Wings Over Willcox: get your tickets now!

Photo courtesy of Diane Drobka

Photo courtesy of Diane Drobka

If you are a casual backyard birder or a more experienced one, you might want to check out Wings Over Willcox, an annual festival that tracks the migration of Sandhill Cranes. It has evolved into a festival that explores local birding, wildlife, nature, geology and history.

They hold it every year on the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. This year it is Jan. 15-19, 2009.

The last time I checked, a few of the workshops and tours had sold out (ghost town tours, Fort Bowie tours and Chiricahua Montane specialties), but there are still tickets available for other tours. A lot of the tours that have the most tickets available are on Saturday and Sunday, so you can sign up and spend a weekend in the heart of Cochise County’s birding country.  Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Sunrise Sandhill Crane tour: OK, people, I know you like to sleep in, but the cranes are amazing when they take off! Here’s your chance to watch their magnificence!
  • Habla Espanol? If you speak Spanish and want to learn more about birds and birding, Wings Over Willcox is offering a beginning birdwatching class for free. This is a great opportunity! I went to the beginning birdwatching a couple of years ago and got to see a vermillion flycatcher, a bird not spotted all that often. And, if you’re an experienced birdwatcher who wants to learn Spanish, maybe this is the place to do it!
  • Apache Station Tour: Want to know how the electric company makes the lights go on, your iPod work or power your computer? You can take a tour of the Apache Generating station in Cochise, AZ. 

These are just a few of the tours that are still available. Check the registration page for the rest of the schedule.

Photo courtesy of Diane Drobka

Photo courtesy of Diane Drobka



Filed under Birding, Events, Travel

2 responses to “Wings Over Willcox: get your tickets now!

  1. For those who can’t make the festival (or aren’t necessarily “morning people”), the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory offers bird walks, tours, and other activities all winter long.

  2. Pingback: Birders: how many on your life list? « Tour Cochise County

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