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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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Thursday 01/17/19
NEW!! 3 Half Day Photography -Sunrise and Morning   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   5:00 AM  Return:   11:00 AM  $50.00   

Join wildlife photographer for a morning of bird photography at Whitewater Draw. We will leave Willcox early so we arrive at Whitewater Draw to photograph the Sandhill Cranes at sunrise. There are many other birds at Whitewater and the surrounding areas, so we will spend the whole morning down there focusing our efforts on the opportunities there and have some fun. In the past we have photographed Greater Roadrunner, Loggerhead Shrike, Say's Phoebe, Western Meadowlark, Vermillion Flycatcher, and Ferruginous Hawk. You never know what will present itself! Bryan can help you create better photos by teaching you about reading the light, the wind, the bird behaviors, and exposure. He can also help you with any gear questions and how to use your equipment. Bring your longest lens and a wide-angle! Less than ½ mile of walking. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced photographers are welcome. Includes snacks, drinks, and rest stops. Choose which half-day tour fits your schedule, or sign up for both!

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NEW!! 4 Half Day Photography - Afternoon and Sunset   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   1:30 PM  Return:   7:30 PM  $50.00   
Join wildlife photographer for an afternoon of bird photography at Whitewater Draw. We will arrive at Whitewater Draw mid-afternoon to photograph the birds at Whitewater and the surrounding areas in the nice afternoon light. In the past we have photographed Greater Roadrunner, Loggerhead Shrike, Says Phoebe, Western Meadowlark, Vermillion Flycatcher, and Ferruginous Hawk. You never know what will present itself! As the sun goes down and the crane activity picks up, we will photograph the Sandhill Cranes with the sunset light. There can be a lot of action and dramatic opportunities at this time, often making the sunset shoot a magical experience.

Bryan can help you create better photos by teaching you about reading the light, the wind, the bird behaviors, and exposure. He can also help you with any gear questions and how to use your equipment. Bring your longest lens and a wide-angle!

Less than ½ mile of walking. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced photographers are welcome. Includes snacks, drinks, and rest stops. Choose which half-day tour fits your schedule, or sign up for both!

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5 Sunset Sandhill Crane   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   3:45 PM  Return:   6:30 PM  $30.00   
This tour will start will a circuit of Cochise Lake for late afternoon arrivals of waterfowl. The next stop will be a known roosting site as dusk begins to fall. Sandhill Cranes can be seen coming in from the fields to spend the night. Be sure to check out the free seminar on Crane Basics: Information to Enhance Sandhill Crane Observation presented by Erv and Sandra from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. prior to the tour.

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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6 Welcoming Reception   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   6:00 PM  Return:   7:00 PM  $0.00   
Refreshments and entertainment

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40 Birding at Indian Bread Rocks Recreation Area, Dos Cabezas   Remaining Tickets: N/A
Meet at WCC:   7:00 AM  Return:   2:00 PM  $75.00   
This tour travels to the spectacular rock formations of the northern Dos Cabeza Mountains in search of a broad spectrum of desert and upland birds. Well meander through Grasslands, Chihuahuan Desert, Madrean Evergreen Woodland, and Riparian zones on a series of slow-paced, off-trail rambles. Along the way we hope to see such species as wintering Raptors, Black-throated and other Sparrows, Crissal Thrasher, Scaled Quail, Lawrences Goldfinch, wintering Warblers, Flycatchers, and any local rarities. As an added bonus, this area is renowned for its Native American artifacts and prehistoric sites. Vincent will interpret these intriguing hints of the past, as he also is an expert Wilderness Survival Instructor. This trip is moderately difficult, owing to the roundtrip walking distance of approximately 3 miles, over uneven, sometimes rocky/steep terrain and mostly off-trail. 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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