Don’t forget to feed our feathered friends during this cold weather that is expected to dip into the negative ranges this in mid-February! They will appreciate your thoughtfulness – and you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count at the same time!
Dates to Remember
February 12 – 15 Great Backyard Bird Count. Participating is easy, fun to do alone, or with others, and can be done anywhere you find birds. Simply watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 12-15, 2021,and tell eBird what you see! The Great Backyard Bird Count uses eBird, one of the world’s largest nature-databases with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year and used by professionals for science and conservation. Contribute your lists to eBird and become a citizen scientist.
February 16 7:00 p.m. Zoom Presentation: Update on Sage-Grouse Conservation by Vicki Herren. Vicki is the recently retired Bureau of Land Management National Sage-Grouse Coordinator who is still contracted to help with sage-grouse plans. She will discuss how every Friday, she joins a group of sage-grouse biologists, researchers and managers from across the west to ensure that the Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment will describe the wide variety of efforts underway to manage populations and habitats to keep them from being listed under the Endangered Species Act.
Access the program on Zoom using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82977852481.
February 20, 8:00 a.m. – Field Trip to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. We will tour the visitors center in Commerce City, Colorado,and look for bison, prairie dogs, bald eagles, other raptors and other wintering birds on the refuge. There should be open water for viewing waterfowl and gulls. We will leave from the Lions Park parking lot at the Children’s Village at 8 a.m. We will drive south on I-25 to the Arsenal; it is about an hour and a half drive.We should return by 3 p.m., but you can leave whenever you need to. Bring water and your lunch, if you like. If you are interested in going, contact Mark Gorges, 307-287-4953, so that we have a list of those expected, and can let you know if the plans change for any reason such as poor driving conditions or very cold temperatures.
February 23, 7:00 p.m. – Virtual Board Meeting. Contact Terry Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
February 26, 8:00 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey. Contact Chuck Seniawski at 307-638-6519 if you would like to participate.