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  • 31 Jan 2023 12:22 PM | Kay Hawklee (Administrator)

    The Flagstaff monthly program was covered by Features Writer, Hava Herzog, for The Lumberjack (NAU's newspaper).  Hava interviewed NAAS, Southwest Audubon, the Grand Canyon Trust and NAU's The Wildlife Society club leaders to find out how we are all coming together to help save Pinyon Jay habitat. 

    It's great when a like-minded group of conservationists focus on a conservation goal. 

    "The Northern Arizona Audubon Society (NAAS) is a volunteer-led organization that engages in community science to educate and advocate for the conservation of birds and their habitats. NAAS gathered together Jan. 24 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church for a presentation on the pinyon jay and how to help save it."

    Pinyon Jay Community Science Initiative article


  • 22 Dec 2022 7:07 AM | Kay Hawklee (Administrator)

    The Northern Arizona Audubon Society (NAAS) is excited to announce it has a new website to better engage the public.

    “Our new site is modern, easy and fun – just like our events,” said Kay Hawklee, president of the local birdwatching group. “Birding is the perfect gateway to appreciate nature and the spectacular landscape in our region.”

    NAAS is one chapter of many within the National Audubon Society and is based out of Flagstaff, Sedona and the Verde Valley. With strong roots in conservation, anyone interested in wildlife and biodiversity can make a true difference by participating in bird counts and other initiatives.

    “I’d like to thank Dennis Tomko, outgoing webmaster of NAAS, for his dedication and commitment. Dennis has served as both president, vice-president as well as webmaster for many years. Dennis, and many others who came before him, have set NAAS on the right path to preserve bird habitat.” Hawklee said.

    Birds, along with most other animals, are facing widespread declines across their ranges, but Hawklee says it is not too late to change the future.

    “The sanctuaries that NAAS visionaries created are the only habitat in our area in which bird species are actually increasing. The 2022 State of the Birds report tells us that birds are thriving in wetland habitat, but are declining in all other habitats on the planet. We have more work to do,” she said.

    Birding is an activity for naturalists of all ages and in the last number of years, it has attracted increasing numbers of young people, thanks in part to apps like eBird, Larkwire, BirdsEye and others.

    “We are actively seeking new folks to join our chapter. Membership represents new ideas, new enthusiasm and new opportunities to educate this and future generations to advocate for birds. Membership dollars are used to feed birds, fund education, and to host more field trips,” said Hawklee.

    “Our focus as a conservation-minded organization is coming to the front. We invite anyone interested in conservation to join us on bird surveys, which help inform policy and conservation measures,” Hawklee said.

    "On the new website, we provide easy ways to advocate for birds. They can’t speak up, so we are!”


  • 19 Dec 2022 4:31 PM | Kay Hawklee (Administrator)

    Dena Greenwood said to think of her when we see Western Bluebirds and many of us still do when we see those brilliant birds and hear their sweet contact calls as they keep in touch with each other. She left us far too early in June of 2018 and as an expression of appreciation NAAS members and other dear friends gave donations that created the Greenwood Fund:

    "This is a fund established in memory of Dena Greenwood in recognition of her tireless and loving commitment to birds, the birding community and the preservation of the natural world of Northern Arizona."

    Dena's beloved husband, Randy Miller, and friend, Brent Bitz, have created an enduring project for The Greenwood Fund that honors her life perfectly. In the upcoming years, NAAS will partner with Friends of the Verde River to establish a "Library Pollinator & Learning Garden" at the Camp Verde Library. Dena was an educator and her teaching will continue through this interactive garden space. 

    The goal of the "Learning Garden" is threefold - to implement and demonstrate the capture and use of rainwater, to provide and encourage hands-on learning opportunities and experiences, and to turn a neglected area of library grounds into a beautiful garden space.  Dena would love knowing that water conservation techniques and the value of pollinators for the health of gardens are being taught. She would very much appreciate that people of all ages are being taught harvesting techniques for successful and sustainable greenspaces in the Verde Valley. 

    Dena's memory lives on and will never fade from our hearts or the earth!


    (This fund is now closed but rest assured your donations are being put to the utmost use to benefit the natural world and its future stewards.)

  • 8 Dec 2022 6:54 AM | Kay Hawklee (Administrator)

    On the night of December 7, 2022, NAAS received recognition from Friends of the Verde River for our conservation efforts.

    Nancy Steele, Executive Director of Friends, said, "Northern Arizona Audubon Society's work to preserve the Verde River, from supporting the Arizona Wilderness Act to opposing sand and gravel mining in the Verde River, has been consistent in advocating for a healthy and flowing Verde River system, which is necessary for healthy bird populations. Members of NAAS serve as the core of our volunteers for the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, educating residents and visitors about birds and wildlife.  As a partner, NAAS has been working alongside Friends of the Verde River towards the same goals for all our history. For these reasons and more, I am pleased to award NAAS as the Non-profit Partner of the Year on behalf of Friends of the Verde River." 

    NAAS is happy to provide the bird guides for the birding festival that Friends has put on for the past 20 years. 


    Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival 

  • 4 Dec 2022 8:02 AM | Kay Hawklee (Administrator)

    "Bird migration forecasts show predicted nocturnal migration 3 hours after local sunset and are updated every 6 hours. These forecasts come from models trained on the last 23 years of bird movements in the atmosphere as detected by the US NEXRAD weather surveillance radar network. In these models we use the Global Forecasting System (GFS) to predict suitable conditions for migration occurring three hours after local sunset. These maps also show precipitation forecasts (outlined and shown in grayscale). Note, areas forecast to experience precipitation and bird migration may overlap, and predictions for migration intensity may be highly variable in these locations." Migration forecast map

    Find your local migration predictions here: Local migration tool

    See Migration tools here: Migration tools

  • 4 Dec 2022 7:59 AM | Kay Hawklee (Administrator)

    Flagstaff and Sedona are both aware and protective of the beauty of living in dark-sky cities not only for the sake of aesthetics, but also to protect migrating birds. Flagstaff became the world's first International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) Community in 2001. Sedona was named the 6th International Dark Sky Community in the U.S. and the 8th world-wide in 2014.

    A Dark Sky community is one that is dedicated to preserving the quality of the night sky for wildlife, citizen enjoyment and for scientific work. Sedona is certified as a Dark Sky community along with five other cities in Arizona: Flagstaff, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Village of Oak Creek and Fountain Hills. There are twenty certified Dark Sky communities in the world and Arizona has five of them!

    Plants and animals depend on the daily rhythm of light and dark for many of their life-sustaining processes such as reproduction, sleep, predator-prey relationships and dietary needs. Artificial lighting as well as constant light adversely affect our wildlife.  Artificial lights can cause birds to veer off course, run into brightly lit office buildings, migrate too early or too late, or miss cues for nesting or foraging.

    "The City of Flagstaff holds the distinct honor of being designated by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) as the world's first Dark Sky Community in 2001. One of the city's requirements to continue to hold this prestigious accreditation is the submission of an annual report."

    Flagstaff Dark Sky Community

    "Keep Sedona Beautiful (KSB) submitted the comprehensive application for the designation of Sedona as International Dark Sky Community to the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) in November 2013. Sedona was named the 6th International Dark Sky Community in the US by the IDA in August, 2014."

    Keep Sedona Beautiful - Dark Sky Community


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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
2263 Utility Rd,
Flagstaff, AZ 86005

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