Reminder – Learn How to eBird on Tuesday, April 17th.

April 17thLearn how to eBird with Barb & Mark Gorges.  Join us for our monthly presentation and learn about how to navigate the wonderful tool that is eBird.  Let the pros (Barb & Mark!) help you plan birding vacations, record sightings, and explore hotspots around the world.  All this knowledge for you to use and share in your birding adventures – we guarantee that you will impress your friends!

Laramie County Library, 7:00 p.m. Sunflower Room.  Free and open to all.

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White-breasted Nuthatch.  Photo Courtesy of Mark Gorges
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World-Class Birder to Visit Cheyenne in May

Cheyenne High-Plains Audubon Society and the Laramie County Library welcome a very special guest on Monday, May 14th!  STRYCKER_inantarcticaAssociate Editor of Birding Magazine, author, and adventurer extraordinaire, Noah Strycker visits Cheyenne to present Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year.

Noah’s talk is co-sponsored by the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society and the Laramie County Library.

More information Birdingto come but please put this date on your calendar – you won’t want to miss the tales of birding adventures on seven continents!

To read more about Noah, his life-list and adventures, visit the Special Event tab on the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon website today!

April Audubon Events

Dates to remember in April!  

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White-breasted Nuthatch Photo Courtesy of Mark Gorges

April 17thLearn how to eBird with Barb & Mark Gorges.  Join us for our monthly presentation and learn about how to navigate the wonderful tool that is eBird.  Let the pros (Barb & Mark!) help you plan birding vacations, record sightings, and explore hotspots around the world.  All this knowledge for you to use and share in your birding adventures – we guarantee that you will impress your friends!

Laramie County Library, 7:00 p.m. Sunflower Room.  Free and open to all.

April 28th – Field Trip to see Sharp-tailed Grouse lek.  A trip for early-birds (pun intended).  To join us you must rise before the sun and meet at the Pilot Truck Stop in the from parking lot off I-80 (exit 367, 8020 Campstool Road) for departure at 5:30 a.m. sharp.  We will carpool to the lek site.  The time commitment for this trip is about three hours.

This trip is being hosted by Brent Lathrop, Southeast Wyoming Director of The Nature Conservancy.  Please make sure to sign up with Mark Gorges (307-634-0463) so that we can let you know if any plans change due to weather.

More details for these events and other outings in the April newsletter. Join us to celebrate spring in Wyoming!  

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Reminder – Two Events This Week!

March 20th – Laramie County Public Library.  Infiltrating the Network: The Impact of Invasive Birds on Hawaiian Ecosystems” with Becky Wilcox, University of Wyoming.

5:00 p.m. No host dinner with the speaker at The Albany.  At 7:00 p.m., the presentation in the Sunflower Room at the library.  Becky, a PhD student, will discuss novel ecosystems in Hawaii and present a case where invasive species might be the only hope for the conservation of endemic Hawaiian plants.

March 24th – Field Trip to Goshen Hole.  Leave from Lions Park at Children’s Village at 8:00 a.m.  Carpooling may be available.  We should return sometime between 3 and 5 p.m. but you can return earlier if you drive yourself.  Last year we saw hundreds of cranes and thousands of Snow Geese. It will be a 200 mile round trip (make sure you start with a full tank of gas if you drive yourself!)  Contact Mark (307-634-0463) for more information and if you are interested in attending.  We need to know if you are planning on joining us for any weather-related changes.  Bring lunch, water, and dress for the weather.

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Snow Geese observed during the 2017 Spring field trip to Goshen Hole.  

 

Habitat Hero Workshop Schedule – March 17th: Bee Bird Friendly!

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Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. plus optional Bee College talks before and after.

Location: Rooms 108 & 109, Pathfinder Building, Laramie County Community College

Registration: $20 (includes lunch).  Register HERE

AGENDA FOR THE DAY

Schedule:
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Doors open for Habitat Hero. Pick up your name tag and schedule at the Pathfinder Building, Room 108. You will need the name tag to get into the Bee College events.

8:15 – 9:15 Optional Bee College events (see below)

9:30 Habitat Hero Introduction

9:45 Jane Dorn – Native Plants for Native Pollinators, emphasizing native plantings attractive to native bees.

10:30 Break

10:45 Barb Gorges – Creating a Bird Friendly Yard and How to Apply to be a Habitat Hero

11:45 Dena Egenhoff – Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities’ Habitat Hero project and demonstration garden promoting water conservation

12:30 Lunch, LCCC cafeteria, included in registration fee

1:45 Jessica Goldstrohm – Promoting Native Bee Conservation. Jessica owns The Bees Waggle, Highlands Ranch, Colo., which sells materials to encourage native bee reproduction and survival.

