More than wildlife at Birding & Nature Fest

Although wildlife and bird watching is what this nature festival is all about, that's not all it has to offer. The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, April 26 - 29, has many opportunities to learn about other nature related topics such as geology, butterflies and crawling critters.

Noted local geologist, Paul Lindberg, leads three trips this year. First and second, his always popular Verde Valley Geology Tour which begins on the valley floor and takes you up to the top of Mingus Mountain through Jerome, and the Red Rock Geology Tour, telling the story behind the colorful creations up into Oak Creek Canyon on Saturday and Sunday respectfully. Paul is also taking a group along on the Grand Canyon Tour on Thursday to tell the story of that great crevice and enjoy lunch at the famous El Tovar. All these trips still have room so register now.

Registration will close, online at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. You may also register at the festival starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

Butterfly walks are also offered along with a series of workshops. There are fees for all the tours and presentations along with a $10 registration fee. Go to birdyverde.org for all the information and to register.

You may also want to attend the keynote banquet on Friday evening, April 27, at 6 p.m. at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. Keynote speakers, Chuck Bell and his wife, Nancy, will be presenting an entertaining show about birding and wildlife adventures during their world travels.

Chuck and Nancy have some wild stories to tell and Nancy's photography as won national recognition. You can register on-line with your other adventures, or if you're only interested in the keynote banquet, you can purchase tickets without registering for the festival for $40.

For trip details, festival information and registration for these exciting workshops and adventures go to www.birdyverde.org or call Barbie at (928) 282-2202.

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