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Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival 2012 PROGRAMS Most of our programs are free, and open to the public. They are presented at Cochise College, Sierra Vista, in the Horace Steele Room, Room 900, Student Union Community Room and Student Union – all adjacent to or in the College Library. Wednesday, August 1 Horace Steele Room 2:00 pm-3:00 pm The Value of Herps Roger Cogan Amphibians and reptiles or "herps" found in southeastern Arizona are an incredibly diverse group of vertebrates. There are a great number of species found here and in some locations at certain times of the year, much more numerous than the casual observer might think. Herps are a vital element to any landscape in which they occur. In southeastern Arizona the sky island region is an amazing transition of different soil and changing plant communities as it climbs from grasslands to the tops of the surrounding mountains. Along with the many available water sources and moisture retaining locations this area creates a multitude of microhabitats. In many of these microhabitats, herps are often the top line predators. They in turn are often the intended prey. This presentation will hopefully dispel myths and shed light on the role and value of herps in the wild. 3:00 pm-4:00 pm Demystifying Sparrows Homer Hansen Sparrows are classic "LBJ's" of birding and sometimes end up in the "spp" column. This presentation will focus on structure, plumage, behavior, and other clues for identification of key species of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs in southeast Arizona. Both visual and audio presentations will be given to aid with identifying these skulky species in the field. This presentation has an associated paid Field Trip (please see the field trip section for registration) that will visit appropriate habitats to observe and practice what was covered. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Butterflies for Birders Priscilla Brodkin Add a new dimension to your field trip experience with ID’s of the endemic Arizona Sister, the bright yellow Two-tailed Swallowtail and the lustrous blue Spring Azure. This program is a MUST- SEE for birding, butterfly and dragonfly field trips! Join Priscilla Brodkin, (co-author with Bob Stewart and Hank Brodkin of the book, Butterflies of Arizona-A Photographic Guide) for a PowerPoint adventure into the realm of Arizona’s butterflies. You can use your birding skills to observe and ID butterflies. Butterflies’ defense mechanisms, food and nectar plants, and some basic butterfly gardening will also be discussed. 5:00 pm-6:00 pm Choosing Optics Jim Danzenbaker We will discuss the world of optics, including questions to ask yourself about your own optics use. We will explain technical terms and definitions such as interpupillary distance, exit pupil and diopter. We will also learn how to test optics before making a final purchase decision. Wednesday, August 1 Student Union Community Room 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Hummingbirds Susan Wethington Since 2002, the Hummingbird Monitoring Network has monitored hummingbird populations at a variety of sites in the Sky Islands of southeastern Arizona. Susan will discuss patterns of hummingbird occurrence, diversity, and abundance at these sites with a focus on the timing of hummingbird movements through this bio-diverse region. She will also describe key conservation issues facing hummingbirds, such as climate change and habitat loss, and how results from HMN’s monitoring work in southeastern Arizona are helping. Wednesday, August 1 Room 900 9:00 am-4:00 pm Writer’s Workshop Camille Colombo (Fee) This writing workshop has been designed with teachers in mind. In it, teachers will engage in the same writing process and use the same writing strategies that the Arizona State Standards of Education set forth as best practice to use with students. The workshop will serve as a model experience for teachers to use in their classrooms. Participants will be asked to write a personal narrative based on an experience they have had with the Nature. They will be given unbroken writing time to pre-write, draft, revise and edit their work. During the workshop, they will interact with their peers, take fieldtrips, and receive writing strategies to try in their work. On the last day of the workshop, they will be asked to publish their narrative. A read around celebration of their work will end the workshop. This workshop may qualify for professional development credit. While this workshop has been created with teachers in mind, it should be noted that is appropriate for any person or group of people who are interested in working through the writing process. Thursday, August 2 Horace Steele Room 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 am Basic Bird Identification Kathe Anderson You’re familiar with bird color, size and shape, but what are some of the next steps for identifying birds? This class will take a closer look at beaks and bills, a variety of behaviors, and characteristics of bird families like flycatchers, swallows, woodpeckers and sparrows. This class will help participants hone their observation skills to help narrow the choices when seeing a new bird. 10:00 am – 11:00 am Arizona Centennial Becky Orzoco 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Restoring Nectar Corridors Nabhan/Webb 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Wild Cat of the Sky Islands Lisa Haynes Mountain Lion, Bobcat, Jaguar, Ocelot (and Jaguarundi?) In this presentation Lisa will provide an overview of the four documented wild cat species of the Southwestern US and northern Mexico. She will cover basic distribution and ecology of our two temperate North American cats: the mountain lion and bobcat, as well as the two neotropical cats: the jaguar and ocelot… and finally, the mysterious “Sasquatch” jaguarundi in our region. She will also discuss landscape management challenges for these cats as well as outline some research efforts underway, and what the University of Arizona’s Wild Cat Center is doing to study and conserve these wild and beautiful felids. