October has arrived and the winter solstice is less than three months away – on December 21st. As the days grow shorter and the temperatures colder, consider feeding our feathered friends if you don’t already do so. In these dry times, they also appreciate water if you can supply it.
Also listen carefully as you are walking outside as many types of birds are migrating south during October. In addition to Canada Geese, you may hear Sandhill Cranes and other birds as they travel south.
Enjoy these last autumn days and use some time to increase your knowledge about our region’s environment, birds, and mammals. It will be time well spent!
October 19, 7:00 p.m. – Dry Creek: “Evolution of an Urban Stream in Cheyenne” by Jeff Geyer, Laramie County Conservation District Water Specialist. Cottonwood Room of the Laramie County Library.
Cheyenne’s increased development over the last 20 years means increased impervious surfaces, which in turn means higher flows in drainages through town. Dry Creek drains two-thirds of Cheyenne which equates to 12 square miles of roof tops, roads, and driveways. Storm-water runoff has changed the shape and behavior of Dry Creek, degrading it. The Laramie County Conservation District is using best management practices (BMPs) to restore and rejuvenate Dry Creek to a functioning system within its Cheyenne Business Park Natural Area.
Jeff has a Bachelor’s in Fisheries and Wildlife Management and an Master’s degree in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, both from the University of Wyoming.
Learn more about Dry Creek and the watershed project which is partially funded with grants from both the Cheyenne High Plains Audubon Society and the National Audubon Society. This program will also be accessible via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87615181165).
October 23, 8:00 a.m. Field Trip to Colorado’s Front Range Lakes.
We plan to leave from the parking lot next to the Children’s Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens in Lions Park at 8 a.m. Following Covid protocols, car pooling may be available at the discretion of drivers.
We will be looking for a variety of wintering waterfowl (geese, ducks, grebes, etc.) on lakes down to Wellington and beyond depending on time. Although we should turn back north by noon, you can leave whenever you need to. Dress for changing weather; bring water and snacks.
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.
October 26, 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting: Laramie County Library, Sage Room (second floor). Contact Wanda Manley if you would like to participate (email@example.com) in helping to plan chapter activities.
October 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The count will start in the County Clubhouse’s main parking lot.