2:45 Break

3:00 Wanda Manley – Home on the Range, how to maintain native habitats on small acreage

4:00 Closeout/Evaluations

4:30 – 8 p.m. – Optional Bee College events (see below)

In cooperation with the Wyoming Bee College:
For its fourth year of Habitat Hero, the Cheyenne – High Plains Audubon Society is teaming with the Wyoming Bee College conference. Those registering for the Bee College do not have to register for the Habitat Hero segment– it is part of your Bee College registration.  Those registering for the Habitat Hero conference only are invited to attend four of the Bee College events listed below and in the schedule at the Brown Paper Tickets website. All Bee College events are held in the LCCC Recreation and Athletic Center.

Bee College Events Open to Habitat Hero Participants (to be held in the LCCC Recreation and Athletic Center)
8:10 a.m., Welcome from American Honey Queen.
8:20 to 9:15 a.m., Bee Girl Organization Sarah Red-Laird with the latest on education programs, research project and university collaboration on the advancement of saving bees.
4:30 to 5:30 Vendor reception at the Bee College.
6:45 p.m., Saturday night will be a mid-century fun look at Hollywood and Entomology: History of the 1950s BIG BUG Science Fiction Movies with Dr. Raymond Cloyd. (Dinner not included)

For more information, call Mark, 307-287-4953, cell.

 

March Dates to Remember!

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Red-Winged Blackbird photo by Mark Gorges

Calling all birders!   The mornings are brighter and the evening light lasts longer.  Migration has begun in many parts of the United States as we all look forward to spring!

Start spring off right by joining us for Audubon presentations and activities throughout the month of March!  (More details about these events and more in the March newsletter).

March 20th:   Infiltrating the Network: The Impact of Invasive Birds on Hawaiian Ecosystems.  Speaker – Becky Wilcox, University of Wyoming.  Presentation 7:00 p.m. Sunflower Room, Laramie County Public Library.  No-host dinner 5:00 p.m. with the speaker at The Albany.  Be sure to let Barb or Mark know if you wish to come to dinner (634-0463 or 287-4953). 

Becky, a PhD student, will discuss novel ecosystems (communities make up of native and  invasive species) in Hawaii and present a case where invasive species might be the only hope for the conservation of endemic Hawaiian plants.

 March 24th: Field Trip to Goshen Hole.  Leave 8:00 a.m. at Lions Park.  We will return between 3 and 5 p.m. but if you drive yourself, you can leave when you wish.  Last year we saw hundreds of Sand Hill Cranes and thousands of Snow Geese.  It will be about a 200 mile trip – if you plan on driving yourself make sure that you start with a full tank of gas!  Also bring a lunch and something to drink.  Be sure to let us know if you plan on attending.

~ Other Activities ~  

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White-breasted Nuthatch photo by Mark Gorges
March 17th: Habitat Hero Workshop.  Sign up now and reserve your spot!  Our chapter, Audubon Rockies, and the Wyoming Bee College are presenting the 4th annual Habitat Hero workshop at Laramie County Community College on March 17th from 9:30 to 4:30 p.m.  See the March newsletter for more information. 
March 23rd: Cheyenne Country Club Survey.  Contact Chuck Seniawski if you wish to participate.  The survey begins at 8:00 a.m.  Call Chuck at 638-6519.

Habitat Hero Workshop March 17th at LCCC

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Calling All Habitat Heroes! 

It is that time of year again!  The 4th annual Habitat Hero Workshop will be held in mid-March and while you may see some presenters that look familiar, new information and resources will be available for attendees.

Don’t wait to register!  This class has a limit of 100 people and previous classes had waiting lists.

Habitat Heroes — Bee Bird Friendly
Learn to Garden for Bees, Birds and Butterflies
Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. plus optional Bee College talks before and after.
Location: Rooms 108 & 109, Pathfinder Building, Laramie County Community College
Registration: $20 (includes lunch) HabitatHero2018.BrownPaperTickets.com

Schedule:
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Doors open for Habitat Hero. Pick up your name tag and schedule at the Pathfinder Building, Room 108. You will need the name tag to get into the Bee College events.

8:15 – 9:15  Optional Bee College events (see below)

9:30 Habitat Hero Introduction

9:45 Jane Dorn – Native Plants for Native Pollinators, emphasizing native plantings attractive to native bees.

10:30 Break

10:45 Barb Gorges – Creating a Bird Friendly Yard and How to Apply to be a Habitat Hero

11:45 Dena Egenhoff – Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities’ Habitat Hero project and demonstration garden promoting water conservation

12:30 Lunch, LCCC cafeteria, included in registration fee

1:45 Jessica Goldstrohm – Promoting Native Bee Conservation. Jessica owns The Bees Waggle, Highlands Ranch, Colo., which sells materials to encourage native bee reproduction and survival.

2:45 Break

3:00 Wanda Manley – Home on the Range, how to maintain native habitats on small acreage

4:00 Closeout/Evaluations

4:30 – 8 p.m. – Optional Bee College events (see below)

In cooperation with the Wyoming Bee College:
For its fourth year of Habitat Hero, the Cheyenne – High Plains Audubon Society is teaming with the Wyoming Bee College conference. Those registering for the Bee College do not have to register for the Habitat Hero segment– it is part of your Bee College registration.
Those registering for the Habitat Hero conference only are invited to attend four of the Bee College events listed below and in the schedule at the Brown Paper Tickets website. All Bee College events are held in the LCCC Recreation and Athletic Center.

