By Arizona Game And Fish Department

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is hosting its 16th annual High Country Hummingbird Festival from 8 a.m. to noon July 27 at the Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area near Springerville and Eagar. The free, family-friendly festival will include:

  • Hummingbird banding by Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory
  • Plant displays to attract hummingbirds
  • Live wildlife from the department’s Wildlife Center
  • Take a photo with a live bird at the critter photo booth
  • Activities designed for children
  • Informational talks about hummingbirds and bird calls of the White Mountains
  • A class on photographing hummingbirds by Game and Fish photographer George Andrejko
  • Booths from local, outdoor-oriented organizations

The Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area is located southeast of Eagar and Springerville. From Eagar, take U.S. Highway 191 toward Alpine for about two miles to the signed turnoff at the top of the first hill. Drive south five miles to the Sipe property on a gravel road suitable for passenger cars.

Come prepared to spend most of the morning outdoors with the potential of some summer rain. Parking will be extremely limited if the area receives rain. Attendees are encouraged to check the weather forecast for the day of the event.

The Round Valley Chamber of Commerce will provide breakfast items and lunch concessions for purchase. Pets must be kept on leash and are not allowed near live wildlife.

For more information, visit: azgfd.com/wildlife/viewing/events/hummingbird-festival/ 

or call the Game and Fish office in Pinetop at:

(928) 532-3680

The most current information and event schedule can be found on the AZGFD Pinetop Regional Facebook page.

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Bat Netting  – July 20 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum – MEMBERS ONLY

Arizona is home to 28 species of bats, many of which live and forage right in our own backyards. This is an exciting opportunity to meet these misunderstood and fascinating creatures in person. Time: 7-10 p.m. Cost: $25. Register: http://btarboretum.org/events.

Packrats – July 25 at Desert Botanical Garden

Also known as woodrats, packrats are renowned for their hoarder-style method of home improvement. In truth, this is just one of the many adaptations these mammals use to survive in the Sonoran Desert. Dig deeper with the department’s Jeff Meyers. Time: 6-8 p.m. Cost: $34 ($27 for members). Register

Bat Netting – July 26 at Needle Rock Recreation Area

Join the department’s Jeff Meyers identify bats that are captured and collect important data before they are released. Time: 7-10 p.m. Cost: $25. Register.

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