Saturday Schedule
"Family Nature Fair & Open House"
April 25, 2015

San Jorge Eco Lodge

Verde River at Clarkdale in Clarkdale, Arizona

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Click here for a copy of the festival Field Trip Descriptons in a printable PDF format.

Below you will find the Saturday schedule and details of each field trip on Saturday.

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Link to Schedules:           Thursday          Friday            Saturday Family Nature Fair           Sunday

Meet for all walks and field trips at Aviary unless noted otherwise.

Time
   Activity
 Meal
Guide
Meet
 Fee
5:30AM-4:00PM Registration:  
 
Reg.Tent
 
6am - noon Photo SafariNo birding on this trip   Tom Whetten
George Andrijko
VAN $35
6:00AM - 3:00PM Sycamore Canyon FTIntense birding
BXL
VAN
$50
6:00AM-4:00PM Flagstaff Wetlands FTIntense birding
BXL
VAN
$50
7:00AM-11:00AM Tavasci Marsh Field Trip  Intense birding    
VAN
$35
7:00AM-11:00AM Greenway WalkIntense birding
 
Bob Miller
AV
$35
7:00 AM-NOON Bubbling Ponds IBA at Page Springs FTIntense birding
VAN
$35
7:30 AM-NOON Ogden Ranch Desert FT Intense birdingNew trip this year   Rich Armstrong AV $35
7:00AM-2:00PM Sedona Wetlands & Red Rock FT Intense birding BXL Troy Blodgett VAN $50
7:00AM-3:00PM Focus on Flycatchers FTIntense birding
BXL
VAN
$50
7:30 AM-NOON Bent River RanchFTIntense birding  
 
VAN
$35
8:00AM-10:00 AM Armchair BirdingCasual to moderate birding
 
AV
$5
8:00AM-10:30AM Beginning Bird Walk for AdultsCasual to moderate birding 
 
AV
$15
8:00AM-1:00PM Cadillac Canoe Brunch FTSpecialty trip, includes activities other than birding  
 M
Chip Norton
Host: Ron Mattia
AV
$65
8:00AM-2:00PM Taste of Birding Casual to moderate birding   Marceline VandeWater AV Free
10:00AM - 5:00PM Exhibits and Trade Show  
BIRDY BAZAAR
RDU
Free
10:00AM-2:00PM Family Nature Fair     Flyway Free
10:00AM-11:30AM Eating 'Wild' WalkNo birding on this trip  
 
AV
$15
10:00AM - noon Butterfly WalkNo birding on this trip
AV
$15
11:30AM-1:30PM Lunch and Learn: Audubon's Birds
BXL 

Brian Fox Ellis
Studio-S
$25
12:30PM-2:00PM River WalkNo birding on this trip   Jeanmarie Haney AV $15
1:00PM-5:00PM Verde Valley Geology FT No birding on this trip   Paul Lindberg VAN $35
2:00PM-3:00PM Workshop: Bird Journaling
BXL 
Studio-S
$5
3:00PM-5:00PM Botanical WalkNo birding on this trip  
AV
$15
3:30PM-4:30PM Workshop:Birding By Eareducational workshop/presentation   
 
Studio-S
$5
5:00PM-6:00PM Workshop:Gila Monstereducational workshop/presentation   
 
Sandra Schenone
Studio-S
$5
5:00PM-8:00PM Dusk Birding: Jail Trail to Bocce Casual to moderate birding M Tim Webber AV $55
6:30PM-8:00 PM Bat Patrol   TBA   $25
7:00PM-8:30 PM Movie Night     Tent Free
7:00PM-9:00 PM Owl Prowl in the ParkCasual to moderate birding
 
Bob Miller
AV
$25

Click here for a copy of the festival Field Trip Descriptons in a printable PDF format.

Link to Schedules:        Thursday          Friday            Saturday Family Nature Fair           Sunday

The following rating system for field trips and guided walks will give you an idea of the rigors involved.
1 - feeder watching, with maybe a little walking
2 - easy walking, could involve distance but flat
3 - involves hiking, some elevation gain/loss
4 - a true adventure trip, almost a safari
5 - wheelchair accessible

Legend:
Intense birding= Intense birding
Casual to moderate birding= Casual to moderate birding(great for a beginner)
Specialty trip, includes activities other than birding= Specialty trip, includes activities other than birding
No birding on this trip= No birding on this trip
New trip this year= New trip this year
Accessible trip = Accessible trip 
educational workshop/presentation = educational workshop/presentation 
drive on your own= drive on your own

FT=Field Trip
BXL=box lunch included
M=meal is included (brunch or specialty meal)
RDU = River Day Use – Event Site
AV = Aviary in River Day Use- Meet for all walks
VAN=Van loading behind Registration
Tent = Main Event Tent “The Birdy Bazaar”
Reg. Tent= Registration
Nature Niche & Bird's Nest Nest tents on the Flyway
Studio-S= drive on your ownShuttle provided to studio from RDU and return
CRC = Cottonwood Rec Center, 150 S. 6th St.

