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.
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!
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.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com. The count will start in the County Clubhouse’s main parking lot.