Camp Verde IBA Dedication August 24th


Verde River at Camp Verde IBA

Northern Arizona Audubon has been working with the Town of Camp Verde to arrange a dedication ceremony for the Camp Verde IBA. Fortunately, we were able to arrange for this dedication to be part of the opening of the Smithsonian Institution Water/Ways exhibit at the Camp Verde Library on Saturday, Aug.24 starting at 1:00pm.


For those not familiar with the Water/Ways Exhibit, please see the explanation below. Also, here is a link to the Camp Verde Library webpage about this exhibit.


Water|Ways is a Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian has partnered with Arizona Humanities, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, and the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University to bring the exhibit to Arizona. The Water|Ways exhibit opens in Camp Verde Saturday, August 24 remaining on site at the Library through Saturday, October 5 and accessible during library open hours

Water|Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, its effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at political and economic efforts to ensure access to water, and explores how human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways to protect water resources and renew our relationship with the natural environment. The national exhibit is paired with a series of local events designed to spotlight Arizona water information specific you our community.




The only place that this exhibit will be shown in northern Arizona is in Camp Verde, so our participation in the opening will provide greater publicity for our new IBA. The program schedule is as follows:

1:00  Welcome – Dr. Nancy Steele, Executive Director Friends of the Verde River

1:20 Speaker – Jane Russell-Winiecki, Chairwoman Yavapai-Apache Nation

1:45 IBA Dedication – Brent Bitz NAAS together with representative of Town of Camp Verde

2:00 Comments – Charles German, Mayor Town of Camp Verde


All of you are most welcome to come to this event and on behalf of all of the Federal, State, Tribal and local governments and NGO’s who supported this effort THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK”

Learn more about IBA in Arizona here:



Provided by Brent Bitz

Brent Bitz