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Hummingbirds of the U.S. Charles Melton Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures and southeast Arizona is one of the best areas in the U.S. to view them. This video program is the product of six years of shooting video of hummingbirds in the U.S. This program provides information on identification tips, range, habitat preferences, and migration patterns for most of the species occurring in the U.S. Behaviors such as nesting, feeding, bathing, courtship, territorial defense, singing and many others will be shown. Information on where to view hummingbirds in the area will also be discussed. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Using Technology to Improve Your Birding Richard Fray Society has witnessed a great leap forwards in technology over the past couple of decades, and these advances have given the birder many new tools for use at home and in the field. Richard Fray, owner of Fun Birding Tours, will discuss the latest birding gadgets, from digital photography to smart phones, and how birders can employ them to their advantage, aiding ID skills and improving their overall birding experience. 3:00 pm –4:00 pm Flycatchers and Warblers Homer Hansen Warblers and flycatchers are challenging to identify. This presentation will focus on characteristics, behaviors, and other clues for identification of key species from these bird families in southeast Arizona. Both visual and audio presentations will be given for those really interested in learning about warblers and flycatchers. This presentation has a paid Field Trip (please see the field trip section for registration) that will visit appropriate habitats to observe and practice what was covered. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Feathers, Eggs and Nests Kathe Anderson After discussing the types, structure and functions of feathers, the class will cover oddball feather facts such as how many feathers a hummingbird has. On eggs, the class will learn why birds turn their eggs, when birds abandon their eggs, and what happens to eggshells after the birds have hatched, among other ponderables. On nests, the class will learn about nest-building feats and failures, how many trips a barn swallow makes to build its nest of mud droplets, and whether birds can tie knots. 5:00 pm-6:00 pm Sonora: Origin of Many Species Mike Foster Learn about fantastic plants of Sonora Mexico to our south, the giant Cardon, the bizarre Boojums, and the revered Elephant Trees. Cochise County is on the northern edge of an amazing subtrobical world of plants and animals. Many of these species arrive in our sky islands and high riparian valleys much the way waves pass across the shores of the Sea of Cortez. Mike Foster has made numerous trips into Northern Mexico seeking out the strangest plants and learning about their uses. Come see the video excursions into the mother lands of the Sonoran deserts. Learn to identify some of the plants from this world that grow around us here in Cochise County. Thursday, August 2 Student Union Community Room 9:00 am-10:00 am Ethnobotany Vincent Pinto (carpool 12 Participant Maximum) Ethnobotanist and Naturalist Vincent Pinto will guide you in discovering some of the amazing and useful plants of the Sky Islands’ region. Venturing into several habitat types you’ll soon discover how to find, identify, collect and use a wide variety of native plants. Plant uses will include wild edible plants, rope-making, medicinal plants, fire-making (without matches!), shelters, tools, glue and more! You’ll even get to try your hand at several skills during your time in the field. Be sure to pack a lunch and bring your water bottles. 10:00 am-11:00 am Introduction to Digiscoping Ben Lizdas Digiscoping is a simple, effective, and fun way to capture images of wildlife at a distance using a spotting scope and digital camera. In this seminar we will cover the basics of what type of equipment makes a good digiscoping set up, including adapters, scopes, eyepieces, cameras and tripods. In addition to equipment, we will also touch on field technique and image post-processing. We will conclude with an inspiring slide-show of digiscoped birds. 11:00 am-12:00 pm Tucson Wildlife Center Joan Cass Rescue, Rehab, Release! That is the mission of the Tucson Wildlife Center, caring for injured animals from bats to bobcats. Learn how the Center operates, see demonstrations of rescue techniques, and watch video of our volunteers in action, and find out what to do when you encounter injured wild animals. 