NAAS “Yardie Program”

 

birdingNorthern Arizona Audubon Society has instituted a program called “Yardie Program” which intends to recognize backyard birders by establishing an award system based upon good record keeping and the establishment of bird-friendly yards. This is an awards program available only to NAAS members at any membership level. NAAS is indebted to Rich and Nanette Armstrong and Terry Blows for formalizing the “Yardie Program”.

The program is structured as follows:

  • 25 yard bird species reported: Certificate mailed or presented at the next membership meeting and mention is made in the Blackhawk Watch.
  • 50 yard bird species reported: A plaque is presented at the next meeting and mention is made in the Blackhawk Watch.
  • 75 yard bird species reported: an addendum to the plaque is awarded at a membership meeting and mention is made in the Blackhawk Watch.
  • 100 yard bird species reported: A second plaque – larger and more ornate than the first – is awarded at a membership meeting and mention is made in the Blackhawk Watch.
  • 125 yard bird species reported: An addendum to the large plaque is awarded at a membership meeting and mention is made in the Blackhawk Watch.

The rules are simple:

  1. This program is available only to current NAAS members
  2. The member must submit a species list. The award must start with the member making application with a list. It will not be the administrator’s nor the board’s responsibility to identify qualifying yards. This is based on the “honor system” on the part of the member.
  3. The member need not be present at a meeting to receive the award.
  4. The member will be asked for permission to have his or her name and photo in the Blackhawk Watch and/or NAAS website. Compliance is not mandatory.
  5. Existing yard lists will be honored and will qualify for an award on the same basis as new lists.

The intent of this program is three-fold: 1) Encourage members to recognize the value of their own backyard birding, and 2) to raise an awareness of NAAS member activities among NAAS membership, and 3) also encourage people to increase bird feeders and bird friendly plants in their yard, also get more people to do feeder watch for cbc and northern migratory bird count, also get more people that do not do a yard list to start doing one.

Initially this program will be administered by Rich and Nanette Armstrong richarmstrong@q.com (BTR) and Terry Blows terence.blows@nau.edu (ATR).

 

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