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May 23

Prescott Audubon Society Meeting

Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Avenue, Prescott, AZ 86303

"Conservation Efforts in the Verde Valley" by Dene Greenwood

Several V-shaped flocks of Canada Geese take flight at daybreak, honking as they ascend. They will spend the day foraging in farmer's fields, only to return at dusk to their safe new ponds at the Sedona Wetlands Preserve. A flock of eight Cinnamon Teal rise, circle, then slide behind rushes on pond two. A pair of Common Gallinule work the back pond. Two Northern Harriers careen low scouting for their next meal. The konk-la-ree of Red-wing Blackbirds adds to the biophony of the marshland. All these images evoke memories for people who grew up in the mid-west or back east where marshes and wetlands are common and these sights and sounds are abundant. Although rare in the middle of Arizona in a desert environment these images are now a reality at the new Sedona Wetlands Preserve.

The vision started 20 yrs. ago with then-mayor and Audubon member Anita MacFarlane. After many years, of planning by citizen committees, engineers and city officials the Wetlands Preserve, Phase I has been completed. We will discuss the plan, show highlights of the wonderful waterfowl that have already discovered the Wetlands and discuss what's planned for future phases.

Another birding magnet, long known to local birders, is Bubbling Ponds at Page Springs, a part of the Oak Creek Important Bird Area. In addition to rearing ponds for rare native fish, Bubbling Ponds is where local birders are sure of finding avian surprises from the nesting Common Black Hawks and Bald Eagles to the elusive Pacific Wren, Wood Ducks, Great Blue, Green and Black-crowned Night Herons.

Thanks to the efforts by members of Northern Arizona Audubon Society planning team in cooperation with Arizona Game and Fish Dept. it will be receiving a major renovation. Upgrades will include entry kiosk, interpretive signage, trail improvements, viewing decks, outdoor education sites and landscaping around the Ramada.

Dena will discuss these two exciting projects that are sure to further define Sedona/Verde Valley as a premier destination site for birding and ecotourism.

Meeting starts at 7:00 PM and the public is welcome to this free presentation. For additional information call (928) 778-6502

http://www.prescottaudubon.org