Explore the hidden lives of nocturnal animals


GMAZ segment by Kaley O'Kelley

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 20 at 1:12 PM

PHOENIX -- Our recent rains have really brought out our Arizona wildlife, and to get a good look at some of the Valley's coolest nighttime creatures, you can join the biologists at the Arizona Game and Fish Department for a nocturnal hike.

Thee easy evening hike to explore the hidden lives of nocturnal animals is at the Hirsch Conservation Education Area, located at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility on Friday, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

For a quality experience, this activity is limited to 50 people. Participants will be divided into groups of 10 and partnered with a guide for the hike.

"On these hikes, you don't know what you're going to see, and that's the fun part of 'em," AGF spokesman Randy Babb told 3TV's Kaley O'Kelley as she tried to distance herself from the creepy crawlies he brought with him.

"Admittedly, I'm a little freaked out," she said with a laugh. Babb assured her that the critters would not bother her, nor will they bother Friday night's hikers.

"There are a lot of different things moving around at night that you might run into at any time," he said.

The cost to participate is $15 for adults and $5 for children 10 years and older. No children younger than 10 years of age will be permitted and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants should wear long pants and comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight and water.

The evening’s activities will start with an interesting short program on scorpions, one of the oldest terrestrial animals on earth. We will then move outside for the leisurely hike.

To register or obtain more information, contact Joe Yarchin at 623-236-7589 or jyarchin@azgfd.gov.