3:00 pm-4:00 pm Creating a Museum Exhibit Carrie Gustavson The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum is a small, community history museum with your typical small museum resources: Join Carrie Gustavson, Director of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, as she takes you, step by step, through the story of how one on the nation’s smallest museums partnered with the nation’s largest museum to create a nationally award-winning exhibit. A staff of almost three; Limited fiscal resources; No experience or staff trained in exhibit development; A historic site with a leaky roof, inadequate security, open windows in lieu of air conditioning, restrooms located in the wrong place, and ADA compliance on the wishful thinking list; and A development department (= the fundraising ‘department’) equivalent to one-fifth of the director’s time! But… one of the wonderful things about small, private nonprofit museums is that when we decided we wanted to create a world-class exhibit, we didn’t know that there was that proverbial ‘box’ that one is supposed to think within! And….. no one told us we couldn’t do what we wanted to do! Thursday, August 2 Room 900 9:00 am-4:00 pm Writer’s Workshop Camille Colombo (Fee) See Wednesday for description. 5:00 pm-6:00 pm Arizona Dragonflies Rick Bailowitz Southeastern Arizona’s wetland habitats include canyon streams, ponds, reservoirs, rain pools, irrigated fields and spring-fed cienegas. All of these offer a rich, colorful, and initially confusing assortment of dragonflies and damselflies. Several new field guides and the advent of close-focus binoculars have encouraged birders and butterflyers to turn their optics toward these fascinating aquatic insects. After explaining the benefits of watching them, Bob will present an introduction to Arizona’s dragons and damsels, differentiating the characteristics of the two groups, discussing something of their life history, behavior and habitats, and providing some suggestions for recognizing them in the field. Friday, August 3 Horace Steele Room 9:00 am – 10:00 am Surrenders of Geronamo Bill Cavaliere This lecture and power-point cover Geronimo's surrender to General George Crook at Canon de los Embudos in Mexico in March 1886. Fortunately for future generations, General Crook allowed a photographer to accompany him, and the resulting photographs offer a remarkable glimpse into the past. I travelled to the site and located the exact location that the 1886 photographs were taken, and show the audience both the original pictures and then fade into the modern ones taken 120 years later. I also cover Geronimo's final surrender in September 1886 to General Nelson Miles at Skeleton Canyon in Arizona. Prior to this, every other Indian tribe in the United States had already surrendered, so the surrender of the Chiricahua Apaches forever ended the Indians wars in the United States. The army, realizing the historical significance of the event, built a monument of rocks at the location where Geronimo sat when he surrendered. Photographs of this crude rock monument are shown, and the final fate of Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apaches is discussed. 10:00 am-11:00 am Coming to Your Senses Pinau Merlin In our busy urban lifestyles we are inundated and overwhelmed with stimulation (traffic, sirens, loud music). In self defense we shut down and shut out most of the stimulation. When we finally venture out in nature we're already shut down. Discover how to re-connect to what we once knew. Learn how to develop all your senses to become a more aware observer and how to understand the language of the wild. Discover how to move, listen, observe, smell and use natural camouflage in the outdoors. Learn to understand where animals are likely to be in an area by learning to look at the resource from the animal’s point of view and greatly enhance your chances of seeing more wildlife. The many benefits - physical, emotional and mental - of tuning back in, carry over into our work and personal lives. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Ants of Southern Arizona Dwight Long Join Dwight Long, a local photographer and Friends of the San Pedro docent, for a presentation geared toward those who would like to know more about the fascinating and often ignored world of ants. The program will cover the behavior and interactions of the more prominent ants found in southern Arizona and the San Pedro River area. Dwight will use information obtained from local experts and leading entomologists and his own observations supplemented with amazing close-up photos. Most of the discussion will cover local ant species such as the harvester ant, spine-waisted ant, field ant, army ant, leaf cutter ant, honey ant and more. Some material may also cover non-local and exotic tropical species if time permits. 12:00 pm -1:00 pm Geology and Groundwater Sandy Kunzer A non-technical PowerPoint presentation for birders, gardeners and anyone who drinks water or bathes, this program will include live demonstrations and emphasize the intimate connection between geology and the many activities that all of us enjoy, as well as our critical daily requirements. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Insects Throughout the Year Margarethe Brummermann Arizona draws insect collectors from all over the world. Most of them concentrate exclusively on the summer monsoons. Mararethe will give an overview of insect populations of several Biomes and plant communities of Southern Arizona in relation to more than 4 seasons. Margarethe will also introduce some of the most interesting and famous locations to find our most charismatic insects and show some of the techniques to attract them and get identifiable photographs. Margarethe will also offer internet links and other information to help with the identification of those photographs. The free evening carpool will demonstrate several of those techniques and hopefully many of those fascinating Arizona species ranging from beetles to moths, wasps, mantids and more, all attracted to our black lights. