Special Curt Gowdy Field Trip ~ September 23, 2017

Join us for a morning of fun, fellowship, birding, and burdock removal!  

This is our annual service field trip to Curt Gowdy State Park.  2016-07-03--DSCF7241

We leave 8:00 a.m. from Lions Park Children’s Village Parking Lot.  You will be finished by 1:00 p.m.  Please see the newsletter for more details about appropriate clothing, etc.  Be sure to contact Mark and Barb if you are attending (307-634-0463).

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Birds of the Serengeti ~ September 19, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, September 19th, for “Birds of the Serengeti”, a special program presented by Pete and Ruth Arnold.  The presentation will be held in the Willow Room of the Laramie County Public Library at 7:00 p.m.   Everyone is welcome to join us!

Lilac-breasted Roller by Pete Arnold

In January and February, 2017, Pete and Ruth visited Kenya and Tanzania. About 25,000 photos later, they have selected just a few images of the birds seen on that wonderful trip.

An optional no-host dinner will be held with the speakers at 5:00 p.m. at 2 Doors Down.  Call Chuck (638-6519) if you want to join us for dinner.


September 2017 Newsletter Posted

The September edition of the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society “Flyer” has been posted!  Remember … we never charge for programs and our events are open to everyone, whether they are members of Audubon or not.  Interested in being a member?  See “About Us” on our website.  Membership is only $ 12.00 a year – what a bargain!  

Dates to remember:

September 19th.  Birds of the Serengeti mixed in with a smattering of the culture of East Africa – Pete and Ruth Arnold.  5:00 p.m. no-host dinner at 2 Doors Down.  Call Chuck (638-6519) if coming to dinner.  Presentation at 7:00 p.m. Willow Room, Laramie County Public Library.

September 23rd.  Annual Field Trip to Curt Gowdy State Park for burdock removal.  Leave 8:00 a.m. from Lions Park Children’s Village Parking Lot.  You will finish by 1:00 p.m.  Please see the newsletter for more details about appropriate clothing, etc.  Be sure to contact Mark and Barb if you are attending (307-634-0463).

September 26th.  Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Sage Room (2nd floor).  Laramie County Library.  We welcome all to this meeting!  Volunteer *power* is needed – we have the perfect job for YOU!!!

September 29th.  Cheyenne Country Club Survey 8:00 a.m.  Contact Chuck (307-638-6519) if you are interested.  Anyone is welcome but Chuck must make arrangements with the County Club so do contact him in advance.

Be sure to enjoy this lovely month on the High Plains!  More outings listed in our newsletter.

Rabbitbrush in bloom, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge


Be an Advocate for Arctic Birds

How You Can Prevent Drilling in the Arctic Refuge

With stunning photographs from one of the last, untouched wild places in America, “Arctic Birds are Your Birds” will tell the storied 30-year battle to protect the Arctic coastal plain, why it’s in the cross-hairs today, and what it means for birds in WY & CO. On Tuesday, Sept. 5th at noon, participate in this free webinar—including a Q&A with those battling this, right now, in Washington DC—and become an important advocate.

Learn more by clicking here

and register for this important environmental advocacy event.

August newsletter now available

IMG_4858 (2)Click on “Newsletters” to find the link for the August 2017 edition. Find out:

–the particulars of our Aug. 26 field trip to Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

–how to renew your membership for the 2017-2018 year (or join)

–what’s new at eBird

–all about birding by ear

–and more!

Photo of American White Pelican by Mark Gorges

Rosy Finch Field Trip Rescheduled!

The Rosy Finch field trip has been rescheduled!  The road from the highway to the parking area at Lewis & Libby Lakes will still be closed this weekend, so we are pushing the field trip date back to July 22.  We will meet at the Lewis & Libby Lakes parking lot at 9 am!

Our next field trip is next Saturday, July 22.  We’ll head up to the Snowies to look for Brown-capped Rosy Finch, and other high-elevation summertime species.

