Dates to Remember: July

Western Water Network Grant Award

Jeff Geyer at the Project Site
Jeff Geyer at the Wetlands Project Site, March 2021

CHPAS is pleased to announce that we are one of five Audubon Chapters receiving a grant under the National Audubon Western Water Network Grant Program.  We join four chapters in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah with a shared goal of wetlands habitat restoration and protection for our streams and rivers.  More about the project and the chapters who received funding can be accessed at 2021 Audubon Chapter Western Water Network Grants.  CHPAS is partnering with Jeff Geyer, Water Specialist at the Laramie County Conservation District on this exciting project.  A webpage with more details about the project (and educational materials for the public as well as youth) is under construction! 

July 9, 8:30 a.m. Volunteer Opportunity on Lower Dry Creek

Calling those who like to work with wood and get muddy! We need a few strong individuals to help us construct log structures for the Wetlands project discussed above. We will gather off Campstool Road, on the right side, just past the WY Liquor Distribution Warehouse (a little east of Whitney Road).

Bring work gloves, hip or muck boots, water and bug spray. This requires some lifting, so physical strength and the ability to work outside in the heat is required. If you can work for one or two hours, that would be fine – but longer is possible too. This isn’t an event for children. For more information, call Mark Gorges at 307-287-4953.

July 11, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Laramie County Master Gardener’s Garden Walk

Palma Garden
Jack Palma’s Garden with water for wildlife

The Laramie County Master Gardeners’ Garden Walk is back. The theme is “Habitat Hero” gardens. It’s scheduled for July 11, 1-4 p.m. It’s free, but donations are appreciated.  Five gardens are on the walk, and all are certified Habitat Hero gardens. You can start at any garden and pick up the booklet that has the location and description of each. 

Barb and Mark Gorges will be hosting by the Habitat Hero Demonstration Garden at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, next to the parking lot in front of the conservatory, 710 S. Lions Park Drive.  More information is provided in the July issue of The Flyer, our Chapter newsletter. 

 July 17, 7:00 a.m. Field Trip on the Silver Lake Trail in the Snowies (aka Meadow Falls Trail)

We will leave from the parking lot next to the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens at 7 a.m.  Plan to caravan; carpooling will be at the discretion of each driver. We will head west on I-80 to Laramie, then south on WY-130 to the National Forest. The Silver Lake Campground turnoff is just over 3 miles beyond Lake Marie. The trailhead parking is on the left just before you get to the campground. It is about an 80-mile drive.

Dusky Grouse
Dusky Grouse by Mark Gorges

The hike is 2.7 miles around the lake and through the forest then back up the cars. The trail is rated as moderate with only about a 400-foot elevation change at around 10,500 feet in elevation. We should be able to find a dozen or so typical forest birds and may see some Dusky Grouse.

Please contact Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 if you plan to join us.  We plan to be finished by about 2:00 p.m. and back to Cheyenne at about 4:00 p.m.  Be sure to bring lunch and water with you. 

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