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Reptiles and Amphibians Tomas Miscione Learn about Reptiles and Amphibians of southeastern Arizona from a reptile nut! Through photos and live animals, by hands-on experience and humor, find out how to understand and appreciate the beauty, habits, and habitats of these misunderstood desert creatures. 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Northern Jaguar Project Diana Hadley Protecting the World’s Northernmost Jaguars Renowned for their power, strength, beauty and grace, jaguars once roamed across much of the southern United States. Today, these magnificent predators are vanishing throughout the Americas. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Removed from their historic northern range by poaching and habitat destruction, jaguars have all but disappeared from this part of their territory. Dozens of jaguars have been killed just south of the U.S.-Mexico boarder in the last decade alone. Join members of the Northern Jaguar Project to discover what is being done to help them survive. 4:00 pm-5:00 pm Things Birds Do Brian Prescott A PowerPoint presentation and talk by Brian Prescott a local naturalist and nature photographer. This program will concentrate on bird behavior. Various aspects of bird life will be discussed such as what they eat, how they care for their feathers, courting, nesting, reproduction and play. 5:00 pm-6:00 pm Nectar Bats Ronnie Sidner People in southeastern Arizona keep asking about the disappearance of sugar water from their hummingbird feeders at night. They should just go out to see what’s happening. Two species of nectar-feeding bats visit southern Arizona from April through October each year. In spring and early summer they bear and raise one young while feeding on nectar and pollen from saguaros and organ pipe cactus. In August mother bats and grown young fatten up on agave juice (and sugar- water from your feeders) before migrating back to Mexico. Come learn about these two remarkable species of bats. 6:00 pm-7:00 pm Photo Workshop Tom Whetten Enthusiastic wildlife photographer Tom Whetten, retired from the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, will discuss tips for improving your photography skills in this two-hour PowerPoint presentation. Check out Tom’s website at www.wildlifephototour.com to see the kinds of fantastic pictures the you, too, can take. George’s work can be seen on the Arizona Game and Fish website. 7:00 pm-9:00 pm Insect Fieldtrip (carpool) Margarethe Brummermann Carpool trip associated with Program at 1:00 pm. Friday, August 3 Student Union Community Room 8:30 am-10:00 am Is Arizona the New Tornado Alley Glenn Minuth In the early morning hours of Oct 6, 2010, an unprecedented tornado outbreak struck portions of Northern Arizona. Eight tornadoes were reported during this event, while five were rated EF-2 or greater. Four tornadoes had tracks in exceeding 15 miles, while two had damage paths exceeding 30 miles. We explore the meteorological conditions responsible for this historic tornado outbreak, the impacts on an area not accustomed to Tornado Alley-like occurrences by examining damage photos. We'll also examine the novel actions taken by local National Weather Service office in Bellemont when three of the tornadoes came within 2 miles of the office within a 2-hour period. 10:00 am-12:00 pm Lobos at a Crossroads Jean Ossorio After an absence of over a half-century, Mexican gray wolves have returned to breed in the forests and grasslands of Arizona and New Mexico. After briefly examining the natural history of Canis lupus baileyi and the extirpation of the lobo from the Southwest, this presentation recounts the story of the captive breeding and reintroduction of the subspecies into the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. The current state of the wild population owes more to politics and human- induced mortality than to biological factors. The presentation includes suggestions for positive action to promote lobo recovery and ends with an exploration of how individuals can make looking for Mexican gray wolf tracks and sign an integral part of their recreational activities in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area (BRWRA). 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Monument Fire Melinda Fisher Fires affect wildlife in a variety of ways but mainly through habitat modification. The extent of fire effects on wildlife generally depends on the amount of change and the species ability to adapt to the new conditions. Some animals may experience high population declines immediately after the fire while others prefer and even thrive within burned areas. The southern Arizona wildfires were devastating in many ways, but typically the effects on wildlife and vegetation are temporary and the long-term impacts are beneficial. 