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Butterflies of the Verde Valley by Becky Hardy. May 22, 2024, Sedona Public Library 6:00pm. 5:30 social time.

Arizona is home to 334 butterfly species, second only to Texas.  In the Verde Valley, we now have the possibility to see half of those species, due to our varied habitats throughout the region.  That number continues to grow; in 2023 alone, two new species were added to the list!  Becky will share the Verde Valley butterfly families you can expect to observe, including their distinguishing characteristics; as well as some of the best locations to find their species.  She will also share the difference between butterfly host and nectar plants and how you can attract butterflies to your garden.

Becky Hardy Bio 

Becky Hardy is a lifelong butterfly enthusiast.  She has had a lifelong passion, interaction and observation of butterflies. Over the years, Becky has observed, researched and reared thousands of butterflies across multiple species. She has presented to multiple organizations about butterflies.  She shares her enthusiasm and passion for butterflies by facilitating butterfly field trips and events, as Northern Arizona Audubon Society’s education chair.  She has participated in several North American Butterfly Association (NABA) butterfly counts over the years; most recently as sector leader for the Dead Horse Ranch State Park sector. In 2023, she observed a butterfly species that had not been seen in the Verde Valley before.


Policy and Birds in Arizona: What’s the Latest? - Zoom program with Haley Paul

Join us January 16th at 7:00 - 8:00 pm on Zoom or Facebook Live to hear from Haley Paul, Arizona Policy Director for Audubon Southwest (the regional office of Arizona and New Mexico for the National Audubon Society).

Haley will provide some thoughts on how we can improve water management in Arizona by implementing the Water for Arizona Coalition's Arizona Water Security Plan. Haley will also talk about the recommendations being developed by the Governor's Water Policy Council on which she serves, the status of Audubon's priorities in the Arizona Legislature, and the latest information about the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority's Water Conservation Grant Fund.

Come with your questions!

Haley Paul is the Policy Director for Audubon Southwest in Arizona. In this role, she distills complex natural resource policy and water management issues—via blogs, webinars, infographics, and more—to demonstrate why water policy is important and how it impacts people and birds. Alongside a powerful network of Audubon advocates, Haley seeks to influence water policy outcomes in Arizona and in the Colorado River Basin, pushing them to be more inclusive of environmental needs and the needs of those historically excluded from water management decision-making.

Photo by Eric Gofreed

Monthly Program "Birds and the Weather" with Michael Erb - January 27, Saturday**,** 2:00-4:00pm Camp Verde Library.

Note the time and venue change!

We are listening to those who want to spread the Monthly meeting places around the Verde Valley. Camp Verde Library has a lot to offer! Social time 2:00. Meeting starts at 2:30. “Birds and the Weather” by Michael Erb. He’s been fascinated by birds-- tiny feathered dinosaurs, for a long time. “They’re interesting, colorful, and wonderfully diverse.” He has authored a book Birds of the Southwest Coloring Book. See it here:

Michael Erb is an assistant research professor at Northern Arizona University, where he conducts research about the climate of Earth's past. As a scientist and author, he confronts mysteries both in his research and in fascinating books. He also maintains the website, which has free weather activities and other fun stuff. As a birder, he also enjoys exploring the world of birds! His website has a variety of bird illustrations that you can download and color.

Oh Hey, Pinyon Jay - Celebrate Pinyon Jays with Audubon, Drinking Horn, and Grand Canyon Trust

October 19, 2023, 6-7:30 pm – Pinyon Jay Presentation and Mead Tasting at Drinking Horn Mead Hall: Swing by the mead hall and enjoy a natural history presentation by experts Dr. Russell Benford of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and Ms. Anne Pellegrini of Northern Arizona Audubon. Drink some mead and connect with your community!  108 E Route 66; Flagstaff

October 21, 2023, 8-10am – Pinyon Jay Bird Walk Location TBD, please RSVP. Come explore Pinyon-Juniper woodlands near town with Northern Arizona Audubon guides and learn local plants, birds, and other animals. No experience necessary!

