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Wings over Willcox 2014

Wednesday 15 January

Muleshoe is once again hosting a tour for Wings over Willcox. This tour is very popular and will likely fill up soon after registration starts 1 September. See the Wings over Willcox website for registration information.

The Muleshoe tour will provide a unique opportunity to spend Wednesday evening and Thursday exploring the sights and sounds of the Muleshoe ecosystem. The tour meets at the Willcox Community Center at 1:50 p.m. on Wednesday. From the Community Center, you will be driven to the Muleshoe Ranch. Upon arrival, you will check in with The Nature Conservancy staff and get settled into your own private casita (arrangements for lodging must be made with the Muleshoe Ranch directly – see contacts below for rates and reservation information). Wednesday evening begins with a presentation on rattlesnake research occurring around Arizona and at Muleshoe Ranch. Guests will then be treated to dinner followed by an evening on your own to explore the ranch headquarters listening and looking for nocturnal creatures such as Western Screech Owls, ringtail cats, and coatimundis, or you can enjoy a serene evening soaking and relaxing in the natural hot-spring tubs.

On Thursday morning, guests will be treated to a light breakfast before setting off with their tour leaders to explore and experience the Hot Springs/Bass Canyon Loop of the Muleshoe Ranch, where a variety of wildlife species including birds, mammals, reptiles, and aquatic species may be encountered. Woodpeckers, Green-tailed Towhees, Dark-eyed Juncos, White-crowned Sparrows, and other winter migrants are a few of the bird species that are usually active around the headquarters in January. However, be aware that January is early in the year for viewing certain wildlife species that are not active during the winter. Participants will be returned to the Willcox Community Center by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. Approximately three miles of difficult hiking. The hike requires some uphill hiking, walking on and across wet rocks, and several wet creek crossings. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Bring your own walking stick if you typically use one for trail hiking. Includes all meals from Wednesday dinner to Thursday lunch, drinks, and rest stops.

Accommodations: You must contact the Muleshoe Ranch to make lodging arrangements by email or call 520-212-4295.

Where is the Muleshoe Ranch Preserve?

Past Events at Muleshoe

Save the Frogs Day 2013 (blog post about the event)


May 17-19, 2013

The Snake Count is a citizen science program to map and track snake distributions across North America, started by the Center for Snake Conservation. Last spring’s count was so successful and fun, we decided to open up this year’s event to the public!

We’ll kick things off Friday evening with an informal viewing and discussion of some of SocialSnakes’ best videos of snake behavior in the wild. Saturday afternoon, when it’s too hot to count snakes, Dr. Erika Nowak will tell us all about relocating rattlesnakes.

Saturday (18) Schedule of Activities

8:00am      Guided snake hikes and/or radio telemetry (meet Bane & Cat!)

11:00am    Lunch on your own**

1:00pm     Snake processing (marking and measuring) demonstration

2:00pm     Rattlesnake relocation presentation by Erika Nowak

4:00pm     Guided snake hikes and/or radio telemetry (meet Bane & Cat!)

Sunday (19) Schedule of Activities

8:00am      Guided snake hikes and/or radio telemetry (meet Bane & Cat!)

11:00am    Lunch on your own**

1:00pm     Snake processing (marking and measuring) demonstration

4:00pm     Guided snake hikes and/or radio telemetry (meet Bane & Cat!)

*Times are approximate and changes will be posted in the Visitor Center at Muleshoe

**Please bring your own food as none will be provided or available for purchase (drinking water is freely available – bring your own bottle).

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