Oak Flats is 4 miles East of Superior in the rolling hills near Devil’s Canyon and is known for it’s abundance of large oak trees that provide natural shade. We will spend a few hours searching the trees and ponds for migrants. Vermillion Flycatchers, Black-throated Sparrows, Lucy’s Warblers, and many hummingbirds should be seen. Then we will head down the Magma Mine Road to a rough Forest Service road that heads south past working drilling rigs and hoodoos to the Lower Devil’s Canyon Trail head area. Our target species here is singing Black-chinned Sparrows and Canyon Wrens.
In 2015 the National Defense Authorization Act, cleared the way for the transfer to Resolution Copper Mine, of 2,422 acres of National Forest land in exchange for deeding to the federal government 5,344 acres of private land. The San Carlos Apache tribe is fighting the transfer with their Saving Oak Flat campaign.
High clearance vehicle required.
Bring a lunch, snacks, water, and a scope if possible.
We will meet at Denny’s at Baseline Rd. and I-10 at 7:30am Those on the NW side of Phoenix may want to form an additional meeting place. We plan on arriving at Oak Flats at 8:30.
No Limit to the number of participants.