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Workshop gives expert advice on sandhill cranes

Workshop gives expert advice on sandhill cranes

A group of sandhill cranes fly in front of the moon as they make the early morning journey from the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area west of McNeal, AZ., to the corn fields around Elfrida, Fri., Jan. 12, 2007. 

The Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO) and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are offering a wildlife workshop near Elfrida on sandhill crances on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

The workshop will be held at theWhite Water Draw Wildlife Area--near the town of Elfrida. Each year thousands of these spectacular birds winter in the Sulphur Springs Valley between Willcox and the Mexican border.

According to a press release, participants will venture on birding hikes and drives to see wintering raptors and other migratory birds, view flights of sandhill cranes entering and leaving the wildlife area, and attend brief educational programs about the natural history and management of these fascinating birds. Cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 10-17 (must be accompanied by an adult). Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.

Sandhill cranes are the most abundant crane species in the New World and one of the few survivors of an ancient lineage of birds who trace their origins back more than10 million years. Their prehistoric origins are apparent from their massive (up to 7-foot) wingspan, primitive looks, and haunting calls.

Event details are as follows:

WHAT: Sandhill Crane Wildlife Viewing Workshop.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 31, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 1, 6:30 a.m. to noon.

WHERE: Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area near the town of Elfrida.

COST: $30 per adult, $15 per child ages 10-17 when accompanied by an adult. Registration and payment are required in advance. The registration fee is refundable only if the workshop is cancelled. Meals are not included. Limit of 30 people.

TO REGISTER: Visit http://sabo.org/activities/calendar/#!event/2015/1/31/sandhill-crane-workshop.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact SABO at (520) 432-1388.

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Photos: Erik Schumann survives machete attack

Photos: Erik Schumann survives machete attack

Erik Schumann looks at his left hand, the one that was nearly severed by a machete attack in mid-December from the boyfriend of a woman Schumann was with, on his first day back at home, Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Tucson, Ariz. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Erik Schumann recovers from a machete attack by a woman's jealous ex-boyfriend in Tucson.

January 23, 2015 6:00 pm Photos

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Robots search bank robbery suspects

Robots search bank robbery suspects

Top photo: Taken today. Scott Sommerdorf / Salt Lake Tribune

Bottom photo: October, 2005. Benjie Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

Look familiar? Top photo by Scott Sommerdorf of the Salt Lake Tribune shows a robot from Salt Lake City Police searching a bank robbery suspect today after officers arresting him noticed he had a vest with wires on it.

Bottom photo was taken by Daily Star photographer Benjie Sanders on October, 2005, in Tucson, after a bank robbery suspect said he had a bomb in his mouth. A Tucson Police robot took a peak. Turns out, he didn't.

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Photos: John Dillinger in Tucson

Photos: John Dillinger in Tucson

Arizona Daily Star front page on events surrounding the capture of John Dillinger and his gang in January, 1934.

The Tucson Police captured the John Dillinger gang in January, 1934, without firing a shot. Dillinger Days at Hotel Congress, Jan. 23-24, commemorates the event.

January 22, 2015 1:00 am Photos

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Photos: Then and Now around Tucson

Photos: Then and Now around Tucson

1955: Tucson firefighters from Engine 2, a 1954 American La France Foamite pumper, visit a duplex 121-23 N. 2nd Ave. for a voluntary fire inspection. The spartan, open-air truck had a water tank that held 200 gallons.

Round Two of our look at Tucson area views 40, 50, 60 years ago and from the same spot in 2014.

January 18, 2015 5:45 pm Photos

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Throwback Thursday: 75 years of Old Tucson

Throwback Thursday: 75 years of Old Tucson

Visitors at Old Tucson often have a chance to watch actual movie or television filming. Shown in the foreground, they watch actor Cameron Mitchell at work in July 1977. John Wayne, Paul Newman, Glenn Ford, Clint Eastwood and Kirk Douglas are among the stars that have filmed there.

Check out Old Tucson through the years as the park celebrates its 75th anniversary. 