November 1, 2023, 6-8:30 pm - Trivia Take-over at Drinking Horn Mead Hall: Join Audrey Kruse from the Grand Canyon Trust for a lively and funfilled trivia night focused on Colorado Plateau flora and fauna, as well as birds, bands, and popular culture. Something for everyone and free admission! Join Us for Free Events!  108 E Route 66; Flagstaff

Join all three of our Oh Hey, Pinyon Jay events: OHPJ Flier 2023_0.pdf

Pinyon Jays and Craft Mead? Oh, Yeh!  The Pinyon Jay is an iconic and declining bird of the intermountain west, but what does it have to do with mead? Two things: water and climate. Dependent on thriving agriculture and reliable water, the future of your favorite brew, just like the Pinyon-Juniper woodlands and the Pinyon Jay, depends on us acting now to protect precious natural resources. To help spread the word, Flagstaff’s Drinking Horn Meadery is releasing “Oh Hey Pinyon Jay” mead for the second year! To celebrate the Pinyon-Juniper woodlands, they are brewing with juniper berries, prickly pear, and local honey – and bottles sport Pinyon Jay conservation labels. In addition to great mead, each bottle provides a call to action and a sign-up link where folks can go to join our growing team of community scientists. We hope you’ll join us in raising a glass for this deserving bird!

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On Top of Mistletoes Down Under: Mistletoes and their Relationships with Birds in Australia with Robert Mathiasen. Oct 25th at Sedona Library 6:00 - 7:15 pm (social and cookie time at 5:30)

Mistletoes are hemi-parasitic, shrubby flowering plants that grow on a wide variety of trees and shrubs (their hosts). There are over 90 species of mistletoes in Australia and almost all of them are pollinated and/or dispersed by birds. A few Australian birds eat nothing but mistletoe fruits. In addition to using mistletoes as an important food resource, many birds nest and roost in mistletoe plants.

Another interesting aspect of mistletoe biology in Australia is that many mistletoes mimic their host trees to avoid predation by a wide range of Australian herbivores. We’ll examine a few of these interactions between birds and mistletoes in Australia as well as a few examples of mistletoes parasitizing other mistletoes.

Photo: Mistletoe Bird harvesting a mistletoe fruit in Australia.

Thursday, September 28th 6:00 to 7:15 Sedona Public Library

Title: Birds are on the move; so is NAAS!

Join Kay Hawklee, President, to learn about the fascinating new tools that track migrating birds. How many birds crossed Yavapai County on the night of September 27th? We will show and tell you using the BirdCast live data feed. Learn how even specific species can be predicted to be on the move.

It’s the era of cutting-edge tools in tracking bird migration. And Northern Arizona Audubon Society (NAAS) is getting into the game in a big way. Our future Motus stations will be the first in Northern Arizona. Become informed at this, our annual meeting, about how our members and volunteers have stepped up to help migrating birds. As we help to change the world of bird research, we can say that our Audubon Chapter is one to be proud of – let’s keep it going!

(Social and cookie time at 5:30)

Peruvian Safari: Photographing Winged Wonders of the Highlands. Sedona Public Library. May 24, 2023. 6:00 pm.

Alice Madar is a NAAS Board Member. She has developed a love of bird photography, and is especially drawn to hummingbird photography.  In 2022 she spent three weeks in Peru photographing more than 180 different species of birds, including nearly 50 hummingbird species.  Come see her photographs and hear her stories about Peru’s spectacular birds, some of their surprising habits, and efforts being made to protect them.

Social time with snacks begins at 5:30 pm. Last program before September.

A Texas blitz: 2 weeks, 300 birds. Wed. April 26, Sedona Public Library. Come at 4:00 for cookies & conversation. Program starts at 4:30. Texas-themed snacks will be served! All invited. 

A birding trip starting at the upper Texas coast to the Rio Grande Valley and back would get you more species than any other trip in North America. High Island is the #1 migrant trap in North America, and the Rio Grande Valley has more 'must go there' birds than any other place in North America. In 45 minutes, Rich will take you on a whirlwind trip including over 120 birds you do not see in Arizona! Come hear this fast paced presentation and you'll learn why Rich is known as the 'big mouth of the valley.' 

