Audubon continues to partner with Yavapai College on the Greenwood Fund natural history course”

Birding

Birding

The Northern Arizona Audubon Society is pleased to announce their continued partnership with the Greenwood Fund and Yavapai College to provide a non-credit course on the natural history of the Verde Valley. Offered for the first-time last fall, the class filled quickly and received rave reviews from participants.

An Introduction to Natural History Field Studies is being offered again in early June 2020.

This five-session course will introduce students to the diverse habitats of the Greater Verde Valley region with special emphasis on understanding why these habitats exist where they do and the characteristic species found in each. Classes will meet in the field at a different site each day including the Bubbling Ponds and Sedona Wetlands sanctuaries and other natural areas. Students will learn about the region’s plants and animals, and get a hands-on introduction to the art of birding and other aspects of natural history field studies.  The class will focus on identification of local species and stress the interdependence of species within each habitat type. Opportunities to participate in natural history studies through a variety of citizen science projects will also be discussed.

Those interested in signing up for the course can do so on the Yavapai College website. Please go to: https://www.campusce.net/yc/course/course.aspx?C=9785&pc=282&mc=&sc=

All participants completing the course will receive a $50 tuition subsidy from the Greenwood Fund.

Rita Faruki
Instructor

Rob Gibbs

Rob Gibbs
Instructor

The Greenwood Fund was started in memory of Dena Greenwood, a well-known and beloved member of the local community. A longtime resident of the Verde Valley who passed away in 2018, Dena Greenwood, was a naturalist, ornithologist, educator and guide who devoted much of her life to inspiring others to cherish the remarkably diverse habitats that we have in northern Arizona. Among her many achievement were working with the City of Sedona on the creation of the Sedona Wetlands Preserve which has become a premier bird sanctuary and birding destination. The continuation of Dena’s lifelong dedication to sharing nature with others was the inspiration for this effort.

In recognition of these contributions, her family and friends created the Greenwood Fund to honor her memory and to continue her educational dreams.

For further information, please contact Brent Bitz at birdsedona@gmail.com