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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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Watson Woods Restoration

The continued restoration efforts within Watson Woods Riparian Preserve have resulted in tremendous improvements in the riparian and wetland habitat and its associated animal species. Since 2009, over 20,000 trees have been planted, 3,500 ft of Granite Creek has been restored, and over 25 acres of wetlands have been created! Also, with on-going management activities

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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. Join Now Becoming a Prescott Creeks member demonstrates your commitment to

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Impact Story: Belted Kingfisher

“Cottonwood and willow plantings created important habitat for belted kingfishers on Granite Creek.” It was December and conditions were cold and wet. I was the ‘foreman’ on the job which meant, among other things, that I was the first one on-site in the morning and the last one to leave in the afternoon/evening. This particular

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Success Story: Bluebird

“Western Bluebirds find restored riparian habitat before it is completed.” During the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Restoration project, we had a plating effort going during the end of February. The particular week we were in the field it happened to be raining and snowing quite a bit so Preserve conditions were a bit challenging. We’d

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Granite Creek Cleanup 2015

The 2015 Granite Creek Cleanup is Saturday April 18th, 2015. We hope you will to join Prescott Creeks and 500+ of your community neighbors for a morning of fun and service to the creeks. (We’ll even give you a cool t-shirt!) On Saturday, April 18th, this family-friendly event will run from 9:00 to 11:00am. Registration

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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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