Audubon Members and Friends, several important dates are coming in January and we wanted to make sure that you were aware of dates and opportunities. You will find more information below about all three opportunities: Habitat Hero (Cheyenne), 2017 Audubon Crane Festival (Nebraska), and the Wray (CO) Greater Prairie Chicken Tours.
Habitat Hero: Cheyenne – High Plains Audubon Society is sponsoring “Habitat Hero: Grow for Butterflies, Bees and Birds” as part of the High Plains Gardening Lecture Series put on by the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Laramie County Master Gardeners.
The lecture will be 1 – 3 p.m., Jan. 28, in the Cottonwood Room of the Laramie County Public Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave.
Tickets are $15 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com, keyword: Habitat Hero. Tickets are also available at Gardening With Altitude, 1101 Logan Avenue, for cash or check purchases only. Tickets will also be available at the door (if still available).
The lecture will begin with excerpts from the film by Catherine Zimmerman, “Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home,” featuring Douglas Tallamy. Jane Dorn, Wyoming native plant expert and co-author of “Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area” will then lead a panel of Cheyenne Habitat Heroes discussing how they garden for pollinators and other wildlife.
This lecture is a part of a series that also includes: The Ins and Outs of Fairy Gardens with Kim Houck of Fort Collins Nursery, Feb. 25 Dirtiest Garden Secrets Revealed with Jeff Lowenfels, a popular national garden writer and leading proponent of gardening using concepts of the soil food web, Mar. 25. Tickets for the entire lecture series are $40. Habitat Hero is a program of Audubon Rockies. Visit www.botanic.org or call (307) 637-6458 for more information.
The Great Sandhill Crane Migration. Registration is now open for the 2017 Crane Festival presented by Audubon Nebraska. The Festival Weekend is March 16-19, Kearney, Nebraska with Sandhill Cranes viewing at peak from about mid-March to early April. Be sure to check out Crane Cam of the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary to watch the migration begin. More information may be found on the Kearney Visitors Bureau website. Another must-see is the Crane Trust’s U-Tube video of the experience. Whether you travel to Kearney, to another crane-viewing location, watch Rowe’s Crane Cam, or just enjoy the Crane Trust’s Video, the annual migration will be an unforgettable experience. For those who want to experience this event from a bird blind, be sure to reserve your space because spots go quickly, particularly during Festival weekend.
Greater Prairie Chicken Tours. Each year the community of Wray (CO) offers these tours which started as a way to raise awareness of the Greater Prairie Chicken but they now continue due to their popularity. Tour dates begin in late March and extend until mid-April. More information can be found on the Wray Chamber of Commerce website.