Field Trip for Saturday, November 17th Cancelled

2017-02-20--DSCF9361The CHPAS field trip to the Woodhouse Wildlife Management Area scheduled for Saturday, November 17th has been cancelled due to the pending snowstorm.

Questions?  Please call Grant Frost, Field Trip Chair at 307-343-2024.

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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

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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 eBird.org 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.

November 17: Birding Woodhouse Wildlife Management Area

2017-02-20--DSCF9361Cheyenne Audubon members invite the public to join them on a free field trip to the Woodhouse Wildlife Management Area west of Cheyenne on Nov. 17 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 20 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.

November Dates to Remember

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As the days grow colder and the wind picks up, it is time to remember our feathered friends!  A number of special programs will be held between now and the end of the year that you will not want to miss – so mark your calendars today.

November 17th: Field trip to Woodhouse Wildlife Management Area.  Led by Field Trip Chair Grant Frost, we will be looking for wintering birds including woodpeckers, juncos, hawks, and more.  Woodhouse Wildlife Management Area is approximately 28 miles west of Cheyenne.  Carpooling may be available.  Let Grant know (307-343-2024) if you need a ride or can offer a ride.  Be sure to bring good walking shoes, clothes for changing weather, water, and a snack (if you wish).  We should be back in town by 12:30 p.m.  Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Lions Park in the lot between Children’s Village and the new picnic shelter.

November 20th: Bird Identification: preparation for the Christmas Bird Counts using eBird.   Our own Mark Gorges will take us through bird identification quizzes on eBird and will show us how to set up our own quizzes to improve our birding knowledge.  Bring your eBird questions for Mark to answer!  Join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Library.  All are welcome!

Birds of the MonthAlso on November 20th, talk and book signing “Cheyenne Birds by the Month“.  11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Grant Conservatory, Lions Park.

November 27th: CHPAS Board Meeting in the Windflower Room of the Laramie County Library at 7:00 p.m.  All are welcome!

November 30th: Cheyenne Country Club survey.  8:00 a.m. at the Cheyenne Country Club.  Be sure to contact Chuck Seniawski if you wish to take part in the survey (638-6519) or chuckski@aol.com.

********* December Events to Note **********

December 1st: Winter Birds in Your Yard.  This special class will show us how to help our feathered friends through the winter in our own back yard.  Dennis Saville, CHPAS Vice President is leading this class for all ages.  1 to 4 p.m. at the Paul Smith Children’s Village.  More information to come.

Christmas Bird Counts:

  • Guernsey-Ft. LaramieDecember 27th.
  • Cheyenne-December 29th.  More information in the December newsletter.

Reminder – Field Trip: Laramie Lakes

cropped-cinnamon-teal-2015-april.jpgThe weather promises to be beautiful this coming Saturday, October 20th, with mid-morning temperatures around 50 degrees.  Take advantage of this delightful reprieve from winter by joining us for our field trip to Laramie Lakes.

Hosted by Field Trip Chair Grant Frost, participants will get an opportunity to view waterfowl at numerous small lakes near Laramie.  On the docket includes this writer’s favorite, Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  Birds that we might see during our trip to the region include the Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Marsh Wren, American Pipit, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Numerous waterfowl should also be present.

This trip is a great opportunity for new birders and youth.  Several spotting scopes will be on-hand but bring binoculars if you have them.  Dress warmly and bring water and a snack.

Call Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 if you wish to join us.  We leave from the parking lot between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the new picnic shelter, 710 S. Lions Park Drive, at 8 a.m.

 

Dates to Remember in October

Temperatures continue to dip into the 30’s at night in Cheyenne and throughout the High Plains region.  Winter is almost upon us!  Be sure to get out to view the beauty of the aspens before the snow flies!

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A new book by our own Barb Gorges and Pete Arnold!

The Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society will continue to bring you beauty throughout the cold winter.  Join us in October for a presentation that is sure to delight – a program on Tuesday, October 16th featuring our own Barb Gorges and Pete Arnold entitled “Cheyenne Birds By the Month“.  Learn more about their book at the Yucca Road Press website.

The co-authors will introduce and discuss their recently published book which covers 104 bird species that are residents or visitors to southeast Wyoming.  The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Cotton wood Room of the Laramie County Public Library.  

A no-host dinner with our speakers is scheduled at 2 Doors Down at 5:30 p.m.  Please call Mark Gorges at 307-634-0463 if you would like to join us for dinner.

We will also have a short presentation by Kerry Peterson, one of the teachers who was awarded a grant last year from the chapter for an environmental education project.

Other Events in October

October 20 Field TripLaramie Plains Lakes Birding trip.  We will drive to Laramie, about 45 miles, and then a little way south to the Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge where we will be looking for assorted waterfowl and late migrants.

