May Dates to Remember

Greater YellowlegsWelcome Spring!  May is an exciting month for us all, with birds arriving in Cheyenne almost daily as they migrate north to their breeding grounds.  CHPAS is celebrating with a number of events during May.  Here are dates for you to remember – join us! 

May 8, 8:00 a.m. – Joint Field Trip with the Laramie Chapter at Wyoming Hereford Ranch to Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. 

We will meet at the Wyoming Hereford Ranch Headquarters at 8 a.m. We should be able to find some warbler species as well as migrating thrushes and other colorful migrating songbirds.  

Wear your mask when outside your vehicle with the group. Bring water and clothes for changing weather. We expect to be finished by noon, but you can leave whenever you need to. Please contact Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 if you plan to join us, so that we have a list and can let you know if the plans change for any reason such as bad weather.

May 14, 6:00 p.m. – Book Signing with Nathan Pieplow – Wyoming Hereford Ranch (WHR), 1101 Hereford Ranch Road. 

PieplowOur guest speaker in March, Nathan Pieplow, will join us for a little talk and book signing at the WHR. He will have copies of his “Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Western North America” available for purchase.

Thanks go to the Hales who are lending us use of the Horse Barn, diagonally across from the office which has a restroom.  Bring your lawn chair. If it is a nice evening, we’ll be out on the nearby lawn. If it is a nasty evening, we’ll be in the hayloft (stair access only). Bring your own refreshments.  You are welcome to arrive early and stay late to do a little birding—WHR is famous, especially among Wyoming and Colorado birders.

May 15, 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. The middle of May is the high point of the spring migration of birds to their nesting areas from their winter homes.  Look for more information in the May issue of CHPAS FLYER

May 22, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  – Greenway Cleanup

Cheyenne Audubon is hosting a Greenway cleanup event, Saturday May 22 as part of the 30th anniversary of thePerfect Tree Greenway. 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. Masks and social distancing are recommended.

May 25, 7:00 p.m. – Virtual Board Meeting

Contact Terry Harper (cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com) if you would like to join us. 

May 28, 7:00 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey

Contact Chuck Seniawski to take part or to be on his email notice list.  Chuck may be reached at 307-638-6519. 

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