Archive for May, 2009

10 Most UNWanted Arizona Invasive Species: Plants & Animals

View the PDF Version: 10 Most Unwanted Arizona’s Invasive Animals and Plants 1. Quagga Mussel Origin – Eastern Europe and Ukraine Prolific populator; Removes food/nutrients from water column, clogs pipes and water conveyance infrastructure, damages boat motors and marinas; Management/eradication costs can be enormous for power and water supply agencies. Dispersal by boats and equipment, […]

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Kingman wildlife presentations set through summer

With recent events around Kingman and in other areas of Arizona, Game and Fish Department personnel will discuss “Urban Wildlife” at the next presentation of the Summer Wildlife Series in Kingman, May 28. All presentations, which will be held from May through August, run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse Visitor’s Center Event Room. Personnel […]

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Submit your best wildlife photos for the 2010 calendar contest

Blow the dust off your camera lens and lace up your hiking boots — it’s time to start taking pictures for our annual wildlife photo contest. Your best images could grab a coveted spot in the 2010 Arizona Wildlife Calendar. Winning wildlife images will grace the 2010 calendar, and winners will receive cash prizes. Also […]

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Boat safely this busy Memorial Day weekend

National Safe Boating Week ends May 22, but the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds watercraft operators that safe boating should be exercised year-round. The upcoming Memorial Day holiday means more boats are likely to be out on Arizona’s waterways. Here are some precautions you should take before heading out on the water to help […]

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Checkpoint leads to removal of impaired boaters

In an effort to keep the Colorado River waterways safe for recreational boating enthusiasts, the Arizona Game and Fish Department was part of a multi-agency OUI (Operating Under the Influence)/Safety Checkpoint on May 16. The Nevada Division of Wildlife, National Park Service, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department conducted the effort, which resulted in […]

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Tortoise adoption days provide wealth of information

Desert tortoises offer a unique alternative to more traditional family pets, and can teach many of the same life lessons to children, including responsibility, compassion and commitment. For approved applicants that are ready to adopt a desert tortoise, the Phoenix Herpetological Society (PHS) will be holding workshops to provide future custodians with a wealth of […]

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Exercise safe, responsible OHV use over the Memorial Day weekend

As off-highway vehicle recreationists throughout the state prepare to take advantage of the busy Memorial Day weekend, the Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds all OHV users to practice safe and responsible use when out on the roads and trails. ***image3:left*** OHV recreation can be fun and enjoyable but needs to be done safely and […]

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Prime camping season is here: Be bear aware

The prime camping season is underway and the Arizona Game and Fish Department wants to remind everyone to “Be Bear Aware” while recreating in the cool pines. “The root cause of most human-bear conflicts is typically food. Please keep a clean camp, don’t intentionally feed wildlife, and be sure to keep your food stuffs well […]

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Dates announced for popular bighorn workshops

Hatchery tour available to those interested The Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering the public an opportunity to view the majestic bighorn sheep in their natural habitat during its annual Bighorn Sheep Workshops. The workshop offers wildlife enthusiasts an opportunity to learn about these sure-footed animals and view them in their native habitat during […]

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Great American Deer Raffle helps benefits Arizona’s deer herds

The Arizona Deer Association is sponsoring the Great American Deer Raffle to benefit Arizona’s mule deer and Coues deer herds. One of the hunts available for raffle is an Arizona Commissioner’s Coues Deer tag. The winner of that drawing will receive a license and tag to hunt Coues whitetail deer throughout Arizona from Aug. 15, […]

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Special hunt tags raise funds for wildlife conservation; offer hunt of a lifetime Arizona Big Game Super Raffle offers all 10 big game species

For as little as five dollars you can get a chance at a great hunt. For $25, that highly sought-after tag for desert bighorn sheep or a bull elk may be yours. The Arizona Big Game Super Raffle now has 10 special big game tags up for raffle to raise money for wildlife conservation in […]

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Kurt Bahti named Shikar-Safari Officer of the Year for Arizona

Kurt Bahti, the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Region 5 Tucson wildlife manager supervisor, received the 2008 Shikar-Safari Club’s Officer of the Year Award for Arizona for his lifelong service and impeccable record. Bahti, a 30-year veteran, has more than 20 years experience as a field-training officer impacting a generation of new wildlife managers in […]

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Tri-State Boating Safety Fair promotes “Go Boating Safely!”

Officials to emphasize the enjoyment of safe and responsible boating on May 16 “Go Boating Safely!” is the new theme for Colorado River’s Annual Tri-State Boating Safety Fair.  The event will take place Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Havasu City’s London Bridge Beach Park, along the Bridgewater Channel at […]

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Free workshops provide a glimpse into the lives of the Valley’s most secretive residents

Did you know that bats are the slowest reproducing mammals on earth for their size? Did you know that every night they provide free insect-control services to the Valley? The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites you to attend one of the free bat workshops being held throughout the summer to learn the answers to […]

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Catch a memory at Goldwater Lake Game and Fish to host First Fish Fishing Clinic

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is inviting the public to attend its second annual First Fish Fishing Clinic on May 17 at Goldwater Lake. The event will run from 8 a.m. to noon. “The event is focused on individuals who haven’t experienced the thrill of catching their first fish,” said Zen Mocarski, information and […]

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Next commission meeting is May 15 in Phoenix

The next meeting of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission will be held Friday, May 15, at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix (1.5 miles west of I-17). The meeting begins with an executive session at 8 a.m., followed by the public session. The public is invited […]

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“Supermom” defies odds and raises eaglet to fledging

A female bald eagle in Arizona has defied the odds and successfully raised her offspring to fledging: a considerable feat for a single parent in these tough times. Bald eagles normally raise their young as a team, with parents taking turns foraging for food and protecting the young in the nest. Young eaglets left in […]

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Calling all photographers

Blow the dust off your camera lens and lace up your hiking boots — it’s time to start taking pictures for our annual wildlife photo contest. Your best images could grab a coveted spot in the 2010 Arizona Wildlife Calendar. Winning wildlife images will grace the 2010 calendar, and winners will receive cash prizes. Also […]

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Woods Canyon Lake closure goes into effect to protect breeding bald eagles

PHOENIX —  It’s breeding time again for Arizona’s bald eagles, and outdoor recreationists are being asked to help protect an important breeding area at Woods Canyon Lake on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests by honoring a closure surrounding the nest area. Visitors to the lake and the Rocky Point Picnic Area will be asked to not […]

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Free Phoenix Bat workshops provide a glimpse into the lives of Arizona bats – the Valley’s most secretive residents

Did you know that bats are the slowest reproducing mammals on earth for their size? Did you know that every night they provide free insect-control services to the Valley? The Arizona Game and Fish Department invites you to attend one of the free bat workshops being held throughout the summer to learn the answers to […]

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