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Rocky Mountain Chapter

Birds and Borders tour set for January

By Carol Carpenter
RMC Communications Team

sandhill cranes
Sandhill cranes will be
viewed on the tour.

A unique outings experience awaits Sierra Club members and supporters on Jan. 24-26, 2014, with the planned Birds and Borders tour in Arizona and Mexico.

Come to beautiful Bisbee, Ariz. on Friday, Jan. 24, to begin the tour. Sponsored by Sierra Club's Border Lands Campaign, participants will arrive that evening, have a delicious meal and settle into comfortable lodging.

The next  morning participants will check out wetlands and view cranes and other birds. From there they will cross from Douglas, Ariz., into Agua Prieta, Mexico and see the border wall. After a delicious lunch in a Mexican seafood restaurant, we will experience the hospitality of the Migrant Resource Center. After that we will visit the coffee bagging at Café Justo, where shade grown organic coffee is grown mostly in Oaxaco and Chiapas cooperatives.

On Sunday participants will view more birds and go to the portion of the border where the wall crosses the San Pedro River and see how migratory patterns for mammals are disrupted by the wall.   

The estimated cost per person will be under $200, which includes van rental, five meals, and lodging; the total cost may vary depending upon number of participants. A secure online meetup site will be established in November for people to pay for trip costs.

Sierra Club requires upfront payment for “fixed costs,” i.e., lodging and van, in advance. If a person cancels and that person can be replaced, then 100 percent of any deposit (minus a $5 Website administration fee) would be refunded.

Air fare to southern Arizona is not included. While Tucson is closest to Bisbee, pickup could be arranged also from Phoenix. While Sierra Club doesn't arrange carpooling, it is strongly encouraged. If anyone is interested in carpooling, this information could be provided by Kathy Glatz, trip organizer.

Kathy is also leaving early to volunteer in volunteering in Agua Prieta before and after the trip and could take passengers with her, but that would mean several extra days added to the main trip. A passport would be needed to return to the U.S. from Mexico for all participants.

If you are interested in taking the trip or need more information, please contact Kathy,  RMC outings coordinator, at 720.233.4567 or k.joym@yahoo.com.


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