 

A photo compliments of Beachsonlocation.com

Volunteers and participants visiting at
Dead Horse state Park during the VVBNF.


 

Saturday Field Trips and Walk

All walks and field trips leave from the River Day Use area unless otherwise noted. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

 


Photography SafariNo birding on this trip                  Tom Whetten and George Andrejko
Saturday, April 25
Departure: 6am                          Return: noon
Rating: 4                                   Cost: $ 35
You are off to a real adventure as these experts venture into areas known for great wildlife photography opportunities. Tom’s patience and wit will put you at ease while you take shots at Arizona’s watchable wildlife with your own camera. Tom and George use digital technology and will be giving you some great tips. You don’t want to miss Tom’s Wildlife Photography Seminar on Friday to prepare you for this trip.

Sycamore Canyon Intense birding                               David Moll

Saturday, April 25                      Box lunch included
Departure: 6am                          Return: 3pm
Rating:  4                                  Cost: $50
This will be a great day of birding. Sycamore Canyon, one of our vast wilderness areas, hosts the Sycamore Creek that offers a rare watering hole for many species of birds. Travel is along a dirt road with a hike down to the riparian canyon. David is one of our most popular guides and will help seek out those elusive species. As you approach the trail you may see grassland sparrows including lark, black-throated, Brewer’s, sage, vesper and chipping sparrows, loggerhead shrike and verdin. Canyon species may include Virginia’s, and Grace’s warblers, Hutton’s vireo, and yellow-breasted chat.


Flagstaff Wetlands Field Trip Intense birding                              Tom Linda
Saturday, April 25                      Box lunch included
Departure: 6am                         Return: 4pm
Rating: 3                                    Cost: $50
This trip will take us up on top of the Mogollon Rim to explore the wetlands around Flagstaff. We will visit Kachina Wetlands and Anderson Mesa that includes Lake Mary, Mormon Lake and other smaller lakes. Birds we're hoping to see include gulls, ducks, and shorebirds. Bald eagles and osprey nest and hunt on these lakes. Tom Linda is one of our favorite guides; he is knowledgeable and willing to lend his expertise. It can be cold and windy this time of year so dress appropriately. We'll bring lunch.


Greenway Walk                                   Bob Miller
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 23, 24, 25, 26
Departure: 7am                          Return: 11am                
Rating: 3                                   Cost: $35
One of the many reasons for holding the festival at Dead Horse Ranch State Park is its location in the heart of the Verde River’s riparian corridor. A walk along the Verde River Greenway will provide opportunities to spot riparian dependent species. An expert guide will enhance your experience. You should be able to see most of the species of the season on the park’s bird list including the common black-hawk that is known to nest here.


Bubbling Ponds at Page Springs Field Trip           Randy Miller
Saturday, Sunday, April 25, 26
Departure: 7am                          Return: noon
Rating: 3                                   Cost: $35
The Page Springs area is a favorite hangout for birds and birders alike. This trip will take you to one of the locals’ favorite hot spots on the banks of Oak Creek. Bubbling Ponds has been a project of the Northern Arizona Audubon with trails, invasive plant species eradication and habitat restoration and is part of the Lower Oak Creek Important Birding Area.

Ogden Ranch Desert Field Trip     New trip this year                                       Rich Armstrong
Saturday, April 25 
Departure: 7am                          Return: noon
Rating: 3                                     Cost: $35
After a short drive, we'll take to trails in search of our desert personalities. We will be looking for the curved billed thrasher, the cactus wren, and other desert species. The trails can be rocky so wear proper footwear. This may be a warm walk - dress appropriately and bring lots of water, a hat and sunscreen. We are in the desert. 


