Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Chapter Website Featured in Bird Watcher’s Digest

The March/April edition of Bird Watcher’s Digest features the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon website in their new regular feature called “State Spotlight”.  Among the 11 birding hotspots listed were Lions Park and Wyoming Hereford Ranch.  For more information about the publication, click on this link.

Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. (Sunflower Room, Laramie County Public Library) for the monthly presentation entitled “A golden, dancing bird from the mountains of Ecuador” by Dave McDonald and Beth Cable.

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Reminder – Tuesday, February 21 Program and Other Important Dates

February 21st:  Join us on Tuesday, February 21st, for a program featuring Dave McDonald and Beth Cable entitled “A golden, dancing bird from the mountains of Ecuador“.  Golden-winged Manakins are lek mating birds (like sage grouse) but males display together on fallen mossy logs.  More information about the speakers and the topic are included in the February newsletter.

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February 17th – 20th: Great Backyard Bird Count.  For more information, see page 3 of the February newsletter. Information is also available at The Cornell Lab      SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

February 25th: Field Trip to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch.  Leave at 8:00 a.m. from the Lions Park parking lot.  Dress for winter.  Contact Mark Gorges (287-4953) or mgorges@juno.com if you want to come.

February 28th: Board Meeting at the Laramie Count Library, Windflower Room, 7:00 p.m.  Anyone who is interested in helping the chapter move forward with programs, outings, or other activities is welcome to participate.

Habitat Hero a huge success!

habitat-hero-graphicOver 100 friends and neighbors enjoyed the presentation on Saturday, January 28th at the Laramie County Library. Perhaps the cold and wind had something to do with this?  What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon in January … talking about flowers, pollinators, and planting this spring.  And spring will be here soon – we promise!

Did you miss the presentation?  Never fear … handouts are HERE!  Check out the Habitat Hero tab on our website for all the resources that you need to be a Habitat Hero!

Oh, and if you follow our blog, you will get the most recent updates for new materials, education, conservation, and MORE!  Don’t be left out in the cold.  Follow us today!

Reminder – Be A Habitat Hero This Saturday!

Join us on Saturday, January 28th at the Laramie County Public Library for “Habitat Hero: Grow for Butterflies, Bees and Birds“. This is the first of this spring’s High habitat-hero-graphicPlains Gardening Lecture Series put on by the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Laramie County Master Gardeners with support from the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society.

The talk will be 1-3 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room.

The cost is $ 15.00.  See the January Audubon Newsletter for more details.

Habitat Hero Garden Lecture January 28th, 2017

“Habitat Hero: Grow for Butterflies, Bees and Birds,” is the first of this spring’s High habitat-hero-graphicPlains Gardening Lecture Series put on by the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Laramie County Master Gardeners.

The lecture will be 1 – 3 p.m., Jan. 28, in the Cottonwood Room of the Laramie County Public Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave.

Tickets are $15 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com, keyword: Habitat Hero. Tickets are also available at Gardening with Altitude, 1101 Logan Avenue, for cash or check purchases only. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out.

The lecture will begin with excerpts from the film by Catherine Zimmerman, “Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home,” featuring Douglas Tallamy. Jane Dorn, Wyoming native plant expert and co-author of “Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area,” will then lead a panel of Cheyenne Habitat Heroes discussing how they garden for pollinators and other wildlife. Panel members are Maggie McKenzie, Kylee Stewart, Tava Collins, Barb Gorges, and Michelle Bohanan.

Habitat Hero is a program of Audubon Rockies. See http://rockies.audubon.org/programs/habitat-hero-education. Cheyenne – High Plains Audubon Society is sponsoring the lecture.

This lecture series also includes: The Ins and Outs of Fairy Gardens with Kim Houck of Fort Collins Nursery, Feb. 25 Dirtiest Garden Secrets Revealed with Jeff Lowenfels, a popular national garden writer and leading proponent of gardening using concepts of the soil food web, Mar. 25.

Tickets for the entire lecture series are $40.

Visit www.botanic.org or call (307) 637-6458 for more information.

January Newsletter has posted!

2008-01-05-cheyenne-christmas-bird-countCheck out the “Newsletter” portion of this website to download the latest newsletter.

Special dates for your calendar … (more information about all events in the January newsletter)

Tuesday, January 17th: Guest Speaker Tom Hiester with IdentiFlight® 7: 00 p.m. Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Public Library.  A no-host dinner is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. at The Albany.  All are welcome!

