December 22 CHPAS Calendar

Pine Warbler
Pine Warbler; photo credit Chuck Seniawski

An interesting array of species have been viewed in our region over the past months.  Members have seen unusual visitors (staying well into the cold months) in Cheyenne, at Lions Park, and at Curt Gowdy State Park.  At left is a Pine Warbler, seen visiting a north Cheyenne feeder throughout the latter part of November.  Bushtits have been observed by a number of Audubon members in Lions Park.  These rare visitors are primarily seen in Utah, Nevada, and Oregon; not in Wyoming.  This year, eBird data reports Bushtit sightings in Cheyenne and throughout the Front Range; from Colorado Springs to Wellington, CO.

More information is included about the upcoming Cheyenne Christmas Bird Count, scheduled for Saturday, December 17th.  With such a number of rare visitors in the area, the opportunity for “life birds” is a real possibility.  Join us!

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More information about all activities can be found in the December issue of FLYER.

Saturday, December 17 – Cheyenne Christmas Bird Count

Meet at the downtown Post Office at 8:00 a.m., 2120 Capitol Ave. or be a field observer on your own!  If you are interested in participating, contact Grant Frost, 307-343-2024, so that he has a list of those expected, so he can let you know if the plans change for any reason such as stormy weather.  Complete instructions are found in the December newsletter.

Christmas Bird Count Watch Circle
Christmas Bird Count Watch Circle

If you are doing an area assigned by Grant, please start there by 8 a.m. Throughout the rest of the day, you are free to look for birds anywhere within the Cheyenne count circle—see map on Page 3 of the newsletter.  Record numbers of each species you observe and the amount of time and distance you walk and the amount of time and distance you drive. Keep track of where and when you saw species of note so we can tell if you counted the same bird or flock as someone else.

Watching your home feeder?  Please visit the December issue of FLYER to get a Feeder-Watcher Data Sheet.  You will find instructions about how to count birds at the feeder and how to report your results.

Come to the tally party (December 17 at 5:30 p.m., Perkins Restaurant – 1730 Dell Range Blvd.) with your results or contact Grant Frost, CBC coordinator, 307-343-2024, frostgrant2@gmail.com.

Friday, December 30, 8:00 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey

Contact Chuck Seniawski to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the Country Clubhouse’s main parking lot.

Sunday, January 1, 2023, 8:00 a.m. – Guernsey/Ft. Laramie Christmas Bird Count

Mountain Chickadee
Mountain Chickadee; photo credit Grant Frost

If you are going to join the count, please let Jane Dorn know at 307-640-4002. Also call her if the weather turns nasty; she will set an alternate date. Bring water, lunch, warm clothes, binoculars, and a scope if you have one, and whatever you need for a day watching birds at Guernsey State Park, Ft. Laramie National Historic Site, the Oregon Trail Ruts and Hartville.

Birding on your own or watching your feeders? The center point of the 7.5-mile radius count circle is where Highway 26 crosses the Goshen County/Platte County line. Please send in your results ASAP to the count compiler, Jane Dorn, 307-640-4002, linglebird@yahoo.com.

Anyone in the neighborhood of the count area is welcome to meet Jane at 8 a.m. at the Ft. Laramie Post Office, or at 9:30 a.m. at the main entrance to Guernsey State Park.

 

2023 Habitat Hero Program Announced: February 4, 2023

Habitat Hero PhotoThe 9th Annual Habitat Hero Workshop will be held at Laramie County Community College on Saturday, February 4th. Program details are now available on the CHPAS Habitat Hero webpage with registration information to follow shortly.  Lunch is included with the $ 25.00 registration fee.  In-person attendance is limited to 100 participants.  Zoom information will be available at a later date.

Highlights will include “A Prairie Reconciliation” with Jim Tolstrup, Director of the High Plains Environmental Center; “Groundwater Essentials” with Cheryl Miller, Hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey; “Native Prairie Islands” with Rex Lockman of the Laramie County Conservation District; “Urban Strategies for Caching Water in the Soil” by Nancy Loomis, Master Gardener; and “Habitat Hero Pollinator Monitoring” with Zach Hutchinson, Community Science Coordinator for Audubon Rockies.  The afternoon will include the popular Winter Sowing with opportunities to learn more about the Prairie Seeding Program, Ground Water education, and Q & A with Jim Tolstrup.

