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Thank you for your interest in the Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival.

Registration is now closed and will re-open in October 2022.

You can look through the site to see what was offered in 2022 to get some ideas of what to look forward to in 2023.

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Saturday 01/19/19
19 Continental Breakfast   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   5:30 AM  Return:   9:30 PM  $0.00   
Continental Breakfast served in the Community Center by donation.

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NEW!! 21 Daylong Photography   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   5:45 PM  Return:   5:30 PM  $100.00   
Spend time with wildlife photographers at Whitewater Draw and other southeastern Arizona sites, photographing Sandhill Cranes and other birds and wildlife. Less than 1/2 mile of walking. Begining, Intermediate to Advanced Photographers. Includes Snacks, lunch drinks and rest stops.

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22 Birds on the Mountain   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   6:15 AM  Return:   4:30 PM  $75.00   
The border ranges of Cochise County are well known for both resident and migratory specialties. Birding en route, this tour swings 70 miles east of Willcox to world-renowned Cave Creek Canyon, and climbs up to this winter’s snowline (usually about 7,000’) in the high Chiricahua Mountains. The tour will look for regular Sierra Madrean residents, as well as less common specialties such as Montezuma Quail, Northern Pygmy-Owl, Blue-throated Hummingbird, Arizona Woodpecker, Juniper Titmouse, Mexican Chickadee, Crissal Thrasher, Painted Redstart, and Yellow-eyed Junco. Possible wintering birds from the Rocky Mountains include Williamson’s Sapsucker, Pinyon Jay (rare irruptive), Townsend’s Solitaire, and Cassin’s Finch, among others. Approximately one mile of easy to moderate walking with several stops. Beginner to Advanced birders welcome. Includes lunch, drinks, entrance fees to feeding areas and rest stops.

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23 Day-Long Hawk Stalk   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   7:45 AM  Return:   5:00 PM  $70.00   
Hawk experts will travel the length of the Sulphur Springs Valley pursuing more than 15 species of hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls. Glimpses of javelina and mule deer may add to your viewing pleasure. Less than ½ mile of easy walking. Beginner to Advanced. Includes lunch, drinks, and rest stops.

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NEW!! 25 Traveling with the Sandhill Cranes   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   8:30 AM  Return:   3:30 PM  $50.00   
Join crane experts as they take you on a field trip to experience “a day in the life” of a Sandhill Crane. This tour will focus on Sandhill Cranes with an introductory seminar, to gain information to enhance Sandhill Crane observation, followed by a field trip to observe these elegant birds feeding in the fields and socializing during their midday “loafing” session at Whitewater Draw. As a bonus, participants will receive a guided tour of Whitewater Draw’s ponds to observe waterfowl and other bird species overwintering there. This will be a relaxed tour with a slow pace covering about 1.5 miles total over flat terrain. Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, and hat. Includes lunch and drinks and rest stops.

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26 Cochise Stronghold & Sunsites Specialties   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   8:45 AM  Return:   5:00 PM  $75.00   
Explore the Dragoon Mountain’s Cochise Stronghold area for wintering specialties such as Montezuma Quail, Painted Redstart, Arizona and Acorn Woodpeckers, White-winged Dove, Juniper and Bridled Titmice, Spotted and Canyon Towhees, Western and Mountain Bluebirds, as well as a large variety of sparrows, raptors, and thrushes. Approximately two miles of hiking with several stops. Intermediate to Advanced. Includes lunch, drinks, and rest stops.

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28 Roper Lake & Dankworth Pond   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   12:15 PM  Return:   5:00 PM  $45.00   
Roper Lake is located about 6 miles south of Safford, AZ and has been a State Park since the 1970’s. Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond are excellent places for bird watching. Species commonly seen are Gamble’s Quail, Redwing Blackbird, Yellow headed Blackbird, Great horned owl, Cardinal, flycatchers, Kingfisher, Mallard duck, Ruddy duck, Grebes, Egrets, Herons, Neotropic Cormorants, American Coots and Mergansers. Mammals commonly seen are bobcats, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, and coyotes.

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29 Birding the San Pedro River and Huachuca Mountains   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   6:30 AM  Return:   4:30 PM  $75.00   
Join Bird Guide, Naturalist, & Wildlife Biologist Vincent Pinto for a full day of birding along the famed San Pedro River and the towering Huachuca Mountains. This in-depth exploration will initially take you to a number of varied birding hotspots within the San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area. Habitats found in this amazing region include Cottonwood-Willow Riparian Forests, Mesquite Woodlands, Chihuahuan Desert, and varied Grasslands. In each unique environment youll seek a wide range of bird species such as Green Kingfisher, wintering Sparrows, a variety of Raptors, Scaled Quail, wintering Hummingbirds, Vermillion Flycatcher, and any local rarities. Later in the day well also visit several sites in the Huachuca Mountains, one of Arizonas Sky Islands, where Madrean Evergreen Woodland habitat promises new bird species, including Warblers, Montezuma Quail, and possible rarities, such as Elegant Trogon. This trip is moderate to difficult, owing to the total walking distance of approximately 4 miles, over varied, sometimes rocky terrain. Wear weather appropriate clothing, comfortable hiking shoes, hat. Bring a day pack sufficient to hold your lunch and Large water bottles with several quarts of water.

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30 Chiricahua National Monument Beginning Birdwatching Stroll   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   8:00 AM  Return:   11:00 AM  $25.00   
Join park biologist Helen Fitting for a 45 minute beginning birdwatching stroll along the Bonita Creek Loop Trail for all ages and abilities. The focus of this easy 0.2 mile (0.3 km) hike will include learning about how to identify birds by sight and sound, and as well as learning about bird habitat needs and preferences. We will meet at the Bonita Creek Parking Area which has an ADA compliant pit toilet. The curbs have been cut to permit access the cement loop trail which is nearly flat and wide enough to easily accommodate a wheelchair, walker, or stroller. Bring binoculars if you have them. A few loaner pairs will be available on a first come, first served basis. This loop around the picnic area is a good trail for grassland birds. Arizona whitetail deer are frequently seen in the lower portion of Bonita Canyon.

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32 Sunset Sandhill Crane Tour   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   3:45 PM  Return:   6:30 PM  $30.00   
This tour will start will a circuit of Lake Cochise for late afternoon arrivals of waterfowl. Next stop will be a known roosting site as dusk begins to fall, with Sandhill Cranes coming in from the fields to spend the night. Approximately ¾ mile of walking is required along an unpaved, sandy road. Be prepared for cold temperatures as the sun sets and bring a flashlight for the return walk to the vehicle. Beginner. Includes rest stops.

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Featured!! 33 Wine and Dessert Evening Seminar   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   6:30 PM  Return:   8:30 PM  $15.00   
Come enjoy wine tastings from several of our local wineries along with some tasty food (hors d'oeuvres, local food products & fruit), with Arizona Game and Fish's Mark Hart as he entertains and informs us about our great Southeastern Arizona area is

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