Sedona Weltands & Red Rock FT                                     Troy Blodgett
Saturday, April 25                      Box lunch included
Departure: 7am                         Return: 2pm
Rating: 3                                   Cost: $50
The use of man-made water treatment plants as birding sites creating artificial wetlands has proven to be the source of excellent birding across the country, especially when they are planned to provide rich habitat. The City of Sedona, in keeping with the natural beauty of the area, has not only taken care of the basic needs of the public but has done so with nature in mind. The birding is excellent and with a local expert to lead you into this normally restricted area, you should be able to add many species to your day’s list. From there we go to Red Rock State Park and check out the riparian habitat along Oak Creek that's included in the Oak Creek IBA. 


Focus on Flycatchers FT             Homer Hansen
Saturday, April 25                      Box lunch included
Departure: 7am                         Return: 3pm
Rating: 3                                   Cost: $50
This trip will take us into prime flycatcher country led by Homer Hansen of “Wings Over Willcox” fame. Species that might be seen include gray flycatcher and other “Empids,” black phoebe, Say’s phoebe, vermilion flycatcher, brown-crested flycatcher, ash-throated flycatcher, western kingbird, and Cassin’s kingbird. Box lunch is included. Homer will be presenting a workshop on Friday afternoon on the basics of flycatcher identification.  We recommend you don’t miss his presentation to prepare you for this field trip. 


Bent River Ranch FT                                                                    Kristen Rothrock

Saturday April 25
Departure: 7:30am                          Return: noon
Rating:  3                                         Cost $35
Just across the river from Tuzigoot National Monument, we will bird rich Verde River riparian habitat as guests of the Jordan family. The river bottom land, canal corridors and historic farm meadows are all part of Bent River Ranch. The bend in the river is how Tuzigoot got its name. Moderate walking and just 10 min. from the festival location.


Armchair / Feeder Birding                                                   Eric Moore
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 23, 24, 25, 26
Departure: 8am                       Return: 10am
Rating: 5                                  Cost: $5
Let the birds come to you. Bring your favorite camp chair, binoculars, a little refreshment, and just enjoy birding as the hours slip by. We will only have to walk a short distance on the Day Use Accessible Trail to a spot where feeders bring the birds up close. A knowledgeable guide will help identify species. The area is open for birding at any time but the guide will only be available during these hours. Donations to help cover feeder costs are appreciated.


Beginning Birding Walk for Adults Casual to moderate birding                    Kathe Anderson
Saturday, April 25
Departure: 8am                 Return: 10:30am
Rating: 2                            Cost: $15
The best way to learn birding is to go with others. Not only do you learn identification skills but also how to bird effectively and ethically. This is a rare opportunity to go with a top birder at little cost. Let Kathe show you the basics that just might lead to a life-long love of birding and the outdoors. This is meant to start non-birders on the path to birding. Beginners only please.

Cadillac Canoe Brunch Specialty trip, includes activities other than birding Chip Norton/Host:Ron Mattia
Saturday, Sunday, April 25, 26
Departure: 8am                  Return: 1pm    
Rating: 3                             Cost: $65

On this, our signature trip, we will be taking canoes down the Verde River for a different perspective of the riparian habitat. We will beach the canoes at a private residence and be treated to a home-made brunch. Experienced paddlers pilot every canoe so you can sit back and enjoy the river’s surprises. There’s always the chance that you might get wet so wear shoes and clothes that can take the water. Shorts are recommended depending on weather. This trip is dependent upon the water flow. Weight limit - 200lbs.

 

Taste of Birding  Casual to moderate birding                                                                    Marceline VandeWater
Saturday, April 25
Departure: 8am                          Return: 2pm
Rating 3                                    Cost: FREE

Marceline will be spending the day taking small groups of novice birders for short walks to introduce them to the wonders of birding. Binoculars will be available for check-out. These short walks are meant for those who have never experienced bird watching. This is part of our Family Nature Fair. Participants may sign-up on site at the Aviary. Limited group size.


Eating “Wild” Walk No birding on this trip                                                 Patty West
Saturday, April 25
Departure: 10am                        Return: 11:30am
Rating: 3                                   Cost: $15
There’s a lot to munch on in nature. Learn the wild edible plants, both native and non-native, in a walk through the riparian and desert habitats in the park. Patty will also talk about how to process this natural garden for your dinner plate. This will be a 2-mile walk over various terrains. Sturdy shoes are recommended.


