A Few Highlights of 2016
FOCCC Visitor Information Center Improvements
Check out our new 55" TV/Monitor
See the trails and the attractions of Cave Creek Canyon
- For the first time this century the Center is open 12 months of the year.
- The new large TV/monitor enables us to show maps and detailed aerial views of the canyon and trails.
- New heating system.
- Host John Johnson receives a special commendation award from the US Forrest Service.
- Intern Alexandria Schlachter assisted for 3 months.
- Most of these improvements were funded through grants from the Leuthold Foundation
Coming in 2017: more gardens, new RV pads for hosts, building repair, offering of nature walks.
In March we received a $15,000 grant from First Solar to rejuvenate Willow Tank, to make it back into the great birding place of before. First Solar also donated AND delivered all the solar panels. These panels are the new cutting edge technology panels that are more valuable than standard panels. Thank you, First Solar for your generosity and support.
We have installed blinds, watering systems, plantings and more. Plans include benches, roofs for blinds, additional plantings and more.
Please come and check it out - don't forget you binoculars. About 200 bird species have been seen here!
- A Special Thanks to the Leuthold Foundation for their grants totaling $15,000 over the last 15 months. Their support has gone partially to the Willow Tank project and mainly to the Visitor Information Center. We are very grateful for their support.
- In May we had the Spring Garden Party and Plant Sale. It was great fun - both the Portal Wizard and Wyatt Earp showed up.
- In September, the Heritage Days event was enjoyed by many. It was at the recently opened Geronimo Event Center, next to Chiricahua Desert Museum. Many interesting presentations and good field trips were given. Thanks to Bob and Sheri Ashley for building this great facility. It is so comfortable with great acoustics.