To Friends Of
Cave Creek Canyon

We are happy to show you some of Tim Lawson's photographs. He is a Portalite that loves hiking, photography and computers.                                            
A moon rise - see all the stars?
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Lightning in the Canyon

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Turtle- Tim L      Tim L-2
  This "big" turtle is  only about 8" long.      
                                                                            Cave Creek Canyon in the Fall

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Tim's favorite winter bathing.

Checking Out South Fork In February

A walk along South Fork of Cave Creek is breathtaking no matter what time of year.  The soaring red cliffs stand out against the crystal clear and bright blue skies.  Once the sycamores have leafed out,  most of the nest bird species will have arrived or will very soon.  
CW rock face   CW
                                              [Images by Cecil Williams]

This is one of the very best bird walks in all of the United States.  Additionally, this area has the highest raptor count in the entire country.

In February, the mornings can be quite cool.  Late mornings can provide some good birding.  Sometimes you get a great treat like Lori and Mark who wrote: " On our hike up the South Fork road this morning, we had a small flock of birds that contained 3 Olive Warblers (one a male!) & a Grace's Warbler. Also about 6-8 Western Bluebirds."

Olive - RS     Graces - RS
Olive Warbler

[Warblers pictures by Robert Shantz]
                                                                                          Grace's Warbler
Also seen in the last few days have been Red-naped
                                                           [left] and  Williamson's  Sapsuckers...........

        Brown Creeper - RS
  ..... the Painted Redstart and the Brown Creeper

[Photos by Robert Shantz]


Cave creek mountains
FOCCC 2017 Officers and Board

Reed Peters              President
    Sheri Ashley        Vice President  
Mike Williams            Vice President    
Rick Beno            Treasurer
Stevie Wayman        Secretary
     Other Board Members     
Bob Ashley        Wynne Brown  
  Alan Craig          Rene Donaldson
Rolf Koford            Kim Vicariu       
  Cecil Williams             

Still being seen at the Rodrigues bird feeders:
the Streak-backed Oriole

Streak-backed Or      Streak-backed Or
The Oriole has been coming to feed on oranges for over a month!
    [Pictures by Narca Moore-Craig]           

APRIL 22, 2017  10 AM

Grants, donations and The Larry Rivers family have provided us the support to revive this vital water source for birds and other wildlife.  Over 200 species of birds have been seen here.

Come see this great community asset.
There will be refreshments and short tours of the facility
More details will follow.

                                                                                                     [John Johnson]

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.

Images taken by Astronomer Fred Espenak of Portal's Sky Village
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       Horsehead Nebula in Orion    Fred E




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!