Archive for August, 2009

Learn your lizards at Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s guided walks

Have you ever wondered why lizards do those comical “pushups,” or do you need help identifying the species that may be living in your backyard? From large desert spiny lizards to beautifully colored collared lizards, Arizona is home to nearly 50 species of lizards. The public is invited to attend the family-friendly “Learn Your Lizards” […]

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New mine closure in Peoria protects both the public and threatened bats

First bat cupola to be constructed within city limits It’s a win-win for the public and Arizona’s wildlife. In a cooperative effort led by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the abandoned Sunrise Relief Mine in Peoria was secured on Aug. 19 to protect the public and […]

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Next commission meeting is Sept. 11-12 in Phoenix

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 11 and 12 at the Arizona Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway in Phoenix (1.5 miles west of I-17). The public can view the meeting any of three ways: (1) attending the meeting in person in […]

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Federal stimulus dollars to help Arizona wildlife

Funds to employ rural contractors and purchase Arizona products The Arizona Game and Fish Department Landowner Relations Program (LRP) will use $110,000 in economic stimulus funds to actively support private land improvements that will benefit both wildlife and the people of Arizona. These dollars came to the department from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. […]

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Celebrate Labor Day weekend by boating safely

Holiday weekends are perfect opportunities to gather family and friends, pack food, and hitch up the boat to head out to one of Arizona’s waterways. The Labor Day holiday is nearly upon us and that means that boating safety should remain on the minds of recreational boaters before launching their watercraft. Arizona’s waterways can expect […]

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Concerns over historic Kofa bighorn sheep herd elevated

PHOENIX — Biologists recently presented the Arizona Game and Fish Commission with compelling data indicating that recovering the critically important Kofa desert bighorn sheep herd from near record-low population levels will be challenging due to additive mountain lion predation. Game and Fish Department biologists informed the commission at its Aug. 7 meeting that the monitoring […]

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Bison Workshop 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 in Flagstaff

Buffalo are synonymous with the great west, but not many people realize that Arizona is home to these magnificent animals. To increase awareness and provide more information on the buffalo found in the state, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is holding a bison workshop beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 in Flagstaff. […]

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Elk viewing workshop planned

Would you like to experience the sound of a bull elk bugling or see a cow elk keeping a watchful eye on her calf? The Arizona Game and Fish Department and Mormon Lake Lodge invite you to attend an elk viewing workshop on Saturday, Aug. 29. The workshop includes a presentation, a field trip to […]

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Watercraft registration renewals will no longer be accepted by phone

Boaters are advised that effective Sept. 8, 2009, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will no longer accept watercraft registration renewals by telephone. For a reduced fee of $2.50, residents and non-residents can renew their registration online at www.azgfd.gov/watercraft. Registration renewals are still accepted in person at any Arizona Game and Fish Department office or […]

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Bald eagles in Arizona continue to flourish

With the last bald eagle nestling finally out of the nest, the numbers are in for the 2009 breeding season, and the species continues to flourish in the state under the careful watch of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and a coalition of 22 other partners. This year, two new records were set: A […]

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Join Game and Fish on a Ferret Finding Mission

Volunteers critical in recovery effort While the elusive, nocturnal black-footed ferret has established a foothold in Aubrey Valley, the Arizona Game and Fish Department needs volunteers to continue monitoring efforts of the endangered animal’s uphill climb. Game and Fish will be conducting a spotlighting effort from Oct. 1-5 and is seeking wildlife enthusiasts who wish […]

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Reward offered in theft of large number of Apache trout from hatchery

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the individual or people responsible for the theft of numerous Apache trout and vandalism at the Silver Creek Fish Hatchery. Over the weekend of July 11-12, someone broke into the hatchery complex and stole approximately 270 trout from one of the […]

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$2,000 reward offered in dual elk poaching

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the individual or people responsible for the illegal killing of two elk on the evening of July 5. A cow elk was killed in a meadow a couple hundred yards from the visitor center at the Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area, […]

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Escape the heat, improve antelope habitat and enjoy a free steak dinner

On Aug. 8-9, the Arizona Antelope Foundation (AAF) and the Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF) are hosting a restoration project improving antelope habitat near Lower Lake Mary southeast of Flagstaff. If you are looking to get outdoors and out of the air-conditioning, bring the family to this great event. The temperatures in the Flagstaff area run […]

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Arizona Game and Fish videos attract 1 million-plus viewers

Online videos provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department have now exceeded the one-million-viewer mark, but guess which one received the most public interest?Was it the popular black-footed ferrets? Maybe it was the always intriguing burrowing owls? Could it have been the captivating peregrine falcons nesting on downtown skyscrapers? While all those recordings drew […]

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