A portrait of Steve Prager.

Steven Prager

Outreach Biologist

Steve works to engage people in conservation action. Through bird survey, policy action, hands-on habitat work, and partnerships, he strives to build an Audubon network that is larger, more representative of the communities in which we work, and more capable of making a significant, positive impact for people, habitat, birds, and other wildlife.

He believes that to authentically and effectively engage people in conservation action, we must seek to build with our collaborators common ground, trust, and a mutual understanding of our working relationship and goals. In this work, he aims to center the expressed interests of those most impacted by environmental issues, collaborate with communities and partners that have been historically excluded by Audubon and other environmental organizations, understand and be responsive to individual communities’ cultures, needs, views, and expectations, and respect the rights of communities to maintain power over their own goals and outcomes. He understands that his privileges and lived experience leave him with gaps in awareness that affect his ability to most equitably and effectively address environmental issues, and he values the education and perspective that working with diverse communities and partners can provide.

As a science communicator and experienced field biologist, he works to provide resources and experiences that increase awareness and knowledge of current science, threats, policy, and best practices relevant to bird and habitat conservation in the Southwest. Specific projects include managing the Western Rivers Brewers' Council, assisting with Arizona's Important Bird Areas program, providing support to Southwest policy initiatives, building and maintaining working relationships with Audubon Chapters in Arizona and New Mexico, co-managing our annual Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey effort, and working with our policy and science teams to develop meaningful and impactful conservation action opportunities.

Steve earned a Bachelor's of Science in Conservation Biology and Ecological Sustainability from Arizona State University. When he's not looking up to find birds, he's looking down to find snakes.

Articles by Steven Prager

Rain Crow IPA
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Rain Crow IPA

— Join us for the 2022 Release!
Oh Hey, Pinyon Jay!
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Oh Hey, Pinyon Jay!

— How craft brewers are helping put the Pinyon Jay on the map (literally)
Dear Audubon Southwest, Should I keep my feeders up?
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Dear Audubon Southwest, Should I keep my feeders up?

— Your guide to feeding birds amidst an avian flu outbreak
Collaborative Restoration on the Lower Salt River
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Collaborative Restoration on the Lower Salt River

— Giving back to the river that gave Phoenix everything
Restoration at the Rio Salado
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Restoration at the Rio Salado

— A big effort for some tiny fish
Black Hawk Fresh Hop IPA
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Black Hawk Fresh Hop IPA

— How Audubon chapters and craft brewers are building a conservation community in Prescott, Arizona
Rain Crow IPA
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Rain Crow IPA

— Building community around taking action
Volunteer Highlight: Ryder Moreno
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Volunteer Highlight: Ryder Moreno

— Birds, Beer, and Future Conservation Leaders
Brewing for Birds During a Global Pandemic
Native Plants For Native Birds

Brewing for Birds During a Global Pandemic

— Western Rivers Brewers’ Council 2020 Roundup