Game and Fish offers free summer night hikes

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona Game and Fish is offering free naturehikes for the public on warm summer nights, beginning July 29.

The department is accepting registrations forthe walks that will introduce hikers to night animals that canbe experienced in the Sonoran Desert.

The five hikes will be about specific topicsand are scheduled as follows:

  • Nightadaptations, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Owls,July 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Reptilesand amphibians, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Bats,July 27 at 6 p.m.
  • Insectsand scorpions, August 3 at 7:30 p.m.

The night walks will begin at the Game and Fish regionaloffice at 555 N. Greasewood Road, with the exception of the July 27 bat walk, whichwill meet at Agua Caliente Park.

TheFish and Game Department warns of possible steep and rocky areas during thewalks. Proper hiking attire, flashlights or headlamps, black lights, fieldguides, binoculars and water are all suggested. Some walks may requireparticipants to have transportation to Feliz Paseos Park at 1600 W. Camino deOeste, from the Game and Fish office.

Thedepartment asks the public to not bring children under the age of 5 for thewalks, and no children under 10 for the bat program.

To register, call the Game and FishDepartment at (520) 628-5376.

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