Audubon Dates to Remember in November

As the days cool down, the sun sets earlier, and we have fewer hours to enjoy watching birds, Audubon invites members and guests to join their friends and neighbors for special programs and hikes throughout the winter season.

Remember – the spring migration is just around the corner!  SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Dates to remember in November:

  • November 18th (Saturday) – Field Trip to the Front Range Lakes 8:00 a.m.  We will leave from Lions Park parking lot by the Children’s Village.  We will be driving south to reservoirs in the Wellington region.  You can expect to be home by 1:00 p.m.  Please be sure to contact Mark (307-287-4953) if you wish to join this trip.  We want to know who is planning on attending in case plans must change due to weather.
  • November 21st (Tuesday) – Sage Grouse Update with Audubon Rockies Director of Policy and Outreach, Daly Edmonds.  The program begins at 7:00 p.m. Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Public Library.    Background:  The Bureau of Land Management has opened a formal comment period to review the collaborative Greater Sage-Grouse management plans that were adopted in 2015 after years of work from nonprofit organization, state governments, federal agencies, and stakeholders such as ranchers. The comment period, through November 27th, is part of a process that could weaken or eliminate the plans.  On this night, you will learn about the issue and also what you can do to provide public comment to the BLM.  We need your voice!
  • November 24th (Friday) – Cheyenne Country Club Survey at 8:00 a.m.  Contact Chuck Seniawski (307-638-6519) if you wish to be part of this survey.  All are welcome but arrangements must be made with the Country Club for golf carts for the survey.
  • November 28th (Tuesday) – CHPAS Board Meeting, Laramie County Library, Windflower Room.  New board members are needed – please join us if you can.
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Greater Sage Grouse Public Meeting Coming to Cheyenne

Read Audubon’s October 05, 2017 press release about the Greater Sage Grouse here

An important opportunity to influence the Bureau of Land Management’s determination regarding the Greater Sage Grouse is coming to Cheyenne.

 

The date is Monday, November 6th from 4-7 p.m. at Little America Hotel on Lincoln Way.  The only other meeting held in Wyoming will be at the Pinedale Field Office on November 8th from 4-7 p.m.

Why do we care?  Well-researched and thoughtful plans were already in place for Greater Sage Grouse protection, as well as the protection of the lands iconic to the American West.  These plans were the result of substantial input, lengthy discussion, and included many partners.  Under the current administration, efforts are underway to dismantle this historic conservation effort. We can not let this happen and YOUR VOICE COUNTS!

To help Audubon members learn more about conservation efforts for the Greater Sage Grouse and the lands that they need to survive (which are also the home to many other species of birds and mammals), several resources are available and listed below.  If you can not attend the hearing in November, you can still write to your legislators and make your opposition known.  Questions?  Contact Daly Edmonds, Director of Policy and Outreach for Wyoming and Colorado at dedmunds@audubon.org.

Greater Sage Grouse Resources

Bureau of Land Management: https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-invites-public-meeting-sage-grouse-conservation-plans

National Audubon: http://www.audubon.org/conservation/issues/greater-sage-grouse

Audubon of the Rockies: http://rockies.audubon.org/internal-tagging/public-policy

PBS – The Sagebrush Sea: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/sagebrush-sea-full-episode/12341/

 

 

Tuesday, October 17th – Great Plains, great birds: grassland obligate songbirds of the Northern Great Plains

Audubon members and friends, we invite you to hear Jacy Bernath-Plaisted from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies present at 7:00 p.m. (Cottonwood Room) on Tuesday, October 17th, at the Laramie County Public Library.

The talk will offer an introduction to these little known species (Baird’s Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Sprague’s Pipit, and Chestnut-collared Longspur), discuss the broader trends of decline in North America’s grassland songbirds, and provide an overview of Bird Conservancy’s monitoring activities related to these species in Montana and North Dakota.

Chestnut-collared Longspur photo courtesy of Audubon Guide to North American Birds. 

A no-host dinner with be held at Hacienda Guadalajara, 317 E. Lincoln Way.  Call Mark and Barb (634-0463) if you want to join us for dinner.

October Newsletter Posted

Special Events to Remember – October 2017

  • October 17Great Plains, Great birds: grassland obligate songbirds of the Northern Great Plains.  Special guest speaker Jacy Bernath-Plaisted, biologist with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.  Laramie County Public Library 7:00 p.m.  No-host dinner 5:00 p.m. at Hacienda Guadalajara.  Call Mark and Barb (634-0463) if you wish to attend dinner.  All are welcome to the presentation at 7:00 p.m.
  • October 21Field Trip: Bird Hike to Hidden Falls in Curt Gowdy State Park.  Leave Lions Park Children’s Village parking at 8:00 a.m.  Or meet us at Curt Gowdy Visitor Center at 8:30 a.m.  Please contact Mark and Barb if you wish to join us.  See newsletter for more details.
  • October 24Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Windflower Room of the Laramie County Public Library.
  • October 27Cheyenne Country Club Survey 8:00 a.m.  Contact Chuck Seniawski if you wish to take part.  See newsletter for details.

