Friday, September 23, 2016

Upcoming talk: Nate Huck

On Wednesday, September 28, Nate Huck will give a talk entitled Duck diets: what they eat and why it matters. As usual, we will meet in the Berry Center; bird chat with refreshments will start at 6:30 pm, and the talk will begin at 7:00 pm.

Nate is the Migratory Game Bird Biologist for Wyoming Game and Fish. He’ll be talking about research from his graduate work at Texas A&M, studying diet composition of Northern Pintails along the Texas coast. He’ll discuss the importance of understanding winter foraging habits for key waterfowl species, and share with us some cool insights from his research. Please join us for his talk!
Northern Pintails. Photo by JM Garg, Wikimedia.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Upcoming trip: Laramie Hotspots

LAS birds Optimist Park, Sep 2015.
Doug Eddy will lead us on a journey through the best birding spots within Laramie this Saturday, 24 September. We'll look for migrating songbirds, especially warblers and sparrows.

We will meet at 8 am at Night Heron Books & Coffeehouse to carpool. Bring binoculars and field guides, dress for the weather, and bring water and snacks.

Doug plans to visit four spots in town--so if you can't meet up at 8 am we hope you will join us for part of the time! We'll spend about 1 hour at each stop; click on the links below for details and a map of the location.

City Springs Oasis
Greenhill Cemetery
Labonte Park

After the birding is done, we will spend some time cleaning up the section of the Greenbelt that Laramie Audubon recently adopted. We'd really appreciate it if you stuck around after birding pick up trash!

Birders of all levels are welcome! This is a particularly good trip for beginning birders. Our trips are free and open to the public.

Greenbelt, September 2015. Photo by Libby Megna.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Trip report: Hutton Lake NWR

Yesterday, Saturday 17 September, Tim Banks and Vicki Henry led a great trip to Hutton Lake NWR. We had nice looks at Greater Yellowlegs, Ferruginous Hawks, and a small flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers, Wilson's Warblers, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers working through the greasewood. The vast majority of the waterfowl were American Coots and Eared Grebes.

You can view our full checklist here.

In addition to birding, we cleaned out and performed maintenance on the Tree Swallow nest boxes at the refuge. This past summer almost all of the boxes hosted Tree Swallows, and 13 nests apparently fledged young.

Vicki Henry and Art Denison checking a nest box. Photo by Libby Megna.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Upcoming trip: Hutton Lake NWR, 13 September

This Saturday, 17 September, Vicki Henry and Tim Banks will lead us to Hutton Lake NWR for birding and nest box maintenance! This time of year the refuge hosts migrating waterfowl, coots, grebes, and hopefully some lingering shorebirds. If you can stay for a bit after birding, we will also clean out and perform maintenance on the tree swallow nest boxes we have on the refuge. Feel free to join us for either or both activities.

Meet at Night Heron Books & Coffeehouse at 8 am. We should be back to Laramie by noon or so, but of course you can leave early if you drive your own vehicle or arrange with carpool buddies. Bring binoculars, a spotting scope if you have one, snacks/drinks and dress for the weather.

Our trips are free and open to the public. This trip is great for birders of all skill levels.

See you there!
Rush Lake, September 2015. Photo by Libby Megna.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Trip Report: Hereford Ranch

Eight Auduboners met extra early to bird the Wyoming Hereford Ranch in Cheyenne this past Saturday, 10 September 2016. Despite the overnight below-freezing temps in Laramie, we lucked into a very nice day at Hereford.

Our hopes for rare fall migrants were dashed, but we did get nice looks at expected species. Although Wilson's Warblers dominated all of the riparian areas at the Ranch, we did pick out one Yellow Warbler and one Townsend's Warbler. We also found a Brown Thrasher, Say's Phoebes, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and Warbling Vireos. Our full trip list is here.

Laramie Audubon birds Hereford Ranch. Photo by Libby Megna.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Upcoming trip: Hereford Ranch, 10 September

Eastern Screech-Owl. Photo by Libby Megna
We will head out to Hereford Ranch in Cheyenne this Saturday, 10 September, for our first field trip of the season. This is a great place to see eastern species that are migrating through the region, in addition to more expected regional migrants. The ranch has riparian habitats that attract a lot of migrants during spring and fall.

Meet at 7:00 am (earlier than usual) at Night Heron Books & Coffeehouse to carpool and caffeinate to Cheyenne. We will leave no later than 7:15. Be sure to gas up ahead of time--it will take about 50 minutes to get to the ranch. We should get back to Laramie between noon and 1 pm; of course, you can leave anytime you like if you drive your own vehicle.

Bring binoculars, snacks, water, and layer your clothes for weather. This field trip is open to the public and birders of all levels are welcome. Hope to see you this weekend!
Fall birding at Hereford, 13 September 2014. Photo by Libby Megna.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Golden Eagle Rescuers Needed

The Teton Raptor Center is looking for volunteers who are willing to transport injured Golden Eagles, and potentially other raptors, to licensed rehabilitation centers so that they can receive the care they need. Please see the details below from Carrie Ann Adams, and feel free to share the flyer with others who you think may be interested! Click the image for a downloadable PDF flyer.

If you would like to help, call 307-203-2551 or email


Carrie Ann Adams, Program Associate at Teton Raptor Center: "Thank you for your dedication to avian conservation and for providing opportunities for people to learn about birds. At Teton Raptor Center in Jackson Hole, we share your commitment to involving the public in avian conservation, with a special focus in birds of prey. Our mission is to advance raptor conservation through education, research, and rehabilitation. One of our newest initiatives is the Golden Eagle Rescue Network, and we are looking for volunteer Raptor Rescuers.

We have a new opportunity for bird lovers throughout Wyoming to help rescue injured and orphaned eagles. Through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, we are coordinating a network of volunteer drivers, WGFD officers, pilots, veterinarians, and rehabbers to transport injured eagles in Wyoming to licensed rehabilitation centers. Wyoming currently has three raptor rehab centers: Ironside Bird Rescue in Cody, Teton Raptor Center in Jackson, and Wind River Raptors in Lander. Raptors injured near Laramie can also receive care at the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program in Fort Collins, Colorado.

We hope that members of the Laramie Audubon Society, or other avian aficionados in your area, will be interested in becoming Raptor Rescuers. Volunteering typically involves transporting injured birds in kennels from a WGFD office to a rehabilitation center. There is no minimum time commitment, and rescuers can choose to participate on a case-by-case basis. While the network is initially intended for Golden Eagles, there will be opportunities to help other injured raptors as well."