Wednesday, March 4, 2015
here. Its a fantastic resource for finding out what can be seen in your area, planning out a birding trip in a new and exciting place, and keeping track of your own sightings. Please check the new Wyoming and Colorado eBird blog here, and let us know what you think!
Sunday, March 1, 2015
The Laramie Christmas Bird Count, held on Sunday, December 14th, tallied 44 species and included one new species to the count: an adult male Great-tailed Grackle was found by Craig Benkman near Optimist Park. Since the count, additional Great-tailed Grackles have been found in the same area, totaling 18 individuals, by far the largest count of this species in Wyoming in winter. The count also tallied a total of 3,802 individuals. Twenty-seven people participated this year, birding in 11 teams, a new Other highlights included a male White-winged Crossbill on the University of Wyoming campus with a flock of Red Crossbills, 4 Lapland Longspurs, and a Northern Shrike along the Laramie River. Detailed results were included in our January newsletter.
Many thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make the Laramie Christmas Count a great success this year!
|Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) © Shawn Billerman|
|Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) © Shawn Billerman|
Thursday, February 26, 2015
|Tracks in snow © Julie Hart|
Join Laramie Audubon Society on a Snow Tracking Field Trip this Sunday. Bring your snowshoes or cross-country skis and wear your layered winter clothing. Gary Beauvais, Director of the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, will lead us on a trek through the snow at Chimney Park (USFS). Gary will show us various tracks in the snow and help us learn to identify who made the tracks. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors on a winter morning.
Meet at 8am at Coal Creek Coffee (downtown Laramie) on Sunday, March 1, to caffeinate and carpool. We will drive out to Chimney Park Trailhead in the US Forest, 32 miles southwest of Laramie on Hwy 230. Bring snacks, maybe a lunch, and water. Be sure to dress for the weather. We usually return to Laramie around 1pm.
There is a $5 fee per vehicle at the trailhead unless you have an annual pass. Be sure to display your pass (if you have one) on your dashboard.
If you have any questions, you may call Vicki Henry at 307-760-9518.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
|Green Violetear. Photo © Mike Lockhart.|
We will start the mingling and refreshments at 6:30 pm and at 7:00 pm Mike, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, will share photos and video clips from his travels and work. He is the former Recovery Coordinator for the black-footed ferret project and has had a long career working with raptors and other wildlife, including many years assisting in polar bear capture and satellite telemetry studies in Alaska. His tropical travels include trips to Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador. Mike will present a series of photos and videos of spectacular vistas and species from extremes in environments and color. His photos are truly exceptional and his knowledge about wildlife is profound. You will not want
to miss this program!
Friday, February 20, 2015
The weather may not cooperate with our field trip on Saturday morning. If it is snowing on Saturday morning at 7:30am, or if the roads are icy between Laramie and Chimney Park, we will postpone our snow tracking trip to Sunday, March 1, meeting at Coal Creek Coffee at 8am, then carpooling to Chimney Park.
You may call Vicki Henry at 760-9518 after 7am on Saturday, Feb., 21, or watch for an email announcing the postponement.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Join us on a Snow Tracking Field Trip this Saturday, February 21. Bring your cross-country skis or snowshoes and wear your layered winter clothing. Gary Beauvais, Director of the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, will lead us on a trek through the snow at Chimney Park (USFS). Gary will show us various tracks in the snow and help us learn to identify who made the tracks. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors on a winter morning.
|Snow tracking field trip. Photo by Julie Hart.|
There is a $5 fee per vehicle at the trailhead unless you have an annual pass. If you have one, be sure to display your pass on your dashboard.
If you have any questions, you may call Vicki at 307-760-9518.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Our next evening meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday January 28th at 6:30 pm in the Berry Biodiversity Center auditorium. After mingling and refreshments, Shawn Billerman will continue his Difficult Bird ID series at 7 pm with a session on sparrows, longspurs, and finches. We will learn how to identify these tricky species so we're ready for spring migration!
|McCown's Longspur, Albany Co. WY. Photo © Shawn Billerman.|