Where can I bird in the Cheyenne area? What about in other parts of Wyoming?
For starters, we recommend you check out the area’s “Important Bird Areas” (IBA’s) described below.
- Lions Park, including Sloans Lake and Kiwanis Lake. This is a park in the City of Cheyenne parks system. The entrance is near Eighth Avenue and Carey Avenue, close to the airport.
- Wyoming Hereford Ranch, to the southeast of Cheyenne. It is adjacent to and south of I-80, at the Campstool Road exit. (This is private property, so be sure to stay on roads and otherwise respect the property rights of the owners.)
- Holliday Park in Cheyenne is popular with waterfowl, wild and domestic, all year round. It also features nesting black-crowned night herons in the Spring. The entrance is 19th Street at Morrie Avenue.
- Vedauwoo Recreation Area on Pole Mountain is another favorite area for hikers and birders alike. Traveling West on I-80, Vedauwoo is located between Cheyenne and Laramie. Fee Required. For direction and information: Vedauwoo Recreation Area on Pole Mountain
- Curt Gowdy State Park offers opportunities for birders throughout the year. Approximately 20 miles west of Cheyenne on Happy Jack Road, three reservoirs are located within the park (Granite, Crystal, and North Crow) hosting an abundance of waterfowl throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Bald Eagles are often seen in this birding “hotspot”. Fee required. For directions and more information: Curt Gowdy State Park
The Checklist of the Birds of Cheyenne is also available here: Birds of Cheyenne WY and Vicinity Checklist
For more about the national Audubon Christmas Bird Count: http://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count
Note: Recent Cheyenne Audubon Bird Count Results are provided at the end of this page.
Birding Wyoming – Suggested Books
Suggestions for birding in the Cheyenne area and around the state are included as a part of Wyoming Birds, Second Edition, by Jane L. and Robert D. Dorn, Mountain West Publishing, Cheyenne, 1999.
Birds of Wyoming, by Douglas W. Faulkner, (c)2010, is an excellent desk reference for common and not-so-common species observed in Wyoming ever since bird sightings started being formally documented in the early 1900s. It includes several essays on the history of ornithology in Wyoming, Wyoming wildlife habitats, and resident and non-resident species accounts, with color photos and range maps. Published by Roberts and Company, Greenwood, Colorado, and available through both the publisher and Amazon.com.
Bird Count Archives – past counts (held in May)