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Humminbirds Sheri Williamson (Fee) In August, southeastern Arizona becomes a living laboratory for studying hummingbird identification. Join Sheri Williamson, author of The Peterson Field Guide to the Hummingbirds of North America and co-founder of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, for an intensive workshop on hummingbird identification. The workshop begins with a classroom review covering field marks, behavior, sounds, etc. followed by a visit to one of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory’s hummingbird banding stations for an up-close field experience. Limited to 8 participants. Difficulty: 1 3:00 pm-4:00 pm Writer’s Reception Camille Colombo A public reading of the results from the writers workshop. The participants of the Writer’s Workshop will be presenting their work. Drop by and hear what they have created in the last three days. Friday, August 3 Room 900 9:00 am-2:00 pm Writer’s Workshop Camille Colombo (Fee) See Wednesday for description. 2:00 pm-4:00 pm Photography Paul Bannick Paul focuses on teaching students how to photograph wildlife, particularly birds, in the field. He covers everything field, shutter speed, the use of flash, and even the selection of equipment, Paul will help bring each student’s photography to the next level. Paul is the winner of the 2012 Audubon Magazine photo contest, category Professional: Birds and Their Habitat, with a photo of the Northern Pygmy -owl. Friday, August 3 Student Union 8:30 am-9:30 am Beginning Birding Tom Clancy If you would like to become a birder, or you are a beginner who wants to improve your birding skills, then this is the workshop for you. You will learn what Tom, an intermediate birder, has learned by trial and error; but you will learn it in a much shorter period of time. Tom’s PowerPoint presentation will include: The basics of adjusting binoculars to fit your personal use, a discussion on field guides and clothing, what beginning birders need to know and a discussion on basic bird identification using the GISS (General Impression of Size and Shape). Following the presentation we will take a short field trip around the campus to see and learn about some of the resident birds. Tom will also give you some pointers on how to make your birding time more enjoyable and productive. Saturday, August 4 Horace Steele Room 8:00 am- 9:30 am Clovis Culture Sandy Kunzer/Perrie Barnes Perrie Barnes, anthropologist, and geologist Sandy Kunzer will take us on an exciting trip to 13,000 years ago to meet the people and animals that occupied our San Pedro Valley. Explore with them the science and controversies of the Clovis people, where they came from, how and why they disappeared and what effects they may have had on the associated megafauna, which disappeared at the same time. A multi-media presentation will precede a free walking trip to Murray Springs, one of the most easily accessible Clovis sites on the continent. This session starts in the classroom and is followed by a carpool to explore some of the discoveries and controversies regarding one of the earliest cultures of North America. Be prepared for sun with little shade and some rough trails on the approximately 1 mile walk. (hat, other appropriate clothing and shoes, sunscreen and water are highly recommended.) 9:30 am-10:30 am Gardening for Birds Lori Kovash Gardening for wildlife presents its own set of problems. How do you attract one species and discourage another? Each species has its own set of basic life requirements. Have you ever journaled? Where do you go to find those who share your passion for gardening? These questions will be answered as well as seed harvesting and storing, pests and problems, and the use of chemicals. Find out the answers to your questions if you want to try “Gardening for the Furry and Feathered 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Black-tailed Prairie Dog Glen Dickens The recorded history of prairie dogs in Arizona began in the late 18 th century with extensive population control efforts by land owners/lessees and federal and state animal control agents. By the 1960’s these control efforts resulted in the complete extirpation of the Black-tailed species within its former 1.4 million acre range of southeast Arizona. In 2008, following an arduous 12-step public/biological process spanning more than 10 years, the Arizona Game and Fish Department bean reintroductions of this keystone grasslands species. This presentation will give a history of the loss and steps to the eventual return of the Black-tailed Prairie Dog to southeast Arizona, and includes multiple photos of the first 3 years release efforts and individual colony progress on the Las Cienegas National Conservation Grasslands near Elgin. 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Beavers of the San Pedro Mike Foster In 1999 the Bureau of Land Management and the Arizona Game and Fish Department reintroduced fifteen beaver to the San Pedro River near Hereford, Arizona. Mike Foster, videographer for the Friends of the San Pedro River, describes his first hand observations, based on hundreds of daylong hikes, of beaver activity in the San Pedro River Natural Conservation Area. He will show the video he made about the reintroduction of the beaver, discuss how the beaver are doing, and describe their habits. Be prepared to see the only known quality video of beaver on the San Pedro River. 