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Exploring Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
January 30 Wednesday 9:00 am Exploring Spur Cross (easy) Join park docent Tammy Teegardin for a 2-hour introductory exploration of Spur Cross. From its Hohokam prehistory and historic gold mining to the romantic days when Spur Cross meant vacation from a saddle, we explore the wonders of Spur Cross.

Date: 1/30/2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Tammy Teegardin, park docent
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $3 per person
 
Contact: Kevin Smith, Park Ranger at 480-488-6623 or e-mail kevinsmith@mail.maricopa.gov
 
Backyard Birding - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Do you drink coffee on your back porch Saturday mornings wondering about the names of the little birds flittering about? Bring your coffee to Usery Park and explore the endless possibilities of backyard birding with bird expert, Sandy Hornbaker. Learn how to attract different birds to your own backyard and what you must provide to your feathered friends. Ask Sandy what your responsibilities are as a backyard birdwatcher and what you can expect. Please bring binoculars and water. Location: Campsite 21 in the Buckhorn Campground.

Date: 1/30/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Welcome to the "Wild West - an introduction to the Sonoran Desert"
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
We in Arizona have bragging rights that we live in the ‘wild west’, with cactus that ‘jump’, and snakes that rattle. But how ‘dangerous’ is the desert, really? After this hike, you'll still have bragging rights...but you'll see the desert in a whole new light. Join Ranger Amy for a “hands-on” introduction to the unique flora and fauna that make up this place we call the Sonoran Desert. Meet at the North Trail Trailhead.

Date: 1/30/2013
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 per vehicle park entry fee
 
Contact: amyburnett@mail.maricopa.gov 480-471-0173x201
Location: McDowell Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Fountain Hills, AZ  
85268
All About Desert Hiking - "Brown-Bag It" with Ranger B - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
What are the special challenges that desert hikers face? What are the special things you need to know to make your hikes both safe and enjoyable? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about desert hiking, then this one-hour presentation is for you! Bring your sandwich to the “Brown-Bag It” series inside our nature center as Ranger B shares important hiking tips to help you be a safe and happy hiker. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 1/30/2013
Time: 12:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car