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<April 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: 4/28/2013
Time: 7:30 AM    Duration: 2 hours
Speaker: Sonoran Audobon Society
Registration Required: No    
Fee: $6 vehicle entry fee
Location: Meet at Navy North Parking Lot
Cacti of Spur Cross
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area
April 28 Sunday 8:00 am Cacti of Spur Cross (easy) Spur Cross is home to thirteen species of cacti. Join interpretive ranger Kevin Smith for a look at some of the cacti found along the Spur Cross and Metate Trails. Bring your camera because many of them are sure to be flowering at this time.

Date: 4/28/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 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
The Secret life of Saguaros on the Scenic Trail – Trailhead Staging Area- McDowell
McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Want a longer hike, while learning all about the secret life of saguaros? The Scenic Trail is a 4.8 mile ridgeline hike with great views of mountain ranges in all directions. See a crested saguaro, view an ancient petroglyph, and take in the desert as we walk this moderate, 2 1/2 hour walk. Please wear hiking shoes and bring water and snacks. Meet at the Trailhead Staging Area.

Date: 4/28/2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM    Duration: 3 hours
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 85269
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