YOU ARE INVITED! Habitat Hero Demo Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, May 20th, 3:00 p.m.

Aster with BeePlease join us for the Board of Public Utilities Habitat Hero Demonstration Garden Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

When:  Monday, May 20, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Board of Public Utilities Office, 2416 Snyder Avenue, Cheyenne, WY. 

Join the Board of Public Utilities and our partners in a ribbon cutting ceremony for Wyoming’s first public Habitat Hero Demonstration Garden showcasing Water Smart Landscapes that are wildlife friendly.  Light refreshments will be provided.

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Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly Bush, BOPU Habitat Hero Garden September 2018

The garden is in bloom and we want to share the beauty with you.  To see images of the garden and learn about the plants that we’ve selected for the garden, click here.

Questions?  Contact Dena Egenhoff at degenhoff@cheyennebopu.org.

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Calling all Birders! Help this Saturday with the Crow Creek Clean-UP!

2018-11-22--IMG_0284A special appeal to our birding community from crows (and ravens) throughout Cheyenne.  Please join us on Saturday, May 11th to clean up Crow Creek.

You will join friends from The Nature Conservancy and others who care about our lands and wildlife.  The time is 8:00 a.m. and the place to meet is the Greenway Entrance by 1st and Morrie Avenue.

What to bring:

  • Work gloves if you have them
  • Waders, waterproof boots, or outdoor shoes
  • Enthusiasm, energy, and determination

Clean-up equipment will be provided, as will extensive appreciation and the knowledge that you are helping our wonderful community.

Questions?  Contact Brent Lathrop at 307-432-4055 or blathrop@tnc.org.  See the Crow Creek Cleanup Flyer for more information.

 

Birding in May

cropped-img_0572-1.jpgWelcome Spring!  Join us on May 18th for the Cheyenne Big Day Bird Count.  We begin at 6:30 a.m., starting at Lions Park.  Meet us between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the new picnic shelter.  We will hike around the park for an hour or two.  We will cover a number of birding “hot-spots” around Cheyenne including the Wyoming Hereford Ranch, the Agricultural Research Station, and the Arboretum west of the Air Force Base.  If you want to join us later in the day, call Mark at 307-287-4953 for a location update.

We also encourage people to report to Mark (on his home phone, 307-634-0463) all bird sightings during the 24-hour period beginning at midnight. The middle of May is the high point of the spring migration of birds from their winter homes to their nesting areas.

On May 19th, we will have a Cheyenne Big Day County Tally Party at Perkins Restaurant at 4:00 p.m.  Please let Mark or Barb know if you want to attend (307-634-0463) and if you can’t join us, please call Grant Frost (307-343-2024) before the gathering to share your count numbers and sighting locations.

Next, on May 20th, join us for the Cheyenne Board of Aster with BeePublic Utilities Habitat Hero Demonstration Garden Ribbon Cutting.   The event begins at 3:00 p.m.  Look at the May newsletter for a detailed schedule.

The next Board Meeting is on Tuesday, May 28th at the Laramie County Library Windflower Room.  All are welcome!

Finally, on May 31st, birders are encouraged to join Chuck Seniawski to take part in the Country Club Survey at 7:00 a.m.   Please call Chuck if you are interested in attending (638-6519).

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A special field trip is planned for June 14 – 16th; a weekend trip to the Sundance, WY area.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get away for a weekend to enjoy nature and to bird to your heart’s content.  More details are in the May edition of The Flyer.  Find it at the following link: May Flyer

Reminder – Opportunities to BIRD this week!

April 26: Country Club Survey.  7:00 a.m. Cheyenne Country Club.  Contact Chuck Seniawski if you wish to attend (638-6519).

unnamed (1)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.

CHPAS Dates to Remember: April

Cropped_Flying CranesAt 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 

Audubon Dates to Remember: March

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Snow Goose Migration at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge

The Sandhill Crane migration begins in Nebraska and bird lovers from across the nation dust off their binoculars and spotting scopes – spring is nearly upon us!  Join us for several events in March to welcome spring to the prairie.

March 19: Pete Arnold presents “Birds and Scenery of Iceland“.  Join us for wonderful photography and tales of adventure from one of Cheyenne’s most popular speakers.  7:00 p.m., Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Library.

Join us for a no-host dinner with the speaker at 2 Doors Down at 5:00 p.m.  Please call Barb Gorges (307-287-4952) if you would like to join us for dinner before the show.

16873038140_5a56247c6f_oMarch 30: Field Trip to a Sage Grouse Lek, together with the Laramie Audubon Chapter.  We will leave Cheyenne at 5 a.m., from the parking lot between the Children’s Village and new picnic shelter at Lions Park, 710 S. Lions Park Dr.  We will drive to Laramie and join the Laramie Audubon Chapter at the Eppson Center parking lot (Curtis Street and 3rd St intersection in Laramie) at 6 am.  Trip leaders plan to return there by 8:00 a.m.  After this, attendees may go the Laramie Plains lakes for additional birding. Bring a lunch if you plan to stay into the afternoon.

Sign up with Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 so that we can let you know if the trip is canceled for some reason such as weather or road conditions. Carpooling may be available. Let Grant know whether you will need a ride or if you can offer a ride.

March 26: CHPAS Board Meeting.  7:00 p.m. Laramie County Library, Windflower Room.  Everyone is welcome and we are always looking for new board members!

March 29: County Club Survey.  8:00 a.m.  Call Chuck Seniawski if you would like to be part of this survey or be on his listserv.  638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com.

