For the past 20 years, Friends of the Verde River has put on a festival that focuses on birds of the Verde Valley. It's a festival that "... celebrates and appreciation of a broad spectrum of resident and migratory birds and wildlife in their natural habitats while encouraging stewardship of the unique ecosystem created by the Verde River and its tributaries." NAAS provides local guides who know all of the best spots to find this spectrum of species. "The Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival engages birders, photographers, and nature lovers by providing quality guided birding experiences and workshops across Northern Arizona. The four-day festival is held at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on the banks of the Verde River. With close proximity to the Verde, Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek and other perennial waters, festival participants are invited to choose from a wide selection of offerings such as guided tours, hikes, and workshops in one of Arizona's richest birding habitats." Dead Horse Ranch State Park's Armchair Birding spot is maintained by Northern Arizona Audubon Society (NAAS) volunteers. The "Big Sit" that NAAS holds on the 4th Wednesday of the month originated during the festival.
Sedona Hummingbird Festival
2022 saw the return of the Sedona Hummingbird Festival! NAAS provides guides for this festival also. Over 200 hummingbirds were banded during the festival. See the video with banding of hummingbirds on the link below. Banders hold the tiny species, who is known for achieving the impossible, in their hands as they describe how to discover the sex and age of hummingbirds to be banded. It's fascinating!