To Friends Of
Cave Creek Canyon

December was a very interesting month.  There was great moon watching as shown in Fred Espenak's photo and......................                                             

Can you believe we had noticeable snow twice!!  First on about Dec. 4:

Above by John Johnson on the way to Onion Saddle
Below at Onion Saddle by Alexandria Schlachter

The second snow even came down to Portal and parts of Rodeo
Can you believe it was on Christmas Day?
[This editor never had a white Christmas before 2016!]

[Above by Helen Snyder]
                    [Amelia Kolford]                                                                                        [Narca Moore-Craig]

[Above and below by Fred Espenak]

For the month we had about 2.5" of moisture and the creek is flowing!

Cave creek mountains
FOCCC Annual Meeting
 Friday, December 2

The following  were elected  to the Board of Friends of Cave Creek Canyon
Bob Ashley          Reed Peters
    Sheri Ashley         
Stevie Wayman
Rick Beno          
Kim Vicariu
Wynne Brown         
Cecil Williams
     Alan Craig          
Mike Williams
Rene Donaldson

Rolf Koford was elected to the board last year for a 2-year term

Happy New Year!

What more could we ask for on the first day of the year?
It's raining, the creek is flowing and there's a rainbow!!

A Few Highlights of 2016
  FOCCC Visitor Information Center Improvements
Check out our new 55" TV/Monitor
See the trails and the attractions of Cave Creek Canyon
  • For the first time this century the Center is open 12 months of the year.
  • The new large TV/monitor enables us to show maps and detailed aerial views of the canyon and trails.
  • New heating system.
  • Host John Johnson receives a special commendation award from the US Forrest Service.
  • Intern Alexandria Schlachter assisted for 3 months.
  • Most of these improvements were funded through grants from the Leuthold Foundation
Coming in 2017: more gardens, new RV pads for hosts, building repair, offering of nature walks.

Willow Tank
In March we received a $15,000 grant from First Solar to rejuvenate Willow Tank, to make it back into the great birding place of before.  First Solar also donated AND delivered all the solar panels.  These panels are the new cutting edge technology panels that are more valuable than standard panels.  Thank you, First Solar for your generosity and support.

We have installed blinds, watering systems, plantings and more.  Plans include benches, roofs for blinds, additional plantings and more.

Please come and check it out - don't forget you binoculars.  About 200 bird species have been seen here!

Additional Highlights:
  • A Special Thanks to the Leuthold Foundation for their grants totaling $15,000 over the last 15 months.  Their support has gone partially to the Willow Tank project and mainly to the Visitor Information Center.  We are very grateful for their support.
  • In May we had the Spring Garden Party and Plant Sale.  It was great fun - both the Portal Wizard and Wyatt Earp showed up.
  • In September, the Heritage Days event was enjoyed by many.  It was at the recently opened Geronimo Event Center, next to Chiricahua Desert Museum.  Many interesting presentations and good field trips were given.  Thanks to Bob and Sheri Ashley for building this great facility.  It is so comfortable with great acoustics.

A December, 2016 sunset by Steve Wolfe  




Friends Of Cave Creek Canyon
PO Box 16126
Portal, Arizona 85632


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Thanks to our "Sustainer's Circle" members 
for their generous support:  
Tom Arny, Bob and Bettina Arrigoni, Nancy and Thomas Denney, Bud and Kate Fackelman, Mary George, Renata Golden, Bill and Sally Hague, Paul Hirt and Linda Jakse, Ken Jenkins, Leuthold Family Foundation,  Barbara Lounsbery,  Patrick McNamara, John and Karin McQuillan, Barbara and Pete Miller, Patricia Parran, CeCe Raak, Tom Roseman and Paula Baldwin, Delia Scholes, Donald and Martha Squire and Bob and Sherry Zoellick.

Please support our Business Members  who  have given generously to Friends Of Cave Creek Canyon.  Without their assistance, we would be hard pressed to accomplish our goals. Click on their names to check out their websites.    
                     Birders B & B
                 Cave Creek Ranch                           Chiricahua Desert Museum
             Naturalist Journeys, LLC                                   Orchid Davis   
                 Sky Island Rolfing                                           Wynne Brown 
                  Chiricahua Gallery               Everett Jones Realestate (Helen Snyder)
            Pi Irwin & Zsombor Zoltan                            Ed Newbold Wildlife Artist
                     Quailway Cottage                                    
                   Rodeo Tavern                                     The George Walker House                                 Painted Pony Resort                             Portal Peak Store and Lodge
Business Memberships start at just $50.00!