September Program – Flagstaff and Sedona

Name of presenter: Katherine Ruffenach

I am a 2013 NAU graduate with a degree in biology and wildlife management, and I currently work as a veterinary technician in Flagstaff. My passion is ornithology, and I love to spend my free time “recharging” with a good pair of binoculars at some of my favorite birding spots – Bubbling Ponds Preserve and anywhere along Oak Creek Canyon. I spent two summers as an ornithology field technician on the Mogollon Rim in Arizona and in the high elevation forests of Borneo. I discovered my love for the bird world my first year of college. I remember being fascinated with their life history strategies – plumage, breeding, nesting, migration. I also love a good ID challenge! I bird a lot by ear and am the kind of person that might lose some sleep over an unidentified bird that gets away from me. I am so blessed to call Flagstaff my home, and I relish the opportunity to get out whenever I can to visit the beautiful, bird-rich places Arizona has to offer.

Title of program: Nests and Nestlings of the Mogollon Rim

In the spring and early summer of 2016, I worked as an ornithological field technician searching for nests and measuring nestlings as part of an ongoing research study of the life history strategies of temperate and tropical songbirds. Ornithological research often requires long hours in the field, delicate hands, and an intense passion for birds. I hope to be able to share with you a day in my life as a nest searcher and nestling measurer, the tools and work required for collecting field research, and a glimpse into the lives of the many nesting bird species found along the Mogollon Rim.


Flagstaff Only:

Date: September 28, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm (Tuesday)

Flagstaff Location: This will a Zoom presentation:

1601 North San Francisco Street, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Sedona only:

Date: September 22, 2021

Time:6:00 PM (Wednesday)

Sedona Location: Sedona Public Library (Masks are recommended by the Library)