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.

Reminder! May 20th is approaching!

May 20th – Cheyenne Big Day Bird Count.  Beginning at 6 a.m., participants will meet at Lions Park and cover this area, followed by a trip to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch.  Also covered will be the Agricultural Research Station and the Arboretum west of the Air Force Base.  All birders are welcome, regardless of skill level.  See the May newsletter for more details.  RSVP required.

May 21st – Tally Party/Pot-Luck.  To celebrating our previous birding day, we will gather to share bird count information at the home of Greg Johnson.  Bring your birding data – we will use this time to combine our notes and create a single list for the Cheyenne area.

May Newsletter Has Been Posted!

Lots of activities are happening in May for bird-lovers!  Check out the “Newsletter” tab for the complete downloadable issue of the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society Flyer!

Dates to Remember (see the newsletter for more information about all events):

May 6th – Crow Creek Clean-up. This event sponsored by The Nature Conservancy will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.  RSVP if you wish to help.  We will be working along the stream and in the water. Contact and RSVP: Brent Lathrop, South East Wyoming Program Director for the Nature Conservancy.  307-432-4055 or blathrop@tnc.org.

May 20th – Cheyenne Big Day Bird Count.  Beginning at 6 a.m., participants will meet at Lions Park and cover this area, followed by a trip to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch.  Also covered will be the Agricultural Research Station and the Arboretum west of the Air Force Base.  All birders are welcome, regardless of skill level.  See the May newsletter for more details.  RSVP required.

May 21st – Tally Party/Pot-Luck.  To celebrating our previous birding day, we will gather to share bird count information at the home of Greg Johnson.  Bring your birding data – we will use this time to combine our notes and create a single list for the Cheyenne area.

May 26th – Cheyenne Country Club Survey.  7:00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome but those attending must contact Chuck Seniawski (307-638-6519) so that he can make arrangements with the Country Club.

… and mark your June calendars!

June 17th – Field Trip to see Burrowing Owls.  Starting at 8:00 a.m., this trip will last until mid-afternoon.  More details next month!

 

 

Reminder – Tuesday, April 18th

April 18th: Monthly Program featuring Jeff Geyer “Something to Crow About” – Laramie County Conservation District’s Efforts to Restore Crow Creek and its Tributaries.  5:00 p.m. No-Host Dinner* (Two Doors Down) and 7:00 p.m. Willow Room Laramie County Public Library (all are welcome!).

* RSVP Required.  Mark & Barb Gorges: 634-0463

Snow Geese, flying and sitting

April Dates to Remember

Information about these another other events included in the April Newsletter.

April 18th: Monthly Program featuring Jeff Geyer “Something to Crow About” – Laramie County Conservation District’s Efforts to Restore Crow Creek and its Tributaries.  5:00 p.m. No-Host Dinner* (Two Doors Down) and 7:00 p.m. Willow Room Laramie County Public Library.

April 22nd: Field Trip: Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek Viewing*.  This trip is for early-birds!  Meet at 5:00 a.m. at the Pilot Travel Center at the Campstool Road exit on I-80.  The group will return to Cheyenne at about 9:00 a.m.  Dress warmly!  RSVP Required.

April 25th: Board Meeting.  7:00 p.m. Laramie County Library, Windflower Room.  All are welcome!

April 27th: Special Raptor Program.  7:00 p.m. Laramie County Library, Cottonwood Room.  Join us for this special presentation by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which includes special “bird guests”  from the center.  This program will also be held at a number of area schools.

April 28th: Cheyenne Country Club Survey.  To participate in this survey you must contact Mark Gorges* by the week of the survey.  RSVP Required.

May 6th:  Crow Creek Cleanup Event with The Nature Conservancy.  8:00 a.m.  To participate, contact Brent Lathrop, South East Wyoming Program Director, at 307-432-4055 or blathrop@tnc.org.  RSVP is encouraged.

* RSVP Required.  Mark & Barb Gorges: 634-0463

Mark: mgorges@juno.com   Barb: bgorges4@msn.com

 

 

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

The National Audubon Society has a wonderful new resource for those interested in helping to improve habitat for native birds.  Whether you live in the city, in the country, in a private home, townhouse, or apartment, you can help this important movement.

Across the nation, habitat is being lost as urbanization takes over farms, ranches, and other formerly wild areas.  As noted by National Audubon, “The human-dominated landscape no longer supports functioning ecosystems or provides health places for birds“.  2016-07-03-dscf7284

To help us all understand how small changes can make a big difference, the resource Creating Bird-Friendly Communities was born.  Here, you can learn about the threat and the solution.

Further, by simply providing your zip code in the Native Plants Database, a listing of plants suitable for growing in your region will appear, along with the birds that they help to support.  You can check a box by each type of plant that you choose to create your individual plant list.

Next … where to get the plants on your list?  The Native Plant Database provides you with Local Resources.  Not all local resources are on the site yet – this portion of the site will continue to expand.  So watch this site for updates and get those native gardens growing!

March 21st lecture: Birds of prey plumage color study

Join us on Tuesday, March 21st at the Laramie County Public Library (7:00 p.m. Cottonwood Room) for a lecture by guest speaker Elizabeth Wommack, staff curator and manager of vertebrates for the University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates.

Wommack received her PhD at UC Berkeley, where she wrote her dissertation on the range and use of plumage variation in the American Kestrel.

All are welcome to the lecture which is open to the public.  For more information, please see the March edition of the CHPAS newsletter.

 

March 18th – Field Trip: Goshen Hole

We will leave at 8 a.m. from the Lions Park parking lot between the Old Community House restroom and Children’s Village (south side of the Children’s Village). Carpooling may be available. Bring a lunch since we will not get back to Cheyenne till between 3 and 5 p.m. Dress for the weather.

Contact Mark Gorges, 287-4953, or by email at mgorges@juno.com, if you want to come and want to be notified of any changes in plans due to weather.

Goshen Hole refers to an area of Goshen County, Wyoming, on the state’s eastern border. Just south of Yoder, about 80 miles north of Cheyenne, there is a series of reservoirs included in the Springer/Bump Sullivan Wildlife Management Area.

Farther north, towards Torrington and Lingle is more wetland bird habitat: Rawhide and Table Mountain Wildlife Management Areas and Hawk Springs Reservoir.

Road conditions will determine where we go. You are welcome to return to town at any time.