Our Monthly Newsletter
Get out and get into nature with our growing community of like-minded folks who value the outdoors and fellowship. Read our newsletter to get a taste of what we've been up to lately.
Scholarship Winners Announced!
It was another competitive year for our applicants, and our scholarship committee is happy to announce TWO $1,000 scholarship winners! Our congratulations to Melissa Fontecilla and Jeremy Gardner.
Thanks, too, to our PAS donors who contributed to our education fund in memory of our longtime member, leader and friend Kathy Wingert. We have been able to offer two scholarships two years in a row!
Limited Public Access to The City of Prescott Airport Water Reclamation Facility (Recharge Ponds)
As of October 16, 2023, public access to the Recharge Ponds is limited to individuals who have signed a Waiver and have obtained a Keycard from the City of Prescott. The Keycard allows access to the Recharge Ponds seven days a week from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Please find more information about the access, Keycard and Waiver here in this PDF file.
To obtain your Keycard, please make an appointment with the City of Prescott Financial & Business Operations Manager, Public Works, by calling 928-777-1130 ext: 5003, or by emailing [email protected].
Another Leucistic Visitor!
Remember our Caramel Raven, seen by many around town? How about last year's charming leucistic --almost albino--hummingbird? Here we have a new arrival in town, another leucistic (pale plumage, but not albino) bird.
Can you guess?
This bird was part of a small migrant flock of Lazuli Buntings!
Photo by S. Drown
Yes, More Leucistic Birds!
Adding this quite lovely pale Mallard to the amazing list of oddly-plumaged birds found by our members and friends around our chapter region. Who knew?
Yes, Administration is Important--
Thanks to our new Board & Officers!
During a recent Window on Nature program, we stopped a minute for our members to elect the new slate of officers and board members for the next two years. We want to thank our newly-elected officer and board members for their efforts to keep this busy & multi-dimensional team that is Prescott Audubon somewhat organized and heading in the right direction.
All the board members share all the tasks for steering this little ship, and we owe them a big debt of gratitude. They are a fine team - and, of course, they are always looking for new members, so don't be shy!
What would you like to do for Prescott Audubon?
Kestrel Nestbox Program
American Kestrels are on the decline, and limited nesting sites are part of that declline. We have had great success with our American Kestrel nestbox installations, and the 2022 nesting season is no exception. If you happen upon a Kestrel with legband(s), please report your sighting and location to [email protected].
Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owls
To reuse is to recycle! In 2020, we built some hack boxes for our American Kestrel Nestbox and Release Program. Now they will help the Pygmy Owls.
Hack boxes provide a safe place for fledgling raptors to roost as well as a place to learn to fly and hunt before being released into the wild. We no longer need our boxes for the kestrels, so we are donating them the the AZ Game & Fish Dept. They will head to southern Arizona to assist the AZGFD with their efforts to help the tiny Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owls. Yeah!
Once again, our PAS team joined in the annual Prescott Creeks Clean-up!
Granite Creek Clean-up
Prescott Audubon was not only a financial supporter of the 2022 and 2023 Granite Creek Clean-ups, but also a few members were able to get out and pick up some trash! The Prescott Audubon Society (PAS) team joined up with another team to clean up the middle section of Miller Creek. The teams trekked about two miles, mostly along the edge of the creek. It was cool and surprisingly beautiful at the water’s edge. Birdsong and glimpses of birds helped make the morning fly by. The teams collected lots of plastic, paper and cardboard, lumber, pipe, and one tire for a total of 8 bags of trash. Meeting and making friends with other like-minded people was a bonus!