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Check back this morning, Dec 2 at 11:00 AM Arizona time for the opening of registration.






Registration will open Dec. 2nd around 11am Arizona Time.

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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T-Shirts              Seminars
Saturday 01/15/22
7 Whitewater Draw Sandhill Crane   Remaining Tickets: 6
Meet at WCC:   5:50 AM  Return:   11:00 AM  $45.00   

Watch Sandhill Cranes take flight at 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   Remaining Tickets: 6
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   Remaining Tickets: 6
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: 6
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 Gamble's quail, redwing blackbird, yellow headed blackbird, great horned owl, cardinal, flycatchers, kingfisher, mallard duck, ruddy duck, 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: 6
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: To Be Decided     Steve Marlatt     Tim Snow    

12 Sparrow Seek   Remaining Tickets: 6
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  

13 Beginning Birdwatching   Remaining Tickets: 6
Meet at WCC:   8:20 AM  Return:   11:00 AM  $35.00   
Learn and practice basic identification skills. Time will be spent at the Willcox ponds and nearby areas observing and identifying common bird species. TRANSPORTATION IS NOT PROVIDED. This tour will require that you bring your own car and binoculars. Less than 1/2 mile of easy walking. Beginner.

Trip Leaders: Jay's Bird Barn  

14 Geology of Sulphur Springs Valley   Remaining Tickets: 6
Meet at WCC:   8:50 AM  Return:   3:00 PM  $55.00   

Driving through Sulphur Springs Valley takes one through a beautiful landscape with fascinating geology.  A study of the geology of the area will focus on age and origin, changes to the rock since it was formed, and, relationships of this rock to the regional setting. Stops along the way before and/or after will provide an overview of the historical and geological setting for Sulphur Springs Valley.  No prior knowledge of geology is required. Warm clothing may be needed. Self-drive tour.  Bring your own lunch.

Trip Leaders: Larry Fellows  

15 Working Cattle Ranch   Remaining Tickets: 8
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    



 



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