Ferret Town: A Documentary

Free Film Screening and Live Black-Footed Ferret On Campus October 2nd!unnamed

A preview version of the new documentary film “Ferret Town” by The Content Lab is coming to the Berry Center (University of Wyoming, Laramie) on Monday, October 2nd. This screening is FREE and open to the public, with guest speakers Virginia Moore, “Ferret Town” Producer; Gary Beauvais, Interim Director of the Biodiversity Institute; Jesse Boulerice, WGFD; and Steve Buskirk, UW Professor Emeritus. A Q&A session will follow the film.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet a live black-footed ferret from The National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center in Colorado!

This event is sponsored by the UW Biodiversity Institute, the Wyoming Humanities Council, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Meeteetse Museums, and the Content Lab.

Visit the Ferret Town Movie website for more information: https://ferrettownmovie.com/

Special Curt Gowdy Field Trip ~ September 23, 2017

Join us for a morning of fun, fellowship, birding, and burdock removal!  

This is our annual service field trip to Curt Gowdy State Park.  2016-07-03--DSCF7241

We leave 8:00 a.m. from Lions Park Children’s Village Parking Lot.  You will be finished by 1:00 p.m.  Please see the newsletter for more details about appropriate clothing, etc.  Be sure to contact Mark and Barb if you are attending (307-634-0463).

Bald Eagle

 

Birds of the Serengeti ~ September 19, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, September 19th, for “Birds of the Serengeti”, a special program presented by Pete and Ruth Arnold.  The presentation will be held in the Willow Room of the Laramie County Public Library at 7:00 p.m.   Everyone is welcome to join us!

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Lilac-breasted Roller by Pete Arnold

In January and February, 2017, Pete and Ruth visited Kenya and Tanzania. About 25,000 photos later, they have selected just a few images of the birds seen on that wonderful trip.

An optional no-host dinner will be held with the speakers at 5:00 p.m. at 2 Doors Down.  Call Chuck (638-6519) if you want to join us for dinner.

 

September 2017 Newsletter Posted

The September edition of the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society “Flyer” has been posted!  Remember … we never charge for programs and our events are open to everyone, whether they are members of Audubon or not.  Interested in being a member?  See “About Us” on our website.  Membership is only $ 12.00 a year – what a bargain!  

Dates to remember:

September 19th.  Birds of the Serengeti mixed in with a smattering of the culture of East Africa – Pete and Ruth Arnold.  5:00 p.m. no-host dinner at 2 Doors Down.  Call Chuck (638-6519) if coming to dinner.  Presentation at 7:00 p.m. Willow Room, Laramie County Public Library.

September 23rd.  Annual Field Trip to Curt Gowdy State Park for burdock removal.  Leave 8:00 a.m. from Lions Park Children’s Village Parking Lot.  You will finish by 1:00 p.m.  Please see the newsletter for more details about appropriate clothing, etc.  Be sure to contact Mark and Barb if you are attending (307-634-0463).

September 26th.  Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Sage Room (2nd floor).  Laramie County Library.  We welcome all to this meeting!  Volunteer *power* is needed – we have the perfect job for YOU!!!

September 29th.  Cheyenne Country Club Survey 8:00 a.m.  Contact Chuck (307-638-6519) if you are interested.  Anyone is welcome but Chuck must make arrangements with the County Club so do contact him in advance.

Be sure to enjoy this lovely month on the High Plains!  More outings listed in our newsletter.

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Rabbitbrush in bloom, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

 

Be an Advocate for Arctic Birds

How You Can Prevent Drilling in the Arctic Refuge

With stunning photographs from one of the last, untouched wild places in America, “Arctic Birds are Your Birds” will tell the storied 30-year battle to protect the Arctic coastal plain, why it’s in the cross-hairs today, and what it means for birds in WY & CO. On Tuesday, Sept. 5th at noon, participate in this free webinar—including a Q&A with those battling this, right now, in Washington DC—and become an important advocate.

Learn more by clicking here

and register for this important environmental advocacy event.

August newsletter now available

IMG_4858 (2)Click on “Newsletters” to find the link for the August 2017 edition. Find out:

–the particulars of our Aug. 26 field trip to Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

–how to renew your membership for the 2017-2018 year (or join)

–what’s new at eBird

–all about birding by ear

–and more!

Photo of American White Pelican by Mark Gorges