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, 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.

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

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!

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!

Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Chapter Website Featured in Bird Watcher’s Digest

The March/April edition of Bird Watcher’s Digest features the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon website in their new regular feature called “State Spotlight”.  Among the 11 birding hotspots listed were Lions Park and Wyoming Hereford Ranch.  For more information about the publication, click on this link.

Don’t forget to join us on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. (Sunflower Room, Laramie County Public Library) for the monthly presentation entitled “A golden, dancing bird from the mountains of Ecuador” by Dave McDonald and Beth Cable.


Reminder – Tuesday, February 21 Program and Other Important Dates

February 21st:  Join us on Tuesday, February 21st, for a program featuring Dave McDonald and Beth Cable entitled “A golden, dancing bird from the mountains of Ecuador“.  Golden-winged Manakins are lek mating birds (like sage grouse) but males display together on fallen mossy logs.  More information about the speakers and the topic are included in the February newsletter.


February 17th – 20th: Great Backyard Bird Count.  For more information, see page 3 of the February newsletter. Information is also available at The Cornell Lab      SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

February 25th: Field Trip to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch.  Leave at 8:00 a.m. from the Lions Park parking lot.  Dress for winter.  Contact Mark Gorges (287-4953) or if you want to come.

February 28th: Board Meeting at the Laramie Count Library, Windflower Room, 7:00 p.m.  Anyone who is interested in helping the chapter move forward with programs, outings, or other activities is welcome to participate.

Habitat Hero a huge success!

habitat-hero-graphicOver 100 friends and neighbors enjoyed the presentation on Saturday, January 28th at the Laramie County Library. Perhaps the cold and wind had something to do with this?  What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon in January … talking about flowers, pollinators, and planting this spring.  And spring will be here soon – we promise!

Did you miss the presentation?  Never fear … handouts are HERE!  Check out the Habitat Hero tab on our website for all the resources that you need to be a Habitat Hero!

Oh, and if you follow our blog, you will get the most recent updates for new materials, education, conservation, and MORE!  Don’t be left out in the cold.  Follow us today!

Reminder – Be A Habitat Hero This Saturday!

Join us on Saturday, January 28th at the Laramie County Public Library for “Habitat Hero: Grow for Butterflies, Bees and Birds“. This is the first of this spring’s High habitat-hero-graphicPlains Gardening Lecture Series put on by the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and Laramie County Master Gardeners with support from the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society.

The talk will be 1-3 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room.

The cost is $ 15.00.  See the January Audubon Newsletter for more details.

Habitat Hero Garden Lecture January 28th, 2017

“Habitat Hero: Grow for Butterflies, Bees and Birds,” is the first of this spring’s High habitat-hero-graphicPlains 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, keyword: Habitat Hero. Tickets are also available at Gardening with Altitude, 1101 Logan Avenue, for cash or check purchases only. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out.

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. Panel members are Maggie McKenzie, Kylee Stewart, Tava Collins, Barb Gorges, and Michelle Bohanan.

Habitat Hero is a program of Audubon Rockies. See Cheyenne – High Plains Audubon Society is sponsoring the lecture.

This lecture series 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.

Visit or call (307) 637-6458 for more information.