AUGUST 20, 2014

Explore the desert’s nocturnal wildlife

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az game & fishPHOENIX – Did you know that Arizona is home to over 60 species of scorpions, including the most dangerous species in the United States, the bark scorpion? Join Arizona Game and Fish Department biologists for an easy evening hike to explore the hidden lives of nocturnal animals at the Hirsch Conservation Education Area, located at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility.

The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is home to a variety of wildlife including coyotes, bobcats, mule deer, owls, mice, snakes, scorpions, and an abundance of other small animals. Biologists will use blacklights to look for scorpions, call for owls, and search for other wildlife such as snakes and mice that may be active. A blacklight will also be set up near the water of Biscuit Tank to attract moths and beetles for participants to view at the conclusion of the hike.

For a quality experience, this activity is limited to 50 people. Participants will be divided into groups of 10 and partnered with a guide for the hike.

The hike will be held on Friday, Aug. 22 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the shooting facility, which is just west of I-17 on Carefree Highway in Phoenix. The cost to participate is $15 for adults and $5 for children 10 years and older. No children under 10 years of age will be permitted and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should wear long pants and comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight and water.

To register or obtain more information, contact Joe Yarchin at 623-236-7589 or