The membership of Northern Arizona Audubon Society wants to share the joy of birding with everyone. It is with great joy that we announce not one, but two terrific opportunities to learn the basics of birding during the month of September. We are excited by this because it demonstrates that birding is becoming an activity of significance here in Northern Arizona. According to 2011 study for the USFWS “46.7 million Americans enjoy watching and feeding birds.” …” $107 billion is spent on bird watching equipment and travel in the U.S.” That’s huge and those figures were compiled in 2011; imagine what they would look like now!
Our Audubon chapter is right on center here by promoting birding. Please note these programs:
- The monthly Audubon programshave returned following the Summer hiatus.
The September program will be especially interesting for both experienced birders and birder wannabes: “Tales of a Beginning Birder”. Dr. Rich Armstrong regales his time as a newbie to the pastime of birding. Come hear humorous anecdotes and him tell of mistakes that a beginning birder makes. This program is for people of all interests and for birders of all skills. Seasoned birders will chuckle as they reminisce, and beginners will learn a few short cuts. Casual backyard birders are sure to be entertained. A 45 minute slide show of stunning photos will be shown.
This program is offered by Northern Arizona Audubon Society in Sedona as well Flagstaff. The Sedona presentation will take place at 7:00PM on Wednesday, September 20 in the Sedona Public Library located on White Bear, just off Dry Creek Rd. The Flagstaff presentation will be made the next day, Thursday, September 21 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at the top of San Francisco St. in Flagstaff. The public is warmly invited.
- Why do people love bird watching? Ask any birder, they will be able to tell you why! It is the enjoyment of being outdoors,
the confidence gained from reconnecting with the natural world, and the excitement of that unexpected flash of color in the trees and being able to identify it! Dena Greenwood, biologist and bird guide for over 30 years will be offering a Birding 101 workshop Sept 23 & 24. She will introduce you to the art of birding. The first day will be a classroom experience covering bird anatomy, flight, migration, breeding behavior, song and habitat where you find various species. Saturday’s class will be from 9am-3pm at the Camp Verde Community Library. The second day will be held outside at Rezzonico Family Park near the library along Beaver Creek from 8am – noon.Cost is $50 and registrations will begin on August 15. If you’d like to be on our email list for this event please send an email to Jeri at firstname.lastname@example.org.The Friends of Verde River Greenway, Northern Arizona Audubon Society (NAAS) and Jay’s Bird Barn are our sponsors for this event.