May Program: A Naturalist’s View of Northern Arizona

Doug Von Gausig is a life-long resident of the Verde Valley and he has spent a great deal of his life observing, photographing and recording wildlife in general and birds in particular and he brings this rich background to our membership program on May 16 (Sedona) and May 17 (Flagstaff). This is a program which will be filled with excellent photos and great stories. You won’t want to miss it. Doug brings a perspective of a naturalist who is deeply involved in water conservation issues and this will color his presentation.
Doug is the long-time Mayor of Clarkdale, Arizona. He is also the founding President of The Verde River Institute which is a non-profit organization dedicated to a mission of raising awareness of the unique resource which is the Verde River. In that regard, VRI has made our NAAS kayak trips on the Verde possible. He was also a founding board member of The Verde River Valley Nature Organization which, among other things, was a sponsor of the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival.
Among his many interests, Doug owns Critical Eye Photography which displays a wealth of wildlife photos, and Nature Songs which showcases his work with recording bird sounds in the field. His newest venture is into the world of drone photography and he is a frequent contributor on YouTube with flights over the Verde River. In many respects, Doug is a Renaissance man of the Verde River.