Hassayampa River Preserve parks volunteer and entomologist Jack Jenkins is holding a presentation on insect life of the Sonoran Desert July 26, followed by viewing a blacklight set-up outside that will attract the many insects emerging from the late summer monsoons at the preserve. The preserve will also have hand-held blacklights available to borrow so visitors can search for the glow of scorpions along some of the trails at night. No registration required. The program lasts from 7 - 9:30 p.m. No additional fee besides regular park admission, which is $5 per adult (ages 13 and up), children 12 and under are free.

Program attendees will be registered for a drawing of four free tickets to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix (formerly Wet N’ Wild Water Park). Contact the visitor center for more information.

Preserve volunteer Stacia Novy is hosting a guided walk July 27, from 7:15 - 9:15 a.m. to look and listen for breeding birds within the lush desert riparian oasis of the Hassayampa River Preserve. Along the way visitors will discuss how to identify birds by sight and sound, and about the behavioral and ecological traits that make them unique. Some binoculars may be available to borrow. Space is limited. To register, call the visitor center at (928)684-2772.

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