More information about how to register for both the in-person workshop and Zoom will be coming in the next weeks.

November 22 CHPAS Calendar

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Red-breasted Nuthatch by Lorie Chesnut

On Thursday, November 3rd, the Front Range had it’s first snow for the 2022/2023 winter season. Ever concerned about our feathered friends, our bird feeders went up to host a multitude of birds that winter in our area. To date, business has been heavy, with American Goldfinch, Mountain Chickadees, Blue Jays, and the regular assortment of sparrows, finches, and doves. We’ll keep our feeder filled now for the duration of winter.  I hope that our little Red-Breasted Nuthatch comes back to visit. His little “peep, peep, peep” call is one that I love to hear; even when he is chiding us for not keeping the feeder filled!

Belted Kingfisher by Kirk Miller
Belted Kingfisher by Kirk Miller

Many interesting birds are still visible at Lions Park and Wyoming Hereford Ranch. 

Observers report multiple sightings of the Blue-headed Vireo, Bushtits, and more.  Kirk Miller provided CHPAS with a lovely photo of a Belted Kingfisher seen at Lions Park this week.  So dress warmly and get out there … the birds are waiting! 

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More information about all activities can be found in the November issue of FLYER

Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. – Program: “Cheyenne’s Water Supply – from the source to you” with Sarah Bargsten, Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Library, Cheyenne. 

We will be taken on a journey through time and across Wyoming to learn how Cheyenne gets its water.

Sarah brings technical knowledge and a collaborative spirit from a career in environmental science to her position as Water Conservation Specialist for the City of Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities. In this role, she is working with stakeholders in careful stewardship of our water resources to ensure a sustainable future for Cheyenne. 

Cheyenne Audubon takes our guest speakers out to a no-host dinner before our meetings If you would like to join us at 5 p.m. at 2 Doors Down, 118 E. 17th, please call Barb at 307-287-4952 so that we can reserve enough room. We usually sit upstairs where there are fewer people. It’s a good way to meet a few of our members.  The program will also be accessible via Zoom at:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84716468658?pwd=N1d5dkE5Y0pLZzJGUjM2T2xDckNxQT09

November 19, 8 a.m. – Field Trip: Birding Curt Gowdy State Park

Female Red Crossbill
Female Red Crossbill by Mark Gorges

We will be leaving at 8 a.m. from the Lions Park parking lot between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the picnic shelter to drive to the Curt Gowdy Visitor Center. We will be mainly on hiking trails with uneven ground.  Bring water and dress for variable weather. We expect to head to town by noon. We hope to see Red Crossbills and a variety of other wintering birds including three types of nuthatches.

Please contact Mark Gorges at 307-287-4953 if you plan to join us, so that we have a list of those expected and can let you know if the plans change for any reason such as bad weather.  If you plan to drive, be aware that you will need a day pass which you can buy there if you do not have an annual pass for your vehicle.

November 22, 6:30 p.m. – Board Meeting – Laramie County Library, Sage Room

Contact Wanda Manley, cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities.

November 30, 8:00 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey

Contact Chuck Seniawski to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the Country Clubhouse’s main parking lot.

October 22 CHPAS Calendar

Aspens Snowy RangeWhat a lovely fall we have had in the Front Range.  The aspens are almost a neon yellow in the mountains – we hope that you’ve enjoyed a fall drive or hike in the Snowy Range or another lovely area.

Back in Cheyenne, we are still seeing migrants flying south.  Just yesterday (10/02), one of our members was fortunate to see a Black-throated Blue Warbler at their home in Cheyenne.  A photo by National

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Black-throated Blue Warbler by Lorraine Minns/Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon Photography winner Lorraine Minns shows this little jewel of a bird.  What a rare treat!

For those who can’t get to the mountains before the snow flies, remember that Wyoming Hereford Ranch (WHR) is an “Important Birding Area” for Audubon.  A walk by the creek may reveal many species of birds who pass over our region, stopping at WHR for a needed rest.

Lions Park always delights and here too, many passing migrants may take a rest.  Lions Park is the second “Important Birding Area” for our community.  For more suggestions on where to hike this fall and winter, see “Birding Our Area – Locations” on the CHPAS website.