AFTERNOON OFFERINGS


River Walk No birding on this trip                                                                     Jeanmarie Haney
Saturday, April 25
Departure: 12:30pm                    Return: 2pm
Rating: 2                                      Cost: $15
Always keeping an watchful eye on the river, we are excited to offer this walk along the banks of the Verde. Jeanmarie joins us from the Nature Conservancy to share the story of the Verde River, its past, its threats, its importance and its questionable future.


Verde Valley Geology Field Trip - Geology of the Jerome Mining District and Mingus Mountain No birding on this trip                                                                                                  Paul Lindberg

Saturday, April 25
Departure: 1pm                            Return: 5pm
Rating: 1                                   Cost: $35
What does ancient geology mean to us today? Historic and modern mining, made possible by remarkable geologic processes, creates jobs and impacts our lives in many ways. Travel along with Paul Lindberg, our local geological guru whose explanations make it easy for anyone to understand the processes that formed our landscape. There will be lots of stops along the way including Jerome State Historic Park, a peek into the open pit mine and breath-taking views from the mountain.


Botanical Walk No birding on this trip                                                             Patty West
Saturday, April 25
Departure: 3pm                          Return: 5pm
Rating:  2                                    Cost: $15
A guided walk to identify many of the riparian and grassland species of plants and flowers found in the park. Learn arid plants’ secrets to survival and the challenge of invasive species. If the rains favor us, we could even experience a wealth of wildflowers. Please prepare for warm afternoon weather.


Dusk Birding: Jail Tral to Bocce   New trip this year                                          Tim Webber
Saturday, April 25
Departure: 5:00pm                                 Return: 8pm
Rating: 2                                               Cost: $55
We'll be walking along the riparian corridor of the Jail Trail that ends up in Old Town Cottonwood where we'll have a special dinner at Bocce Restaurant. One of the newest eating places in Old Town, it hosts a relaxed atmosphere. Pizza and salad around the open fire pit is very popular. Bring along a flashlight as well as your binoculars and maybe some extra cash if you want to indulge. We'll pick you up to bring you back to the park.

 


Bat Patrol in the Park Casual to moderate birding                                            TBA
Saturday, April 25
Departure: 6:30pm                                 Return: 8pm
Rating: 2                                               Cost: $15
We're bringing back the opportunity to spot bats in the park. Dusk is the ideal time to explore under the bridge and around light poles. You'll be amazed at what you might see. Bring along a flashlight as well as your binoculars. This is great for kids of all ages.


Owl Prowl in the ParkCasual to moderate birding                                                                        Bob Miller
Saturday, April 25
Departure: 7pm                          Return: 9pm
Rating: 2                                   Cost: $25
Our second evening of owling in the park. We will attempt to spot the great-horned owl, the barn owl, and perhaps the western screech owl. They have all been seen here in the past. Bring along a flashlight as well as your binoculars.

Saturday Workshops & Seminars

Workshops and seminars have a fee and require registration. Both are being held in the Studio located in the far end of the park, unless noted otherwise. Check for any changes or additions and check in for all workshops at the registration tent. Participants will be shuttled to and from all workshops/seminars. There is no parking at the Studio or Cabin. Restroom facilities are located in the building.

Meet at the shuttle stop in the parking lot of the River Day Use Area near the Aviary 15 minutes PRIOR to the seminar or workshop.

Lunch & Learn: Audubon's Birds                                                                           Brian "Fox" Ellis
Saturday, April 25                      Location: Studio
11:30am – 1:30pm                     Cost: $25
The Lunch & Learn Series is designed to provide you with an intense, skill oriented presentation over the lunch hour, so a box lunch will be provided. Be sure to pick up your lunch and a drink at the Aviary before boarding the shuttle to the Studio.

In this interactive presentation Audubon will bring to life bird behavior, focusing on the birds you are most likely to see as you go bird watching in this area. Audubon followed the annual migrations of birds throughout North America in the 1820s and 1830s, keeping meticulous journals on the birds he saw. With lessons on field ecology, the scientific method, art history, and bird migration, the audience is invited to imitate birds and discuss the life histories of their favorite feathered friends.

Bird Journaling                                  Kathe Anderson
Saturday, April 25                      Location: Studio
2:00pm – 3:00pm                     Cost: $25
The Lunch & Learn Series is designed to provide you with an intense, skill oriented presentation over the lunch hour, so a box lunch will be provided. Be sure to pick up your lunch and a drink at the Aviary before boarding the shuttle to the Studio.

