BigHorn Sheep Workshop Dates

Discussion in 'Big Game' started by Desert_Ram, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. ok i have been on this and its TOTAL AWESOME if you can go you need to here is the info check it out but dont wait to call it fills up fast!!!
    The majestic bighorn sheep of Arizona will be the feature presentation on consecutive weekends at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Kingman regional office.

    The annual Bighorn Sheep Workshop offers wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to learn about these sure-footed animals and view them in their native habitat during two separate two-day workshops on July 27-28 and Aug. 3-4.

    The first day of each workshop involves mandatory classroom education from 6-8 p.m. at the Kingman Game and Fish office, followed the next day by a field trip on the Colorado River from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The sheep-viewing boat trip will depart from Willow Beach.

    These popular workshops are open to the public, but space is limited to 40 people per session. Preference will be given to those who have not attended the workshop in the last two years. However, those who have participated are still encouraged to apply for a spot.

    “We want to reach as many people as possible, and that’s difficult with only 80 open spaces over two weeks,” said Public Information Officer Zen Mocarski. “But, if space is available, those who have participated can make the trip again.”

    The workshops will also include an opportunity to tour the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery prior to the Colorado River field trip. The 45-minute tour will begin at 9 a.m. and will feature both sport fish and endangered native fish. Those attending can view feeding and have the opportunity to feed the fish themselves.

    “Although the tour is not mandatory, we’ve had many positive comments from those who’ve made the trip,” said Mocarski. “It offers people a chance to see the inner-workings of a hatchery.”

    To reserve a spot, a $20 deposit per person is required in the form of a check made out to the Wildlife for Tomorrow Foundation to help reduce the problem of no-shows. The money is refunded when a person either attends the workshop or calls to cancel at least 48 hours in advance. Wildlife for Tomorrow is a non-profit group that works closely with the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

    Registration is by mail only. Send the check to: Sheep Workshop, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5325 N. Stockton Hill Road, Kingman, AZ 86409. Include the names of participants, address, phone, and specify which weekend is preferred. Also, please include a note if you are interested in the tour of the fish hatchery.

    Cash donations, which are not mandatory to participate, will be accepted at the workshop to help offset increasing costs for boat rentals and fuel. Please do not send cash donations prior to the event.

    Nobody under 14 years old will be registered for the event. Participants are encouraged to bring water, snacks, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

    “It will be hot on the river,” Mocarski advised, “but that’s when bighorn come down for a drink. There is limited shade on the boats, and the temperatures will be in the triple digits, so prepare accordingly.”