At last! Spring is making its way to the Front Range, after a long, cold winter. We hope that many of you are “stretching your wings” and enjoying time outside in the coming days.
These Sandhill Cranes were photographed during a fly-over near the Platte River in Central Nebraska in late March. They, with over 600,000 of their friends and family, made their annual trip to Gibbon, Nebraska (Rowe Sanctuary) where thousands of people gathered for viewing, despite mud and cold, to witness the spectacle. They never disappoint!
Dates to Remember in April
April 16: Sue Lowry presents Birding in Vietnam. Sue will give an overview of the birding and sights from the trip, taken in December 2016. She began birding in her early twenties and now in semi-retirement finds birding vacations a wonderful way to see new lands, meet great people and learn more about beautiful birds. Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Library, 7:00 p.m. Free and open to all.
April 23: Board Meeting. 7:00 p.m., Windflower Room. All are welcome to attend and CHPAS is always looking for passionate birders who are willing to serve on the Board.
April 26: Country Club Survey. 7:00 a.m. Cheyenne Country Club. Contact Chuck Seniawski if you wish to attend (638-6519).
April 27: Field Trip – Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek Viewing. We will meet at the Pilot Truck Stop (off I-80, Exit 367, 8020 Campstool Road) for departure promptly at 5:30 a.m. It is about a 40 mile drive to the lek area. We will carpool to reduce the number of cars taking the trip. If you wish to attend, call Field Trip Chair Grant Frost at 307-343-2024.
Other Nearby Birding Opportunities
April 6: Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge Field Trip with the Laramie Audubon Chapter. Meet at 8:00 AM at Coal Creek Coffee (110 E. Grand Avenue in Laramie). There should be lots of waterfowl and grassland birds. Bring warm clothing!
April 18: The Izaak Walton League’s April meeting will feature guest speaker Zach Hutchinson from Audubon Rockies. Zach, who is based in Casper, will be discussing results from the five bird banding stations that Audubon Rockies operates in Wyoming. The Izaak Walton League meets at 7 p.m. at the Fire Station on the corner of 23rd and Reynolds Streets (entrance is on the 23rd Street side of the building; on-street parking – watch out for driveways) in Laramie, WY.
April 20: Laramie Audubon Society field trip to Laramie “Hotspots”. For more information about this event and others hosted by our neighboring Chapter, please use this link: Laramie Audubon Society
April 24 & 25: Raptor Symposium. The 2019 Raptor Symposium will review progress on the areas of prioritization, in addition to reviewing current policy directives and exploring innovative ideas for implementing raptor protections.
Held in Laramie, at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. For more information and to see an agenda for the meeting, use this link: 2019 Raptor Symposium.