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More information about all activities is provided in the October issue of FLYER

October 15, 8 a.m. – Field Trip: Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center
We will leave at 8 a.m. from the Lions Park parking lot between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the picnic shelter. We will be hiking trails and some uneven ground.  Bring water and dress for variable weather. We expect to be done by noon.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler by Mark Gorges

The 212-acre property offers visitors the opportunity to explore four distinct ecosystems: riparian, cottonwood forest, wetland and grassland.  We can expect to see waterfowl and a variety of other birds including some of our summer birds, like the Yellow-rumped Warbler, that has been reported in that area through the fall. The area is an eBird hotspot boasting a list of 265 bird species.  Carpooling may be available.  If you wish to drive to the location yourself you can find directions in the October issue of Flyer newsletter.

Please contact Mark Gorges at 307-287-4952 if you plan to join us, so that we have a list of those expected and can let you know if the plans change for any reason such as bad weather.

October 18, 7:00 p.m. – Program featuring Zach Hutchinson, Cottonwood Room, Laramie County Library, Cheyenne

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Zach with a humming bird

The Cheyenne – High Plains Audubon Society invites the public to a free, in-person program, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room of the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue.  Zach Hutchinson, community science coordinator for Audubon Rockies, will present on past, current, and future community science projects conducted by Audubon Rockies and their partners. He will focus on projects in Wyoming but also touch on projects occurring outside of the state that might be used in the Cowboy State in the future.

The program will also be accessible via Zoom at:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84716468658?pwd=N1d5dkE5Y0pLZzJGUjM2T2xDckNxQT09

October 25, 6:30 p.m. – Board Meeting – Contact Wanda Manley, cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities.

October 28, 8:00 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey

            Contact Chuck Seniawski to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the County Clubhouse’s main parking lot.

September 22 CHPAS Calendar

IMG_0250Fall is around the corner!  Soon, the Aspens will begin to turn yellow with fall flowers blooming before the snow begins.  Throughout the Front Range, birders are on the lookout for interesting migrants (or rare birds like the Common Loon seen hanging around our local reservoirs all summer) and at night, Great Horned Owls can be heard hooting around the city. 

For those of you who love the outdoors, September is an ideal time to “run to the mountains”.  Temperatures are lower, days are getting shorter but still long enough for an adventure.  Join your friends at CHPAS for a lovely fall season. 

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September 17, 8 a.m. Field Trip: Wyoming Hereford Ranch Birding Hike

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Red-headed Woodpecker by Mark Gorges

We will meet at 8 a.m. at the ranch headquarters & museum (1114 Hereford Ranch Road). We will be hiking about 2 miles on trails and uneven ground.  Bring water and dress for variable weather. We expect to be done by noon. We may see raptors and woodpeckers, like the Redheaded woodpeckers that probably nested there this year. If the late summer weather holds, we could still find some warblers and other fall migrants

Please contact Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 if you plan to join us, so that we have a list of those expected and can let you know if the plans change for any reason such as bad weather.

September 18, 10:00 a.m. till Noon – Cheyenne Greenway Cleanup

Cheyenne Audubon is hosting a Greenway cleanup event, Sunday, September 18th. The public is invited to help. The starting location is the parking lot adjacent to the intersection of Van Buren Avenue and Laramie Street (just north of East Lincolnway and east of its intersection with Pershing Blvd.). Work will proceed to the north along Dry Creek.

Trash bags and light-weight gloves will be provided. Participants should wear sturdy footwear (preferably waterproof) and heavy gloves and bring rakes and hoes, if available, for fishing trash out of the creek.

September 20, 7:00 p.m. – Program: Snapshots from Wyoming’s Wildernesses with Kirk Miller

Kirk Miller Photo
Deep Creek Lakes in the Popo Agie Wilderness by Kirk Miller

The Cheyenne – High Plains Audubon Society invites the public to a free, in-person program, Sep. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Willow Room of the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Avenue.  Kirk’s pictures and stories from a lama-supported pack trip into Wyoming’s southern Wind River Range will be shared followed by thoughts for capturing interesting photographs with a cell phone.

BONUS!   September 20, “Show and Tell”.  Pick your favorite nature shot from this summer to share with us at the meeting. Please email it by Sept. 18 to Barb at bgorges4@msn.com so we can project it at the (hybrid) meeting. We will give you a minute or two to talk about it and answer questions.

