A portrait of Steve Prager.

Steven Prager

Director, Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society

Steve (he/him) works to engage people in conservation action. Through bird survey, advocacy, hands-on habitat work, and partnerships, he has for over a decade been committed to building 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. 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.

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.

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

A Place to Ponder
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A Place to Ponder

— Introducing the next Director of the Appleton-Whittell Research Ranch of the National Audubon Society
Superb Owl
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Superb Owl

— Help Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company and Audubon Southwest declare Arizona's most superb owl species!
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