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Field Trips - Spring 2021
To comply with social distancing guidelines, we will not arrange carpooling for our field trips until further notice. Instead, attendees will meet directly at field trip locations at 8 a.m. Please wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing. In addition, bring your binoculars (if you have them), an extra layer (perhaps two), sun protection, and water/snacks if you would like them. Most trips will last for two to three hours, but attendees are free to leave at any time.
Please pre-register by emailing us (email@example.com) so that we can anticipate the group size and plan social distancing measures accordingly. ALL PLANS SUBJECT TO CHANGE - pre-registration allows us to contact you with updated information, if necessary.
February 6 - Winter Tracking Trip: Many of us look forward to this annual trip all winter! Dr. Gary Beauvais of the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database help us learn to detect and interpret tracks and other signs of life in the winter forest. We anticipate that the group will travel up to two miles off trail through the snow; please bring your own snowshoes or cross-country skis. We will meet at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 130 and Sand Lake Road, 2.2 miles west of the USFS Visitors Center above Centennial. Parking will likely be limited to the pullouts along Highway 130, as the Forest Service has not plowed the adjacent parking lot in recent winters.
March 27 - Laramie Plains Lakes: Meet in the parking lot immediately west of the West Laramie Fly Store at 8 a.m. We will caravan in our own individual vehicles on a tour of the various lakes in the Laramie Basin.
April 3 - Sage Grouse Lek: We will meet at the Eppson Center (1560 North 3rd Street) and caravan to the lek site to view - from a respectful distance - the strutting and booming of the male Sage Grouse as they woo the watching females. These guys are early birds, so we'll depart from the Eppson Center at 6 a.m. and anticipate being back in Laramie around 8 a.m.
April 10 - Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Our local NWR hosts many waterfowl and other migrants. Plus, April is a good time to look for rarities! We will meet at 8 a.m. at the viewing platform.
If coming from Laramie, head south 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. To reach the viewing platform, continue west from the sign for approximately 0.75 miles, and then turn left (south) and follow the two track until it ends (approximately 0.4 miles.
April 24 - Laramie Hotspots: This tour of some of Laramie's best birding spots is a bike-friendly outing. We'll meet at Greenhill Cemetery at 8 a.m., starting from the cemetery office (corner of 15th and Lewis Streets). From there, we will proceed to LaBonte Park and then continue on to the Greenbelt (West Garfield Street trailhead in Optimist Park).
May 8 - Wyoming Hereford Ranch: Our annual trip to this Important Bird Area in Cheyenne never fails to disappoint and we sometimes see Eastern species that seldom appear in Laramie. We'll stroll approximately 2 miles, primarily on gravel roads and lawns. Meet in Cheyenne at the ranch headquarters parking area at 8 a.m.
From I-80, take Exit 367 (Campstool Road) and travel south approximately 1 mile to the entrance, which will be on the left. Follow the driveway (watching for Black-headed Grosbeaks) for approximately 0.25 miles and park opposite the red barn.
May 22 - Dawn Chorus: The mountains surrounding Laramie host an exciting diversity of breeding species throughout the summer. On this trip, we will focus primarily on birding by ear, identifying our breeding species by the songs they use to defend territories and attract mates. Possible specties include Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, American Redstart, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Lincoln's Sparrow, and many more. We will meet at the Happy Jack (sledding hill) parking lot at 6 a.m. Expect to walk approximately 1-2 miles on uneven terrain.
Evening programs - Spring 2021
Please stay tuned as we plan our evening programs to meet current Covid-19 protocols.