September 27, 6:30 p.m. – Board Meeting – Contact Wanda Manley, cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities (Windflower Room, Laramie County Library).

September 30, 8:00 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey

Contact Chuck Seniawski to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the County Clubhouse’s main parking lot.

August 22 CHPAS Calendar

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Ratibada columnifera (Mexican Hat) at Bella Fuoco on Warren Avenue

Throughout the prairie and mountains, flowers are in bloom.  A trip to the Snowy Range brings spring flowers as you ascend to higher elevations.

Wildflowers are also blooming in Cheyenne.  Have you seen the extensive pollinator garden at the Laramie County Public Library?  Or Audubon’s demonstration garden at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens?  Or the Native Prairie Island project at Bella Fuoco on Warren Avenue?

Cool evenings are a wonderful time to venture out to enjoy the best that Cheyenne has to offer.  Be sure to visit these gardens over the next months.

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More information about all of the events listed below may be found in Flyer, our Chapter newsletter. And be sure to watch for your Annual Chapter Dues Renewal letter which will be sent to you in the mail during the month of August!

August 16, 8:30-10 p.m. – Bat Walk with the Biodiversity Institute in Cheyenne

Join the Biodiversity Institute and Bat Conservation International to learn all about local bat species and go on a short stroll to listen for bat calls. You may even get the chance to see one as they fly overhead! All ages welcome.

Registration is required and is restricted to 20 people. For more information, to register, and to find out where to meet you must contact Mason Lee and let her know how many people will be in your party. Contact her at: mlee37@uwyo.edu

August 20, 8 a.m. – Field Trip: Turtle Rock birding hike         

Common Raven by Mark Gorges
Common Raven by Mark Gorges

We will leave at 8 a.m. from the Lions Park parking lot between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the picnic shelter. We will be hiking about 3 miles on trails and uneven ground.

Bring a lunch (if you want), water and dress for variable weather. We expect to be back to Cheyenne by about 1 p.m.  Contact Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 if you plan to join us, so that we have a list of those expected and can let you know if the plans change for any reason such as bad weather.

August 23, 6:30 p.m. – Board Meeting

Contact Wanda Manley, cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities.

August 26, 7:00 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey

Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the County Clubhouse’s main parking lot.

July 22 CHPAS Calendar

Killdeer by Lorie Chesnut

After a period of hot dry weather, our region has enjoyed light rain as the month of July is ushered in. At our wetlands site off Campstool Road, ground-nesting birds like the Killdeer are on high alert for intruders in their territory. This is why it is so important to let prairie grasses flourish – they are prime habitat for ground nesting birds. As noted by CHPAS President Wanda Manley, “every time you mow and the native grasses fail to complete their life cycle, cheatgrass and Japanese brome will move into those areas.” These invasive grasses will burn, leaving the soil bare and scorched. So … four words to remember … don’t mow the prairie!

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More information about all of the events listed below may be found in Flyer, our Chapter newsletter.

July 13, 8:30 – 10 p.m. Bat Walk with the Biodiversity Institute at Mylar Park, Cheyenne

Join The Biodiversity Institute and Bat Conservation International to learn all about local bat species and go on a short stroll to listen for bat calls. You may even get the chance to see one as they fly overhead! All ages welcome.  Registration is Required. (Note: As of July 6, 2022, registration for the Cheyenne event has been closed but several other Wyoming locations are still available). For more information: Summer Bat Walks

July 15 through 18 On-line BioBlitz

You can use iNaturalist to observe species anywhere in the state of Wyoming from July 15th through the 18th. More information coming soon at https://rockies.audubon.org/events

July 16, 8:00 a.m. Field Trip: Birding and Picnic, Medicine Bow National Forest

Calliope Hummingbird by Mark Gorges

This will be an all-day trip. If you drive, you can leave whenever you need to. We’ll drive to Laramie and then to Don and Belinda Moench’s cabin on Miller Lake, near Fox Park. Participants should bring a side dish to share; hamburgers will be provided. Bring a folding chair to sit on for the potluck and be prepared for the weather.

You must sign up with Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 at least a week before so that we know how many to expect, and so that we can let you know if the trip is canceled for some reason.

July 26, 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting

Contact Wanda Manley, cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities. We have a special need for individuals interested in environmental education.