Reminder: Tuesday, February 19th Presentation by Brian Rutledge, Vice President, National Audubon Society

RutledgePlease join us for a very special presentation on Tuesday, February 19th by the National Audubon Society Vice-President, Brian Rutledge, whose presentation will be entitled: Holding Our Own: Community Conservation

Together, we will learn about the last fifty years of conservation engagement for endangered species and about the importance of our sagebrush ecosystem.   This is a talk not to be missed by anyone who cares about flora and fauna in our region.

Brian is the Director of Audubon’s Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative.  He has served as an instructor and interpreter since childhood, leading eco-tours to many corners of the globe. He served for five years as the president/chief executive officer of Zoo New England and was executive director of the Maryland Zoological Society for thirteen years. He has designed and developed entertaining and exciting exhibits, interpretive graphics, and innovative, interactive devices for the general public. For many years, Brian and his wife Kathleen have made their permanent home on the Front Range of the Rockies. Fascination with cutting horses, sled dogs and cattle has melded well with their love of the outdoors.

unnamed (1)Join us at the Laramie County Library at 7:00 p.m. for the presentation (Sunflower Room, 3rd floor).  Those who would like to have dinner with the speaker should contact Barb Gorges at 307-287-4952.  Dinner will be at 5:00 p.m. at The Albany Restaurant.

As always, this presentation is open to anyone interested – all are welcome and encouraged to join us!

Dates to Remember: February

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Welcome Spring with Special Events from your local Audubon Chapter!  

February 15 – 18: Great Backyard Bird Count.  Be a citizen scientist without leaving your house!  Count birds in your yard and share your information on-line.  

If you don’t feed the birds in your yard, visit one of our local parks and watch birds for 15 minutes instead.  To learn more,  go to Great Backyard Bird Count.

February 19: Hold Our Own – Community Conservation with National Audubon Society Vice-Present Brian Rutledge.  

Sunflower Room, 3rd floor, 7:00 p.m. Laramie County Library.  Brian Rutledge, Vice President for the National Audubon Society and Director for the Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative, will discuss the last fifty years of conservation engagement on endangered species and the more than thirteen years of work to assure a future for the sagebrush ecosystem.  

5:00 p.m. No-Host dinner at the Albany Restaurant (1506 Capitol Ave.).  If you would like to join, call Barb Gorges at 307-287-4952. 

February 22: Country Club Survey.  Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part in this monthly event at 638-6519. 

February 23: Birding in the Pole Mountain Area of the Medicine Bow National Forest. 

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Lions Park in the parking lot between the Children’s Village and the new picnic shelter.  We will drive west from Cheyenne to look for wintering birds including woodpeckers, juncos, hawks, and others.  We may be hiking in snow, so dress appropriately.  The trip should be over by 12:30 p.m. Contact Grant Frost at 307-323-2024 if you plan to join us. 

IMG_0313February 26: Board Meeting.  7:00 p.m. Laramie County Library, Sage Room.  All are welcome!  

 

Field Trip Saturday, January 19th – Woodhouse WMA

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Birdwatchers of all skill levels are welcome on all CHPAS field trips. Members and non-members welcome.

Cheyenne Audubon members invite the public to join them on a free field trip to the Woodhouse Wildlife Management Area west of Cheyenne Jan. 19 to look for wintering birds such as woodpeckers, juncos and hawks. Novice birdwatchers are welcome.
Participants will leave at 8 a.m. from the Lions Park parking lot, 710 S. Lions Park Dr., located between the Paul Smith Children’s Village and the new picnic shelter, and travel about 28 miles west.  Participants may expect to return to Cheyenne by 12:30 p.m. but may leave at any time. Bring water, clothes for changing weather, footwear for walking 1-2 miles, a snack and binoculars if available.
Please sign up by calling Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 so that you will be notified of any changes. Indicate whether you need a ride or can provide a ride. For more information about this and other Audubon activities, visit https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/.
Photo: Woodhouse Wildlife Management Area, Don Chesnut

Start your New Year out right … with birds (and deer)! Dates to remember in January.

January 15: Cheyenne Collared Deer Study.  7:00 p.m. Sunflower Room, 3rd Floor, Laramie County Library.  

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESStudents in the AP Environmental Science class and the Wildlife Club at Central High School teamed up with the Laramie County Conservation District, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Muley Fanatics to put GPS tracking collars on two mule deer in Cheyenne.

No-host dinner with the students at 5:00 p.m. at 2 Doors Down.  Please call Barb Gorges (307-287-4952) if you want to join us for dinner.  More information in The Flyer posted on the CHPAS website.  

January 19: Field Trip to the Woodhouse Wildlife Management Area.  We will leave Lions Park at 8:00 a.m. to drive to Woodhouse, about 28 miles west of Cheyenne.  We will be looking for a number of wintering birds including woodpeckers, juncos, and hawks.  We expect to be back in town by noon.  Call Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 if you want to join us.  Dress warmly.  Carpooling may be available.  

January 22: CHPAS Board Meeting.  7:00 p.m. Sage Room (2nd floor).  Anyone who is interested in helping is welcome to attend our board meetings.  

January 25: Country Club Survey.  Contact Chuck Seniawski (638-6519) to take part in this regularly scheduled survey opportunity.  

January 26: Habitat Hero Native Pollinators and Native Plants: How They Flourish Together.  Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Grand Conservatory.  

There is a $ 20.00 fee for the day-long program with lunch included.  For more information about the speakers and schedule, please see the CHPAS website Habitat Hero.