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<December 2013>

Bird Walk - Estrella
Estrella Mountain Park
Join knowledgeable folks from the Sonoran Audobon Society for an easy hike along the Gila River discovering the bird life of Estrella Park. Between the river habitat, mesquite bosque and nearby farm fields, and turf area, over 150 different species have been observed. We are likely to see up to 40 species, including: Herons, Egrets, Kingfishers, Osprey’s, Hawks, Ibis, and Stilts. When you think about it, everyone is a birdwatcher—you can do it wherever or whoever you are– it’s just more fun to know what they are. Meet at the Navy parking lot(North). Rain cancels event.

Date: 12/22/2013
Time: 8:00 AM    Duration: about 2 hours
Speaker: Sonoran Audobon Society guides
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee or annual pass
Rocks and Streams Walk - Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
December 22 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: 12/22/2013
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
Holiday Hike! - Cave Creek Regional Park
Cave Creek Regional Park
Meet the Ranger at the Nature Center for a guided hike in the beautiful Sonoran Desert! Bring the whole family out to the park for a little pre-holiday adventure! Don’t forget your camera! You bring water & sturdy shoes. Contact Ranger Mark for more information at: Watch the park’s website for more information, updates or changes, prior to the event..

Date: 12/22/2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Ranger Mark
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per vehicle park entry fee
Contact: Ranger Mark -
Location: Nature Center
37900 N. Cave Creek Parkway - 32nd St. / North from Carefree Highway
Cave Creek, AZ  
Sonoran Desert 101 - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Join us for this introduction to some of the fascinating animals and plants 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: 12/22/2013
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
Mistetoe in the Desert? - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Want to find native mistletoe in the desert? Discover the close relationship shared between this unique plant and a special little bird. This one-mile stroll on the Merkle Trail will not only teach you about the Sonoran Desert, but will also help get you in the holiday spirit! Please bring water. Location: Area 6.

Date: 12/22/2013
Time: 2:00 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car