Friday evening natural history session at Game and Fish Mesa Office and Saturday morning viewing cruise on Canyon Lake
MESA, Ariz. — If you didn’t get a spot on the sold-out June bighorn sheep viewing boat tour, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is offering another chance July 15-16 to see these magnificent animals in their natural environment, accompanied by department biologists and educators.
AZGFD, in partnership with Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society (ADBSS), is offering a two-day event to view and learn about desert bighorns, one of Arizona’s most fascinating native mammals. The event begins with an optional classroom workshop from 7-9 p.m. at the AZGFD regional office at 7200 E. University Drive in Mesa and continues with the boat tour at 8 a.m. Saturday at Canyon Lake.
"This is a great opportunity for people to learn about bighorn sheep and conservation efforts in an area virtually inaccessible except by boat,” says John Dickson, AZGFD wildlife manager.
During the heat of early summer, just before the monsoon hits, water is a scarce commodity in bighorn country. This makes mid-June through July the best time of year to view young lambs and family groups coming down to the shore to drink.
Attendees will be ferried around Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly Steamboat, which offers both open-air decks and air-conditioned viewing areas during the tour. Light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are included in the event price, compliments of ADBSS.
Details of the event are as follows:
- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 15, optional workshop at the AZGFD regional office at 7200 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ. This free presentation will give an overview of bighorn natural history and current management and conservation efforts. The presentation will be provided by Information and Education Program Manager Amy Burnett and Game Specialist Dustin Darveau. To register for the workshop session, RSVP by leaving your name and phone number at (480) 324-3548.
- 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, bighorn sheep boat tour on Canyon Lake aboard the Dolly Steamboat.
- Cost is $35 for adults, $33 for seniors and $20 for children ages 5 to 12.
- Attendees must reserve their spot by purchasing a ticket for the special Dolly Steamboat Cruise. Space is limited. The boat has restrooms, is accessible, and lower deck is air conditioned. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable light clothing and bring a camera, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and binoculars.
To register and reserve your spot on the boat tour, call Dolly Steamboat at (480) 827-9144 or book online at www.dollysteamboat.com.
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