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Thursday, September 28th 6:00 to 7:15 Sedona Public Library

Title: Birds are on the move; so is NAAS!

Join Kay Hawklee, President, to learn about the fascinating new tools that track migrating birds. How many birds crossed Yavapai County on the night of September 27th? We will show and tell you using the BirdCast live data feed. Learn how even specific species can be predicted to be on the move.

It’s the era of cutting-edge tools in tracking bird migration. And Northern Arizona Audubon Society (NAAS) is getting into the game in a big way. Our future Motus stations will be the first in Northern Arizona. Become informed at this, our annual meeting, about how our members and volunteers have stepped up to help migrating birds. As we help to change the world of bird research, we can say that our Audubon Chapter is one to be proud of – let’s keep it going!

(Social and cookie time at 5:30)

Peruvian Safari: Photographing Winged Wonders of the Highlands. Sedona Public Library. May 24, 2023. 6:00 pm.

Alice Madar is a NAAS Board Member. She has developed a love of bird photography, and is especially drawn to hummingbird photography.  In 2022 she spent three weeks in Peru photographing more than 180 different species of birds, including nearly 50 hummingbird species.  Come see her photographs and hear her stories about Peru’s spectacular birds, some of their surprising habits, and efforts being made to protect them.

Social time with snacks begins at 5:30 pm. Last program before September.

A Texas blitz: 2 weeks, 300 birds. Wed. April 26, Sedona Public Library. Come at 4:00 for cookies & conversation. Program starts at 4:30. Texas-themed snacks will be served! All invited. 

A birding trip starting at the upper Texas coast to the Rio Grande Valley and back would get you more species than any other trip in North America. High Island is the #1 migrant trap in North America, and the Rio Grande Valley has more 'must go there' birds than any other place in North America. In 45 minutes, Rich will take you on a whirlwind trip including over 120 birds you do not see in Arizona! Come hear this fast paced presentation and you'll learn why Rich is known as the 'big mouth of the valley.' 

Rich Armstrong is a retired PhD nuclear chemist, and a retired Army Major nuclear and chemical  weapons officer. He has been birding for almost 35 years in Texas, Oregon, and now Arizona. Rich has led many field trips for Audubon Societies in all 3 states, is the coordinator of the Sedona CBC, is a birding pal for the Verde Valley area, and coordinates the North American Migratory Bird Count for the Verde Valley. He is the local Audubon Chapter Steward for the Sedona Wetlands Preserve and has led many birding field trips there.

The Perfect Storm: The Making of a Big Birding Year in Yavapai County by Janie Ward-Langley.

'As a birder I always entertained the thoughts of somehow doing a "Big Year" but I never planned on it actually happening, but through a series of events it started to happen right before me and through my binoculars.'

Come hear Janie’s tales of her whirlwind birding year, right here in Yavapai County. Wed. March 22, 2023. 6:00pm Sedona Public Library 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ. 

Social time 5:30. Yummy themed snacks will be served. All invited to this free event sponsored by Northern Arizona Audubon Society.  

The Birds Who Watch You Back; Some Corvid Abilities - by Dr. Emily Faun Cory. 

Come see Dr. Cory with "Shade" the Raven Wednesday, February 22. Come at 5:30 for ‘cookies & conversation’. The program begins at 6:00pm. Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ.

Free to all ages. All invited! An overview of the abilities of Family Corvidae and the research, with Shade the African Raven and her wild kin. Dr. Cory will delight us with her photos and research, with her inquisitive raven, Shade, in attendance. Shade is an African White-necked Raven, Corbus Alibicollis. 

Saving the Blue Crow: How Community Science helps the Pinyon Jay

The Pinyon Jay  (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus), an iconic bird of western Pinyon-Juniper forests, has declined precipitously since the late sixties. Drought, climate change, and habitat conversions negatively impact the bird, and researchers are struggling to get an accurate picture of Pinyon Jay status, due to the birds’ enormous range and nomadic nature. Enter community scientists and an ambitious monitoring plan that’s based on other successful community-based efforts including Christmas Bird Counts, Climate Watch and Important Bird Area Monitoring. Learn more about each of these projects and how you can help birds while learning and gaining experience in the field.  

Cathy Wise, Audubon Southwest Community Science Manager

Cathy Wise holds a BS in Avian Sciences from UC Davis and has studied birds throughout the west. She is currently with Audubon Southwest, the regional office of the National Audubon Society and prior to that, worked for the US Forest Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Cathy oversees “Downtown Owls” Burrowing Owl relocation project in partnership with Wild At Heart, coordinates Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys on BLM lands, and works to promote intentional landscaping through Audubon’s “Plants for Birds” program.  An avid hiker, climber, and snowboarder,  she is also a gardener and beer enthusiast. Article by Cathy

Lumberjack Article on NAAS and Community Science

Past Programs

Some past programs include:

  • Moonlight:  Owls: Rescue and Rehabilitation, by Tori Marshall
  • Why Stop at 6?: Trying to understand why the Mountain Bluebirds lay the number of eggs they do,  A Mountain Bluebird study by Scott Johnson, PhD
  • Ancient Southwestern Ornithology and Continuity of the Four Corners,  by Chuck LaRue
  • The Western Rivers Brewers’ Council: How craft beer is protecting rivers and wildlife, by Steven Prager

  • How Ranchers are Helping Save Grassland Birds, by Dan Dagget

  • Native Plants are for the Birds!, by Eric Moore

Upcoming Events

Past program videos are available on our Video Gallery Gallery and Facebook page NAAS Facebook live program videos

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
2263 Utility Rd,
Flagstaff, AZ 86005

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