Collaboration Pairs Wildlife Conservation With Craft Beer

Through an innovative public-private partnership, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and Mother Road Brewing Co. present Conserve and Protect Kӧlsch.

In a creative twist on funding for wildlife conservation, Flagstaff-based Mother Road Brewing Co. has released special-edition cans of its Conserve and Protect Kӧlsch-style ale. As the sunset-orange, purple-mountain colored label says, “Conserve and Protect Kӧlsch is best enjoyed pulled from a cold river, and straight from the can. It pairs well with fresh air, wild-caught fish, and good company.”

For a limited time, wildlife enthusiasts can contribute to the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s mission to conserve and protect wildlife in a new way. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Conserve and Protect Kӧlsch cans will be donated to AZGFD to support its on-the-ground conservation work that is done without any general fund tax dollars. Conserve and Protect Kӧlsch will be available statewide.

“We want all Arizonans to know about the agency’s efforts to conserve and protect 800-plus wildlife species in the state,” said Ty Gray, director of AZGFD. “With Mother Road’s launch of Conserve and Protect Kӧlsch, we’re talking to a new audience that cares about sustainability, enjoys the outdoors and wants to contribute to wildlife conservation.”

Mother Road branded its summertime Kӧlsch with the agency’s Conserve and Protect messaging at no cost to the department.

“Assisting with wildlife and habitat conservation in Arizona is a natural fit for Mother Road as it dovetails with our mission of ‘building community one pint at a time,’” said CEO Michael Marquess.

In addition to supporting this unique collaboration, the public can contribute directly to Arizona’s wildlife by becoming a Conservation Member at The public also is invited to share their love of Arizona wildlife and support of the collaboration by tagging photos with #cheerstoAZwildlife.

The mission of the Arizona Game and Fish Department is to conserve and protect the state’s 800-plus species of wildlife. AZGFD receives zero general fund tax dollars. Funding is primarily provided by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, tags or stamps, and via a federal excise tax on firearms and ammunition. Learn more at

Mother Road Brewing Company is an Arizona top-five craft microbrewery located along Route 66 in Flagstaff. Mother Road was John Steinbeck’s name for Route 66 in The Grapes of Wrath. The original brewery on Mikes Pike, the 1926 alignment of Route 66, is dedicated to experimental beers and processes, while the new Butler Avenue brewery brews for distribution in kegs and cans. Both breweries welcome guests into the tap rooms for pints, conversation, games, merchandise, and tours. Mother Road distributes statewide in Arizona with Hensley Beverage Company and its partners. For more information, visit

Carefree Desert Gardens Seminar: Living With Urban Wildlife

Mother Bobcat on wall_JulianUBA4898_0029 300resLiving in Arizona we see many species of wildlife – small to large, flying to four-legged. As natural habitats and native food sources shrink, we see “urban wildlife” venturing into our neighborhoods and our yards. Inviting wildlife into our living space can be enjoyable to observe. Sometimes it can create problems.

On February 20, Carefree Desert Gardens welcomes Darren Julian, Urban Wildlife Specialist for Arizona Game and Fish Department, Region 6. With a B.S. degree in Wildlife Conservation Biology from ASU, Julian has been with the department for 15 years. He is frequently called upon to resolve wildlife conflicts statewide.

Learn how to coexist with Arizona’s wildlife in our urban areas. Find out how to prevent problems with wildlife before they occur, and how to safely invite them into our yards and ways to discourage them if you choose.

The program, usually including a plant raffle, will begin at 9:30am and run approximately until 12pm in the Town Council Chambers located in the U.S. Post Office Building, 100 Easy Street, Carefree. A $5 (or more) donation is appreciated to support these programs. For information call 480.488.3686. Come early as seating is limited.

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