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<October 2013>

Exploring Spur Cross **NOTE TIME CHANGE**
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
October 30 Wednesday 8:00 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: 10/30/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 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
Vultures, Ravens and Owls: LIVE Bird Experience and Birdwalk -Nursery Tank Pond- ADA- McDowell Park
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Did you know that vultures urinate on their feet to cool down? And that ravens hold 'funerals' for dead flock members? Or that owls 'throw up' bones and fur or feathers after eating? Celebrate the 'Eve of All Hallow's Eve' with a chance to view and learn all about these 'creepy' birds on a pre-Halloween birdwalk at McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Liberty Wildlife will be on hand with a live vulture and owl for a presentation before the birdwalk! Bring your binocs and come on out. No previous birding experience is required, only an interest in birds... and an interest in the macabre! This is a less than one mile, level, easy and ADA Accessible birdwalk. Meet at the Nursery Tank Trailhead.

Date: 10/30/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM    Duration: 1 1/2 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  
Meandering the Merkle - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
You never know what you’re going to find out in our desert! Join desert afficionado, Susan Peters, on this 1-mile/1-hour stroll along the Merkle Trail in search of desert plants, animals, and whatever else interests you. The Merkle Trail offers universal access and the hard-smooth surface of this trail will accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Please bring your questions, a bottle of water, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Area 6.

Date: 10/30/2013
Time: 9:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Stories of the Sonoran Desert
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Come to the nature center to hear tales and stories from and about the White Tank Mountains and the surrounding area. This is a great family event directed by renowned story teller, Joyce Story.

Date: 10/30/2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM    
Speaker: Joyce Story
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle entry fee
More Info:
Contact: 623-935-2505
Location: White Tank nature center
20304 W White Tank Mountain Rd
Waddell, AZ  
Dinner with the Snakes! - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
O.k., well maybe we won't have dinner WITH the snakes, but we can watch them eat theirs! Meet at the Nature Center for this exciting hour-hour program.

Date: 10/30/2013
Time: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM    
Speaker: Ranger Amy
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
Cactus and Critters Sunset Stroll- Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
The Sonoran Desert is famous for its cactus and critters. Join Ranger Amy on this 2-mile educational walk to learn about both the flora and fauna of the area. Meet at the Nature Center.

Date: 10/30/2013
Time: 4:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
Contact: 623-932-3811 x202
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
14805 W. Vineyard Ave
Goodyear, AZ