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Photos: Mount Lemmon Ski Valley

Photos: Mount Lemmon Ski Valley

Skiers and snowboarders make their way down the mountain at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. Ski Valley did not open last season due to lack of snow. With the heavy snows that fell over the New Year's holiday, the ski resort opened. Photo by Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

Ski Valley opened after heavy snows fell over the New Year's holiday.

January 02, 2015 4:45 pm Photos

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Best Arizona Daily Star photos of 2014

Best Arizona Daily Star photos of 2014

With lights in and on their costumes, Breisy Martinez swirls with the other dancers from Ballet Folklorico de Santa Maria as they warm up just before the start of the 20th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, Tucson, Ariz. Hundreds of floats and thousands of spectators took to Stone Ave. for this year's holiday parade. Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Some of the top shots taken by staff photographers in past year.

December 30, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Photos: UNLV 71, No. 3 Arizona 67

Photos: UNLV 71, No. 3 Arizona 67

Arizona forward Stanley Johnson (5) gestures to the Wildcat bench after being hit with a technical foul against UNLV in the first half of their game at Thomas & Mack Center, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, Las Vegas, Nev.

No. 3 Arizona drops its first game of the season, moves to 12-1. 

December 23, 2014 9:10 pm Photos

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Some areas around Tucson look much as they did 50 years ago while others have seen dramatic change, sometimes two or three times over. Arizona Daily Star photographers have revisited some 26 scenes originally photographed in black and white culled from the Tucson Citizen/Arizona Daily Star photo negative archives that date back 50 or 60 years, in some cases. 

See the photo gallery at tucson.com/retrotucson

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Photos: Downtown Parade of Lights

Photos: Downtown Parade of Lights

With lights in and on their costumes, Breisy Martinez swirls with the other dancers from Ballet Folklorico de Santa Maria as they warm up for the 20th Annual Downtown Parade of Lights, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, Tucson, Ariz. Hundreds of floats and thousands of spectators took to Stone Ave. for this year's holiday parade.

The 20th Annual Parade of Lights & Holiday Festival on Dec. 20, 2014.

December 20, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Photos: No. 3 Arizona 60, UTEP 55

Photos: No. 3 Arizona 60, UTEP 55

Arizona's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson shoots in front of UTEP defenders Matt Wilms, left, and C.J. Cooper during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Victor Calzada)

No. 3 Arizona edges UTEP 60-55. 

December 19, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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Photos: Snow on Mt. Lemmon

Photos: Snow on Mt. Lemmon

Daisy Perez, 8, and dad Alfonso, close their eyes as they kick up a bunch of snow sledding down a hill in Summerhaven as snow-seekers get their first crack at playing in the snow along Catalina Highway on Mount Lemmon on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

An almost-Winter storm left enough snow on Mt. Lemmon for pictures and fun on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

December 19, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Photos: Best of photographer A.E. Araiza in 2014

Photos: Best of photographer A.E. Araiza in 2014

Pedestrians walk past Kael Hooten, right, from Detroit, Mich., as he plays the alto sax in the Fourth Avenue Underpass.

My 2014 selections were chosen because of the emotional and graphic impact of the subject matter. Whether they be poignant, funny or serious, these images show an array of emotions that I am happy to have captured.

December 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Photos: Best of photographer Mamta Popat in 2014

Photos: Best of photographer Mamta Popat in 2014

Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson (13) and Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) are pumped after a turnover in the second half at the NCAA West Regionals in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Wisconsin won 64-63.

I couldn't pick 7 so I should rename my gallery "Mamta Popat's 7+1 favorite photos from 2014." While editing the photos for this gallery, I picked the ones that I had an emotional response too. It could be that a particular photo was tough to make or represents the emotion I was feeling when I shot the photo. I also looked for composition and lighting. I hope you enjoy them.

December 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Photos: Best of photographer Ron Medvescek in 2014

Photos: Best of photographer Ron Medvescek in 2014

Five-year-old Jazlynn Bracamonte runs through an archway of Christmas lights while visiting the Christmas House of Dan and Patty Moussette at 3073 W. Wildwood Dr. in Tucson, AZ. Moussett has been decorating his house with Christmas lights for 25 years. He has over 38,000 lights and 150 wood displays.

