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<January 2013>

Bird Hikes - Estrella Mountain Regional Park
Estrella Mountain Park
Join knowledgeable folks from the Sonoran Audubon Society for an easy hike along the Gila River discovering the bird life of Estrella Park. Between the river habitat, the mesquite bosque, nearby farm fields, and the turf area, over 150 different species have been observed. We are likely to see up to 40 species, including: Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, Ospreys, Hawks, Ibis, and Stilts. 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 they are. Meet on Sunday at the Navy parking lot North. Bring your own binoculars and books if you have them, a limited number will be available if you don't. This hike series will be ending in April. Helpful Information: Rain cancels event.

Date: 1/27/2013
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
14805 West Vineyard Avenue
Goodyear, AZ  
Rocks and Streams Walk - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
January 27 Sunday 9:00 am Rocks and Streams Walk (moderate) Learn about the geology and streams of the Spur Cross region on a 2-hour walk with nationally-known earth science author, Thomas McGuire. Visit an abandoned gold mine, Nutcracker Rock and a Hohokam rock art site along Cottonwood Wash. Bring water and your natural curiosity. Meet in the Spur Cross parking area.

Date: 1/27/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Tom McGuire, Park Docent
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail
Birding Adventure - San Tan
San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Hit the trails early to catch the masters of the sky in action. This guided 2 mile hike will take you deep into the heart of prime birding territory. Enjoy learning birding skills from our local expert. Whether you’re after Roadrunners or Ravens, Humming or Hawks, San Tan holds the key to an unforgettable birding adventure.

Date: 1/27/2013
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle park entry fee
More Info:
Contact: (480) 655-5554
Location: San Tan Mountain Regional Park - Visitor Center
6533 W. Phillips Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ  
Help! There’s a Rattlesnake in my Yard! - -Learning Series - McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Help! There’s a Rattlesnake in my Yard! Life in the desert means living with rattlesnakes. So, what DO you do if you find one in your yard? What should you do if you or someone you know is bitten? Find out the answers to these questions and more during this indoor Interpretive Program for all ages-- children through adults-- with Ranger Amy. We will have a live rattlesnake on hand for viewing. Large groups, please rsvp. Program takes place in our Visitor Center.

Date: 1/27/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ  
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join us for this introduction to some of the fascinating plants and animals of our Sonoran Desert as we enjoy a scenic stroll along the quarter-mile Desert Hawk Trail. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 1/27/2013
Time: 1:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car