Saturday, January 21th: Woodhouse Wildlife Management Area Field Trip.  Leave from Lions Park at 8:00 a.m., return about noon.

Friday, January 27th: Cheyenne Country Club Survey.  8:00 a.m. Because special arrangements must be made, be sure to contact Mark Gorges if you wish to participate.

February 17 – 20th: The Great Backyard Bird Count (more to come next month).  For more information about the national event, see this link: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/

Upcoming Deadlines – For Bird Lovers!

habitat-hero-graphicAudubon Members and Friends, several important dates are coming in January and we wanted to make sure that you were aware of dates and opportunities.  You will find more information below about all three opportunities: Habitat Hero (Cheyenne), 2017 Audubon Crane Festival (Nebraska), and the Wray (CO) Greater Prairie Chicken Tours

Habitat Hero: Cheyenne – High Plains Audubon Society is sponsoring “Habitat Hero: Grow for Butterflies, Bees and Birds” as part of the High Plains Gardening Lecture Series put on by the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Laramie County Master Gardeners.
The lecture will be 1 – 3 p.m., Jan. 28, in the Cottonwood Room of the Laramie County Public Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave.
Tickets are $15 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com, keyword: Habitat Hero. Tickets are also available at Gardening With Altitude, 1101 Logan Avenue, for cash or check purchases only. Tickets will also be available at the door (if still available).
The lecture will begin with excerpts from the film by Catherine Zimmerman, “Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home,” featuring Douglas Tallamy. Jane Dorn, Wyoming native plant expert and co-author of “Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area” will then lead a panel of Cheyenne Habitat Heroes discussing how they garden for pollinators and other wildlife.
This lecture is a part of a series that also includes: The Ins and Outs of Fairy Gardens with Kim Houck of Fort Collins Nursery, Feb. 25 Dirtiest Garden Secrets Revealed with Jeff Lowenfels, a popular national garden writer and leading proponent of gardening using concepts of the soil food web, Mar. 25.  Tickets for the entire lecture series are $40. Habitat Hero is a program of Audubon Rockies Visit www.botanic.org or call (307) 637-6458 for more information.

sandhill-cranes2The Great Sandhill Crane Migration Registration is now open for the 2017 Crane Festival presented by Audubon Nebraska.  The Festival Weekend is March 16-19, Kearney, Nebraska with Sandhill Cranes viewing at peak from about mid-March to early April.  Be sure to check out Crane Cam of the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary to watch the migration begin. More information may be found on the Kearney Visitors Bureau website.  Another must-see is the Crane Trust’s U-Tube video of the experience.  Whether you travel to Kearney, to another crane-viewing location, watch Rowe’s Crane Cam, or just enjoy the Crane Trust’s Video, the annual migration will be an unforgettable experience. For those who want to experience this event from a bird blind, be sure to reserve your space because spots go quickly, particularly during Festival weekend.

Greater Prairie Chicken Tours.  Each year the community of Wray (CO) offers these tours which started as a way to raise awareness of the Greater Prairie Chicken but they now continue due to their popularity.  Tour dates begin in late March and extend until mid-April.  More information can be found on the Wray Chamber of Commerce website.

Reminder – The Christmas Bird Count Approaches!

For Cheyenne birders, the Christmas Bird Count date is Tuesday, December 27th.  Be a field observer with a group or on your own.  Watch the feeder in your yard.  Then join us for the CBC Tally Party and Potluck to share your data.

Live in Guernsey or Ft. Laramie?  Join this Christmas Bird Count on Friday, December 30th.

Want more details about activities at either location?  See the December Newsletter posted on our website for contact information and additional details.

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December Newsletter Now Available … and get ready for the Christmas Bird Count!

Check out the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Website for the December Newsletter at https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/.  Important information is included about the upcoming Christmas Bird Count to be held on Tuesday, December 27th.

More details to follow or check out the newsletter and website for details.  Lorie & Barb

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Welcome to Cheyenne – High Plains Audubon Society’s website and blog

We will be filling in this website with all the content you are accustomed to finding here: Cheyenne Bird Checklist, Cheyenne Big Day Bird Count data, Habitat Hero information and updates on our conservation and education activities.

Please sign up for this blog if you would like to be notified by email whenever we publish the next newsletter or reminders for our free monthly lectures at the Laramie County Library and our free field trips in the Cheyenne and southeastern Wyoming area.

Meanwhile, please see our November 2016 newsletter. Click on the link on the “Newsletter” page of this website.

Thanks,

Lorie and Barb