Friday, April 17, 2020

All In-Person Events Cancelled Through June 30, 2020

Consistent with the policy of the National Audubon Society, we are cancelling all in-person events through June 30th.  We hope that you are able to get out on your own to bird this Spring and encourage you to participate in on-line birding education and citizen science.  Now is a great time to begin (or continue) eBirding (https://ebird.org/home). 

From time to time we will be posting additional resources here or on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Laramie-Audubon-Society-281490288527648/.  If you have a preference regarding platforms (i.e., this site vs. Facebook), please let us know by leaving a comment.  Looking forward to running into you at a local hotspot or during a fall migration field trip! 

Recent Local Highlights:
  • Peregrine Falcon (Laramie River Greenbelt)
  • Virginia Rail (Spring Creek Pond [i.e., small beaver pond east of LaPrele Park, adjacent to the cul-de-sac)
  • American Pipet (LaPrele Park)
  • Common Loon (Lake Hattie)
  • return of the Yellow-rumped Warblers!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Events Cancelled through April 30

Consistent with the actions of the National Audubon Society, the Laramie Audubon Society chapter is cancelling all in-person events through the end of April.  Please stay tuned - we are in the process of developing "virtual" birding events to keep us interacting together as a group while still protecting our community from the spread of COVID-19.  If you have ideas regarding virtual events, we encourage you to communicate them either via a "comment" on this blog or by email (laramie.audubon@gmail.com).  

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Evening Program Cancelled (March 25th)

Due to precautions associated with the coronavirus, coupled with the University of Wyoming closures, the Laramie Audubon Society has decided to cancel the evening program that was planned for next Wednesday evening.  One of our members suggested that we might enjoy the following video regarding bees (the topic of the cancelled program), in lieu of the in-person talk:

http://www.rustypatched.com/

And here are some additional videos from other Audubon Rockies chapters:

Inside Birding:  Size & Shape  10 min.Chickadees & Climate 2 min.Eagle, Falcon, Owl - Birds of Prey  23 min.Nutcrackers, White Bark Pine and Climate Change 12 min.   

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Owling Trip - Saturday. March 7th

On Saturday evening's trip to the Snowy Range, we will target species that have been found in the vicinity over the past several years, such as Boreal Owls. Expect to hike or snowshoe for 2 - 3 miles.  We will depart at 6 pm from Coal Creek Coffee downtown (110 E. Grand Avenue).  Please bring plenty of warm clothes, footwear suitable for snow, and your own water, snacks, and binoculars. 

Sunday, March 1, 2020

4th Annual Bird Hop a Bird Watching and Social Treat.

Twenty birders assembled at Coal Creek Coffee downtown Laramie on Saturday to carpool to Centennial and Albany for a relaxed bird watching Leap Day morning. The largest draw yet for the LAS 4th Annual Bird Hop, the day did not disappoint.

First stop was Centennial, where about half the group wandered into the backyard of the Bear Bottom Grill & Bar and along the tiny back streets of town, while the other half crossed the street to the area around the Library. We viewed Steller's Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, Magpies and a couple Downy Woodpeckers. And the feeders at the Bear Bottom and across the road offered up a feast for a plethora of rosy finches!

The carpool then moved along Dinwiddie Road to Albany Lodge. Along the way were spotted a Rough-legged Hawk and a Raven. Unfortunately the feeders were not out and stocked this year, and there were no birds to be seen around the Lodge, but all enjoyed a hearty breakfast and good company before heading back to Laramie.

Magpie peeking through from nest

Gray-crowned Rosy finch

The group at breakfast

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

4th Annual Bird Hop Field Trip: Saturday, February 29th

Brown-capped Rosy Finch
This trip will feature relaxing feeder-watching in Centennial and Albany.  We'll wander throughout those two communities and then bird watch from the windows of the Albany Lodge while enjoying a no-host breakfast and good company. 

The group will meet in Laramie at Coal Creek Coffee Downtown (110 E. Grand Avenue) at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning and then carpool/caravan to Centennial.  Birds that have been seen in Centennial in February (based on historic eBird data) include Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, Brown-capped and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and both Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees.  

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Also, please remember that tomorrow (Wednesday) night is our February evening program, featuring Grant Frost and Andrea Orabona (both Wyoming Game and Fish Biologists) presenting information regarding Burrowing Owls, Long-billed Curlews, black-footed ferrets, and other species of interest: 6:30 pm for refreshments and bird chat in the UW Berry Center street-level foyer; 7 pm for the presentation in the adjacent, street-level auditorium.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

February Evening Program - Burrowing Owls, Curlews, and More!

Burrowing Owl (photo courtesy of Grant Frost)
Join us for our next evening program: Wednesday, February 26th in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center.  The Berry Center is located at the corner of 10th and Lewis Streets on the University of Wyoming campus.  The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and Bird Chat in the street-level lobby.  At 7:00 p.m. we will migrate into the adjacent auditorium for the talk. 

Grant Frost, a Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife biologist stationed in Cheyenne, will give a presentation on some of the species that the department is surveying or studying that are of great interest, including long-billed curlews, burrowing owls, black-footed ferrets, and others that he has helped studied throughout the state. 

Joining Grant will be Andrea Orabona, WGFD's statewide nongame bird biologist from the Lander office, to talk about an ongoing study radio tracking Wyoming's burrowing owl migration and wintering areas.  Andrea collaborates with Courtney Conway (University of Idaho) and with research partners in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  The burrowing owl is a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Wyoming.  Andrea will discuss the need for this project, its objective, methods, and results.

Due to on-going construction on campus there is no longer a parking lot in the immediate vicinity of the building, so budget a little time for finding on-street parking in the surrounding area.