April Meeting: Where Birds Thrive, People Thrive

Sonia Perillo, Audubon Arizona executive director, will be our guest speaker at the April 19 (Sedona) and April 20 (Flagstaff) meetings. Sonia will share updates and activities from the state program of National Audubon Society, including exciting initiatives resulting from the 2016-2020 strategic plan. Arizona’s conservation work is squarely embedded in these priorities, and our collective conservation work has never been more timely.

Audubon Arizona is protecting birds and the places they need in many ways, including creating safe homes for displaced burrowing owls, encouraging the use of native plants that support birds, ensuring that decisions about water use in the West include water for riparian areas, and sharing the wonder of nature and conservation action with the next generation of stewards. Join us to learn more about the direction of the state and national programs, and the importance of chapters like Northern Arizona Audubon in protecting birds and other wildlife – in Arizona, and across the hemisphere.

Sonia joined Audubon Arizona as executive director in March 2016. She has worked in the field of land conservation for nearly 20 years, most recently as the executive director of Desert Foothills Land Trust. She also serves as vice chair of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and chair of their nonprofit policy council. Her roots in Arizona began in college with riparian restoration work on the Lower Colorado River for the Colorado River Indian Tribes. She lives in north Phoenix with her husband, Adam, daughter, Sophie, and a menagerie of poorly-trained pets.