Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Colorado and Wyoming eBird Blog

Attention eBirders of Wyoming! There is new blog out there, Colorado and Wyoming eBird, which was spearheaded by Tony Leukering, the lead eBirder reviewer for Colorado, and with contributions from eBird reviewers from across Wyoming and Colorado. The eBird review teams of the two states see this blog as a way to impart information about all aspects of the eBird review process to the region's eBirders, with its primary purpose to make the review system more transparent. Posts will include essays on how filters are created, how they work, what filters mean for entering checklists, as well as information on how to get the most out of eBird, from using all of the data output tools to exploring the birds of different regions. For those of you who don't use eBird, check it out 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

Laramie CBC Results

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.

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) © Shawn Billerman
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) © Shawn Billerman
Many thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make the Laramie Christmas Count a great success this year!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

RESCHEDULED: Snowshoe Trip now MARCH 1

Tracks in snow © Julie Hart
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR TRIP WAS SNOWED OUT ON SATURDAY, FEB. 21. WE WILL HAVE OUR TRIP ON SUNDAY, MARCH 1.

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

Upcoming talk by Mike Lockhart

Green Violetear. Photo © Mike Lockhart.
We are excited to have Mike Lockhart speak to us this Wednesday,  25 February in the Berry Biodiversity Center. Mike's talk is entitled "Way cool and smokin' hot birds and other wildlife: Images from the Arctic and tropical America."

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!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Snow Tracking Field Trip at Chimney Park on Saturday morning, February 21

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.
Meet at 8 am at Coal Creek Coffee 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, water and 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. 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

Upcoming talk by Shawn Billerman

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.