AWF is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and assisting individuals and organizations to value, conserve, enhance, manage, and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.


The AWF is an all-volunteer, statewide association of people interested in the present and future well-being of Arizona’s wildlife, wildlife habitat and natural systems.


These conservationists believe our wildlife heritage should not be jeopardized by any activity that fails to ensure its long-term health and sustainability.

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2014 Update from AWF President & Yearly Appeal

It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone, and your AWF has been in the forefront addressing the many challenges and a never ending variety of issues and threats to the wildlife and wildlife habitat in our great state. We’re very fortunate to have members and other supporters that share our vision and values when it comes to our natural heritage.  

I want to sincerely
thank you for your continuing commitment to the Arizona Wildlife Federation (AWF). Our goals simply would not be met without your generous support!  In the challenges facing Arizona’s wildlife and wild lands, you make all the difference and enable us to move forward to the future, continuing to build the legacy of the AWF in conservation advocacy.  I would hope that you’re able to maintain your support of the AWF’s hard work by choosing the CONTRIBUTE button on the left today!  Let me share with you what your vision and actions have helped the AWF accomplish over the past year and some of our plans for this year! 

During the past year we've continued with our habitat improvement projects, specifically in the Kendrick Park area just northwest of Flagstaff and along Hwy 89 North. We partnered with the Arizona Game & Fish Department (AZGFD), Forest Service, Arizona Antelope Foundation, Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation, Friends of Northern Arizona Forests (FoNAF) and Babbitt Ranches to improve this key wildlife corridor by relocating highway right of way fences back from the road.

AWF was at the AZGFD Expo at the end of March, talking to as many of the 30,000+ attendees as we could; handing out educational materials on conservation, outdoors ethics and responsibilities, the BOW Program, and wildlife & habitat concerns.  Plans are underway as we speak to attend this great event this year as well as other programs throughout the state in 2014.  Come out and join us in grassroots leadership throughout Arizona!   Watch our E-newsletter for upcoming events.

AWF volunteers were on the job last fall, meeting with Federal legislators providing information on national issues such as Responsible Energy Development, Clean Water Act restoration, and reformation of the Mining Act of 1872.  Watch for developments in your local news media on all these fronts!  We are your Arizona voice for wildlife in D.C. through our NWF affiliation!

The Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program (BOW), sponsored by AWF, graduated over 200 women this past year.  Women from all walks of life enjoy the opportunities offered at our workshops to participate in a multitude of outdoor skills classesSelect the BOW/Education tab for details on this year’s workshops.  Watch for new activities that will be sponsored by the AWF and our continuing partner in BOW, the Arizona Game and Fish Department!  Please tell every woman you know about BOW and sign up today for the April workshop BOW April 2014 Registration Packet!

Our strong relationships with the numerous State and Federal agencies are a must for working on critical issues. We participated in the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) on several of Arizona’s National Forests, provided scientifically based comments on Mexican Gray Wolf management plans, worked for protection of key waterways in various parts of the state, partnered with several other groups involved in potentially reclassifying critical public lands adjacent to Walnut Canyon National Monument and worked on a host of other wildlife/habitat issues throughout the state too numerous to include here.

Arizona Wildlife News, our quarterly magazine, is a sought after publication and we continued with more upgrades to it this year, including more in-depth coverage of critical issues as well as a new full color format. We continued with a new mode of communication, the AWF Enews Bulletin/Alert, providing updates for you between magazine issues and when we need to alert you to important issues that require your assistance.  We encourage you to communicate with us through these, and through our website.  Please keep in mind that the AWF is governed by an all volunteer Board of Directors who meet regularly for discussion and decision making.  We know all of us won’t agree on everything, but it is important to keep the lines of communication open and to respect opinions that differ from our own!  Thanks to those of you who have sent letters and emails, which we publish freely in both our publications.  We invite YOU to get more involved and bring your perspectives to our Board!

There is only room in this letter for me to share a portion of our accomplishments with you.   No matter how much we have done, we still have much more to do. In spite of the AWF being an all volunteer organization, we need your support to keep our “motor running”It is vital that we provide leadership in the defining issues of the 21st century!  Please let us know you are ready to work with us to do that!  Help us continue our efforts by providing us with your generous tax-deductible contribution today.  Use the CONTRIBUTE tab on the left and continue to be part of our efforts by donating whatever amount you’re comfortable with!

                                                                                    Yours truly,

                                                                                    Tom Mackin, President

P.S.  Thank you for helping us to restore habitat, teach responsible outdoor skills, and make sure that wildlife issues are effectively voiced in Washington, D.C.  Donations of $200+ will receive a field copy of the 2005 Arizona Wildlife Trophies book.

The past century’s conservation achievements of successfully restoring big game wildlife are now at risk from the pervasive effects of climate change. Big game watchers, photographers and hunters, as well as outdoor recreational businesses and wildlife managers, all have a vested interest and a role to play in safeguarding big game and their habitats in the face of climate change. In the report, Nowhere to Run: Big Game Wildlife in a Warming World,
 NWF addresses the potential effects of climate change on eight of the most common or widespread big game species: white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, black bear and caribou; and recommends steps to protect both big game and the outdoor economy that depends on them.

To read the report click

Nowhere to Run

Get your registration for April BOW here   BOW April 2014 Registration Packet

Want to know more about BOW? A Utube video produced by Mike Rolfe featuring the Becoming an Outdoors Woman sponsored by the Arizona Wildlife Federation can be found at

Please share this with all of your friends! 

BOW is on Facebook  Arizona Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Sandra Nagiller BOW Scholarship Fund


A Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) scholarship fund has been set up in memory of our past board member Sandra Nagiller. Sandra was a wonderful woman and she was the essence of a true outdoor woman so it is only fitting that we carry on her legacy through the BOW program, sponsored by the AWF. You can contribute to the fund by following this link


 AWN Vol 56, Issue 1, Spring 2014

Do you have an informative article that would interest our readers of the Arizona Wildlife News magazine? If so, we would like to read it. Please send it to  If approved your article will appear in the next available quarterly issue.