VRVNO 2017 Events
Getting To Know Your Bioregion
Presentation and Talk by Dena Greenwood
We are fortunate to live in one of the country’s most unique and beautiful areas. Many of us were drawn here by the mild climate, open spaces, spectacular mountain, canyon and desert landscapes, and the lure of ancient cultures. Miraculously this arid land is woven together
by water; rivers, creeks and hidden springs that support a great diversity of plants, birds, animals and people.
Dena Greenwood, naturalist and educator will help us understand this magnificent region we call home. The place where the great Colorado Plateau meets the Sonoran Desert.
This presentation will be especially informative for new residents who want to learn about the land in which they have chosen to live.
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 1-2:30
Place: Cottonwood Room, Cottonwood Recreation Center
Special Event! Star Party March 12th
For March’s Full Moon we are pleased to have J.D. Maddy and members of the Verde Valley Astronomy Club http://www.astroverde.org/ guide us in an evening of observing the night sky and its constellations through a number of telescopes – observing astronomical objects such as planets, comets, stars, and deep sky objects together. We will be meeting at the Cliffrose Trail Head dirt parking lot off of Mingus Road at 7:30pm. This will not be a hike – our guides will select a good spot for viewing. This event will be limited to 30 people and cost $5 – free to VRVNO members. Registration will begin soon. Bring your own telescope, binoculars and knowledge to share with the group and a chair if you like.
March’s Full Moon is traditionally called the Full Worm Moon by the Native Americans who used the Moons to track the seasons; Colonial Americans also used these names, especially those of the local Algonquin tribes who lived between New England and Lake Superior.
At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. In some regions, this is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins. Register Here.
Verde River Runoff
The 5th Annual Verde River Runoff is just around the corner. Snow has been good up the hill so we hope for good river levels. This is 5 and 10-mile kayak, canoe and stand-up boarder race and fun run. This popular event draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike. They select from multiple entry categories to challenge every type of boater with trained safety personnel stationed at hazard locations. The race and fun run is a competitive event as well as a family-friendly celebration of nature and boating during prime season for river running in the Verde Valley. The course will wind its way through mostly Forest Service lands set against the picturesque backdrop of the red rocks. The 10-mile race starts at White Bridge and the 5-mile at the River Access at Clear Creek. Both races end at Beasley Flats. The river has a nice current with Class I-II rapids making this an adventure for all. Join us for the after-party and awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Camp Verde Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival. Besides being a lot of fun, proceeds go to conservation efforts for the threatened Verde River and outdoor recreation in the Verde Valley. Register here!
Birding & Nature Festival
Migration Madness – April 27-30, 2017
Migration magic is experienced throughout the avian world leaving us marveling at the stamina, path-finding ability, and tenacity of these mad creatures. One of the most amazing is the Rufous Hummingbird. Measured by body size, the rufous makes one of the longest migratory journeys of any bird in the world. Traveling clockwise up the Pacific Coast in winter/spring, to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska heading south again in July following the Rocky Mountains. His excellent memory for location helps it find flowers and feeders from day to day and year to year. This feisty little bird will chase away all comers to his perceived territory. No wonder we’re taken with his talents. Join us this year as we celebrate all migrations including birders who travel the country in search of feathered migrants. Visit http://www.birdyverde.org/ for details on the festival. Early Bird Registration is the end of January and comes with your VRVNO Membership.
In-person registration for the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival will take place from 9-12am on January 31st and February 3rd in store at Jay’s Bird Barn in Sedona located at 2360 Arizona 89A in the Safeway shopping center. Only VRVNO members may register early on Jan 31st. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See birdyverde.org for event details.
Register here starting February 1, 2017
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