Hikers make Arizona trek to aid Cave Creek bird sanctuary

The Wild At Heart team hiking the Arizona Trail in support of the raptor sanctuary, from left, Alexandra Mayo Otis, Kimberlie Wong, Emily Roberge and Cindi Mayo. (Photo by Jack Holloway, Wild At Heart)

The Wild At Heart team hiking the Arizona Trail in support of the raptor sanctuary, from left, Alexandra Mayo Otis, Kimberlie Wong, Emily Roberge and Cindi Mayo. (Photo by Jack Holloway, Wild At Heart)

Four women, including a mother-daughter team, are hiking the 800-plus-mile Arizona Trail to help wild birds rescued by a Valley sanctuary.

Estimated to last 10 weeks, the goal is to not only complete the multi-terrain hike, but also to raise awareness of Arizona’s birds of prey and funds for injured owls and other raptors at Wild At Heart.

Located in Cave Creek, the internationally recognized sanctuary is a nonprofit organization supported solely by donations and volunteers.

Two of the women hiking the trail are volunteers at Wild At Heart. The team consists of close friends and includes a mother and her daughter.

They are:

  • Emily Roberge, of Tempe (Wild At Heart volunteer);
  • Alexandra Mayo Otis, of Phoenix;
  • Cindi Mayo, of Phoenix (Wild At Heart volunteer);
  • Kimberlie Wong, of Honolulu, Hawaii.

The group embarked on the trail at the Mexican border southeast of Sierra Vista the afternoon of March 4. They are traveling with a stuffed toy owl, named Widget, as their mascot.

This will be Ms. Wong’s first major backpacking expedition. The hikers expect to put 12 to 18 miles behind them each day, posting photos and blogging about their trip and the terrain and wildlife in the area when they can get a wireless signal.

To track the progress of the hikers and Widget, visit the Wild At Heart website and click on News & Events (http://wildatheartraptors.org/news/az-trail/).

Wild At Heart is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of Arizona’s native birds of prey.

Wild At Heart:

  • Rescues, rehabilitates, and releases birds of prey that have been injured or orphaned.
  • Relocates displaced burrowing owls.
  • Manages species recovery programs.
  • Manages habitat enhancement projects.
  • Provides educational presentations.

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