Kingman, AZ -(Ammoland.com)- The Arizona Game and Fish Department; in cooperation with the Dolly Steamboat and the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, is offering a special educational workshop and guided Canyon Lake boat tour to see and learn about desert bighorn sheep; one of Arizona's most charismatic native mammals.
Desert bighorn lambs are born in March and April or later, and June is the best time of year to get a chance to see and photograph young lambs and family groups of sheep in areas accessible by boat.
This special event is broken into two parts:
Friday, June 13 classroom session. Held 7-9 p.m. at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Mesa office, 7200 E. University Drive. This fascinating presentation will give attendees the chance to learn about bighorn sheep and their significance, natural history, and conservation. Presented by Amy Burnett and Bill Burger from Arizona Game and Fish. The session is free but pre-registration is requested. Space is limited to 70 people.
Saturday, June 14 Canyon Lake bighorn sheep viewing tour on the Dolly Steamboat. The scenic three-hour tour leaves from Canyon Lake Marina at 7 a.m. and provides a great opportunity to see desert bighorn sheep in their natural environment. Canyon Lake Marina is located about 14 miles northeast of Apache Junction on Highway 88 (the Apache Trail). Cost is $32 per person, $29 for seniors. Space is limited to 139 people, the number of passengers the Dolly can hold.
“This is a great opportunity for people to learn about bighorn sheep and the conservation efforts of many different agencies and stakeholder groups,” said John Dickson, wildlife manager in the Canyon Lake District for Arizona Game and Fish. “Participants are encouraged to bring a camera, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and binoculars. Snacks and drinks will be provided compliments of the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society.”
Dickson advises participants to dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Much of the Dolly Steamboat is air conditioned, but the outside temperatures will be hot.
“June-July is the time of year the bighorns stay pretty close to water and come down for a drink,” he said. “The mating season is underway, and the hotter it is, the better the opportunity to see the sheep along the lake's shore.”
About the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society
The mission of the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society is “to promote the management of bighorn sheep and increase their population in the state of Arizona.” When the Society was originally formed, its sole emphasis was on desert bighorn sheep. In the past several years, however, a significant population of Rocky Mountain bighorns has been established in portions of eastern Arizona, and our efforts now include that species as well.
About the Dolly Steamboat
Nestled in the heart of the Superstition Mountains lie spectacular Canyon Lake, home of the Dolly Steamboat. Continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925, the Dolly Steamboat now cruises the secluded inner waterways of this beautiful lake. Explore a favorite destination of President Theodore Roosevelt who declared, “the Apache Trail and surrounding area combines the grandeur of the Alps, the glory of the Rockies, the magnificence of the Grand Canyon and then adds an indefinable something that none of the others have.”
About The Arizona Game and Fish Department
The Arizona Game and Fish Department mission is to conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations.