Camp Verde AZ (March 22, 2021) – Northern Arizona Audubon Society (NAAS) presents Birding 101, a backyard birding class and field trip. Start inside the Library’s 1st Floor Terracotta Room on Friday, April 9 at 1:00p and then meet Saturday morning, April 10 at 8:00a under the Ramada near Moser Lane at Rezzonico Family Park for a bird walk. Never been birding before? Ask at the front desk to check out one of the four Birdwatching Backpack Kits at the Library to try it out.
Here is your chance to learn to identify the birds in your own backyard from one of the best, Dr. Richard Armstrong. Rich Armstrong earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Inorganic Chemistry from Stanford. He retired from the Army as a Major, spent 20 years working at Texaco, and has been married to Nanette for 34 years. He and his wife have birded together in Texas, Oregon, most of North America, and now in Arizona for 9 years. He is the NAAAS steward of the Sedona Wetlands where he has led many field trips for NAAS.
Friday, attend the class in-person at the Library or virtually via Eventbrite, at https://cvbirding101.eventbrite.com. This is a two-part class. Friday afternoon learning inside the library or virtually and then the next morning take a walk outside to practice what you learned (no virtual meeting on Saturday).
For the outdoor bird walk on Saturday, April 10:
- bring your own water
- wear sturdy shoes
- wear a hat or sun visor for shade
- don’t forget the sunscreen
Camp Verde Important Birding Area: The 17 mile stretch of the middle section of the Verde River from Parsons Park just west of I-17 to Rockin’ River Ranch State Park provides important habitat for resident and migratory birds. The Verde River is one of Arizona’s last remaining perennially flowing river systems, with healthy riparian vegetation, including the extremely rare Fremont Cottonwood-Gooding Willow gallery forest type. It provides a unique habitat that is preferred by bird species of concern, such as Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Common Black Hawk, Bell’s Vireo, Yellow Warbler, and Lucy’s Warbler.
Currently, the best access points to this IBA are Rezzonico Family Park in Camp Verde and the Clear Creek campground area in Coconino National Forest.
Camp Verde Community Library is located just off of Montezuma Castle Highway at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ. For more information about this or any other library program, call 554-8380 during library open hours Mon-Sat 9:00a-5:00p.