For more information, see the Laramie Audubon website at: http://laramieaudubon.blogspot.com/

July Newsletter Posted and Special Events

Several exciting events await bird-lovers in the Cheyenne High-Plains Audubon area during the month of July.  Please see our July newsletter posting on this website for more details about what is happening this summer!  Mark your calendars now for these and other special birding events. 

Saturday, July 15th.  First, the Laramie Audubon Chapter will be hosting a field trip to the Snowies in search of the Brown-capped Rosy Finch and other birds that live in the higher elevations during the summer.

For more information about where to meet in Laramie, check out the Laramie Audubon Chapter website: http://laramieaudubon.blogspot.com/

Saturday & Sunday, July 15th & 16th.  For birders who want to spend a bit more time in the natural beauty that is Wyoming, the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society is hosting a weekend trip to the Saratoga, Wyoming area.  Alpine AsterYou must register for this trip by calling Dennis Saville at 307-632-1602.

Attendees must arrange for their own transportation and accommodations.  Dennis is happy to provide you with more information.

If you leave a message, please be sure to give him your name and your phone number so that he can return your call.

Turtle Rock Bird Watching Hike ~ June 17th

Turtle RockReminder!  June 17th 8:00 a.m.  Leave from Lions Park parking lot by the Children’s Village at 8:00 a.m.  Carpooling may be available.  Return time estimated to be 1:00 p.m.

We will be looking for hummingbirds and assorted forest birds including woodpeckers. And we can look for what’s blooming.

Bring binoculars if you have them, and water, clothes for changing weather, and a snack or lunch if you like. It will take a couple hours to hike the whole trail.

It’s about a 35 miles/40 minutes drive to Vedauwoo. If you don’t have an annual Federal pass, the entrance fee is $5/day/vehicle. Please register for this trip by contacting Mark Gorges, 307-287-4953, mgorges@juno.com, and giving him your name and phone number, in case there is a change in plans.

Ucross Foundation bird art exhibit invites public participation ~ June 10th 2017

Red Barn

The Ucross Foundation, http://ucrossfoundation.org/, an art center and artist’s retreat on a ranch near Clearmont, Wyoming, will have an exhibit in their gallery June – December, “The Universal Language of Birds by Christina Baal.” The public is invited to create works on paper to be displayed with her work. The work can be prose, musical score, photography, drawing, painting, etc., as long as they are on paper no larger than 8.5 x 11 inches.
On June 10, 2017, the day will be dedicated to birds and nature, beginning with a workshop at 9 a.m. that will include an informative birding presentation in the barn loft, free bird guides, notebooks and pencils to journal, guided walks with Dr. Jackie Canterbury and Christina Baal on the campus that includes birding and nature journaling followed by lunch.
That afternoon is the reception for the exhibit. The workshop, lunch and reception are free and open to the public.
The Ucross Foundation campus became a state Important Bird Area in 2015.
For more information contact Tracey Y. Kikut, Program Associate, Ucross Foundation, 30 Big Red Lane, Clearmont, WY 82835, tkikut@ucross.org307-737-2291 office.


Cheyenne Big Day Bird Count Rescheduled for May 27th due to the recent snowstorm

Bald EagleThe City of Cheyenne has asked that everyone stay out of city parks over the weekend as there may continue to be branches from trees falling due to the snowstorm.
Since the trees are even bigger at the Wyoming Hereford Ranch and the Research Station, count compiler Greg Johnson is rescheduling the Cheyenne Big Day Bird Count for May 27, and the tally potluck for May 28.
Meet us next Saturday at 6 a.m. at Lions Park, in the parking lot to the south of the Children’s Village, off South Lions Park Drive. If you want to join us later, call Mark Gorges, 307-287-4953, and find out where we are.
The tally potluck will be next Sunday at 5 p.m. at Greg Johnson’s house, 329 W. Idaho Street. You can also call in your independent bird sightings from the Cheyenne area to Mark or email them to him at mgorges@juno.com.

See you next week!
Barb Gorges
P.S. The Laramie County Master Gardener Plant Sale is still on tomorrow, May 20, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. It’s inside at Archer in the older steel-sided building on the new fairgrounds (look for signs when you get to the roundabout). There will be vendors, food, garden talks every half hour, and plants.