Monday, December 28, 2020
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Laramie had a successful Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, with a record number of birders braving the wind and cold or loyally watching their feeders. Lists were compiled by our organizer, Shay Howlin, during a Zoom meeting, which, although fun, was no match for the potluck held during previous years.
|Pine Grosbeaks (photo courtesy of Chris Dewey)|
Great Horned Owl
Monday, December 7, 2020
|Female Red-flanked Bluetail, Laramie, November 2019 |
(photo courtesy of Laurel Armstrong)
Friday, October 30, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
The weather forecast for Saturday (Halloween!) looks good and the City has plowed the Greenbelt, where the Laramie Audubon Society will hold our final Fall field trip of 2020. We will start from the Optimist Park parking lot (West Garfield Street) at 8 a.m. If you are late, head south on the path, as we will probably start out in that direction.
The Greenbelt is a flat, paved, accessible pathway and therefore should be suitable for all birders, including families with young children and those who prefer walking on relatively uniform surfaces.
Numerous species of ducks have been sighted along the Greenbelt in the past few days, including Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, and American Widgeon. Other reported species include Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, Pied-billed Grebe, various sparrows (Lincoln's, White-crowned, White-throated, and Song), and many others.
We expect to spend several hours birding, but attendees are free to leave at any time. Please remember to bring plenty of warm clothing, binoculars/scope (if available), sun protection, water, snacks, etc. And your friends are always welcome, too!
Covid-19 Considerations: Attendees at events (including field trips) are required to wear masks and to remain mindful of social distancing. We will not be organizing carpools for the foreseeable future. PLEASE REGISTER BY EMAILING US AT Laramie.Audubon@gmail.com (this is to allow for contact tracing if necessary and to provide us with time to plan in the case of a potential huge turnout)!
Membership Reminder: LAS memberships expired on September 30th. If you haven't already, please take a moment to renew your membership either via the link to the right or via U.S. Mail (or, if you are receiving this post via email, using this link: http://laramieaudubon.blogspot.com/p/membership.html). Thank you for your ongoing support!
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Friday, October 9, 2020
Saturday afternoon, we will host our October "Evening Program" featuring Martin Grenier (Ducks Unlimited Manager of Conservation Programs in Wyoming and Colorado). Martin will fill us in on the wetlands enhancement project completed at Laramie's Monolith Ranch. We will meet at the ranch and walk in approximately one-quarter mile along a fairly flat two-track road to the restored site. After Martin's presentation there will be the option to spend a little time birding along the edge of the wetlands, so bring binoculars if you have them! Please note that this area is closed to public access - the Laramie Audubon Society and Ducks Unlimited received permission to visit for this event only. Directions will be emailed to those who register for the event.
If you plan to attend either event, please register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicating which event(s) you plan to attend.
COVID-19 Considerations: Attendees are required to wear masks for the duration of each trip/event and to practice social distancing. We are not arranging carpools for the foreseeable future.
Directions to Hutton Lake NWR: Head south from Laramie on 3rd Street/ US-287, turn right onto County Road 22 (as if entering the cement plant), then turn left onto Sand Creek Road (parallel to railroad tracks - many people have missed this turn and mistakenly entered the cement plant parking lot). Stay on Sand Creek Road for about 8 miles, then turn right at the National Wildlife Refuge sign. Meet at the parking area just inside the fence, adjacent to the Refuge's information board. If you are early or late, look for us near the observation deck at the far end of the Refuge.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Please pre-register by emailing us at email@example.com and bring/wear your mask as well as the usual water, sun protection, snacks, and birding supplies. New policy: LAS will only share spotting scopes that are equipped with camera viewers; we are currently uncertain whether we will have any such scopes at this field trip.
Directions to Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge: If coming from Laramie, head south on 3rd Street/ US-287, turn right onto County Road 22 (toward the cement plant), then turn left onto Sand Creek Road (parallel to railroad tracks - many people have missed this turn and mistakenly entered the cement plant parking lot). Stay on Sand Creek Road for about 8 miles, then turn right at the National Wildlife Refuge sign. Meet at the parking area just inside the fence, adjacent to the Refuge's information board.
(Photo of American Avocets courtesy of LAS member Liz Young)
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Please see the Events page of this blog for Laramie Audubon's Fall 2020 schedule. In consideration of Covid-19, we've made some changes to our typical protocols. Please be sure to wear a mask and be mindful regarding social distancing at all LAS events. Due to potential risks associated with carpools, our Fall schedule focuses on birding spots within or close to Laramie. In addition, we are REQUIRING people to pre-register for field trips by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can plan for the anticipated group size. Depending on the group sizes at our initial trips, we may set size limits for the later trips.
The Fall field trip schedule kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning (September 5th) at Greenhill Cemetery's south gate near the corner of Willet and 19th Streets.
Friday, April 17, 2020
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
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
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
Sunday, March 1, 2020
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.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
|Brown-capped Rosy Finch|
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.
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
|Burrowing Owl (photo courtesy of Grant Frost)|
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.
All natural history subjects are welcome and all forms of media accepted. LAS anticipates this show to be a celebration of nature interpreted by new as well as veteran artists. There will be a reception at the show on Wednesday, April 22 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Come and enjoy refreshments and meet many of the exhibiting artists.
Artists may drop off works on Friday, April 3 from 2:00-6:00 pm. Please have your work ready to hang, including a reliable wire or hook on the back of your two-dimensional piece. LAS will hang two-dimensional work and install three-dimensional work. Artists are responsible for any technology needed to show work. There may be limits on what is feasible, so if you have needs including electricity, please contact Samantha at email@example.com.
Artists may sell their work through direct contact by buyer to the Laramie Audubon Society. The University of Wyoming does not conduct any sale of art shown at the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center. Artists are responsible for any state and federal taxes. If you do sell your art, a donation of 10% of the sale will go to the Laramie Audubon Society.
LAS welcomes both novice and experienced artists to participate. Please share this announcement with other artists and art lovers!
This year we are requesting that artists submit a registration form by Tuesday, March 21st - this will facilitate organizing the show and will make drop-off more efficient for both artists and LAS. The form may be submitted via email or may be mailed. If submitted electronically, we will require a signature when you drop off your work. We've enjoyed the variety of local art at the two previous shows and are excited to be able to host a show again this year.
Registration form: open link; then click the green "download" button near the upper-right corner
LAS email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
LAS mailing address: P.O. Box 878, Laramie, WY 82073
Contact for additional information: Samantha: email@example.com
Monday, February 10, 2020
Photos: Winter snow trackers, Mouse tracks, Dusky Grouse track with wing print during takeoff
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Grants will generally be awarded for no more than $500 and are awarded bi-annually. Deadlines are March 31 for summer/fall grants and October 31 for winter/spring grants. Notifications will be sent out within 4 to 6 weeks. See laramieaudubon.blogspot.com/p/small-grants-program.html for full details on grant application requirements and stipulations of the grant.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Please bring your own snowshoes or cross-country skis, snacks, water, sun protection, warm clothes, etc. We'll meet at Coal Creek (downtown) at 8 a.m. and carpool to Chimney Park (or other location depending on snow conditions). The weather looks fairly mild, so the roads *should* be okay.
Laramie Audubon Society evening programs are held in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center auditorium (Room 138) (unless otherwise noted). The Berry Center is located on the University of Wyoming campus at 10th and Lewis Streets. Note that there is no longer a parking lot across the street from the building - parking is available on the surrounding streets. Bird chats with refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. and the programs begin at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 11, 2020
|Northern Pygmy-Owl (Photo courtesy of Cody Porter)|