Reminder! May 20th is approaching!

May 20th – Cheyenne Big Day Bird Count.  Beginning at 6 a.m., participants will meet at Lions Park and cover this area, followed by a trip to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch.  Also covered will be the Agricultural Research Station and the Arboretum west of the Air Force Base.  All birders are welcome, regardless of skill level.  See the May newsletter for more details.  RSVP required.

May 21st – Tally Party/Pot-Luck.  To celebrating our previous birding day, we will gather to share bird count information at the home of Greg Johnson.  Bring your birding data – we will use this time to combine our notes and create a single list for the Cheyenne area.

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May Newsletter Has Been Posted!

Lots of activities are happening in May for bird-lovers!  Check out the “Newsletter” tab for the complete downloadable issue of the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society Flyer!

Dates to Remember (see the newsletter for more information about all events):

May 6th – Crow Creek Clean-up. This event sponsored by The Nature Conservancy will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.  RSVP if you wish to help.  We will be working along the stream and in the water. Contact and RSVP: Brent Lathrop, South East Wyoming Program Director for the Nature Conservancy.  307-432-4055 or blathrop@tnc.org.

May 20th – Cheyenne Big Day Bird Count.  Beginning at 6 a.m., participants will meet at Lions Park and cover this area, followed by a trip to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch.  Also covered will be the Agricultural Research Station and the Arboretum west of the Air Force Base.  All birders are welcome, regardless of skill level.  See the May newsletter for more details.  RSVP required.

May 21st – Tally Party/Pot-Luck.  To celebrating our previous birding day, we will gather to share bird count information at the home of Greg Johnson.  Bring your birding data – we will use this time to combine our notes and create a single list for the Cheyenne area.

May 26th – Cheyenne Country Club Survey.  7:00 a.m.  Everyone is welcome but those attending must contact Chuck Seniawski (307-638-6519) so that he can make arrangements with the Country Club.

… and mark your June calendars!

June 17th – Field Trip to see Burrowing Owls.  Starting at 8:00 a.m., this trip will last until mid-afternoon.  More details next month!

 

 

Reminder – Tuesday, April 18th

April 18th: Monthly Program featuring Jeff Geyer “Something to Crow About” – Laramie County Conservation District’s Efforts to Restore Crow Creek and its Tributaries.  5:00 p.m. No-Host Dinner* (Two Doors Down) and 7:00 p.m. Willow Room Laramie County Public Library (all are welcome!).

* RSVP Required.  Mark & Barb Gorges: 634-0463

Snow Geese, flying and sitting

April Dates to Remember

Information about these another other events included in the April Newsletter.

April 18th: Monthly Program featuring Jeff Geyer “Something to Crow About” – Laramie County Conservation District’s Efforts to Restore Crow Creek and its Tributaries.  5:00 p.m. No-Host Dinner* (Two Doors Down) and 7:00 p.m. Willow Room Laramie County Public Library.

April 22nd: Field Trip: Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek Viewing*.  This trip is for early-birds!  Meet at 5:00 a.m. at the Pilot Travel Center at the Campstool Road exit on I-80.  The group will return to Cheyenne at about 9:00 a.m.  Dress warmly!  RSVP Required.

April 25th: Board Meeting.  7:00 p.m. Laramie County Library, Windflower Room.  All are welcome!

April 27th: Special Raptor Program.  7:00 p.m. Laramie County Library, Cottonwood Room.  Join us for this special presentation by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which includes special “bird guests”  from the center.  This program will also be held at a number of area schools.

April 28th: Cheyenne Country Club Survey.  To participate in this survey you must contact Mark Gorges* by the week of the survey.  RSVP Required.

May 6th:  Crow Creek Cleanup Event with The Nature Conservancy.  8:00 a.m.  To participate, contact Brent Lathrop, South East Wyoming Program Director, at 307-432-4055 or blathrop@tnc.org.  RSVP is encouraged.

