Sonoran Audubon Society

SAS Monthly/Annual Meeting April 2017

April 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
West Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
5904 West Cholla Street
Glendale, AZ 85304

“Where Birds Thrive, People Thrive” – news and updates from Audubon Arizona
with Sonia Perillo, Vice President/Executive Director, Audubon Arizona

Dear Sonoran Audubon Friends and Supporters!  The Chapter’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 12th, will be a very good opportunity to meet, greet and converse with Ms. Sonia Perillo, Executive Director of Audubon Arizona.  Sonia has a keen interest in meeting birding enthusiasts in the “Audubon Network” and is working hard with the coalition of many individuals concerned about water conservation and natural watercourses & riparian areas in the West called the Western Rivers Action Network (“WRAN”).  This will be a meeting not to miss—your Board of Directors met with Sonia several months ago and is very pleased to present this program with her for our members and friends.  There are likely to be refreshments starting at 6:30 PM with the program at 7 PM to about 8 PM.  The meeting takes place at the West Valley Unitarian Church, Cholla at 59th Avenue, Northwest corner.

Yes, there are two items of business that we’ll take care of that evening—new by laws for the Chapter for approval.   If you haven’t seen the new by laws yet, the document can be found on the website HERE.  We will have hard copies at the door for you—it’s only five pages long!

Right now there are no new persons running for open board member positions but one or two returning board members to be re-elected.  This may change between now and the meeting and we hope it does—if any of you are interested in becoming a board member– please contact one of the board members or Karen at

Audubon Arizona executive director Sonia Perillo will share updates and activities from the state program of National Audubon Society, including exciting initiatives resulting from the 2016-2020 strategic plan. Arizona’s conservation work is squarely embedded in these priorities, and our collective conservation work has never been more timely.

Audubon Arizona is protecting birds and the places they need in many ways, including creating safe homes for displaced burrowing owls, encouraging the use of native plants that support birds, ensuring that decisions about water use in the West include water for riparian areas, and sharing the wonder of nature and conservation action with the next generation of stewards. Join us to learn more about the direction of the state and national programs, and the importance of chapters like Sonoran Audubon Society in protecting birds and other wildlife – in Arizona, and across the hemisphere.

Sonia joined Audubon Arizona as executive director in March 2016. She has worked in the field of land conservation for nearly 20 years, most recently as the executive director Desert Foothills Land Trust. She also serves as vice chair of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and chair of their nonprofit policy council. Her roots in Arizona began in college with riparian restoration work on the Lower Colorado River for the Colorado River Indian Tribes. She lives in north Phoenix with her husband, Adam, daughter, Sophie, and a menagerie of poorly-trained pets.