Reminder – This Tuesday! (02.18.20) Wyoming’s Sensitive Species with Grant Frost

February 18: CHPAS Program – Wyoming’s Sensitive Species with speaker Grant burrowing owlFrost. 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: Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Dates to Remember

cropped-img_0349.jpgFrom 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 Events

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 burrowing owlFrost. 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 chuckski@aol.com.

2019-12panayoti_kelaidisFebruary 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.

6th Annual Habitat Hero Workshop February 29, 2020 – Register Today!

Habitat Hero PhotoThe Cheyenne Habitat Hero Committee invites the public to attend the 6th annual Habitat Hero Workshop Feb. 29, 2020, 8:00 a.m.  –  4:00 p.m. at Laramie County Community College. Registration is $25 (including lunch) and is limited to 125. Registration is through Brown Paper Tickets, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/. Search for “2020 Habitat Hero.”
The theme of keynote speaker Panayoti Kelaidis is “Rethinking Wyoming Landscaping–Learning from the Natives.” He is an international plant explorer and the Denver Botanic Gardens’ senior curator and director of outreach. Kelaidis has designed plantings for many of the gardens at DBG and is particularly noted for the Rock Alpine Garden plantings.  He has introduced hundreds of native ornamentals from throughout the Western United States to general horticulture.

Presentations by Cheyenne Habitat Heroes make up the “Native Plant Gardening 101” part of the workshop and will illuminate the steps for planning, installing and maintaining a native plant Habitat Hero garden for birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife.

For more information about the Cheyenne Habitat Hero program, see https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/habitat-hero/.

CHPAS Field Trip Jan. 25 to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Bald EagleCheyenne Audubon members invite the public to join them on a free field trip to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Commerce City, Colorado, Jan. 25, to look for bald eagles, other raptors and buffalo. Novice birdwatchers are welcome.

Participants will leave at 8 a.m. from Lions Park, from the parking lot between the Children’s Village and the new picnic shelter, 710 S. Lions Park Dr.  Carpooling may be available.

Expect to return by 3 p.m. Participants providing their own transportation may leave at any time.

Please call Grant Frost, 307-343-2024, for details and to sign up for notification of any changes or trip cancellation. Indicate whether you need a ride or can provide a ride.

For more information about this and other Audubon activities, visit https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/.

CHPAS Audubon Program Jan. 21, 2020

2017-08-26--DSCF0910The Cheyenne Audubon free public program is Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave.

Jacelyn Downey, Audubon Rockies education program manager, will introduce the new Wyoming Master Naturalist Program and its kickoff pilot, “Moose Day.”

A short supply of volunteers limits community-based conservation efforts. Many communities and organizations rely on volunteers for youth education programs; for operating parks, nature centers, and natural areas; and for providing leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts. The new Master Naturalist program will train volunteers.

Jacelyn Downey also organizes the annual Wyoming BioBlitz in cooperation with the 2020-01BirdBanding-AudubonRockiesUniversity of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute. The BioBlitz brings together scientists and community scientists, also known as citizen scientists (the public) from around the state to survey the biodiversity of a new area each year. This year it will be held July 17 at The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, Wyoming.

For more information about this and other Cheyenne Audubon activities, visit https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/.

CHPAS January 2020 Dates to Remember

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Enjoy Audubon presentations throughout the cold months of January, February, March, and April.  We’ll get you ready to enjoy spring migration!

January 21 Program: Jacelyn Downey, Audubon Master Naturalist Program. 7:00 p.m. Laramie County Library, Cottonwood Room.  

Jacelyn Downey, Audubon Rockies education program manager, will introduce the new Wyoming Master Naturalist Program and its kickoff pilot, “Moose Day.”
A short supply of volunteers limits community-based conservation efforts. Many communities and organizations rely on volunteers for youth education programs; for operating parks, nature centers, and natural areas; and for providing leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts. The new program will train volunteers.

No-Host Dinner at 5:00 p.m. Anong’s Thai Restaurant, 620 Central Avenue. If you would like to join us, please contact Barb Gorges at 307-287-4952.

January 24, Country Club Bird Survey 8:00 a.m.  Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or to be on his email notice list.  Call him at 638-6519.

January 25, Field Trip to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.  We will tour the visitors center in Commerce City, Colorado, and look for bison, prairie dogs, bald eagles, other raptors and other wintering birds on the refuge.
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 south on I-25 to the Arsenal. We should return by 3 p.m., but if you drive, you can leave whenever you need to. Bring water and your lunch, if you like.  If you are interested in going, contact Grant Frost, 307-343-2024.

January 28, Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m.  Windflower Room, Laramie County Public Library.  All are welcome!   Contact CHPAS President Terry Harper at 231-349-7165 for more information.

