To Friends Of
Cave Creek Canyon

Silver Peak in December

Eastern side of the Chiricahua Mountains                          [Kate Fackelman]

      Every year there is a  Christmas Bird count both in the Chiricahua Mountains and also in the Peloncillo Mountains.     This year the Chiricahua count was on New Years day with a tentative total of 132 species seen.  [The Peloncillo's count was on January 3 and has no reported results yet.]  
     New Year's day weather was cold, wet and foggy/cloudy.  This is Peg Abbott counting birds on the mountain.


Three Different Looks At The Same View

Which do You Like?

[Gary Miller]

[Karin McQuillan]

    [Sarah Thomson]      

Cave Creek Canyon
Forest Service Visitor Center

 With the support of volunteers and Ron Kaczor, Friends of Cave Creek Canyon and the Forest Service have arranged to have the Forest Service Visitor Center opened most weekends.

    We are planning on having the Center open at least 3 days/week through all of 2016.

Are you interested in volunteering at least one or more days [9 am - 4 pm] per month in 2016?  If so please contact Reed Peters at 
520-558-1045 or

Living in the Chiricahuas


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Willow Tank is place of Special Interest to FOCCC

We are attempting to rejuvenate this great water spot for birds, with the assistance of the Rivers family.  Very recently 2 unusual species of birds were seen there.  A Brown Pelican and a female Rusty Cowbird.

  [By David Rudin]
[By Debb Johnson]
I was a little too close -   Susan Mittelstadt

Exciting News from The Cave Creek Canyon's 
"Outdoor Classroom"
By Reed Peters, President of FOCCC

The Friends  Of Cave Creek Canyon group sponsored the Animas 3rd and  4 th graders in the Canyon a few weeks ago, as a test to see if our ideas about hosting schoolchildren would work.   It was very successful!!  

Ray Brooks, Shane Burchfield, and Bill Cavaliere educated the children using a sun telescope, invertebrates, and native peoples' artifacts, respectively, and Elaine Moisan, board member Keith Thomson, and I did nature walks.  Mitch Webster from the Portal Store and CafĂ© provided delicious lunches, and then Peter and Mary Sue Waser and Bob Downs (Don Wadsworth's son-in-law) joined us as we took the chil dren on walks at Vista Point and South Fork.  

The children, after leaving the canyon, were welcomed for free at the Chiricahua Desert Museum.  Bob and Sheri had arranged for the children to have guided tours of the exhibits, and they had a wonderful time.

With the children from Animas, home-school children, a number of parents and teachers, there were about 45 participants!!! Please forgive me if I've inadvertently left someone's name out.

We want to build on this experience with the Animas school, and bring children here from Douglas, Lordsburg, San Simon, Apache, and perhaps Willcox, our nearest schools.  We're planning a meeting mid-January with interested members of the community to determine volunteer and teaching possibilities, get more ideas for topics (Wynne Brown and I already have a list of 40 or 50 topics we think our neighbors could teach!), etc.  





Friends Of Cave Creek Canyon
PO Box 16126
Portal, Arizona 85632


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Thanks to our "Sustainer's Circle" members 
for their generous support:  

Bob and Bettina Arrigoni, Nancy and Thomas Denney, Bud and Kate Fackelman, Mary George, Paul Hirt and Linda Jakse, Pi Irwin, Leuthold Family Foundation,  Barbara Lounsbery,  Patrick McNamara, Barb and Pete Miller, Richard and Patricia Parran, Tom Roseman and Paula Baldwin, Sarah and Keith Thomson, Mike and Cecil Williams and Bob and Sherry Zoellick.

Please support our Business Members  who  have given generously to Friends Of Cave Creek Canyon.  Without their assistance, we would be hard pressed to accomplish our goals. Click on their names to check out their websites.    
                 Cave Creek Ranch                              Chiricahua Desert Museum
             Naturalist Journeys, LLC                                   Orchid Davis   

                 Sky Island Rolfing                                      Wynne Brown LLC

                  Chiricahua Gallery             Everett Jones Realestate (Helen Snyder)

            Pi Irwin & Zsombor Zoltan                            Ed Newbold Wildlife Artist

                   Magic Brush                                               Mercury Websites

                   Rodeo Tavern                                     Portal Peak Lodge & Cafe                  The George Walker House                             Painted Pony Resort

               Quailway Cottage


Business Memberships start at just $50.00!