Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Great Backyard Bird Count - February 12-15, 2016

People all over the world will participate in the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen science project launched by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society.  This four-day count involves counting every bird you see in your backyard or recreation area.  Thousands of people participate each year.  The submitted checklists offer great insight into where birds are distributed during this short interval of time and how weather affects various species. 

Simply complete your checklists using the forms provided online, and enter your results electronically onto the e-bird website.  This is a great family, friends or individual project.  Count on all four days, or any of the four days.  The website provides real-time results of all checklists submitted.  Personal photos can be submitted for the Photo Contest.  See photo contest winners at http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ .

Download your forms now and get ready for the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count on February 12-15, 2016.  Go to http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ for more information.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Upcoming talk: Madagascar by Anna Chalfoun and Meg Ewald

Join the Laramie Audubon Society and the Biodiversity Institute next week for a free public program:

Wednesday, January 27
UW Berry Center Auditorium
10th Street and Lewis Street
Laramie, Wyoming
Free parking after 5 pm

6:30 pm Refreshments and Bird Chat
7:00 pm Program begins

Madagascar: Lemurs, chameleons, and...charcoal?
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, and resides at tropical and semi-tropical latitudes. It is therefore home to some of the most magnificent and unique wildlife radiations (e.g., lemurs, chameleons, vangas). Anna and Meg will take us on a photographic journey through Madagascar with a focus on the biodiversity and some associated conservation challenges.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Bird Count - 19 December


The Laramie Audubon Society will again take part in a 100-year-old Christmas tradition, the annual Christmas Bird Count. Volunteers are welcome to join in the count with the LAS chapter as it conducts the Albany County Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 19. This will be the 37th count of the Albany County circle. Volunteers are needed to help count every bird present in the 15-mile diameter circle around Laramie on the day of the count. Novices are welcome, and will be paired with more experienced bird watchers.

Volunteers can call ahead (307-286-1972) or meet at Coal Creek Coffee (110 E. Grand) at 7:30 am on the day of the count to get data forms and team assignments. Some teams walk, while others drive through the territory. Volunteers will reconvene at The Grounds Internet and Coffee Lounge (171 N. 3rd St.) at 12:00 pm to drop off morning reports and regroup for those continuing in the afternoon.

Volunteers should wear warm, layered clothing and boots, and bring water, snacks and binoculars if you have them. Feeder watchers are also welcome. Volunteers are invited to a chili supper where results will be compiled beginning at 4 pm the home of Shay Howlin. Potluck items welcome, but not required. Please contact Shay Howlin if you would like to be assigned a route early, would like forms for feeder watching, or have any questions (307-286-1972; wolfhowlin@gmail.com).

Doug Eddy counting birds for the 2014 Albany County CBC. Photo by Libby Megna.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Trip Report: Raptors of the Laramie Plains

by Brian Waitkus

Five people joined Chad Olsen for our annual raptor field trip on November 14.  The day was a surprise with sunny skies and little to no wind.  The trip began by going to the Gelatt Lake area via Pahlow Lane.   The lone Great horned owl was seen at the Hill ranch building complex.  In addition, Golden and Bald eagles, and Norther Harriers, Rough-legged hawks, and Ferruginous hawks were observed along this portion of the trip.  The day before Chad viewed eagles taking coots at the small open water areas on Gelatt Lake, but the warmer weather opened up larger portions of the lake today making the hunting more difficult.  Ducks, gulls and the lone meadowlark were also seen in this area.

Traveling to Brubaker Lane,  near the Laramie River, we observed a Redtail hawk sitting in a cottonwood eating a squirrel.  Traveling from this point to Sand Creek Road and back to Laramie more hawks and eagles were located.  A very good day was had for all and Chad once again delivered an excellent a trip providing great insight into the various raptors.

Species Number
Great Horned Owl 1
Northern Harrier 3 (1 juv)
Rough-legged Hawk 3
Ferruginous Hawk 8
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Golden Eagle 8
Bald Eagle 14 (4 adult, 10 subadults)
Eagle sp. 2
American Coot 156
Mallard 5
Gadwall 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Horned Lark 6+
Western Meadowlark 1

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Program Announcement: Nov. 18, 7PM: Sharpt-tailed Grouse in South-Central Wyoming

Please join us tomorrow, November 18th for our last fall program of fall semester.

We will be hearing about the "Population Status of the Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse in South-Central Wyoming." University of Wyoming PhD Candidate, Kurt Smith, will discuss his research on the Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse, an imperiled subspecies of the Sharp-tailed Grouse that may be threatened by energy development. Laramie Audubon contributed to Kurt’s research through its small grant program.

***Note Change of Venue*** Instead of our usual meeting place in the Berry Center, we will be meeting in the CLASSROOM BUILDING on the University of Wyoming campus, Room 214. We will still gather at 6:30PM to socialize and for refreshments before the program starts at 7:00PM.

In addition to our scheduled talk, we will also hold our annual board elections at the start of the meeting.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Upcoming Trip: Raptors of the Laramie Plains, Nov. 14

Ferruginous Hawk, Albany Co., WY © Shawn Billerman
This coming Saturday, November 14, Laramie Audubon Society will lead a field trip that will focus on spotting our local birds of prey. Though it is getting chilly, November is one of the best times to find raptors around Laramie, with good numbers of Ferruginous Hawks still moving through, and Rough-legged Hawks arriving from their Arctic breeding grounds for the winter. If you need help identifying hawks, eagles, and falcons, and want to learn about the natural history of our local raptors, then this trip is for you. All levels of birders are welcome.

Meet at Night Heron Books and Coffeehouse, downtown Laramie, at 8:00 a.m. to caffeinate and carpool. Please gas up ahead of time.

Bring binoculars, spotting scope if you have one, field guide(s), snacks, and plenty of water. Dress in layers for our Wyoming weather. If you have any questions, please call Sophie at 307-742-6138.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sagebrush Sea Film Showing

If you missed seeing the Sagebrush Sea when we hosted a showing in August, you have a second chance! We are co-sponsoring a viewing with UW Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society and other local agencies. Join us Thursday, November 12 at 6 pm in the Berry Center auditorium. This film was produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and has been highly acclaimed.