The overriding draw for me to these photos was in the expressions. They reflect emotions singular to their stories but universal to us all. These are some of the stories I was privileged to share and experience this year.

December 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Photos: Best of photographer Kelly Presnell in 2014

Photos: Best of photographer Kelly Presnell in 2014

Shortly before sunrise a line of sandhill cranes head north passing in front of the full moon shortly as it sets behind the Dragoon Mountains just north of the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, Thursday, January 16, 2014, McNeal, Ariz.

A few shots from memorable moments of 2014.

December 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Photos: Best of photographer Mike Christy in 2014

Photos: Best of photographer Mike Christy in 2014

Arizona guard Nick Johnson (13) and the Arizona bench cheer as the substitutes fire up shots late during the second half of the University of Arizona vs. Gonzaga game at the NCAA Basketball Tournament at San Diego State University on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Arizona won 84-61, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.

Photographer Mike Christy's favorite images from 2014.

December 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Throwback Thursday: 21 photos from the 1960s of Tucson snow

Throwback Thursday: 21 photos from the 1960s of Tucson snow

Those who needed a sign to tell them it was snowing were happily obliged by Tucson resident Ken Newman at Old Spanish Trail and Golf Links Road on Dec. 23, 1965. If the Tucson Citizen/Arizona Daily Star photo archives are any barometer, the Tucson area got good doses of snowfall in the 1960s. Go to tucson.com/retrotucson to check out the black-and-white scenes of a snowy Tucson.

If the Tucson Citizen/Arizona Daily Star photo archives are any barometer, the Tucson area got good doses of snowfall in the 1960s. Go to tucson.com/retrotucson to check out the black-and-white scenes of a snowy Tucson.

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Photos: No. 3 Arizona 101, Oakland 64

Photos: No. 3 Arizona 101, Oakland 64

Arizona Wildcats forward Stanley Johnson (5) dives on top of Oakland forward Dante Williams (2) as the two wrestle for a loose ball at mid-court in the first half of their game at McKale Center, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

Wildcats blow out visitors as five players score in double figures.

December 16, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Photos: No. 3 Arizona 80, Michigan 53

Photos: No. 3 Arizona 80, Michigan 53

Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) soars into the basket after a foul during the second half of the No. 3 University of Arizona vs. Michigan men's college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Arizona won 80-53.

Wildcats blow out Michigan to improve to 10-0.

December 13, 2014 4:30 pm Photos

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Last days of the Legal Tender

Despite assertions to the contrary, Pancho Villa never drank here. But just about everyone else did - from mayors and bankers to cowboys and Indians.

The same could probably be said for a few reporters, judging from the florid postmortems that ran in the local papers after the Legal Tender fell to urban renewal in the waning days of 1969.

By its final "last call," more than 100 "happy mourners," including the mayor, a bank vice president and several city honchos, had drained the taps.

Click the headline to read Bonnie Henry's story from 2008 and see the photo gallery.

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Photos: The last days of the Legal Tender

Photos: The last days of the Legal Tender

The Legal Tender on July 12, 1968. This building, originally located on the south side of Congress, is now Veinte de Agusto Park. Besides the long bar, the Legal Tender also had tables and booths, remembers Jacobs. "In the 1940s, a cafe operated there but it did not do too well. That area was made into a dance floor."

The Legal Tender on West Congress was the home of a stiff drink and a fight or two from the 1880s until it was demolished during "urban renewal" in 1969.

December 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Photos: Utah Valley 56, No. 3 Arizona 87

Photos: Utah Valley 56, No. 3 Arizona 87

Arizona forward Stanley Johnson (5) tangles with Utah Valley forward Brenden Evans (20) on his drive into the lane in the first half of their game at McKale Center, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, Tucson, Ariz.

Wildcats rout Wolverines 87-56 at McKale Center to improve to 9-0.

December 09, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Photos: 2014 Fall Sports All-Stars

Photos: 2014 Fall Sports All-Stars

Girls Swimmer of the year: Taylor Nations, Sabino.

The 2014 Arizona Daily Star High School All Star athletes in cross country, swimming, golf and volleyball.

December 06, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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