Archive for February, 2009

Nestwatchers help bald eagle population grow in Arizona

While you are lying in your bed at night, 20 people are sleeping in tents so they can wake up at the crack of dawn to help protect our state’s bald eagles. “For more than 30 years, the nestwatch program has been an integral component of Arizona’s bald eagle management plan,” says Kenneth Jacobson, head […]

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Condors from Oregon and Idaho to join Arizona’s flock

Come witness a rare and spectacular sight that few places outside Arizona can offer: the release into the wild of endangered California condors. The public is invited to attend the 14th annual release on Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. when four condors will be released at the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. “It’s always a […]

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Arizona Game and Fish Biologists Begin Monitoring Collared Jaguar

Animal determined to be oldest known jaguar in the wild Macho B Jaguar Photo Gallery Early data received from the tracking device on the recently captured and collared jaguar in Arizona is already giving biologists a better understanding of the cat’s movement and foraging patterns. With nearly a week’s worth of data, the Arizona Game […]

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Come see the state mammal or bid on elk antlers at ISE Feb. 27-29

Come see Arizona’s state mammal or bid on antlers at Sportsmen’s Exposition PHOENIX – Would you like to see Arizona’s state mammal – a ringtail – up close and personal? Are you interested in shooting a bow and arrow? Want to catch a fish? Do you have a youngster who would like shooting a quality […]

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Arizona Game and Fish collars first wild jaguar in United States

Jaguar conservation has just experienced an exciting development with the capture and collaring of the first wild jaguar in Arizona by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The male cat was incidentally captured yesterday in an area southwest of Tucson during a research study aimed at monitoring habitat connectivity for mountain lions and black bears. […]

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Alamo Lake cleanup is Feb. 28

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is organizing the annual Alamo Lake cleanup for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. Volunteers are needed — it’s hard but rewarding work, and you’ll be helping to improve this popular area. Arizona State Parks is waiving the camping and boat launch fees for those registered […]

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Public comments sought on Western Renewable Energy Zones maps and data

The Western Governor’s Association and the U.S. Department of Energy are seeking public comments on several draft documents and maps developed by the Western Renewable Energy Zones’ project. The Western Governor’s Association and U.S. Department of Energy have used a stakeholder-based process to identify areas with vast, concentrated and developable renewable energy resources and with […]

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Bring your family to the free Game and Fish Outdoor Expo

The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo is Arizona’s largest “outdoors” public event, intended on exposing people of all ages to our state’s magnificent outdoor recreational opportunities. The entire family can explore numerous activities and demonstrations that include live wildlife displays, camping, archery, hunting, fishing, shooting sports, wildlife conservation, off-highway vehicle riding and boating. […]

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Kids love the outdoors – if you give them a chance

They “got outdoors,” and so did their kids. It is amazing what a great teacher Mother Nature is. Before long, the kids were enjoying unstructured play in the open desert. They were playing in the dirt, collecting rocks, smashing rocks (looking for crystals), finding bugs, and all sorts of fun kid stuff not dependent on […]

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Desert cleanup effort brings folks outdoors and reconnects them to nature

Nearly 100 volunteers collected dilapidated furniture, rusted 55-gallon barrels, more old tires than one could count, and bags upon bags of miscellaneous garbage during the Feb. 6-8 weekend cleanup near Wickenburg, despite the threats of winter rains that blanketed the state. A large portion of the desert in Game Management Unit 42 plagued by years […]

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Cowboys to show off their six-shooters at Winter Range

The Old West will come alive once again when more than 600 men, women, and juniors gather for the 18th annual Winter Range hosted at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Ben Avery Shooting Facility from Feb. 25 – March 1. Winter Range is an exciting “Old West” style, five-day event that provides the backdrop […]

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Unique jaguar makes public debut

A wild-born jaguar currently in captivity in the United States made his public debut at the Phoenix Zoo on Feb. 7. Illegally captured in Mexico, the cat suffered extensive damage to his canine teeth due to inadequate confinement, before being confiscated by the authorities and transferred to Centro Ecologico de Sonora, a large zoo located […]

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Public comment period reopened on Arizona fish stocking program

The public comment period for scoping has been reopened on Arizona’s sport-fish stocking program. Federal and state agencies are seeking assistance with identifying the extent and variety of issues that may be associated with fish stocking in the state. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department officials will use the public’s […]

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Visit Game and Fish at the ISE show

Be sure to check out the Arizona Game and Fish Department exhibits and activities at the ever-popular International Sportsmen’s Expo (ISE), Feb. 27-March 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Once again, Game and Fish is operating the Youth Outdoor Sports Fair at ISE, with a kids fishing tank, live wildlife, wildlife assets […]

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Support wildlife in Arizona by becoming a volunteer

Do you have a passion for the outdoors and want to help leave a wildlife legacy for future generations of Arizonans? If you like to spend your time, energy, enthusiasm and talents working for the benefit of wildlife and outdoor recreation in Arizona, then the Arizona Game and Fish Department Volunteer Program was made with […]

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Arizona off-highway vehicle laws and decal program still in effect

Contrary to rumors, OHV Decal program is unaffected by rules freeze The Arizona Game and Fish Department would like to clarify some misinformation that has circulated in Web discussion forums and by word-of-mouth regarding the recently enacted off-highway vehicle laws and OHV Decal program. Recent media stories discussed the Governor’s temporary freeze on proposed rules […]

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Public will be able to watch Game and Fish Commission at the department‘s regional department offices

PHOENIX – Thanks to modern video conferencing techniques, those living in rural areas of Arizona will no longer have to travel long distances to participate in regularly scheduled Arizona Game and Fish Commission meetings. Starting Feb. 6-7, the Game and Fish Department is initiating a pilot program to provide video feeds of the commission meetings […]

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Make plans to attend the Game and Fish Outdoor Expo in March

Take out your new 2009 calendar and make sure you save the dates for the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in north Phoenix. The event is free and will be held Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. […]

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Tres Rios Nature & Earth Festival scheduled for March 7-8 in Avondale

The 2009 Tres Rios Nature and Earth Festival will be held March 7–8 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Base and Meridian Wildlife Area (B&M Wildlife Area) in Avondale, Ariz. Held near the confluence of the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria rivers, this annual family event is conducted in cooperation with the Wildlife for […]

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Join Game and Fish on a ferret-finding mission

Join Game and Fish on a ferret-finding mission Volunteers needed to help with recovery effort The elusive, nocturnal black-footed ferret has established a foothold in Aubrey Valley, but the Arizona Game and Fish Department needs volunteers to help monitor the endangered animal’s uphill climb. Game and Fish will be conducting a spotlighting effort from March […]

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