Field Trip Reminder! August 17th Brooklyn Lake Birding Hike

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St. Alban’s Chapel near Brooklyn Lake, Snowy Range.  Photo by Lorie Chesnut

We will leave Cheyenne at 7 a.m., from the parking lot between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and new picnic shelter at Lions Park, 710 S. Lions Park Drive.  We will drive to Laramie, then on up to Brooklyn Lake in the Snowy Range. Allow for approximately two hours to drive up to the trail head.

We will be hiking the Sheep Lake Trail from Brooklyn Lake up to North Twin Lakes, about 1 ½ miles one way. Please consider the high altitude, nearly 10,700 ft., and changeable weather conditions for this trip. Bring your lunch, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent and clothing for multiple weather conditions.

If you plan to meet us in the mountains, there are three trailheads on the Brooklyn Lake Road. Our trail is the middle one. Park at the trail head where you can first see the Brooklyn Lake Campground ahead of you.

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Red Crossbill Photo by Pete Arnold

Birds we might see include Clark’s Nutcracker, American Pipit, Red Crossbill and singing White-crowned Sparrows.  Wild flowers are in full bloom in the mountains too.  It is a lovely time to visit “our” Snowies.

If you are interested in going, you must let Grant Frost (307-343-2024) know so that we have a list of those expected, and we can let you know if the plans change for any reason. Please let him know if you will need to carpool or if you have room for additional passengers.

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Mountain Aster, Snowy Range. Photo by Lorie Chesnut
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August Dates to Remember and Welcome to Terry Harper, Chapter President

The Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society welcomes it’s new Chapter President, Terry Harper!  We look forward to her leadership and enthusiasm as we enter the busy fall season.  Plans are underway for a great fall listing of speakers.  Join us!

One of the first things that Terry challenged the board to accomplish was to review and revise our Mission and Vision Statements.  The new statements are provided below.

Mission Statement: The Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society promotes the conservation and appreciation of birds and wildlife through education, science, advocacy, and habitat stewardship in Southeast Wyoming.

Vision Statement: The Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society envisions a community where birds, wildlife, and their habitats are valued, protected, and enjoyed by the general public.

August Calendar

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Red Crossbill Photo by Pete Arnold

August 17: Field Trip to Brooklyn Lake.  We will leave Cheyenne at 7 a.m., from the parking lot between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and new picnic shelter at Lions Park, 710 S. Lions Park Dr.

We will drive to Laramie, then on up to Brooklyn Lake in the Snowy Range. Allow for approximately two hours to drive up to the trail head.  The hike will be about 1.5 miles one way and you will be at an altitude of nearly 10,700 feet. We will be looking for Clark’s Nutcracker, American Pipit, Red Crossbill, and singing White-crowned Sparrows.

More details about the hike are included in the August Newsletter.  Please make sure to contact Grant Frost (307-343-2024) if you plan on joining us for this hike.

August 27: Board meeting 7:00 p.m., Laramie County Library, Windflower Room.  All are welcome and several volunteer jobs need to be filled.  Questions?  Contact Terry Harper at 231-349-7165.

August 30th: Country Club Survey 7:00 a.m. with Chuck Seniawski.  Please contact chuck if you wish to be included at 638-6519.

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Other dates include the 8th annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival in Steamboat Springs and Hayden from August 29th through September 1st.  If you want to attend, be sure to register early.  Events fill up fast!

Reminder – Glendo Area Field Trip July 20th

2019-05-18--DRC_1979We will leave Cheyenne at 7 a.m., from the parking lot between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and new picnic shelter at Lions Park, 710 S. Lions Park Dr.

We will drive north to the Glendo area, about 90 miles; carpooling may be available. Bring a lunch, water, sunscreen, bug repellent and appropriate clothing for hiking. We expect to be back by 4 p.m. The plan is to go along the South Glendo Highway, State Hwy 319. It has agricultural land, then intersects state land with slopes containing a mix of pine and juniper. We would like to hike the state land as far as people would like to go. Ag land provides opportunities for such species as Dickcissels, grosbeaks, and sparrows while the juniper areas may have different flycatchers, warblers, jays, and woodpeckers than we usually see in Cheyenne.

If you are interested in going, you must let Grant Frost (307-343-2024) know so that we have a list of those expected, and we can let you know if the plans change for any reason. Please let him know if you will need to carpool or if you have room for additional passengers.

July “Flyer” Highlights

2019-05-18--LWC_0938We hope that you are enjoying the lovely mild summer weather and the green grasses of Wyoming that are often so rare at this time of year.  Birding continues, whether in Cheyenne’s city parks or on the high plains that surround our region.

Here are some highlights from the July issue of “Flyer”, the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Chapter newsletter.

Remember … if you are lucky enough to live in Wyoming, then you are lucky enough! 

Dates to Remember

July 20 – Field Trip to the Glendo Area.  We will leave Cheyenne earlier than usual given the early sunrise and heat of summer.  Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the new picnic shelter at Lions Park.

We will travel north to the Glendo area which is about a 90 mile trip.  Carpooling may be available.  Please bring lunch, water, and sunscreen.  Wear appropriate hiking clothing. Bug repellent will also be helpful.  This will be an all-day outing; we plan to be back by 4:00 p.m.  Please see the July issue of “Flyer” for more details about the hike itself.

July 23 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. at the Laramie County Library, Windflower Room.  We welcome our new in-coming Chapter President, Terry Harper.  All are welcome at CHPAS Board Meeting and several opportunities for board positions still exist.

July 26 – Country Club Survey 7:00 a.m.  Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part in the survey or to be on his email listing.  You can reach Chuck at 638-6519.

 

 

 

 

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.

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