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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Northern Flicker

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

2017-02-20--DSCF9361Jan. 19–Woodhouse Wildlife Management Area–8 a.m.
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
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.


Christmas Bird Counts – join us this week!

Two Birding opportunities to remember in December – the 27th and the 29th.
December 27 – Guernsey-Ft. Laramie Christmas Bird Count
Cheyenne birders will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Lion’s Park in the parking lot south of the Children’s Village.  Please let Grant Frost (307-343-2024) know if you plan to come, in case there are any changes in plans due to the weather.
Bring water, lunch, warm clothes, binoculars, and a scope if you have one.  We will be watching birds at Grayrocks Reservoir, Guernsey State Park, Ft. Laramie National Historic Site, the Oregon Trail Ruts and Hartville.  We will return to Cheyenne about mid-afternoon.
December 29 – Cheyenne Christmas Bird Count and Tally Party (Desserts only)

Be a field observer with a group:  Downtown Post Office lobby, 2100 Capitol Ave., by 7:30 a.m.
Dress for the weather and bring pencil, notepaper plus thermos, cookies, binoculars and field guide, if you have them. We will divide into groups to visit simultaneously Wyoming Hereford Ranch, High Plains Grasslands Research Station, F.E. Warren and Lions Park. Your group may finish up within a couple of hours.

Be a field observer on your own. See map above.
You are free to look for birds anywhere within the count circle—see map below. Record numbers of each species you observe and the amount of time and distance you travel—and the kind of transportation you use. Keep track of where and when you saw species of note so we can tell if you counted the same bird or flock as someone else.
For your report, compile the total number of individuals of each species and include your travel information. Turn in your results at the potluck or call Greg Johnson, CBC coordinator, 634-1056,

Christmas Bird Count Map 2018

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, January 26, 2019 ~ Habitat Hero

Get ready for Spring in Wyoming by joining us for Native Pollinators and Native Plants: How They Flourish Together.  

Saturday January 26, 2019, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

     Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Grand Conservatory

710 S. Lions Park Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82001

Registration: $20+$1.69 processing fee (register at

To learn more about this exciting series of presentations including speaker bios and a complete agenda, check out our website!   CHPAS Habitat Hero 


December Dates to Remember

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Photo Courtesy of Pete Arnold. Cheyenne Country Club Bird Count, October 2018.

December is the month for several major bird counts.  Join us to enjoy winter birding!  Important information is provided in the December issue of “Flyer”, posted on this website under “Newsletters”.  Be sure to register so that we can call you if we have to cancel because of the weather.

December 27th: Guernsey-Ft. Laramie Christmas Bird Count. Cheyenne birders will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Lions Park, in the parking lot south of the Children’s Village on South Lions Park Drive. Please let Grant Frost (307-343-2024) know if you plan to come, in case there are any changes in plans due to weather. Bring water, lunch, warm clothes, binoculars, and a scope if you have one, and whatever you need for a day watching birds at Grayrocks Reservoir, Guernsey State Park, Ft. Laramie National Historic Site, the Oregon Trail Ruts and Hartville, leaving for Cheyenne mid-afternoon.

December 28th: Cheyenne Country Club Survey. 8:00 a.m. Cheyenne Country Club.  Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or be on his email notice list: 638-6519 or You are welcome to join the group, but please register with Chuck the week before the survey so that we can arrange golf carts for the survey, weather permitting.

December 29th: Cheyenne Christmas Bird Count and Tally Party (Desserts Only).  Be a field observer with a group or on your own.  For those who want to join a group, meet downtown at the Post Office lobby (2100 Capitol Ave.) by 7:30 a.m.  Dress warmly!

The December Newsletter provides the count circle.  Record numbers of each species you observe, the amount of time and distance you travel.  More information about how to count and how to submit your tally (whether you join the group or count on your own) is provided in the December issue of “Flyer”.

The Tally Party will be held at Barb & Mark’s home, 3417 Yucca Road at 7:00 p.m.  Bring your results and a dessert to share.  Questions?  Call Mark at 634-0463.


Birds of the MonthDecember 9th – another opportunity to learn about “Cheyenne Birds by the Month“, written and photographed by CHPAS’ own Barb Gorges and Pete Arnold.  1 – 3 p.m., Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Grand Conservatory, 710 S. Lions Park Dr., followed at 3 p.m. by a reception for the Garden of Quilts exhibit by current CBG artist in residence Barb Gorges.

Join us! Basic Backyard Winter Birding Class, Saturday, December 1st.

Red-breasted Nuthatch enjoying shelled raw peanuts

Cheyenne Audubon is offering “Basic Backyard Winter Birding” Dec. 1 at the Paul Smith Children’s Village in Lions Park, 710 S. Lions Park Dr. from 1 – 4 p.m. for adults and older children. Dennis Saville will be the instructor. A $5 donation will cover supplies for making bird shelters or feeders.
Dennis will talk about common birds at winter feeders, construction and installation of bird feeders for backyards, plans and ideas for bird shelters and covered feeders, and bird house types and building plans.
For more information, call Dennis, 307-899-2740.

November 20 Events – A Special Day for CHPAS! Join us!

Join us mid-day to celebrate Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon’s *own* Barb Gorges and Pete Arnold and again in the evening at the library for our monthly presentation by Mark Gorges. 

Birds of the Monthbook signing for “Cheyenne Birds by the Month” will be held Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Author Barb Gorges and photographer Pete Arnold will be talking and signing books.

Barb Gorges: Barb Gorges has, over the last 30 years, frequently been president of the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society. The members have been her chief mentors in all things bird-related. For the last 20 years she’s been passing that knowledge on through a monthly bird column published in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and through her blog Cheyenne Bird Banter. She and her husband Mark, also a frequent president of the chapter, enjoy birding whenever they travel, especially to visit far-flung family.

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Author Barb Gorges

In addition to leading the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society, Barb is a Master Gardener and expert quilter.  Learn more about her other publications at Yucca Road Press.  

Pete Arnold: Pete Arnold is an avid amateur avian photographer who has been shooting photos for 60 years. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Audubon Rockies which includes Wyoming and Colorado.

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Photographer Pete Arnold

He judges the Wyoming Wildlife annual photo contest. He and his wife of 50 years, Ruth have lived in Cheyenne since 1979. His photos of birds have appeared in Doug Faulkner’s Birds of Wyoming, Wyoming Wildlife, Wyoming Tribune Eagle and on Pinedale Online.

Books will be available for sale at the signing and during CBG hours, Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun. noon – 5 p.m.

The book will also be available at the Wyoming State Museum Gift Shop, Gardening with Altitude, and Riverbend Nursery.  For more information, call the Gardens, 637-6458.

And in the evening …

Cheyenne Audubon program Nov. 20: How to make eBird bird Identification quizzes to learn Cheyenne birds

Birder Mark Gorges in his element

The Cheyenne Audubon free public program is Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave. Avid birder Mark Gorges will show how simple it is to use the website to make quizzes to help you learn Cheyenne’s birds in time for the Christmas Bird Count—or learn the birds anywhere in the world.