Bird watching is a very interesting hobby, and Kati Anderson of Paulden has been involved in this hobby since moving here in 2006.
I've always been interested in birds, but I really didn't have time to get real involved until moving to this area.
"After we got here the first thing I did was join the National Audubon Society, because I didn't know anything. I didn't know what bird was what, or how to calibrate my binoculars," Kati recalled.
"There are so many experts at the Audubon Society, so I just tag along and look and listen," she said.
Kati also volunteers to help with IBA (Important Bird Area), in the Verde River and Granite Creek area.
"The birds tell you if the habitat is healthy. If the birds aren't there, there is something missing in the habitat. In addition I do reporting for Project Feeder Watch which lets the Audubon know the trends in a particular small area," Kati explained.
Kati shared that some of the species they are watching closely is the yellow-billed cuckoo, golden eagles, and black hawks.
"These are some of the unique birds that you really get excited about when you see them," she said.
Kati not only enjoys bird watching but photographing them as well and has even won first place awards from her bird photography.
"Bird watching gets me out and doing, either on horseback, hiking or just sitting in my back yard. I love it when I go horse back riding with my friends down on the Verde and I can educate them as to what birds go with what sound," said Kati.
Of all her bird watching duties, Kati likes "Project Nest Watch" the best.
"To me this is the most thrilling. I have Western King birds that come to my trees every year. I am able to watch them build their nests, raise their babies, leave and come back the following year," Kati said.
"There are so many different birds on our property, that when the sun goes down and we are setting on the back porch, as the birds settle down to go to sleep it's like listening to a concert," she said, smiling.
Anyone interested in going on a bird walk can call Prescott Audubon Society at 928-778-6502.