Friday, November 9, 2012

Get WILD This Weekend at Catalina State Park

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

In case coffee crawls aren't your thing, perhaps you'd be interested in wandering through the wilds of Catalina State Park this weekend? Considering the lovely weather we've been experiencing, which is forecast to last throughout the weekend, maybe a walk on the WILD side wouldn't be a terrible idea.

Enter WILDConnection, this weekend's huge event at Catalina State Park, with events on both Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11.

Online registration for events is now closed, but you can register in person for any number of hikes, workshops, or presentations taking place over the weekend by visiting the information booth at the event.

Check out the press release below the jump for more info.

“For decades, the area between the Catalina Mountains and the Tortolita Mountains has been recognized as a critical wildlife and landscape connection,” says Jessica Lamberton-Moreno, Wildlife Linkages Coordinator at Sky Island Alliance. “Sitting right in the middle of this connection, Catalina State Park is a wonderful place for the community to celebrate the diversity of life found in this region.”

WILD Connections is a community event featuring local exhibitors, children’s activities, public presentations, workshops on monitoring wildlife using remote cameras and track and scat identification, hikes and birding walks, and wildlife demonstrations. On Saturday the public is invited to come learn about the many projects and organizations that are working to create connected landscapes throughout our region. The community is also invited to sign up on Saturday, or in advance online, for activities occurring on Sunday, free and open to the public, including small group hikes, biological surveys, and highway cleanup projects.

“With the soon-to-be-built wildlife crossings adjacent to Catalina State Park along Oracle Road, this community has shown that nature and healthy animal populations are valued,” says Gabe Wigtil, Program & Outreach Associate at the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection. “WILD Connections provides a great opportunity for the public to learn about and get involved in the ongoing work to protect this special place.”

For further information, head to SonoranDesert.org.

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