1:00 pm - 2:00 p.m. Hummingbirds Tom Wood & Sheri Williamson From their insect-like flight to the brilliant iridescence of their plumage, hummingbirds have long fascinated birders and non-birders alike. In this program, Tom Wood of the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory answers many of the most common questions about these often misunderstood birds, including how to attract and feed them and how scientists are revealing new and surprising information about their behavior and adaptations. This program will be followed by a carpool to the San Pedro House to observe up-close as researchers from the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory capture, band, and record data in their fifteenth season studying the importance of the San Pedro River as a migration corridor and nesting area for hummingbirds. This is a fabulous opportunity to see hummers up close - bring your camera! There is no charge for this program and pre-registration is not required. However, donations are gratefully accepted. Hummingbird “adoptions” will also be available. 2:00 pm - 3:00 p.m. From River to Peaks–Flowers Betsy Kunzer Take a virtual trip with Betsy Kunzer, starting in the Upper San Pedro River Valley and moving vertically upward into the surrounding mountains. This is the equivalent of a trip through a great variety of habitats, from the lowlands of northern Mexico to the peaks of the Colorado Rockies. From riverside through scrubland, grassland, oak woodland and spruce-fir forest, each habitat has its own peculiarities. This photo-program explores this variety emphasizing flowers but sneaking in a few animals, ecology and oter things along the way. 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Malpai Borderlands Group Bill McDonald The Malpai Borderlands Group is a landowner-driven nonprofit organization attempting to implement ecosystem management on nearly one million acres of virtually un-fragmented open space landscape in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. The Malpais includes the San Bernardino Valley, the Peloncillo Mountains, the Animas Valley and the Animas Mountains. It is roughly pyramid-shaped, with the base of the pyramid beginning just east of Douglas, Arizona along the Mexican border and extending to just west of Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The apex is just south of Animas, New Mexico. Bill will present an overview of the area and the efforts made by the group. Saturday, August 4 Student Union Community Room 8:30 am - 9:30 Ancient Seas and Their Paleozoic Rocks in the Tombstone/Bisbee Area Glenn Minuth Free Carpool Did you know several ancient seas invaded our area from the west? Take a geological journey to discover the nature of our several local limestone varieties that were deposited during the Paleozoic Era between 600 and 225 million years ago. We will learn about differences in the local formations and see their respective ancient fossils (sea life). Additional features: In route, we will also study the geologically more recent, genesis of the San Pedro River's three major river terrace units and discuss their origins. 9:30 am – 10:30 am Thorns, Stingers and Fangs Vincent Pinto (carpool) Black Widows, Rattlesnakes, Poison Ivy, spiny Cacti, Centipedes, Kissing bugs, Africanized Bees, Ants, Gila Monsters, Scorpions and more----welcome to the Southwest! How in the world can we enjoy the wilds with these daunting species as neighbors? In this presentation you’ll learn to tell the difference between truly dangerous animals and plants versus those that we unjustly fear. Further, we’ll delve deeply into the identification, natural history and first aid involved with each fascinating species covered. Not only will you increase your knowledge and safety with each species, you may also discover that you’ve made a few unconventional friends along the way---just give them wide berth at times. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Chris Bagnoli Saturday, August 4 Room 900 Programs for Kids 10:00 am – 10:45 am Observation Skills Bealer/Chambers Clues gathered from the observation of animal skulls can provide hints about the animals' food sources, sense of smell, visual acuity and general body size. In this activity, children will be given replicas of skulls of mammals native to the area to handle, and the role of the animal in its food web will be discussed. Photos of the animals, and pelts provided by Arizona Game & Fish, will enable the children to visualize the mammal. Scat replicas, another clue to an animal's diet, will be available for observation and comparison. Emphasis will be put on the students' making inferences based on observation, and on the correlation between structure and function in nature." 11:00 am- 11:45 Birds Bealer/Chambers The participants will use a variety of hands-on materials to learn the adaptations and behaviors that make birds, birds. We will discuss migration and the importance of the San Pedro River in migration activity. Participants will learn about common birds found in the Southeastern Arizona area, and how birds can be observed. What to look for in observing birds. Time will be spent talking about Hummingbirds. 1:00 pm- 1:45 pm Bats Bealer/Chambers In the Bat Lesson, we will discuss myths about bats and the benefits of bats to our ecosystem. We depend on bats for many products we use every day. Participants will be involved in activities to demonstrate bat echolocation. Learning about bat anatomy and life cycles will help to grow appreciation of bats in the environment.
"Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival 2012 PROGRAMS "