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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: 12/23/2012
Time: 8:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
 
Location: Estrella Mountain Regional Park
 
Address:
14805 West Vineyard Avenue
Goodyear, AZ  
85338
Find the Ranger - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
This open-house style program features our ranger hiking along the Wind Cave Trail and stopping to talk to park visitors. Our ranger will be available to answer questions about the park, identify desert plants, or even explain which animals call Usery Park “home”. Carry ample water. 9am-11am.

Date: 12/23/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Flora of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
December 23 Sunday 9:00 am Flora of Spur Cross (easy) Spur Cross ranges in elevation from 2400' in the Cave Creek drainage to over 3900' at the top of Elephant Mountain and contains a broad diversity of plantlife. Join us on this easy 2 hour hike through the Jewel of the Creek and lower Dragonfly Trail as we take a look at some of the common plants of the conservation area.

Date: 12/23/2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    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
 
New to Arizona? - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
Are you new to Arizona? Are you curious about cactus and scared of snakes? If so, join us for an introductory experience to the Sonoran Desert. After a question-and-answer session, we will take an enjoyable quarter-mile walk on our scenic Desert Hawk Trail. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 12/23/2012
Time: 10:00 AM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car
 
 
Mammals of the Sonoran Desert at White Tank Park (RESCHEDULED)
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Come to the White Tank Nature Center for a talk about mammals that inhabit our desert. This is not a hiking event but you are welcome to hike any one of our many trails after the talk. This program was mover from December 9, 2012.

Date: 12/23/2012
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM    Duration: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Park Rangers
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $2.00 per individual or $6.00 per family. $6 will get you into the Park after the program.
 
 
Desert Edibles Walk - Usery Park
Usery Mountain Regional Park
How have people survived off the land for thousands of years? Which desert plants are edible and when are they edible? If you would like to know the answers to these questions, or any questions you may have about desert edibles, then this walk is for you! Join Ranger B on this quarter-mile stroll along the Desert Hawk Trail as he shares some useful facts about our edible desert plants. Please bring water and closed-toe shoes. Location: Nature Center.

Date: 12/23/2012
Time: 1:30 PM    
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6.00 per car