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Arizona Game and Fish hosting lunchtime speaker series

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Can't stomach your office break room much longer? Why not stop in and catch a talk at the Lunchtime Speaker Series hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Flagstaff Regional Office located at 3500 S. Lake Mary Rd.

Game and Fish will be hosting talks from noon until 1 p.m. on the second Friday of every month from January through May. Department experts will deliver talks on a variety of topics that are of interest to the general public.

"Messenger to the Sun Gods and Predictors of Death: Ravens and Crows" is the topic for the first presentation on Friday. It has been said by enthusiasts who enjoy them that Corvids, the family to which ravens and crows belong, are at the top of the avian pyramid in mental abilities. Omnivorous, often cantankerous, and certainly a pleasure for birders to observe, these birds are at the helm of folklore and interesting behaviors. Ravens and crows have been known to use tools and problem solving to accomplish a task, and can learn to speak or mimic, similar to parrots. The talk will focus on what links these birds together as two members of the same family in terms of their biology, and what differentiates them in the avian world.

Other talks include:

• Feb. 11 - "All Things Fishy: Fish Management in Northern Arizona."

• March 11 - Learn the rules and regulations for off-highway vehicles in "What the Heck is an OHV Decal?"

• April 8 - "Is It a Bird or Is It a Plane? It's a California Condor!" will provide information about the condor recovery program in Arizona.

• May 13 - "Frogs, Toads, and Snakes, Oh My!" will talk about reptiles and amphibians in the state's riparian habitats.

"We encourage the public to take advantage of the speaker series to learn more about Arizona's unique wildlife and outdoor recreation during their lunch hour," says Shelly Shepherd, public information officer for Game and Fish. "The talks are informal, and we know participants will enjoy them."

For more information, call the Flagstaff office at (928) 774-5045.


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