Bee College Events Open to Habitat Hero Participants (to be held in the LCCC Recreation and Athletic Center)
8:10 a.m., Welcome from American Honey Queen.
8:20 to 9:15 a.m., Bee Girl Organization Sarah Red-Laird with the latest on education programs, research project and university collaboration on the advancement of saving bees.
4:30 to 5:30 Vendor reception at the Bee College.
6:45 p.m.Saturday night will be a mid-century fun look at Hollywood and Entomology: History of the 1950s BIG BUG Science Fiction Movies with Dr. Raymond Cloyd. (Dinner not included)

For more information, call Mark, 307-287-4953, cell.

Reminder! Audubon Presentation on Tuesday, February 20th

The effects of anthropogenic and environmental stressors on nesting raptors: Lessons for Wyoming“.  Featuring guest speaker Cameron Nordell.  7:00 p.m. Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Public Library.   

Cameron worked extensively with Ferruginous Hawks breeding in the Canadian prairies (lots of man-made stressors in the oil and gas fields) and Peregrine Falcons in sub-arctic Canada (few man-made stressors). He is a graduate student at the University of Wyoming. The program is free and open to the public.

No-host dinner at 5:00 p.m. at 2 Doors Down.  Call Mark and Barb (634-0463) if you wish to join us for dinner.

Audubon Dates To Remember: February

Days are beginning to get longer and soon spring migration will begin!  (We’re counting the days!)  What better way to celebrate the coming of spring then joining your local Audubon Chapter for great events?  More details in the February newsletter!  Alpine Aster

  • February 20th – The effects of anthropogenic and environmental stressors on nesting raptors: Lessons for Wyoming“.  Featuring guest speaker Cameron Nordell.  7:00 p.m. Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Public Library.   No-host dinner at 5:00 p.m. at 2 Doors Down.  Call Mark and Barb (634-0463) if you wish to join us for dinner.
  • February 24th – Field Trip to Wyoming Hereford Ranch.  Leave from Lions Park parking lot at 8:00 a.m.  Carpooling may be available.  Dress for the weather.  Please contact George Cardon for more information at 307-634-5269.  (Make sure we know that you are attending so we can reach you if plans change due to weather).

Many more events are listed in our February newsletter, including the Great Backyard Bird Count (February 16-19), the Cheyenne Country Club Survey (February 23rd) and the Cheyenne High-Plains Audubon Board meeting (February 27th).

Events for March, April, and May are also listed!  Some very special events are coming this spring … don’t miss them!  See our newsletter for details.  

The Migratory Bird Act – Under Attack! Your help is greatly needed.

You may have seen the letter to the editor in the February 1st edition of the Wyoming Tribune Eagle by Cheyenne High Plains Chapter President Barb Gorges about the attack on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by our own Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney.

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Sandhill Cranes, Kearney, NE

The Audubon Board approved signing onto a letter created by the National Audubon Society protesting these attacks. Now we need your help – and please act today.  Our birds can’t wait!

  • Write letters to the editor.  Use this Audubon Fact Sheet to help you become familiar with the issues at stake.
  • Call Representative Liz Cheney at 202-225-2311. 

It is easy – when someone nice answers the phone, just tell them who you are and that you support preserving the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and disapprove of attacks on it, including HR 4239.  You will not be questioned for additional information but your comments COUNT!

And our partners at Audubon Rockies tell us that the number of people calling and writing makes a difference.  Audubon can then talk to legislators and tell them that their constituents care.  Your voice matters!  If you would like more details, contact Daly Edmunds, Audubon Rockies Policy and Outreach Director at dedmunds@audubon.org.

ABOUT MBTA: Passed in 1918, the MBTA protects birds by making it unlawful to kill, bunt, sell, or possess most native species of birds in the U.S., along with their nests, eggs, and feathers, without a permit.  This conservation law turned the tide and is credited with saving millions, if not billions of birds, and numerous species from extinction, such as the Wood Duck and Snowy Egret.  Today, there are new threats to birds and the places they need, making this law extremely important.

WHAT HAS AUDUBON SO FIGHTING MAD:  In December, the Trump administration released a legal opinion that the incidental take of birds is NOT prohibited under the law and will not be enforced.  In the Congressional House of Representative, as part of H.R. 4239 (the SECURE American Energy Act), WY Rep. Liz Cheney added language that would amend the law to no longer cover incidental take. These changes would gut the MBTA by giving a free pass for bird deaths from industrial activities, such as oil waste pits and oil spills, and would end decades of practice by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by removing the authority to address incidental take. Other legislation would chip away at the MBTA, including a bill that would end its protections for certain species (S. 935).

Our birds matter and this is just plain wrong!