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2014 Nature Festival at Hassayampa Preserve slated for April 5

Hassayampa River Preserve
Hassayampa River Preserve
Elizabeth R. Rose

See live birds and other wildlife from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5 at the Nature Conservancy’s Hassayampa River Preserve’s annual Nature Festival.

Festival activities begin a 8 a.m. with docent led, interpretive and birding walks. As a special treat, at 10 a.m. Farmer Ron presents “Worm Drive the Muscial,” a live, educational and interactive performance for the entire family.

AZ Falconers, Fallen Feathers and Liberty Wildlife will have reptiles, birds and other rescued and rehabilitated wildlife to view. Sonoran Audubon Society members will also be on hand to share tips for successful birding.

Hands-on nature crafts and activities for children are scheduled from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Participation qualifies for Nature Ranger incentives. Children preschool through age 10 may sign up for the free Nature Ranger program at the event.

Reservations are only required for the walks. Call (928) 684-2772 or email:bmccollum@tnc.org to make reservations or for more information.

Admission fee is $5 per person, $3 for Conservancy members. Kids and Friends of the Hassayampa members are free.

Participants should bring water and wear hats and sunscreen.

The preserve is open to the general public 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

The 770-acre Hassayampa River Preserve is located on Highway 60 three miles southeast of Wickenburg at milepost 114. It was created in 1987 to protect a rare desert cottonwood/willow streamside habitat that attracts more than 280 species of birds annually and supports diverse plant and animal communities.

Preserve Website