Early morning hours bring new birds and flowers! I’m sure that many of you reading this post have noticed the influx of new birds into the Cheyenne area. A visit to Lions Park gives an opportunity to observe one of our cutest local celebrities, the Yellow-Rumped Warbler. This little birds swoop and dive as they feed on insects.
Those who venture out to Wyoming Hereford Ranch are in for a special treat. Over the past few weeks, many species of Warbler have been sighted, including the Worm-eating Warbler, the Black-Throated Gray Warbler, and just recently, the Palm Warbler. Here one day and gone the next, Wyoming Hereford Ranch is one of the best places to bird during the months of May and June – and truthfully, all year round. So get up early, grab your binoculars, and enjoy the best that Wyoming has to offer!
Oh, and don’t forget to look at BirdCast, “showcasing the spectacle of bird migration”. Review bird migration forecast maps to see when significant numbers of birds coming into this area. BirdCast is brought to us by Colorado State University and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
May 13, 9 a.m. – Greenway Cleanup
Cheyenne Audubon is hosting a Greenway cleanup event, Saturday, May 13th. 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 20, 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 Grant, 307-343-2024, to get a location update throughout the morning. We also encourage people to report all bird sightings during the 24-hour period beginning at midnight on the free app at eBird.org. The middle of May is the high point of the spring migration of birds to their nesting areas from their winter homes.
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. Please look at “Flyer ” for more details about the count.
Tally Party: We will have a Tally Party at Perkins Restaurant on Dell Range Blvd. on Sunday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m. If you would like to join us, please contact Lorie Chesnut (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Saturday evening, May 20th, so that she can make a reservation. Bring a list of the bird species that you saw and we will add them to our Big Day Bird Count list.
Board Meeting – There will be no Board Meeting in May. Meetings will resume in June and please consider joining the Board of Directors! We need volunteers who are passionate about birds and their environment.
May 26, 7:00 a.m. – Country Club Bird Survey: Contact Chuck Seniawski to be on his email notice list: 307-638-6519 or email@example.com. The count will start in the Country Club’s clubhouse’s main parking lot.