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The many things for which we are thankful

As we take time to thank of the man blessings at Prescott Creeks, here are a few (and by no means all) of them: A beautiful habitat with lovely creeks to learn and care for Wildlife that inhabits these riparian areas A board of directors to guide the organization A terrific staff with a passion

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Acker Cards Available

It’s time for the Friends of Acker Park/  Prescott Creeks seasonal cards. Support your local creeks and Acker Park with the purchase of these beautiful cards. this year’s stunning photo of a winter snow coverd Watson Lake is by Gary Beverly. Cards will be available starting this coming weekend at the following locations:   Peregrine Book Store on

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Trails at Watson Woods

As the cool autumn weather is in full swing, I am pleased to report that our new interpretive trail system in Watson Woods is becoming a reality, after months and months (and months) of planning. Thanks to the help of Susie Bragg, Chris Hosking, and the “Over the Hill Gang,” we now have 2 loops

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In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program

Prescott Creeks is currently involved in a US Army Corps of Engineers, “In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Mitigation Program,” which represents another component of our on-going wetland and riparian conservation work. The ILF Program compensates for impacts to wetlands, waters, and riparian areas as authorized by the Clean Water Act, Section 404 Permitting Program.  As an ILF

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Construction at Watson Woods

For those of you who have visited Watson Woods in the past few weeks, you may have noticed heavy equipment, piping, and construction crews at the Rosser Street Parking Lot. From now until January 2013, the City will be constructing a new sewer lift station and forcemain pipe, which will be designed to service the

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Curious Avians: Do Birds Hold Funerals?

Interesting news from the avian world: birds display “cacaphonous aggregations” in response to finding one of their own deceased. In other words, they gather around the body of a deceased companion, oftentimes a noisy gathering. This begs the question: do birds hold funerals? This NPR story explores the recent publication that explains the science on

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Granite Dells Resort

As we get closer to One Man’s Treasure we are telling more and more people about the historic Granite Dells Resort. The Granite Dells Resort, once a draw for movie making, stars, and those wanting to be seen, is located among the rocks of the Dells. At one time it contained a swimming hole, dance hall,

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Lost – Birdwatcher’s Life List and Field Guide

This morning I received a telephone call from a recent visitor to Watson Woods Riparian Preserve. Paul and his wife Sarah, from Michigan, were traveling in Arizona a week ago and stopped along their way to do some birdwatching at the Preserve. Paul’s call was to let us know that Sarah had lost her Peterson’s

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4th Friday Art Walk

Come out for 4th Friday Art Walk and see some of the art going to auction at One Man’s Treasure. Art for the show will be at: Tis Art Center and Gallery Van Gogh’s Ear The Frame & I Jay’s Bird Barn Granite Mountain Brewing Krieger Marcusen Gallery the Artful Eye Old Sage Book Store

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Fill is going up for Auction

Wouldn’t you love to have a recyclasaurus living in your yard? Imagine the surprise of visitors touring your garden when they’re greated by Fill, the recyclasaurus. Fill is a 9′ x 13′ dinosaur created out of upcycled materials by Royce and Juanita Carlson. He has spent the summer touring school and events teaching about the

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Everybody’s Place and Prescott Creeks

Creeks and homelessness may not seem like an obvious connection. Just like creeks and art, or homelessness and art, may not seem like a fit. The connection though is a very important one. One where trash effects water quality, which effects the homeless, which effects in return the levels of trash and water quality.  

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August’s E-News (an oops)

Have you ever gone to save and email and accidentally hit send? That’s what happened as I was prepping August’s E-News. The links weren’t finished. An even wasn’t included. There was a picture waiting to be added. And then it was all gone and out to all of you, unfortunately (head slap). Re-sending it seemed

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Monsoon Hydrology @ Watson Woods

The Monsoon Season has been kind to Watson Woods so far, providing much needed nourishment and moisture for our trees, wildlife, restoration areas, and the Creek! The changes have been dramatic:  Granite Creek (which was dry as recently as July 3rd) is not only flowing in its main channel but has overflowed into many “braided”

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Rain! And its Aftermath.

This past week, mother nature delivered some much needed precipitation to the Central Arizona Highlands. The parched earth got a much needed drink of water and we enjoyed cooler temperatures, dramatic skies, and rare humidity. On Friday, July 13, we wandered around the watershed to watch how it shed water. And boy did it shed! See photos

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From Creek Trash to Art

The deadline for art submissions is coming up fast – Friday, August 3rd. In the past five years of Prescott Creeks organizing the annual Granite Creek Clean-up we have seen consistently large amounts of trash removed from our creeks and lakes. This year we volunteers separated true-trash from potential upcycle-able art materials. The art will

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Taking a Leap of Faith: The Office Perspective

Today, I write with sadness and excitement. I’m taking a leap of faith. This July, I start a new job at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic (WYGC) as their Development Coordinator.   I’m excited about the new challenge and working to help promote mental well-being in our community. The decision to go to WYGC was not easy.  I

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Investing in Nature Makes Sen$e

We know that gray infrastructure is critical to economic development and prosperity, but don’t necessary think that natural ecosystems (“green” infrastructure) are equally important to that end. World Resources Institute released a report earlier this year called “Green vs. Gray Infrastructure: When Nature is Better than Concrete” that details the costs and benefits of green infrastructure as

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Tsunami and Fill

From an article in the Courier: “Fill,” a 9-by-13-foot concoction of chicken wire that resembled a dinosaur, caught the eyes of onlookers near the steps on the north side of the courthouse building. The chicken wire houses plastic containers and aluminum cans that Prescott Creeks volunteers collected during a creek cleanup for Earth Day in

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Birding at Watson Woods

During the past few months I have been “Birding” on several occasions with the Prescott Audubon Society (PAS) out at Watson Woods.  Many of you know that Watson Woods is officially designated as an Important Bird Area by PAS.  As one of the largest wetland/riparian areas in the area, Watson Woods provides numerous resources for

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Building Our Future: The Office Perspective

Last week, I read a quote off a tea bag and it made me think (FYI: Good Earth Tea is AWESOME).“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. ” –Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) What would FDR say about the preparing our youth for the future

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