After a period of hot dry weather, our region has enjoyed light rain as the month of July is ushered in. At our wetlands site off Campstool Road, ground-nesting birds like the Killdeer are on high alert for intruders in their territory. This is why it is so important to let prairie grasses flourish – they are prime habitat for ground nesting birds. As noted by CHPAS President Wanda Manley, “every time you mow and the native grasses fail to complete their life cycle, cheatgrass and Japanese brome will move into those areas.” These invasive grasses will burn, leaving the soil bare and scorched. So … four words to remember … don’t mow the prairie!
More information about all of the events listed below may be found in Flyer, our Chapter newsletter.
July 13, 8:30 – 10 p.m. Bat Walk with the Biodiversity Institute at Mylar Park, Cheyenne
Join The Biodiversity Institute and Bat Conservation International to learn all about local bat species and go on a short stroll to listen for bat calls. You may even get the chance to see one as they fly overhead! All ages welcome. Registration is Required. (Note: As of July 6, 2022, registration for the Cheyenne event has been closed but several other Wyoming locations are still available). For more information: Summer Bat Walks
July 15 through 18 On-line BioBlitz
July 16, 8:00 a.m. Field Trip: Birding and Picnic, Medicine Bow National Forest
This will be an all-day trip. If you drive, you can leave whenever you need to. We’ll drive to Laramie and then to Don and Belinda Moench’s cabin on Miller Lake, near Fox Park. Participants should bring a side dish to share; hamburgers will be provided. Bring a folding chair to sit on for the potluck and be prepared for the weather.
You must sign up with Grant Frost at 307-343-2024 at least a week before so that we know how many to expect, and so that we can let you know if the trip is canceled for some reason.
July 26, 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting
Contact Wanda Manley, email@example.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities. We have a special need for individuals interested in environmental education.
July 29, 7:00 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 Country Club’s main parking lot.