|PINETOP, Ariz.—The Arizona Game and
Fish Department will conduct its annual public wildlife-viewing
workshop on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Sipe White Mountain Wildlife
This popular program is designed to help people find, observe
and enjoy some of the state's many wildlife species on their own.
The wildlife area is located in eastern Arizona, seven miles
southeast of Eagar.
The event begins at 2:30 p.m. with an information program that
focuses on wildlife viewing in Arizona, giving suggestions on how
and where to find wildlife. Department personnel will also discuss
natural history and behavior of one of Arizona's most recognized
wildlife species, the Rocky Mountain elk.
Workshop participants will go into the field that evening on
the Sipe property, applying viewing principles and techniques to
find and watch some of Arizona's elk up close.
"We've designed this workshop to provide people with sufficient
information for them to have a quality, firsthand experience in
the outdoors, and to be able to regularly find and watch wildlife
on their own," says Bruce Sitko, spokesman in the department's
Because it will be necessary to maintain a small group once in
the field, the clinic is limited to 35 participants. "Also,
because wildlife viewing in general does require patience and a
minimum of movement and noise, we request that children under the
age of 14 not attend," Sitko says.
The workshop is free, but pre-registration and a refundable
deposit of $20 per person are required to ensure that spaces
aren't blocked off and then not used. The deposit will be returned
to those who attend, but cashed if someone doesn't show up.
Registration can be done at the Pinetop Game and Fish office at
2878 E. White Mountain Blvd., or by calling the office at (928)
367-4281 and giving a name, contact phone number, and the number
of people attending to one of the customer-service
representatives. Participants will be given instructions at that
time for mailing in the refundable registration deposit.
"Arizona is a state rich in wildlife resources," Sitko notes.
"More than 800 different species of fish and animals can be found
here. We highly encourage folks to pause and discover not just the
visual beauty of Arizona's settings, but also to learn to find,
view and appreciate the different creatures that live in and about
our state's diverse landscapes."