About

The Laramie Audubon Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization based in Laramie, Wyoming.

Contact us via email: laramie.audubon@gmail.com

Mailing address:
Laramie Audubon Society
PO Box 878
Laramie, WY 82073

Laramie Audubon Society promotes the conservation and appreciation of birds and other wildlife through education, outreach, and habitat stewardship. Officers and Board members are elected by our membership at the November public meeting. If you are interested in becoming more involved, please send us an email.

Our logo was designed by Sierra Morrow from a Ferruginous Hawk line drawing by Rebekah Smith.

Officers
President: Tim Banks
Vice President: Brian Waitkus
Secretary: Libby Megna
Treasurer: Samantha Weatherston

Board of Directors
Tim Banks
Beth Cable
Lisa Cox
Libby Megna
Cody Porter
Lindsey Sanders
Brian Waitkus
Samantha Weatherston

Positions
Newsletter Editor: Lisa Cox
Field Trips: all board members
Programs: all board members
Conservation: Tim Banks
Outreach: currently vacant
Publicity: currently vacant
Hospitality: all board members
Membership: Lindsey Sanders
Website Coordinator: Libby Megna

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More About Us

Tim Banks
Since retiring as UWPD Chief in 2006, I have divided my time among a variety of outdoor activities in ways that the casual observer might describe as goofing off. Birding, of course, is one, but an interest in birds and other aspects of natural history is the common thread that connects most of my time afield. As an "encore career", I have been leading birding tours for Road Scholar since 2008, and have also picked up the occasional job doing seasonal bird surveys. I have served on the LAS Board previously, including a term as president which I relinquished in 2012 when I made a temporary move to North Carolina. With that experience mercifully behind me I am home in Laramie and happy to help Laramie Audubon in any way I can.
Beth Cable
Beth has a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Penn State University and a M.S. in Science Teaching/Environment and Natural Resources, as well as a secondary biology teaching certification from the University of Wyoming. Beth is coordinating biodiversity birding trips to Ecuador, and working at Sheila Bird Farm in her spare time. Beth is a past board member and plans to introduce Laramie Audubon in the schools.


Lisa Cox
Lisa was a teacher and Program Director in New England before moving to Laramie to get a Master in Public Administration and Environment and Natural Resources. She also has a M.S. in Soil Science with a certificate in Reclamation and Restoration Ecology.

Libby Megna
I started birding as a teenager in Michigan and subsequently spent a lot of time at the local nature center, hanging out with my birding buddies and teaching kids the ecology of the Great Lakes region. After a stint of avian field tech jobs, I joined Matt Carling's lab at UW where I study reproductive isolation in passerine birds. I am also an eBird reviewer for Wyoming.




Cody Porter
Cody grew up in southern Michigan and has a B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University. Cody is currently a PhD student and is studying the evolutionary ecology of Red Crossbills. Cody plans to help Laramie Audubon connect birds and people, and develop and lead field trips to new and different locations.

Lindsey Sanders
Originally from California, I worked on a variety of wildlife projects across the western US, including researching endangered piping plovers and least terns on the Missouri River, American pika habitat use in Wyoming’s Wind River mountains, Sierra Nevada red fox population distribution, and woodpecker habitat selection in burned forests of northern California. I am currently a graduate student at the University of Wyoming studying the effects of energy development on songbird nest survival. In my spare time, I enjoy birding, hiking, skiing, backpacking, and generally being outside.

Brian Waitkus
As a person interested in natural history photography I wanted to learn about the life history of birds and other wildlife. Laramie Audubon outings and lectures offered a way to fulfill this goal. I have been associated with this organization since the late 1990s, and on the Laramie Audubon board for many years, presently serving as vice president. It has been an honor to watch the growth of Laramie Audubon through the years and play a small part in this progression.

 Samantha Weatherston
Samantha is a member of the Little Laramie Hikers club and has always been a “naturalist at heart”. Samantha grew up in northwestern Minnesota and has spent a lot of time hiking and birding with her family. Samantha plans to expand Laramie Audubon field trips to include more family-friendly outings and connect with younger members of our community to build life-long birding hobbies and interests.