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Nesting Raptors

Prescott Creeks’ ongoing restoration efforts in Watson Woods Riparian Preserve continue to see results in stream and wetland function, willow and cottonwood planting distribution and growth (“recruitment”), and habitat quality. With the support of thousands of volunteer hours and your membership contributions and donations, what was once the town dump and gravel pit is now

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Updated Fire Conditions

With the rains of the last week, fire conditions have been downgraded, but remain Moderate to High. Current as of July 17, 2017, according to Prescott National Forest: “(t)here are currently no fire restrictions on the Prescott National Forest. Please remember: fires must be attended at all times, fires must be extinguished completely (cold to

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Volunteer Appreciation

28 December 2016 Dear Volunteers, On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I’d like to thank you for the time that you have committed to working with Prescott Creeks. Your volunteer efforts have resulted in evident improvements in the Upper Granite Creek Watershed and the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve. As a volunteer you

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Down in the Weeds

Spring is here, migrating birds are back, butterflies are out and about, flowers are in bloom, a lot is going on. To most this is an exciting time to be outside and explore our natural gems, for Prescott Creeks staff and volunteers it is also time to roll up our sleeves and engage in management of invasive

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Membership

One of central Arizona’s most important assets is its natural beauty – supported by healthy natural areas. Prescott Creeks is working to protect and enhance them. We invite you to make a difference for the long term by becoming a member of Prescott Creeks. Becoming a Prescott Creeks member demonstrates your commitment to make a

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25 Years!

Creeks Connect Community! Prescott Creeks held its 25th Anniversary Celebration September 19, 2015. A beautiful fall day welcomed guests and visitors to our office site at Watson Woods Riparian Preserve to celebrate the waterways and natural areas in our community and the work of Prescott Creeks in restoring and preserving these community treasures. Our guests

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Black Hawks – Impact Story

The term ‘indicator species,’ or ‘bioindicator,’ seemed too impersonal and detached to describe the black hawk screeching kee-kee-KEE-KEE as it emerged from a wall of lush cottonwoods and took a low pass right over our heads. We must be close to a nest, we thought, and quickly backed away in the direction we had come. We watched

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Phenology Trails

Many of us notice things like the timing of the first snow in the fall. The first wildflowers are blooming early, we may think out loud on a May walk, with a warm spring also bringing what seems to be an early brood of robins nesting in a tree by your kitchen window. In more

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4th of July Celebration

It’s time for the mid-summer celebration of our nation! Fourth of July with parades, fireworks and ice cream. With apparent onset of the summer monsoons, many are visiting our local creeks to see the flowing water and wildlife that abounds there. Please exercise caution during your celebrations and visits. With the rain in the last week, and

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Restoring Rivers – Natural Channel Design

March 24-27, 2015, Prescott Creeks and Natural Channel Design hosted 30 restoration practitioners from Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Utah in Prescott for a river restoration workshop. Using principles first pioneered by Luna Leopold, and further developed by David Rosgen, and then Tom Moody, the 3 1/2 day workshop introduced participants to the fundamentals of

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Habitat Improvement Through Removal of Invasive Species

In April, Prescott Creeks will once again make a push to control invasive weeds in the Granite Creek Watershed. Our American Conservation Expereince (ACE) crew will be here for 8 days to help us make another push at improving habitat. Not sure what an invasive weed is? Often thought of as just “weeds” these are

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Dirty Martinis for Clean Water Member Event

The evening of Friday, March 6, Prescott Creeks hosted the Dirty Martinis for Clean Water membership event at our office cabin, adjacent the Watson Wood Riparian Preserve. 50+ people gathered to learn more about Prescott Creeks, its mission, and some of the ongoing projects that are in process to improve water quality issues in our

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Public Library Display for March 2015

Prescott Creeks, One Man’s Treasure, and Prescott College are all featured in the Prescott Public Library “Viewerie” for the month of March. Stop in and learn about Prescott Creeks’ accomplishments over the past 25 years, its ongoing collaborations with Prescott College and how One Man’s Treasure supports the missions of both organizations. Join us on

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Peter Pierson Appointed as New Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2015 CONTACT: Michael Byrd Executive Director (928) 445-5669 PRESCOTT CREEKS WELCOMES NEW STAFF Peter Pierson Appointed to Development and Communications Role Prescott Creeks has announced that Peter Pierson has been hired to take on the organization’s development and communications duties. Pierson’s work will engage the community in fostering broader awareness,

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Visitors & Residents

As spring unfurls, it’s been fun to see who is stopping by the Preserve for a visit and which resident species are getting active. As one might expect, it’s been busy out there. This week we’ve had a Great Egret (Ardea alba) visiting a feature we know as Wetland #1.It seems to be doing well

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Phenology Trail

On Tuesday May 3rd, Phenology Trail volunteers and local plant enthusiasts got together in Watson Woods Riparian Preserve for grass workshop led by local experts, Sue Smith. This workshop provided hands on opportunity for the participants to become familiar with local grasses identification, their natural history and phenology. Since it was a gorgeous day in the preserve, it was hard

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Prescott Area Young Professionals Mixer

On Wednesday, January 21, Prescott Creeks hosted the Prescott Area Young Professionals Mixer. 30+ members of the PYP group came together at the Prescott Creeks offices to learn more about Prescott Creeks and its mission to improve water quality in our area. This event provided an opportunity to share ideas and to build relationships between

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Learn How Rivers Work

Prescott Creeks is pleased to collaborate with Natural Channel Design, Inc. on its upcoming workshop: Geomorphic Processes and Restoration of Natural Channels in the Arid Southwest. This introductory workshop on March 24th-27th, 2015 will focus on providing information on how to recognize important streamfeatures, field measurement, and analysis of basic stream dimensions as well as

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Giving Tuesday

We have Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Now, we have a global day dedicated to giving back, Giving Tuesday. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find

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Green Infrastructure – Location, Location, Location

Two sites were selected for implementing this project. These locations were chosen due to the need for water quality improvements, land ownership, access, and visibility. The Prescott Community Center is located on Rosser, upstream from Granite Creek and Watson Woods Riparian Preserve. Surrounding areas are likely to be built out over the next few years,

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Creating Meanders – How Green Infrastructure Works

‘Green Infrastructure’ is a broad term for features that rely on natural processes such as soil, water, and plants to provide ecosystem services such as a clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, and temperature regulation. The two Green Infrastructure (GI) projects are taking urban areas and rebuilding them to imitate the drainage and filtration that

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