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White Mountain Audubon SPECIAL EVENTS - 2017

White Mountain Nature Film Festival

Saturday, July 15th

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White Mountain Audubon and White Mountain Nature Center are holding the 6th Annual Nature Film Festival on July 15. The Festival is being held at the White Mountain Nature Center, 425 S. Woodland Rd., Lakeside. Time is 4:30 to 9:00 pm. The evening will include a buffet dinner with beer or wine catered by Moose Henri’s. Four film programs provide entertainment as well as giving information about nature, wildlife, and conservation. The Film Festival raises funds for the educational programs that WMAS and the Nature Center sponsor each year. These programs include a scholarship to a graduating senior, a school science program and Nature Center's Discovery programs.

Film Titles and times:

  • 5:25 - 6:00 Emergence and Living on the Edge – Dennis and Sky Roshay
    Fascinating petroglyphs in our nearby surroundings speak to us of the others that have lived here.
  • 6:10 – 6:40 Wildlife of Namibia - Cheryl and Dave Cagle
    This film depicts a sample of the wildlife of this southwestern African desert country, including the big four, numerous antelope species, a diversity of birds and a visit to a native people village.
  • 6:50 – 7:20 Wildlife throughout the Season - Barb Davis
    There is something in nature we can’t experience anywhere else. This short film will take the viewer into the world of wildlife through every season in the White Mountains. You will experience the wonder of it all, and maybe…connect with the wild within yourself.
  • 7:30 – 9:00 Breathless in Bhutan: Our Adventure of a Lifetime – Norris Dodd and the Bhutan Trekkers

Tickets can be purchased from the WM Nature Center, Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce or from WMAS Board members. Tickets are $25 before July 12 and $30 after that date or at the door. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Bittorf at mcbitt30@cableone.net or at (928) 367-2462 or Liz Jernigan at lizntom@frontiernet.net or (928) 532-1510.


High Country Hummer's Festival

Saturday, July 29th

The 14th annual High Country Hummers Festival will again be sponsored by AZ G & F Department. Sheri Williamson, with Southeastern Bird Observatory, along with her banding crew will return to Sipe Wildlife Area for an activity filled morning on July 29th. Southeastern Bird Observatory is a non-profit scientific and educational organization located in Bisbee. Activities begin at 8am and end at approx. noon. Other organizations that partner with AZ G & F are White Mountain Audubon Society, U.S. Forest Service and the Round Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Activities will be ongoing during the morning, but the main event is watching the hundreds of hummingbirds that visit the area in summer and seeing Sheri and her volunteers collect, measure, weigh, assess, and band the birds. Some of the activities planned for this year are:

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  • Birding for kids - the kids may make their own hummingbird feeder
  • Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center will have an exhibit with live birds and other wildlife
  • Hummers that may be seen are Calliope, Broad-tailed, Black-chinned and Rufous. Many other bird species may be sighted in the area as well.

Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and sunscreen; bring water snacks/lunch and your camera in order to enjoy a morning in the beautiful White Mountains of eastern Arizona.

Sipe Wildlife Area is located south of Eagar. Take Hwy 191 going toward Alpine and turn right off of 191 approx. 2 miles at the signed turn off at the top of the first hill. Follow the dirt road for 5 miles. For more information call, AZ G &F Department in Pinetop at 928-367-4281.


Timber Mesa Christmas Bird Count

January 5, 2017

The Timber Mesa CBC is held each year between Dec 14th and Jan 5th. The first CBC was held in 1900 and is the largest, longest-running animal census on earth. The citizen science program collects data each year that is vital for land management decisions and wildlife policy. There is no fee to participate and the annual published report, American Birds, will be available on line.

We meet at 7am at Darby's Restaurant in Pinetop for breakfast. Then we divide into groups to cover as much as possible of the designated 15-mile wide diameter circle. Birders count species and numbers of each species, record and then turn in what they saw to the count compiler, Mary Ellen Bittorf at (928) 367-2462 or email mcbitt30@cableone.net

The White Mountain area is known for its wintering waterfowl and Bald Eagles. Some birds seen on recent CBC's are: Canvasback, Redhead Duck, Hooded Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Townsend’s Solitaire and Belted Kingfisher. All levels of birding are welcome.