February Speaker Program

Verde River

February 23, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm (Tuesday)


Name of presenter: Steven Prager 

Steve Prager

Steve Prager

Steve connects community members with conservation action opportunities – be it through bird survey, policy action, or hands-on habitat work. Specific work includes the Western Rivers Brewers’ Council, Western Rivers Action Network, Important Bird Areas program, campus chapter and general chapter relations, and managing the nationally recognized River Pathways program focused on inspiring teens toward careers in conservation.

Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Biology/Ecological Sustainability from Arizona State University. When he is not looking up to find birds, he’s looking down to find snakes.

Title of program: “The Western Rivers Brewers’ Council: How Craft Beer is Protecting Rivers and Wildlife”


Western Rivers Action Network

“Craft beer depends on reliable water – and so do our rivers. The Western Rivers Brewers’ Council (WRBC) is a coalition of conservation-minded breweries that support Audubon’s work protecting rivers across the Colorado River Basin through advocacy and outreach/     Brewers know that an adequate and reliable water supply is critical to their craft. Audubon’s Western Rivers Action Network members know that it is critical to healthy rivers, habitats, birds, and other wildlife. By taking action together, we can help protect rivers and all they support throughout Arizona and the Colorado River Basin. Take action alongside the WRBC and join Audubon’s Western Rivers Action Network.  Together, we’ll advocate for policies that keep great beer (and rivers) flowing.”

Editor Note: This is easily one of the most creative and successful habitat conservation programs in Arizona. Steve is a staff member of Audubon Southwest and is based in the Rio Salado Audubon Center in Phoenix. He is a great friend of birds and works tirelessly and professionally on behalf of bird welfare.