Game and Fish Holding Public Forum on Non-Game Wildlife This Saturday

The Arizona Game and Fish Department, as its name implies, usually deals with "game" — that is, wildlife that's traditionally hunted. But this Saturday (August 22), the department is holding a forum in Phoenix on Arizona's non-game wildlife, and you're invited.

The "wildlife constituency forum" is intended to connect those with a passion for Arizona's non-game wildlife (such as lizards, for example) with organizations working to ensure the future of those species.

One of those organizations is Audubon Arizona, which is hosting the forum at 3131 S. Central Avenue from 1 to 4 p.m. If you're interested, Game and Fish says you should attend and share your views on non-game wildlife and opportunities for collaboration between organizations.

Topics to be covered included updates on conservation projects for gartersnakes, frogs and tortoises, along with opportunities for the public to help biologists by collecting and reporting data. The forum is part of an ongoing series, and all are welcome.

For more information, you can contact Audubon Arizona's Tice Supplee ([email protected]) or Game and Fish's Mike Rabe ([email protected]).

Photo: A lizard at Red Rock State Park near Sedona. | Tyler Cockrell

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