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Our Mission

To promote the understanding and appreciation of birds and other wildlife and the conservation and restoration of their natural habitats.

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Blackhawk Watch November 2022

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Northern Arizona Audubon Society (NAAS) serves Flagstaff, Sedona and the Verde Valley.

We are spreading the love of nature, the outdoors and birds. To fulfill our mission, we host events to share our knowledge and passion, we participate in citizen science, we engage in advocacy action and we promote conservation of all animal and plant species. You can help! Whether you become a member, donate or simply share your appreciation of birds, you are making a difference.

Highlights:  Monthly Program

Tales of a Beginning Birder” by Rich Armstrong

April 24, Wednesday April 24th. In partnership with Friends of the Verde River. 

NAAS program meeting meets at Cottonwood Public Library, 100 S 6th St, Cottonwood, AZ, Wednesday April 24, 4:00 to 5:30pm. Sit back and relax while being entertained. Rich Armstrong will regale about his early years as a birder. You are sure to get some laughs. Pizza and dessert served. All invited. 

Avian Migration and Artificial Light at Night: Impacts and Solutions

Zoom talk: May 1st at 6:30 pm - Zoom link to be added (check back later)

Avian migration is a complex phenomenon that is particularly difficult to observe as it occurs primarily at night. In North American 80% of our migratory bird species complete their spring and fall migrations at night. There are many benefits to flying at night which have led to the evolution of nocturnal migration. These benefits include lower wind speeds, higher humidity, fewer active predators, and darkness which provides access to celestial cues that birds use to navigate on these journeys. While the night in which birds evolved to migrate was dark, humans have proliferated light at night across the landscape, which impacts migratory birds in a variety of ways. Dylan and Kelley will discuss the spectacle of avian migration, how we study it at night, and how artificial light at night can be particularly harmful to birds in migration. Dylan and Kelley will also touch on how light pollution has negative impacts on more than just our feathered friends and share recommendations for how you can make your night lighting more ecologically friendly!

Presenters: Kelley Boland and Dylan Osterhaus, New Mexico State University

Kelley Boland- Kelley Boland grew up in San Diego, California, and earned her BS in Field & Wildlife Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Before beginning her graduate studies, Kelley worked in wetland restoration, outdoor education, and wildlife rehabilitation. In fall 2021, she began her MS at New Mexico State University in Dr. Martha Desmond’s lab, studying avian mortality on the White Sands Missile Range. After graduating, Kelley is excited to pursue a career in avian conservation and advocacy. 

Dylan Osterhaus- Dylan Osterhaus is from Topeka, Kansas and graduated from Emporia State University in Kansas with a BS in Biology in 2019. Following his graduation from Emporia State, Dylan moved to Iowa State University where he pursued an MS in Fisheries Biology and studied a federally listed minnow species. Dylan finished his MS in 2021 and shifted his research focus from fish to birds as he moved into a PhD position at New Mexico State University. At New Mexico State, Dylan studies avian migration in the American Southwest using a variety of methods including bioacoustics and weather radar. Following his PhD, Dylan hopes to pursue a career in academia where his research will focus generally on the conservation of migratory birds.

Discover Birding

Discover birding

Are you a birder, birdwatcher, or curious about birdwatching? Come birdwatch with Northern Arizona Audubon Society in the Flagstaff, Sedona and Verde Valley area. Northern and Central Arizona contain all the major types of biomes and offers some of the best inland birding in the United States. We are an inclusive group, so people of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and perspectives are highly encouraged to participate. - by Jake Abel

We’ve tailored our actions to reflect our memberships’ interests:

Bird walks/Field Trips = 37%   
Science: Bird surveys, Community Science = 20%  
Educational Monthly Meeting programs = 18%   
Conservation and Advocacy = 12% 

Habitat Restoration, trail maintenance, etc. = 10%

Volunteer Opportunities

There are always more volunteer opportunities. The goal is to have many volunteers so that the work gets spread around. We encourage our volunteers to "do what you love." This helps prevent burn out. And it's working!  Most volunteer positions don't take more than a few hours per month. Contact us for more information.

Email if you want to do a small job - that you will love!


Discover new birds and enjoy birding!

We are offering more field trips to a bigger variety of places than ever before. Our guides are avid local birders who know the habitats well. Each trip is tailored to increase your knowledge of birds and their environs.


Discover where to bird on your own

These two links contain all of the records about where the top birding spots are located. See top media from County hotspots and recent checklists:

Coconino County Hotspots

Yavapai County Hotspots

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View the Birding Reports!


View the Birding Galleries!


Northern Arizona Audubon

P O Box 1496 Sedona, AZ 86339

Sanctuary Locations:

Bubbling Ponds
1950 N Page Springs Rd
Cornville AZ 86325

Sedona Wetlands
7500 W State Route 89A,
Sedona, AZ 86336 (Inbetween mile markes 365 & 366) 

Picture Canyon
N. El Paso Flagstaff Rd 
Flagstaff, Arizona

Kachina Wetlands
2375 Utility Rd,
Flagstaff, AZ 86005 - Tovar Tr X Lhali Tr. at Kachina Village

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