Tuesday, October 17th – Great Plains, great birds: grassland obligate songbirds of the Northern Great Plains

Audubon members and friends, we invite you to hear Jacy Bernath-Plaisted from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies present at 7:00 p.m. (Cottonwood Room) on Tuesday, October 17th, at the Laramie County Public Library.

The talk will offer an introduction to these little known species (Baird’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Sprague’s Pipit, and Chestnut-collared Longspur), discuss the broader trends of decline in North America’s grassland songbirds, and provide an overview of Bird Conservancy’s monitoring activities related to these species in Montana and North Dakota.

Chestnut-collared Longspur photo courtesy of Audubon Guide to North American Birds. 

A no-host dinner with be held at Hacienda Guadalajara, 317 E. Lincoln Way.  Call Mark and Barb (634-0463) if you want to join us for dinner.

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October Newsletter Posted

Special Events to Remember – October 2017

  • October 17Great Plains, Great birds: grassland obligate songbirds of the Northern Great Plains.  Special guest speaker Jacy Bernath-Plaisted, biologist with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.  Laramie County Public Library 7:00 p.m.  No-host dinner 5:00 p.m. at Hacienda Guadalajara.  Call Mark and Barb (634-0463) if you wish to attend dinner.  All are welcome to the presentation at 7:00 p.m.
  • October 21Field Trip: Bird Hike to Hidden Falls in Curt Gowdy State Park.  Leave Lions Park Children’s Village parking at 8:00 a.m.  Or meet us at Curt Gowdy Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m.  Please contact Mark and Barb if you wish to join us.  See newsletter for more details.
  • October 24Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Windflower Room of the Laramie County Public Library.
  • October 27Cheyenne Country Club Survey 8:00 a.m.  Contact Chuck Seniawski if you wish to take part.  See newsletter for details.

Ferret Town: A Documentary

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A preview version of the new documentary film “Ferret Town” by The Content Lab is coming to the Berry Center (University of Wyoming, Laramie) on Monday, October 2nd. This screening is FREE and open to the public, with guest speakers Virginia Moore, “Ferret Town” Producer; Gary Beauvais, Interim Director of the Biodiversity Institute; Jesse Boulerice, WGFD; and Steve Buskirk, UW Professor Emeritus. A Q&A session will follow the film.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet a live black-footed ferret from The National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado!

This event is sponsored by the UW Biodiversity Institute, the Wyoming Humanities Council, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Meeteetse Museums, and the Content Lab.

Visit the Ferret Town Movie website for more information: https://ferrettownmovie.com/

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!

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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.

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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.