* More information about other birding activities in January and in future months are featured in our monthly newsletter The Flyer. 

CHPAS: Cheyenne Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, Dec. 28

Christmas Bird Count Map 2018Cheyenne Audubon members invite the public to join them on the Cheyenne Christmas Bird Count Dec. 28. Novice birdwatchers are always welcome.

The count begins at 7:30 a.m. in the downtown Post Office lobby, 2100 Capitol Ave. Participants will split into groups to bird either the Capitol area, Lions Park, Wyoming Hereford Ranch, F.E. Warren Air Force Base or the High Plains Grasslands Research Station for a couple hours. Participants should dress for the weather but may leave at any time.

Participants can find information about counting birds on their own at their feeders or within the count circle and about the tally party at https://cheyenneaudubon.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/19decchpas-newsletter-final.pdf.

White-breasted NuthatchPlease call Grant Frost, 307-343-2024, to sign up for notification of any changes to or cancellation of the morning birding.

For more information about this and other Audubon activities, visit https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/.

CHPAS: Guernsey – Ft. Laramie Christmas Bird Count – Sunday, Dec. 22

2010-01-02-guernsey-ft-laramie-cbc-12-aThe public is welcome to help with the Guernsey – Ft. Laramie Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, Dec. 22. The area of the count includes Guernsey State Park, Ft. Laramie National Historic Site, the Oregon Trail Ruts and Hartville. More details about the trip are included in the December issue of The Flyer, the CHPAS newsletter.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESNovice birdwatchers are always welcome. This is a great opportunity to see new sights in a winter wonderland.  We are likely to see mule deer as well as birds on this field trip.

Please contact Jane Dorn, 307-640-4002, linglebird@yahoo.com, to sign up and get details.

For more information about this and other Cheyenne Audubon activities, visit https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/.

 

CHPAS: 6th Annual Habitat Hero Workshop – Feb. 29, 2020

Habitat Hero PhotoThe Cheyenne Habitat Hero Committee invites the public to attend the 6th annual Habitat Hero Workshop Feb. 29, 2020, 8:00 a.m.  –  4:00 p.m. at Laramie County Community College. Registration is $25 (including lunch) and is limited to 125. Registration is through Brown Paper Tickets, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/. Search for “2020 Habitat Hero.”
The theme of keynote speaker Panayoti Kelaidis is “Rethinking Wyoming Landscaping–Learning from the Natives.” He is an international plant explorer and the Denver Botanic Gardens’ senior curator and director of outreach. Kelaidis has designed plantings for many of the gardens at DBG and is particularly noted for the Rock Alpine Garden plantings.  He has introduced hundreds of native ornamentals from throughout the Western United States to general horticulture.

Presentations by Cheyenne Habitat Heroes make up the “Native Plant Gardening 101” part of the workshop and will illuminate the steps for planning, installing and maintaining a native plant Habitat Hero garden for birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife.

For more information about the Cheyenne Habitat Hero program, see https://cheyenneaudubon.wordpress.com/habitat-hero/

CHPAS December Dates to Remember

cropped-arnold_bird-count-2018.jpgA number of events will be happening in mid-late December as Audubon members “flock” to local parks to for the traditional Christmas Bird Counts.

Join us for this wonderful tradition – you can also be a citizen scientist by watching and counting your home feeders.

Sunday, December 22nd – Guernsey/Ft. Laramie Christmas Bird Count

If you are going to join the count, please let Jane Dorn know at 307-640-4002. Also call her if the weather turns nasty; December 30 would be an alternate date. Bring water, lunch, warm clothes, binoculars, and a scope if you have one, and whatever you need for a day watching birds at Guernsey State Park, Ft. Laramie National Historic Site, the Oregon Trail Ruts and Hartville.

Anyone in the neighborhood of the count area is welcome to meet Jane at 8 a.m. at the Ft. Laramie Post Office, or at 9:30 a.m. at the main entrance to Guernsey State Park.

Saturday, December 28th – Cheyenne Christmas Bird Count

Meet in the downtown Post Office lobby, 2100 Capitol Ave., by 7:30 a.m.  Please 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.

 

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Be a field observer on your own.  You are free to look for birds anywhere within the Cheyenne count circle—see map on Page 4 of Flyer.  Record numbers of each species you observe and the amount of time and distance you walk and the amount of time and distance you drive. 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.

Attend the CBC tally party at 7 p.m. in the Trout Room at Game & Fish HQ at 5400 Bishop Blvd.
The door is around the corner to the east from the main entrance, then north to the first door on your left. Bring your results and cookies or snacks to share.

More information and data sheets are available in the December issue of Flyer, the CHPAS monthly newsletter.