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  • 20 Feb 2023 1:47 PM | Kay Hawklee (Administrator)

    Kids make the best bird sounds ever! We discovered this during out time outdoors with kids who are definitely interested in birds!

    Eight children and their parents attended the "Talk, walk and make" event that NAAS hosted at the Sedona Library on February 11th.

    Viviane the librarian began the program by pointing out all the books the library has to offer about birds. Then she red a story.

    Nanette began with a quick lesson about birds, what makes a bird, what to look for to identify them, when you find one give good directions for others to find the bird, etc. 

    We handed out binoculars. Gave a quick lesson on how to focus, how to find a bird with them, how to care for them.  Then we went outside and walked around the new patio and observed birds that were coming into feeders that NAAS Volunteer, Sally Reynolds, had set up. We continued on library grounds following the bird sounds - which were being echoed by several musical childrens' whistles! 

    We returned inside for the craft. Pine cones with string tied around them were used as homemade bird feeders the children could take home. The children smeared the cone with vegetable shortening with plastic knife or spoon, then rolled the cone in bird seed. Then placed the cone in a plastic baggie. We instructed the children to hang the pine cone in a place where a squirrel might not be able to reach. Volunteers and kids had a great time!

  • 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

  • 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 

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