July 29, 7:00 a.m. Country Club Bird Survey

Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the Country Club’s main parking lot.

June 2022 CHPAS Calendar

Photo by Lorie Chesnut

For those of you who enjoyed the birds at Lions Park during May, you probably were able to view a rare visitor, an immature Red-throated Loon. This special visitor stayed with us for nearly two weeks and was observed by many of our members. The Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) is a small loon that is usually seen along the east and west coasts. They breed in the far north. This species, while rarely observed in Wyoming, is of low conservation concern.

If you visited Wyoming Hereford Ranch during the month of May, you were likely to see other birders enjoying the variety of species that take advantage of this lovely habitat. June should be a good birding month too, although not as spectacular as May.

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More information about all of the events listed below may be found in Flyer, our Chapter Newsletter.

June 10-12 – 2022 Wyoming BioBlitz at Guernsey State Park

Join Audubon Rockies (one of the co-sponsors of the BioBlitz) at Guernsey State Park this year to discover this Wyoming gem, survey wildlife, and have a blast with your family and friends! Registration is now closed, but you can get on their wait list. For more information and the full schedule go to: https://rockies.audubon.org/naturalist/wyoming-bioblitz

June 18, 7 a.m. – Field Trip: Red Mountain Open Space.

Spotted Towhee by Mark Gorges

We will leave at 7 a.m. from the Lions Park parking lot between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the picnic shelter. We will be hiking about 3.5 to 4.5 miles on trails and uneven ground. Bring a lunch, water and dress for variable weather. We expect to be back to Cheyenne by 3 p.m. We can expect to see hawks, scrub-jays, towhees, and some warblers in the riparian areas.

Please contact Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 if you plan to join us, so that we have a list of those expected and can let you know if the plans change for any reason such as bad weather.

June 28, 6:30 p.m. – Board Meeting

Contact Wanda Manley, cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities. We have special need for individuals interested in education.

June 24, 7:00 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey

Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the County Clubhouse’s main parking lot.

May 2022 CHPAS Calendar

Mountain Chickadee by Grant Frost

One of the biggest months in the birding world is here! May is filled with opportunities to see migrants as they pass through Goshen, Laramie, and Platte counties. Local birders have already seen Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Green-tailed and Spotted Towhees, Say’s Phoebe, and the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (all at Wyoming Hereford Ranch in May 2022). Once again we thank the Hales for allowing birders to enjoy their lovely ranch.

Bullock’s Oriole

More species will be seen as the month continues. Personally, I’m waiting for the first Bullock’s Oriole to appear at our orange and jelly feeder. Don’t miss this special time of the year. Bird on!

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May 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May Flowers at the State Museum.

We will be there talking about birds and pollinator gardens. Let your imagination bloom and learn about the world of plants! Make your own potted plant, explore the root systems of your favorite flowers, and meet experts from across Wyoming.

To keep all families COVID-safe, they are requiring timed registration for this event. Use this link to reserve your one-hour time slot for FREE! May Flowers

May 21, 6:30 a.m. Annual Cheyenne Big Day Bird Count

Starting at Lions Park, we will cover birding hot spots throughout the Cheyenne area. If you want to join us later than 6:30 a.m., please call Mark, 307-287-4953, to get a location update. We also encourage people to report all bird sightings during the 24-hour period beginning at midnight on the free app at eBird.org.

Brown Thrasher by Mark Gorges

We will leave from the Lions Park parking lot between the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and the picnic shelter to hike around the park for about an hour or two. We will then head to the Wyoming Hereford Ranch. At about lunch time we will head out to the Agricultural Research Station and the Arboretum west of the Air Force Base.

Bring a lunch or pick one up on the way; bring water and dress for variable weather. Everyone, no matter what your birding skills, is invited. Bring binoculars if you have them. The more eyes we have, the more birds we will see. We may finish the planned routes by 3 p.m. However, you may join us for as long as you wish and leave when you need to.

May 22, 1 to 3 p.m. – Greenway Cleanup

Cleaning up our Greenway

Cheyenne Audubon is hosting a Greenway cleanup event, Sunday, May 22nd. The public is invited to help. The starting location is the parking lot adjacent to the intersection of Van Buren Avenue and Laramie Street (just north of East Lincolnway and east of its intersection with Pershing Blvd.). Work will proceed to the north along Dry Creek.