Rich Armstrong is a retired PhD nuclear chemist, and a retired Army Major nuclear and chemical  weapons officer. He has been birding for almost 35 years in Texas, Oregon, and now Arizona. Rich has led many field trips for Audubon Societies in all 3 states, is the coordinator of the Sedona CBC, is a birding pal for the Verde Valley area, and coordinates the North American Migratory Bird Count for the Verde Valley. He is the local Audubon Chapter Steward for the Sedona Wetlands Preserve and has led many birding field trips there.

The Perfect Storm: The Making of a Big Birding Year in Yavapai County by Janie Ward-Langley.

'As a birder I always entertained the thoughts of somehow doing a "Big Year" but I never planned on it actually happening, but through a series of events it started to happen right before me and through my binoculars.'

Come hear Janie’s tales of her whirlwind birding year, right here in Yavapai County. Wed. March 22, 2023. 6:00pm Sedona Public Library 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ. 

Social time 5:30. Yummy themed snacks will be served. All invited to this free event sponsored by Northern Arizona Audubon Society.  

The Birds Who Watch You Back; Some Corvid Abilities - by Dr. Emily Faun Cory. 

Come see Dr. Cory with "Shade" the Raven Wednesday, February 22. Come at 5:30 for ‘cookies & conversation’. The program begins at 6:00pm. Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ.

Free to all ages. All invited! An overview of the abilities of Family Corvidae and the research, with Shade the African Raven and her wild kin. Dr. Cory will delight us with her photos and research, with her inquisitive raven, Shade, in attendance. Shade is an African White-necked Raven, Corbus Alibicollis. 

Saving the Blue Crow: How Community Science helps the Pinyon Jay

The Pinyon Jay  (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus), an iconic bird of western Pinyon-Juniper forests, has declined precipitously since the late sixties. Drought, climate change, and habitat conversions negatively impact the bird, and researchers are struggling to get an accurate picture of Pinyon Jay status, due to the birds’ enormous range and nomadic nature. Enter community scientists and an ambitious monitoring plan that’s based on other successful community-based efforts including Christmas Bird Counts, Climate Watch and Important Bird Area Monitoring. Learn more about each of these projects and how you can help birds while learning and gaining experience in the field.  

Cathy Wise, Audubon Southwest Community Science Manager

Cathy Wise holds a BS in Avian Sciences from UC Davis and has studied birds throughout the west. She is currently with Audubon Southwest, the regional office of the National Audubon Society and prior to that, worked for the US Forest Service, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Cathy oversees “Downtown Owls” Burrowing Owl relocation project in partnership with Wild At Heart, coordinates Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys on BLM lands, and works to promote intentional landscaping through Audubon’s “Plants for Birds” program.  An avid hiker, climber, and snowboarder,  she is also a gardener and beer enthusiast. Article by Cathy

Lumberjack Article on NAAS and Community Science

Past Programs

Some past programs include:

  • Moonlight:  Owls: Rescue and Rehabilitation, by Tori Marshall
  • Why Stop at 6?: Trying to understand why the Mountain Bluebirds lay the number of eggs they do,  A Mountain Bluebird study by Scott Johnson, PhD
  • Ancient Southwestern Ornithology and Continuity of the Four Corners,  by Chuck LaRue
  • The Western Rivers Brewers’ Council: How craft beer is protecting rivers and wildlife, by Steven Prager

  • How Ranchers are Helping Save Grassland Birds, by Dan Dagget

  • Native Plants are for the Birds!, by Eric Moore

Past program videos are available on our Video Gallery Gallery and Facebook page NAAS Facebook live program videos

Northern Arizona Audubon

P O Box 1496 Sedona, AZ 86339

Sanctuary Locations:

Bubbling Ponds
1950 N Page Springs Rd
Cornville AZ 86325

Sedona Wetlands
7500 W State Route 89A,
Sedona, AZ 86336
(Inbetween mile markes 365 & 366) 

Picture Canyon
N. El Paso Flagstaff Rd 
Flagstaff, Arizona

Kachina Wetlands
2263 Utility Rd,
Flagstaff, AZ 86005

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