July 2014

 

Dear Friends –

There’s been a lot going on at Carr House, and there’s a lot more to come! In addition to our regular Sunday afternoon programs, listed on the next page, Mike Foster, our Carr House host, will be leading two “Hikes with Mike,” focusing on the flora of the Huachuca Mountains. Rosemary Snapp has planned two “History Walks” to share her knowledge of Carr Canyon and the families who called it home over the years. These are popular events – don’t miss them! And tell your friends!

In addition, we’re excited to announce that Tom Deecken will lead a “Butterfly Walk” on September 6. The walk will start at 9 a.m. and last 2-3 hours, weather permitting. We’ll walk around Carr House and part way down to the Perimeter Trailhead.  Be sure to bring your binoculars, preferably close focusing, and your cameras. Tom may be able to give us some pointers on butterfly photography during the course of the walk. The distance would probably be up to 3/4 of a mile on sometimes uneven surfaces.  Put on your hiking shoes, gather up cameras and binoculars, and fill your water bottles – we’ll see you on September 6!

 

FOHM Board Members attend GO Day at Parker Canyon Lake

Jane Chambers and Pat Dillingham spent Saturday, June 14, at Parker Canyon Lake representing Friends of the Huachuca Mountains at the U.S. Forest Service’s Get Outdoors (GO) Day. Lots of families were enjoying the day at the lake – fishing, boating, camping, and exploring the various exhibits and information booths that were set up as part of GO Day. Pat and Jane handed out information, answered questions about Friends of the Huachuca Mountains, and had a great time visiting with everyone who was enjoying this beautiful spot in Southeast Arizona.

 

Remember to visit the FOHM website, www.huachucamountains.org!

If you haven’t explored our website yet, now is the time! Using the link above will take you to the website. There you will find information on programs, events, and much more. For example, hovering your mouse over the “About” heading will take you to a drop down panel so that you can navigate to information on Carr House history, volunteer information, and so on. And note at the bottom of the “About” drop down panel there is a “Videos” link that will direct you to the great work that Mike has been doing to upload videos on a variety of subjects. The videos are divided into categories such as travel, science, history, etc. Spend some time browsing the videos – you’ll find them interesting!

 

FOHM Board Meetings

The FOHM Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Sierra Vista Ranger Station, 4070 South Avenida Saracino in Hereford. All members are invited to attend. The next meeting will be July 8, and we hope to see you there. Your input is important!

 

NEW EVENTS ON THE CALENDAR!July 19, 9:30 a.m. – Hike with Mike “Ethnobotany”

July 26, 7:30 p.m. – Insect Night with Carl Olson

August 16, 9:30 a.m. – Hike with Mike, “Plants of the Huachucas”

August 30, 9:30 a.m. – History Walk with Rosemary, “Carr Ranch 1880-1929 – James Carr and the Todd Family”

September 6, 9:00 a.m. – Butterfly Walk with Tom Deecken

September 13, 9:30 a.m. – History Walk with Rosemary, “Carr Ranch 1937-1972 – The Healys” 

 

Carr House Information Center Sunday Afternoon Programs

All programs begin at 1:30 p.m.

July 13: Hummingbirds: More than Just Eye Candy – Sheri Williamson, Director, Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory. “Singing” feathers, streamlined genomes, and continent-spanning migrations are some of the latest mind-boggling discoveries that rank hummingbirds among the world’s most amazing birds. Explore the marvels and mysteries of southeastern Arizona’s avian jewels!

July 27: The Arizona National Scenic Trail: Latest Updates – Matthew Nelson, Arizona Trail Executive Director. Spanning the entire length of the state from the U.S./Mexico border to the Utah state line, the Arizona National Scenic Trail features some of the state’s most spectacular (and lesser known) areas, including the Huachuca Mountains. Matthew will talk about the trail’s history, the natural resources that make it unique, and the importance of the trail for local communities like Sierra Vista, and much more.

August 10: Road to Restoration: the Gould’s Turkey – John Millican, National Wild Turkey Federation. This presentation will update the efforts of the National Wild Turkey Federation, volunteers, and partners to re-introduce the Gould’s Turkey into SE Arizona. Local and regional efforts, habitat enhancement projects and funding sources will be discussed. Find out how we are “answering the call” of the wild turkey in Southeastern Arizona.

August 24: Butterflies of the Huachuca Mountains – Priscilla Brodkin, co-author of The Butterflies of Arizona: A Photographic Guide. Add a new dimension to your field trips & backyard nature watch with IDs of the endemic Arizona Sister, bright yellow Two-tailed Swallowtail and lustrous blue Spring Azure butterflies! Defense mechanisms, food & nectar plants and basic butterfly gardening will also be covered. A MUST-SEE for the nature lover of any age!

September 7: Caves and Caving: A Look into the World Below Us – Erika Way, Kartchner Caverns State Park Cave Unit Supervisor. This program will focus on the beauty and fragility of cave environments and how to experience and enjoy them while taking care to protect them. We will discuss the differences between wild and show caves along with general dos and don’ts of caving. 

September 21: Insects: Can’t Live Without Them – Jane Chambers, Environmental Educator. Families learn about the positive ways that insects have influenced our society and the reasons they are so important to people and other living things. We will get down and dirty, safely observing insect activity.

October 5: Photographing Nature in the Huachuca Mountains – Bob Herrmann, nature photographer.  This presentation takes you through basic fixed lens digital camera settings and equipment used to produce quality nature photographs.  A variety of plant, animal and landscape photographs will also be presented to show the basics of how and when to photograph nature in the Huachuca Mountains.

October 26: Dia de los Muertos Celebration – Mike Foster, videographer and Carr House host. The Aztec/Catholic holiday, Day of the Dead, is celebrated in cemeteries just across the international border. Learn more about this holiday through traditional breads and beverages, with accompanying videos.

It’s HOT – and Dry!

Is it monsoon season yet? Sure hope so – we really need the rain! As a reminder, the following restrictions are in place on all State and Federal lands throughout Arizona:

 

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • Discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.
  • Operating any internal combustion engine, except operating motorized vehicles on designated roads so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.
  • Welding, or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame.
  • Using an explosive.