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To sign-up for the Wings Over Willcox tours and events, it is necessary to first register as a participant of the festival. On-line registration requires a credit card as payment. Secure on-line transaction is provided through PayPal and all credit cards are accepted. Please note that a PayPal account is NOT REQUIRED to accept payment. To pay by check, please print out the registration form and send by mail.
To register, please click on any of the Register links on this page and follow the instructions. Please be aware that there is a $20.00 non-refundable registration fee for each participant.
Please note that the 2022 festival is "COVID Cautious" and the following conditions apply:
- All tours are limited to a maximum of 8 participants OR 3 participant vehicles
- Sign a COVID waiver
- Wear a mask when indoors
- Drive your personal vehicle (please have a full tank of gas!)
- Bring your own lunch and drinks
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|7||Whitewater Draw Sandhill Crane - SAT||Remaining Tickets: 0|
|Meet at WCC: 6:20 AM||Return: 11:00 AM||$45.00|
Watch Sandhill Cranes take flight at Cochise Lake then head to Whitewater Draw as they begin their morning feeding. Less than 1/2 mile of easy walking. Beginner to Intermediate. Includes rest stops.
|Trip Leaders: Erv Nichols Sandra Noll|
|8||Birding Sulphur Springs Valley - SAT||Remaining Tickets: 0|
|Meet at WCC: 6:50 AM||Return: 2:30 PM||$55.00|
Many wonderful species of birds spend their winters here in Cochise County. The tour travels the wetlands, grasslands, agriculture fields, and foothills of the southern portion of Sulphur Springs Valley and includes stops at Whitewater Draw and Cochise Lake. The tour will look for a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds with the potential for rare and exciting finds. Approximately one mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops. Beginner to Intermediate. Self-drive tour. Bring your own lunch.
|Trip Leaders: Bill Grossi|
|9||Birding the Valley - Leader's Choice SAT||Remaining Tickets: 0|
|Meet at WCC: 7:20 AM||Return: 2:30 PM||$55.00|
This field trip is "Leader's Choice" and will go birding in favorite locations of the leader. The tour will visit a variety of habitats, including wetlands, grasslands, agriculture fields, and foothills of the Sulphur Springs Valley. The tour will look for a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and shorebirds with the potential for rare and exciting finds. Approximately one mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops. Beginner to Intermediate. Self-drive tour. Bring your own lunch.
|Trip Leaders: Jeff Babson|
|10||Birding Roper Lake & Dankworth Pond||Remaining Tickets: 0|
|Meet at WCC: 7:35 AM||Return: 12:00 PM||$45.00|
Roper Lake is an excellent place for bird watching. Species commonly seen are Gambel's Quail, Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great Horned Owl, Northern Cardinal, as well as flycatchers, kingfishers, ducks, grebes, egrets, herons, and mergansers. Dankworth is a very popular southern Arizona birding destination and a large variety of migratory birds spend their winters soaking up the Arizona sun here. Note that this field trip has a 45 minute drive towards Safford, Arizona before birding commences. Entry to Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond is free to holders of Arizona State Parks annual pass. Entry fee is $10 per vehicle with purchase of daily permit. Beginner to Intermediate. Self-drive tour. Bring your own lunch.
|Trip Leaders: Camden Bruner Casey Bruner Diane Drobka|
|11||Northbound Hawk Stalk||Remaining Tickets: 0|
|Meet at WCC: 7:50 AM||Return: 1:00 PM||$55.00|
This Hawk Stalk explores the Stewart District area north of Willcox in pursuit of hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons. NOTE: Due to the excitement this trip offers, the tour may run 15-20 minutes behind schedule. Self-drive, caravan-style with many stops along the way. Less than 1/2 mile of easy walking. Beginner to Intermediate. Includes limited rest stops. Bring your own lunch
|Trip Leaders: Steve Marlatt Tim Snow|
|12||Sparrow Seek - SAT||Remaining Tickets: 0|
|Meet at WCC: 8:05 AM||Return: 1:00 PM||$55.00|
The grasslands of the Sulphur Springs Valley are well known for the diversity of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs that are winter residents. Over 24 species of Emberizidae (members of the sparrow family) may winter in Cochise County and as many as 19 species have been observed during the festival weekend. The tour includes a field trip seeking a handful of these sparrow species. Less than 1 1/2 mile of easy to moderate walking and includes brushy areas. Intermediate to Advanced. Includes rest stops. Self-drive tour.
|Trip Leaders: Homer Hansen|
|14||Chiricahua Mountains Geology||Remaining Tickets: 0|
|Meet at WCC: 7:50 AM||Return: 2:30 PM||$55.00|
Rocks in the Chiricahua Mountains were formed by explosive volcanic eruptions about 27 million years ago. We will discuss the origin and character of the rock as well as chemical and physical processes responsible for shaping the landscape. The first stop will be at the Railroad Park for an introduction to the area. The tour leader, a retired geologist, will describe features in nontechnical terms. No prior knowledge of geology is required. Tour members will take short walks totaling about 1/2 mile on rocky trails that are not steep but may be covered with loose gravel and sand. Because well be up around 7,000 feet, warm clothing might be needed. If the park is closed because of ice or snow, we will observe and discuss geologic features and processes between Willcox and the Chiricahua National Monument Visitor Center. Approximately ½ mile of walking along rocky trails. Self-drive Tour. Bring your own lunch.
|Trip Leaders: Larry Fellows|
|15||Working Cattle Ranch||Remaining Tickets: 2|
|Meet at WCC: 8:50 AM||Return: 1:30 PM||$55.00|
Lush grasslands of the Sulphur Springs Valley supported large ranches, and ranchers once shipped more cattle from Willcox than any other point in the U.S. Visit an historic, working cattle ranch continuously operated by descendants of one of the earliest pioneer ranchers. Your rancher-guide will discuss ranching history, show and explain modern cattle and range management practices, and discuss relationships between ranching and wildlife. If it's cold in Willcox, it's cold on this tour! Less than 1/4 mile of easy, short walks. Self-drive tour. Bring your own lunch.
|Trip Leaders: Jim Riggs Thomas Riggs|
|21||Young Birders Field Trip - Cochise Lake & Willcox Area (MODIFIED)||Remaining Tickets: 12|
|Meet at WCC: 7:50 AM||Return: 11:00 PM||Free|
This introductory birding tour is for families with kids between 8 and 18. The field trips will travel the southern portion of Sulphur Springs Valley and includes stops Cochise Lake and the Willcox area. The tour will look for a variety of waterfowl, raptors, and other bird species. Approximately one-half mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops. Beginners welcome. THIS WILL BE A SELF-DRIVE TOUR. Participants will follow the leader to the various stops. The entire trip should be less than a few miles for all the stops. There will be no registration fee if you email Jeri Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Trip Leaders: Jennie MacFarland Luke Safford Vivian MacKinnon|