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Audubon Arizona
January 2021
Audubon Southwest's executive director Jon Hayes standing with Representative Deb Haaland in her office, both smiling.
Rep. Deb Haaland Is a Great Choice to Steward Our Nation’s Lands and Waters
"President-Elect Biden selected an incredible leader for the Department of the Interior in Rep. Deb Haaland," said Jon Hayes, Audubon Southwest Executive Director. The next Secretary of the Interior will be facing an increasing biodiversity crisis and climate threat to its important and varied mission. Read on here.
Audubon Southwest's executive director Jon Hayes with Representative Deb Haaland.
Wednesday's Capitol Riots
From CEO David Yarnold: 
“Like the rest of the world, we watched the events at the U.S. Capitol in horror as anti-democratic zealots violently disrupted what should have been a ceremonial start to the peaceful transition of power after a free and fair election.”
Read the entire statement here.
News at Audubon and Beyond
A Loggerhead Shrike perches on a stick.
Bird of the Month
January’s highlighted bird is the Loggerhead Shrike, a fully predatory songbird with a fascinating method of catching and handling their prey. Read on here.
Loggerhead Shrike. Amy Erickson/Audubon
A Bald Eagle flies close to the water's surface with a fish clutched in its talons.
Top Arizona Water Priorities for the Legislature this Year
Arizona’s legislative session is set to begin in-person next week. While there are many competing priorities this legislative session, we are hopeful that bills improving water security for people and birds can pass to improve the lives of Arizonans and the birds, fish, and other wildlife.

Audubon has four main priorities for the 2021 Arizona legislative session. Learn what they are here.
Bald Eagle. Photo: Mark Boyd/Audubon Photography Awards
Southwest Animal Tracking in Winter with Ann Hunkins
Thursday, January 21 | 5 p.m.
Winter is a gratifying time to track animals, but tracks in snow aren’t always as easy to follow as we think. Join us and tracking expert Ann Hunkins to learn about how to track animals and find stories of hunts, kills, feeding, and more. Register here.
Climate Watch
January 15–February 15
You can help collect data which Audubon scientists use to document in research how birds are responding to climate change. Join us in this fight by observing birds in your area, using our specific protocol, and helping us learn about birds. Learn more and get started here.
Thank you to our supporters
We deeply appreciate the financial support we receive from the community, especially during these difficult times. 
Our gratitude to Waste Management and WM’s Four Corners Area for awarding us a Think Green grant for our native plant Grow-at-Home project and educational webinars. The project invites people to grow native plants for use in habitat restoration areas as well as their own yards.

We are pleased to report the Gannett Foundation awarded us a local grant for the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center as part of USA TODAY NETWORK’s A Community Thrives campaign. Thank you to all who donated during the campaign. Read the announcement here or search the award recipients here. You’ll find us listed as National Audubon Society Arizona in New York, where our national headquarters are.
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Audubon Southwest newsletter editors: Morgan Moore and Stella Reed
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