There are many reasons to keep a journal about your birding experiences, not the least of which is to make you a better birder! Test your talents—at any level—during this beginner class to write about and draw birds, indoors and out. We’ll do quick notes and sketches, as well as lengthier exercises, to become comfortable with a variety of ways to express yourself and record your birding adventures.  Sharing work is encouraged throughout the class—there are no wrong answers!

Lunch & Learn: Bird Journaling                                  Kathe Anderson
Saturday, April 25                      Location: Studio
11:30am – 1:30pm                     Cost: $25
The Lunch & Learn Series is designed to provide you with an intense, skill oriented presentation over the lunch hour, so a box lunch will be provided. Be sure to pick up your lunch and a drink at the Aviary before boarding the shuttle to the Studio.

There are many reasons to keep a journal about your birding experiences, not the least of which is to make you a better birder! Test your talents—at any level—during this beginner class to write about and draw birds, indoors and out. We’ll do quick notes and sketches, as well as lengthier exercises, to become comfortable with a variety of ways to express yourself and record your birding adventures.  Sharing work is encouraged throughout the class—there are no wrong answers!

Birding By Ear                                                                    Homer Hansen
Saturday, April 25                      Location: Studio
3:30pm - 4:30pm                        Cost: $5
A new topic to Birdyverde from Homer this year and a new field trip on Sunday. Birding by ear is a great way to help with species identification. Sometimes it's the call of a bird that cinches that final ID. You'll want to attend this workshop to prep for the Sunday field trip. But even if you don't get on his trip, this will be a worthwhile workshop for all birders.  

The Gila Monster No birding on this trip                                                  Sandra Schenone
Saturday, April 25                                  Location: Studio
5pm - 6pm                                             Cost: $5
We often don't see Gila monsters on our birding expeditions but Sandra will give you some interesting facts about these secretive desert dwellers. She will have a live monster and his close relative, the beaded lizard for you to see. Sandra comes to us as a volunteer at Boyce Thompson Arboretum and is the Supervising Animal Technologist/Training Coordinator in the Department of Animal Care & Technologies at Arizona State University.

Movie Night     
Saturday, April 25                                              FREE
Time: 7pm - 8:30pm                       
Bring your camp chair and join us in the exhibit tent for a night at the movies. We will have popcorn and sodas for sale.

This year, Arizona Game and Fish is providing a series of short films about the festival and our desert personalities. Arizona's Game and Fish Department produces an award winning television series and magazine called "Wildlife Views". They have compiled episodes that include topics about our desert birds that will interest folks of all areas and experiences. It's a great way to relax and catch these well done short documentaries. Come for one or all

Saturday Family Nature Fair Presentations

Family Nature Fair
Saturday, April 25                      Cost: Free                    
Activities: 10am - 2pm                                       

You don’t need to be registered for the festival to attend. Check in at the children’s registration booth for a complete schedule, nametags, and 10 free activity tickets per child. Additional tickets can be purchased for fifty cents each. We will be crafting bird feeders, building birdhouses, and playing games that make learning fun. Special presentations geared to the family will enlighten you. Live animals in the main tent will delight the curious. Everyone is welcome to this “wild” family outing.

This year we are introducing a Dead Horse Ranch State Park Jr. Ranger walk and activity. Super State Park Jr. Rangers, Sidney Smith and Ruby Kauffman will lead kids on an exploration walk that ends with the completion of the Jr. Ranger Journal at the Entrance Station for a swearing in ceremony.

For kids from 7 to 12 yrs we have our Introduction to Birding for Kids starting at 8am. Parents are welcome to go along. Other birding family offerings include the Bird's Tool Kit, Build a Bird, and Making a Birding Journal.

Other presentations that we are offering this year include Zen Mocarski's Venomous Critters of the Desert, Garter Snakes Along the Verde with Dr. Erika Nowak and the Eagle Watch Program.

There will be art projects and visits from famous characters to delight all ages.
For the mature family member we will once again have our Taste of Birding lead by one of our delightful guides. If you've been timid to try birding with a group, Marceline will take small groups for a short bird walk to give you a taste of what might just become a favorite pass time.

There will be cultural entertainment too with the Yavapai-Apache Gourd SIngers and Bird Dancers. It should be an enjoyable afternoon for the whole family and it's all                                           
FREE!

 

Click here for a copy of the festival Field Trip Descriptons in a printable PDF format.

Mission: The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley.
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