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Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival 2012 PROGRAMS


									Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival
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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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
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

1:00 pm - 2:00 p.m. Hummingbirds                                      Tom Wood & Sheri

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

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

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.

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