Vultures, Ravens and Owls…Oh, My!
McDowell Mountain Park, just North of Fountain Hills, is one of the most innovative recreation centers in Maricopa County. Home to dozens of national and international endurance competitions featuring runners and bicyclists, it is a hiking, camping and picnicking paradise. But this is not your ordinary campground! The Rangers have developed a full range of exciting activities designed to help the curious of all ages explore and learn about the amazing creatures that call the Sonoran Desert home.
Some hikes are regularly scheduled, like the Friday morning fitness walks and the nighttime “Full Moon” adventures. Black light flashlight hikes to find scorpions and crawly creatures of the night are a pre-teen delight. Tortoise-feeding and plant identification are regulars, but the in-depth sessions on our wildlife neighbors are some of the most intriguing and interactive educational experiences at the Park. Just in time for haunting and Halloween, McDowell Mountain Park staff are offering Vultures, Ravens and Owls.
This experience is a LIVE ‘Spooky’ Bird Experience and Birdwalk.
Time: 8 a.m.
Description: Did you know that vultures urinate on their feet to cool down? And that ravens hold’funerals’ for dead flock members? Or that owls ‘throw up’ bones and fur or feathers after eating?
Celebrate the ‘Eve of All Hallow’s Eve’ with a chance to view and learn all about these ‘spooky’ birds on a pre-Halloween bird walk at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
Liberty Wildlife will be on hand with a live vulture and owl for a presentation before the bird walk! Bring your binoculars and come on out. No previous birding experience is required, only an interest in birds… and an interest in the macabre! This is a less than one mile, level, easy and ADA Accessible birdwalk. Meet at the Nursery Tank Trailhead at 8 a.m.