City, Arizona. He is a board member in the Sonoran Audubon Society and a member of the Sun City Rockhounds, among many of his other interests.

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 8:00 AM    
Speaker: ***SPECIAL GUEST - JOE FORD***
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle Park Entry Fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov 623-465-0431 ext. 202
Location: Nature Center
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
***THIS PROGRAM IS STILL ON***"Bird Weirdness!" - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
This program details many unusual facts about some common and uncommon bird species found worldwide. Why did the passenger pigeon become extinct? What is the most numerous bird in the world? What method does the cowbird, who never makes a nest, use to insure the success of its offspring? Why did brown pelicans all but disappear from Louisiana in the middle of the 20th Century? Flamingos, parrots, invasive starlings, storks, screamers are just some of the birds discussed in this program. Biological magnification, sexual dimorphism, ecological connections are all part of this Power Point presentation. ***Special Guest Speaker, Joe Ford. Joe is a native of Missouri. He holds several degrees in education and a Masters Degree in Natural Science from the University of Oklahoma. He has been an educator on the junior high, high school and college levels. After 42 years in the teaching field he retired to Sun City, Arizona. He is a board member in the Sonoran Audubon Society and a member of the Sun City Rockhounds, among many of his other interests.

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 10:30 AM    
Speaker: ***Special Guest Speaker, Joe Ford.***
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: Meet at the Nature Center classroom
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
All About Hummingbirds - "Brown-Bag It" with the Bird Lady - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
What makes hummingbirds so special and unique? Which hummingbird species are found in this area? How do they survive and thrive in the wild? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about hummingbirds, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our Nature Center as bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker, deepens our understanding and appreciation for our feathered friends. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Lunch with the Snakes - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
It’s lunch time at San Tan and our snakes have an appetite that can only be described as “striking.” Watch as the Snakes and Gila Monster, inside the visitor center, stretch their jaws and swallow their prey whole. Feel free to ask the ranger questions and learn some “rattling” new facts about reptiles. You are welcome to bring your lunch if you would like something to munch on as well. (Please note that this event will feature snakes eating pre-killed mice and may not be suitable for all ages.)

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
 
Address:
6533 W. Phillips Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ  
85142
***CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN***Clay Mine Hike - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
***CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN*** Join us for adventure as we explore the Clay Mine! This will be an easy 2 mile hike (round trip). Once inside, we'll discuss the history of this mine and learn how its contents were used to "cure what ailed ya"! We'll supply the hard hats. You bring water, a flashlight, & sturdy shoes. Meet at the Nature Center parking lot and follow the signs to the mine. This is an "open house" format, so you may come and go at your convenience during the designated time slot. The mine will be closed promptly at 3pm.

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Ranger Mark - markpaulat@mail.maricopa.gov
Location: the Nature Center parking lot
 
Address:
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway
Cave Creek, AZ  
85331
Campground Nature Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join park host, Sandy Hornbaker, for a late afternoon sojourn through our campground and nature trail on a quest to spot desert wildlife and plants. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, but bring binoculars, your afternoon tea, and a little patience. Be prepared to walk one to two miles. Please bring water, hats, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Campsite 21 in the Buckhorn Campground.

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 4:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Sunset/Full Moon Hike - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Join us for a special treat as we watch the sun set at the same time the full moon rises. Once the amazing show of sunset colors fades to black, the full moon will illuminate our path through 2.2 miles of a stunning Sonoran Desert night scene. Bring your cameras and water for a spectacular night hike you won’t forget.

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ranger Adam
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
 
More Info: http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/santan/
Contact: (480) 655-5554 ext. 202
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park
 

Queen Creek, AZ  
85242
Moonlight Hike - Spur Cross **CANCELLED**
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
January 26 Saturday 6:00 pm Moonlight Hike (moderate) The Conservation Area is a different experience when seen softly illuminated by the silver moon. While we will attempt to minimize the use of flashlights, bring one in case you need it. (THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO VERY MUDDY TRAILS, FORECAST RAIN, AND POSSIBLE CREEK FLOODING)

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Kevin Smith, Interpretive Ranger
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488--6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
RAIN CANCELLED Sunset and Full Moon Hike - Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant Regional Park
RAIN CANCELLED Come enjoy this easy 2 mile hike during the sunset and moonrise overlooking scenic Lake Pleasant. Bring a flashlight for backup and some water. Meet the Ranger at the Visitor Center.

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours (2 miles)
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: Terry Gerber, Interpretive Ranger 602-372-7460 ext. 202
Location: Lake Pleasant Regional Park Visitor Center 623-780-9857
 
Address:
Take Hwy 74 to Castle Hot Springs Rd., turn right into park, follow signs to visitor center.
Peoria, AZ  
All About Rattlesnakes - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
How dangerous are rattlesnakes? What should you do if you encounter one? How do they survive and thrive in our desert? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about rattlesnakes, then this one-hour presentation is for you! We will also have a live snake feeding following the program. Location: Nature Center. NOTE: This program is taking the place of our Full Moon Hike which is cancelled tonight due to the rain.

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Full Moon Hike***CANCELLED***- Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Here’s your chance to experience the desert under the glowing light of the full moon! We will offer both a self-guided and a guided hike – the choice is yours. Afterwards, enjoy the toasty flames of a campfire and a free marshmallow roast. Bring your flashlight, water, and closed-toe shoes for this 2-mile desert adventure. No pets, please. Location: Trail Staging Area.***CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN***RATTLESNAKE PROGRAM INSTEAD IN OUR NATURE CENTER AT 7PM

Date: 1/26/2013
Time: 7:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car