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Elk-viewing workshop set for Mormon Lake habitat

The Camp Verde Journal of Camp Verde, Arizona

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Ever wonder what it be like to see hundreds of elk in one place at one time? That opportunity is possible during the annual elk viewing workshop hosted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Mormon Lake Lodge.

Workshop presentations are scheduled for the morning of Saturday, Aug. 15. The workshop includes a presentation and a field trip to watch elk in their natural habitat near Mormon Lake, which is one of only two natural lakes found in Arizona. During the early fall, hundreds of elk can be observed at the site and along Lake Mary Road.

"The department provides several wildlife watching events throughout the state year round," said Arizona Game and Fish Department Public Information Officer Shelly Shepherd. "This workshop is a great way for people to enjoy the state's wildlife treasures and the important habitats they live in."

The workshop will include presentations at 9 and 10 a.m. on Saturday. Participants will attend a presentation located in the Kachina Room at Mormon Lake Lodge, and also go on a field trip. The field trip location will be determined that day based on where the elk are observed.

Spotting scopes will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, water, snacks and to wear appropriate clothing.

Anyone interested in registering for the workshop need to contact the Arizona Game and Fish Office in Flagstaff at 774-5045 before 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.

Mormon Lake Lodge is located about 25 miles south of Flagstaff; take Lake Mary Road and turn off on Mormon Lake Road. Directions are available on the Mormon Lake Lodge website.

Information about other watchable wildlife events hosted by the Game and Fish Department its website.

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Original Publication Date: August 12, 2015

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