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