Bring water, clothes for changing weather, and a snack or lunch if you want.  Sign up with Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 so that we can let you know if the trip is canceled for some reason.

We leave from the parking lot between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the new picnic shelter, 710 S. Lions Park Drive, at 8 a.m.

October 26th – Cheyenne Country Club Survey 8:00 a.m.   Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or be on his email notice list: 638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. 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.

October 30 – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Windflower Room at the Laramie County Library.  We welcome anyone who is interested in getting more involved with CHPAS or who may just be interested in our future activities and plans.

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Northern Flicker

ALERT!  SAVE THE DATE.  Special Class in early December – Winter Backyard Birds held 1 to 4 p.m. at the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.  Learn how to make your own bird houses and more about winter birds and birding.  More info coming!  Free and open to the public (kids to adults welcome).

 

BOPU Habitat Hero Website Now Available!

The Board of Public Utilities just launched their Habitat Hero web-page on the City of Cheyenne BOPU site.  Find it here

Visit and you will see …

  • 5 Steps to creating a water smart landscape
  • Photos of the garden site – before planting, after planting, and today!
  • Demonstration Garden Design and Plant links.  Just click on the garden design map and you will be taken to another version of the map with links to all of the plants used in the garden.  Click on the plant name and you will jump to a web page that tells you more about each plant.

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    Butterflies Galore in the BOPU Garden on September 15, 2018

Field Trip to Wyoming Hereford Ranch on Saturday, September 22nd

JayWe leave from the parking lot between the Childrens’ Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the new picnic shelter, 710 S. Lions Park Drive, at 8 a.m.  Reports are coming in that bird activity at the Ranch is at a high level this month – we should have a great morning of birding!  This trip is perfect for beginning birders – all are welcome!  Warblers are coming through during migration.

We will drive to the Hereford Ranch just east of Cheyenne where we will be looking for assorted late migrants passing through and birds coming into the area for the winter. Bring water, clothes for changing weather, and a snack or lunch if you want.

Sign up with Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 so that we can let you know if the trip is canceled for some reason. Car pooling may be available. Let Grant know whether you will need a ride or if you can offer a ride. We should be done by noon.

Join us on Tuesday, September 18th for “Bee Smart – Water Smart”!

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Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly Bush, BOPU Habitat Hero Garden, September 2018

Join us for the first presentation of the 2018-2019 season with our own Dena Egenhoff from the Board of Public Utilities as she presents on the importance of wise water use in Cheyenne at 7:00 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Public Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue.  All are welcome!

Learn more from a landscape view on water sustainability and creating a better world from birds to people.

Dena has 20 years experience in the water world. Her experience include water quality regulations, solid and hazardous waste, groundwater remediation, hydrology, water conservation and short-term and long-term hydrological watershed trends.

We will also have a short presentation by Tara-Jones Alley, one of the teachers who was awarded a grant from the chapter for an environmental education project.

No host dinner with the speaker at Anong’s, 620 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, WY.  Please call Chuck Seniawski, 307-638-6519, if you plan on dinner.

Dates to Remember in September

Bee-Smart-05The first program of the 2018-2019 season of the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society will be held on Tuesday, September 18th will feature Dena Egenhoff from the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities.  Join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room of the Laramie County Public Library.  Dena will tell us about “Bee Smart, Water Smart“, a program to help Cheyenne residents use water wisely while attracting pollinators and wildlife.

Dena has 20 years experience in the water world. Her experience include water quality regulations, solid and hazardous waste, groundwater remediation, hydrology, water conservation and short term and long-term hydrological watershed trends.

There will be a no-host dinner at Anong’s before the program.  Please call Chuck Seniawski at 307-638-6519 if you plan to attend dinner.

September 22 – Birding at the Wyoming Hereford Ranch at 8:00 a.m.

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Western Kingbird, Courtesy of Mark Gorges

We leave from the parking lot between the Childrens’ Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the new picnic shelter, 710 S. Lions Park Drive, at 8 a.m.

We will drive to the Hereford Ranch just east of Cheyenne where we will be looking for assorted late migrants passing through
and birds coming into the area for the winter. Bring water, clothes for changing weather, and a snack or lunch if you want.

Sign up with Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 so that we can let you know if the trip is canceled for some reason. Car pooling may be available. Let Grant know whether you will need a ride or if you can offer a ride. We should be done by noon.

September 25th – Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. in the Windflower Room at the Laramie County Library.  All are welcome!

September 28th – Cheyenne Country Club Survey 8:00 a.m.  Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part of this or to be on his email notice listing.  Chuck’s phone is 638-6519.