* RSVP Required.  Mark & Barb Gorges: 634-0463

Mark: mgorges@juno.com   Barb: bgorges4@msn.com

 

 

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

The National Audubon Society has a wonderful new resource for those interested in helping to improve habitat for native birds.  Whether you live in the city, in the country, in a private home, townhouse, or apartment, you can help this important movement.

Across the nation, habitat is being lost as urbanization takes over farms, ranches, and other formerly wild areas.  As noted by National Audubon, “The human-dominated landscape no longer supports functioning ecosystems or provides health places for birds“.  2016-07-03-dscf7284

To help us all understand how small changes can make a big difference, the resource Creating Bird-Friendly Communities was born.  Here, you can learn about the threat and the solution.

Further, by simply providing your zip code in the Native Plants Database, a listing of plants suitable for growing in your region will appear, along with the birds that they help to support.  You can check a box by each type of plant that you choose to create your individual plant list.

Next … where to get the plants on your list?  The Native Plant Database provides you with Local Resources.  Not all local resources are on the site yet – this portion of the site will continue to expand.  So watch this site for updates and get those native gardens growing!

March 21st lecture: Birds of prey plumage color study

Join us on Tuesday, March 21st at the Laramie County Public Library (7:00 p.m. Cottonwood Room) for a lecture by guest speaker Elizabeth Wommack, staff curator and manager of vertebrates for the University of Wyoming Museum of Vertebrates.

Wommack received her PhD at UC Berkeley, where she wrote her dissertation on the range and use of plumage variation in the American Kestrel.

All are welcome to the lecture which is open to the public.  For more information, please see the March edition of the CHPAS newsletter.

 

March 18th – Field Trip: Goshen Hole

We will leave at 8 a.m. from the Lions Park parking lot between the Old Community House restroom and Children’s Village (south side of the Children’s Village). Carpooling may be available. Bring a lunch since we will not get back to Cheyenne till between 3 and 5 p.m. Dress for the weather.

Contact Mark Gorges, 287-4953, or by email at mgorges@juno.com, if you want to come and want to be notified of any changes in plans due to weather.

Goshen Hole refers to an area of Goshen County, Wyoming, on the state’s eastern border. Just south of Yoder, about 80 miles north of Cheyenne, there is a series of reservoirs included in the Springer/Bump Sullivan Wildlife Management Area.

Farther north, towards Torrington and Lingle is more wetland bird habitat: Rawhide and Table Mountain Wildlife Management Areas and Hawk Springs Reservoir.

Road conditions will determine where we go. You are welcome to return to town at any time.

CHPAS Chapter Officer Elections

New chapter officer and board positions start in June.  As those of you who attend our events can see, CHPAS is doing great work in the community and YOU can be a part of the growing interest in birding and the environment.

We encourage you to consider a position on the Chapter Board.  A complete list of available positions is included on the front page of all Chapter newsletters.

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CHPAS Volunteers and Burdock Removal at Curt Gowdy

 

If you think that you might be interested in helping CHPAS continue to grow, contact Dennis Saville at 307-632-1602 or at dtsaville@gmail.com.

There are ways that everyone can help, no matter what amount of time you can commit to CHPAS.  You can make a difference through your volunteer efforts – and have fun doing it!

March Newsletter Posted!

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Audubon Members Viewing a Bald Eagle at Curt Gowdy State Park

The March newsletter is full of great information, from dates of events that you won’t want to miss to details about the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon’s new Conservation and Education Grant Program (thank you members for making this program possible!)

For your calendar:

  • March 18th – Field Trip: Goshen Hole (a very special birding trip)
  • March 21st – Elizabeth Wommack’s presentation “Plumage Color and Birds of Prey” (7:00 p.m. Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Public Library)
  • March 28th – Audubon Board Meeting (all welcome)
  • March 31st – Cheyenne Country Club Survey

More information about all of these events in the March Newsletter.  We will remind you before each event and provide more details in future blog posts!