Trash bags and light-weight gloves will be provided. Participants should wear sturdy footwear (preferably waterproof) and heavy gloves and bring rakes and hoes, if available, for fishing trash out of the creek.

May 24, 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting – Contact Wanda Manley, cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities.

May 27, 7:00 a.m. Country Club Survey – Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the County Clubhouse’s main parking lot.

April 2022 CHPAS Calendar

Sandhill Cranes at Table Mountain

So many exciting activities are happening in April! First and foremost, migration is underway! Every day, Laramie, Platte, and Goshen Counties welcome birds flying north from as far away as South America. The Sandhill Cranes (left) are likely part of the Rocky Mountain population and winter in New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico. April, May, and June are prime birding months in our region so get out there and enjoy this incredible opportunity. Not sure where to go? Check out our website (locations) for prime birding areas in our three-county area.

As always, more details are available in our monthly “Flyer” newsletter.

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April 16, 6:00 a.m. – Field Trip for Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek Viewing, We will meet at the Pilot Truck Stop in the front parking lot (off I-80 Exit 367, also known as the WHR exit, 8020 Campstool Road) for departure at 6:00 a.m. sharp. It is about a 40-mile drive to the lek area. We will be driving east on I-80 then north to an area north of Hillsdale. We hope to see grouse dancing on their lek as well as other spring prairie birds.

We will carpool to the lek site to keep the number of vehicles to a minimum. The outing will be about three hours, so we should be back to the truck stop by 9 a.m. If you are interested in going, contact Grant Frost, 307-343-2024, so that he has a list of those expected and can let you know if the plans change for any reason.

Greater Sage Grouse Photo by Pete Arnold

April 19, 7:00 p.m. – Program: “Greater Sage-Grouse – The Largest Conservation Effort in U.S. History: The Ups and Downs,” given by Daly Edmunds, Audubon Rockies Policy and Outreach Director, and Vicki Herren, retired Bureau of Land Management National Sage-Grouse Coordinator. This presentation will be held at the Cottonwood Room at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave. It can also be accessed virtually by using this Zoom link: Sage Grouse.

April 26, 6:30 p.m. – Board Meeting

             Contact Wanda Manley, cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities.

April 29, 8:00 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey

            Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the County Clubhouse’s main parking lot.

April 29, 7:00 p.m. – “Bird Photography Using Blinds with Elizabeth Boehm”

This special presentation will be held at the Trout Room of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department headquarters at 5400 Bishop Road.

Award-winning Pinedale, Wyoming, wildlife photographer Elizabeth Boehm will be presenting a free talk open to the public. She will discuss different blinds and how to position, set up and use them as well as blind etiquette. She will end with a slide show of her photography.

Elizabeth Boehm has been photographing birds for more than 20 years and spends most of her time exploring and birding Sublette County, Wyoming. She is always seeking unique images of birds and wildlife in a natural setting. Using blinds, her goal is to be able to approach her subject a bit closer and to capture natural behavior.

Redhead. Photo by Elizabeth Boehm

She is an award-winning photographer having placed in the Top 10 photos in the North American Nature Photography Association Showcase, first place in the 2019 National Audubon professional bird photo contest, and grand prize in the Wyoming Wildlife Photo Competition along with numerous images published in books and magazines.             

The next day (April 30th), just us at 7:00 a.m. for a Free Workshop “Bird Photography Using Blinds Demonstrations with Elizabeth Boehm”. This event will take place at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens’ Paul Smith Children’s Village, 710 S. Lions Park Drive. Boehm will demonstrate various kinds of blinds and she will discuss any other tools needed for comfort and working with the weather conditions.

April 30, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Spring Bird Identification: “Meet the Birds!” a class for adults and children 12 and older (Bring your own lunch) at Cheyenne Botanic Gardens Paul Smith Children’s Village and Lions Park (some walking will be included). Registration required: $15 via Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Class limited to 40 participants. Registration is required via https://bpt.me/5390763  or the Botanic Gardens. Just before the peak of migration, let Cheyenne Audubon members introduce you to 50 of our local birds. A combination of classroom discussion and short walks into Lions Park, a Wyoming Important Bird Area, with borrowed binoculars or your own, will make spring so much more interesting for you.