From the Great Backyard Bird Count to a field trip to to the ‘Burbs of Buford, and our annual Habitat Hero Workshop, February offers enjoyable and educational opportunities for bird lovers of all skill levels and ages.
February 14 through 17: The Great Backyard Bird Count is a wonderful way to contribute to citizen science in the Front Plains region. This year’s count begins on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, and continues through Monday, February 17. Volunteers from around the world count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, and then enter their checklists at birdcount.org.
Join Audubon members at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens on Saturday, February 15th, to identify species that can be seen in Cheyenne. The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. at Paul Smith Children’s Village and will run until noon. Bring your binoculars and dress warmly. For those who don’t have binoculars, there will be some to borrow.
February 18: CHPAS Program – Wyoming’s Sensitive Species with speaker Grant Frost. 7:00 p.m. Laramie County Public Library, Cottonwood Room.
Grant Frost is a Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologist. He will give a presentation on some of the species that the department is surveying or studying that are of great interest including long-billed curlews, burrowing owls, black-footed ferrets, and others that he has helped study throughout the state.
Join Grant for a no-host dinner at the Albany Restaurant at 5:00 p.m.. Please call Barb Gorges (307-287-4952) if you would like to participate.
February 22: Field Trip to the ‘Burbs of Buford, WY. We will leave from the Lions Park parking lot at the Children’s Village at 8 a.m. Carpooling may be available. We will drive west on I-80 to Buford, about 27 miles. We will hike through open Ponderosa Pine forests looking for winter birds such as crossbills and woodpeckers.
If you are interested in going, contact Grant Frost, 307-343-2024, so that he has a list of those expected, and can let you know if the plans change for any reason.
February 25: CHPAS Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m., Windflower Room, Laramie County Public Library.
February 28: County Club Bird Survey at 8:00 a.m. Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or be on his email notice list: 638-6519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 29: Habitat Hero Workshop – Rethinking Wyoming Landscaping – Native Plant Gardening 101 with keynote speaker Panayoti Kelaidis, Denver Botanic Gardens’ Senior Curator and Director of Outreach.
This event regularly sells out, so get your tickets today. For information on how to order your ticket and more about the special day, check out the Habitat Hero page on our website or visit Cheyenne Garden Gossip.