Sedona AZ (November 26, 2013) – The Red Rock Ranger District is offering three public events in early December, jointly sponsored by the Sedona Friends of the Forest, Arizona Natural History Association, and the U.S. Forest Service.
A program of Birding Walks will begin Monday, December 2, and continue on the first Monday of each month through March. The Birding Walks will be held at Bubbling Ponds off Page Springs Road near the fish hatchery. Participants will gather at 9 a.m. in the Bubbling Ponds parking lot. Bubbling Ponds offers a chance to see a wide variety of wetland bird species as well as winter birds native to Arizona. The walks require registration through the Red Rock Visitor Center at 928-203-2900. Participants should be able to walk one mile on level ground, bring binoculars and/or spotting scope, and wear subdued clothing and good walking shoes.
The district’s First Friday Nature Talk program continues December 6 at 11 a.m. at the Red Rock Visitor Center on Highway 179, one mile south of the Village of Oak Creek. Beavers: What Lessons Can We Learn From Their Exploitation will examine the history of the beaver as a resource that was almost eliminated. How and why did the trappers of the 1800’s exploit this resource and what were the larger impacts on wetland ecosystems? What can this history teach us about man’s relationship with the natural world?
On Monday, December 16 a nature hike will be offered at Fay Canyon starting at 9 a.m. in the trailhead parking area. Registration is required through the visitor center (928-203-2900) where directions to the hike site are also available. Plant and animal life of a canyon ecosystem will be explored.
These three events will be led by Friends of the Forest volunteers and naturalist Kevin Harding. Kevin has been birding for forty years and is a trained animal tracker.