LAS's first field trip of 2021 (Saturday, February 6th) was widely anticipated as the kick-off to our Spring schedule. And, the night before the outing, the forecast looked promising - snow ending Friday night and not resuming until mid-day on Saturday. Perfect conditions for fresh tracks! By Saturday morning, snow had ended in Laramie and the group headed toward the Snowies. Unfortunately, the weather deteriorated in the Laramie Valley, with a whiteout encountered near the junction of Hwy. 11. Despite the road conditions, five hardy souls gathered at the designated spot (intersection of Hwy. 130 and Sand Lake Road), where it was windy and snowing. The group observed that any recent tracks were likely to be obscured by the blowing snow, and they decided to cancel the trip. Unfortunately, there is no available backup date for this event. We hope that conditions are more favorable for a tracking trip in 2022. In the meantime, please consider joining one of our upcoming outings: http://laramieaudubon.blogspot.com/p/events.html.
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
Although we are all still confronting the limitations associated with keeping ourselves and others healthy during the pandemic, the Laramie Audubon Society will host a series of spring field trips, with the goal of safely seeing each other and Wyoming birds. The schedule kicks off on Saturday, February 6th with our annual Winter Tracking Trip. All trips will require attendees to wear masks and mindfully keep their distance from others. No carpools will be coordinated for the foreseeable future, but most trips are relatively close to Laramie, and the Hotspots trip (April 24th) can even be completed on a bicycle.
The tentative schedule is posted on the Events page of our website: http://laramieaudubon.blogspot.com/p/events.html. Please remember to register if you plan to attend a trip, so that we can let you know if the details change due to weather or other considerations.
We hope to see you this Spring!
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.