April 2023 CHPAS Calendar

Migration Has Begun!  Happy Birding! 

Sandhill Cranes
The Grace of Sandhill Cranes by Lorie Chesnut

The season that I look forward to all year has begun! 

Just a few minutes ago, a flock of about sixty Sandhill Cranes flew directly over our home in east Cheyenne.  They circled, coming in quite low and I wondered if they were going to land nearby.  But then they circled around again and rose until they were so high that they were barely visible.  It is moments like these that become special memories that carry me through our long winters.  Welcome Spring!


For more information about all of the events below, check out the February issue of “Flyer“, the CHPAS monthly newsletter!

April 15 – Field Trip: Cheyenne Audubon field trip to sharp-tailed grouse lek

Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse by Mark Gorges

The public is welcome to join Cheyenne Audubon members for a free birding field trip April 15 to an area north of Hillsdale to view a sharp-tailed grouse lek. Participants will leave at 6 a.m. sharp from the front parking lot of the Pilot truck stop, I-80 Exit 367, 8020 Campstool Road, for a 40-mile drive to the lek site, returning approximately 9 a.m. Carpooling is encouraged to keep the number of vehicles to a minimum.

Registration is free but please sign up with Grant Frost, 307-343-2024, to be notified of any change of plans due to weather, etc. or for more information.

April 18 – Program: “The Hungry Bird” featuring David Leatherman

Thick-billed Longspur
Thick-billed Longspur by David Leatherman

Cheyenne Audubon’s free program, “The Hungry Bird,” with David Leatherman, will be April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave. The public is welcome to attend.

 Leatherman will focus on the food habits of southeastern Wyoming and northern Colorado birds. Surprisingly few dietary specifics appear in the literature for many species.  As a Colorado State Forest Service entomologist for 32 years and lifelong birder, Leatherman has long been interested in this topic. He writes a quarterly column, “The Hungry Bird,” in the “Colorado Birds” journal. His photography exhibits of what birds eat have appeared at the University of Colorado Natural History Museum, and soon at the Fort Collins’ Discovery Museum.

The Zoom link for the program is: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85905557429?pwd=RDhUeWcvUElBMHZ2MjlYNnVMSHJXdz09

April 25 – 6:30 p.m. Board Meeting

Contact Wanda Manley, cheyenneaudubon@gmail.com, if you would like to participate in helping to plan chapter activities. This meeting will be in the Willow Room at the Laramie County Library.

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

Contact Chuck Seniawski to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or chuckski@aol.com. The count will start in the Country Clubhouse’s main parking lot.


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