Trail Day at Picture Canyon.
On June 6th there will be a trail day at Picture Canyon. The focus of the work day is the Tom Moody trail. The goal is to disguise the road beds in the west part of the reserve and create a single track trail. Volunteers will help put forest brush and debris on the old road beds, and native wildflower and grass seeds will be available to spread in those areas. Volunteers can also help […]
NAAS Takes School To The Outdoors.
29 Species of Birds Spotted in Two Hours! On May 12, 2015, 4th Graders from Jerome-Clarkdale Elementary School took a bird-walk field trip to the Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Nanette Armstrong engaged 4th grade students and adult chaperones during a two-hour introduction to birding (actively spotting birds in their natural habitat) and birdwatching (sitting and observing birds at bird feeders). Students learned about the care and use of binoculars, important facts about birds, how to […]
Newly Appointed Educational Chair
Newly Appointed Educational Chair My name is Tina Whitley and I am the newly appointed Educational Chair for the Northern Arizona Audubon Society. I was born in Tucson, Arizona, grew up in Scottsdale, and then went to the UofA . The opportunity to be NAAS’ Educational Chair is especially exciting for me as I have just retired to Sedona after teaching for almost 30 years at the Munich International School in Starnberg, Germany. There I […]
Picture Canyon Weed Warriors
Picture Canyon Weed Warriors On a beautiful spring day at Picture Canyon Bird Sanctuary, NAAS weed warriors were joined by four enthusiastic Americorp volunteers for a morning of trail work. We removed a large amount of invasive Thistle from the beginning section of the trail along the creek bank. It was great to see water flowing through this part of the Rio de Flag as we were treated with an abundance of birdsong. We […]
Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival 2015
Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival 2015 The 15th Annual Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival took place, as it always does, on the last weekend of April. It was, as it always is, a huge success with over 400 birders coming for the four day event from places as far away as New York and Alaska. In spite of two days of rain and cold weather, 203 species were recorded during the many field […]
Sedona Observation Deck and Dignitaries.
Observation Deck and Dignitaries. About 75 people turned out to help mark the official opening of what some have said will greatly add to the bird watching experience in the Verde Valley. The new viewing platform at the Sedona Wetlands Preserve was opened to the public on Wednesday, April 22 — Earth Day — to the delight of many who came prepared with cameras and binoculars. It is significant that this is a cooperative venture […]