Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Upcoming talk: Rachel Fanelli and Joanna Harter

Please join us this coming Wednesday, October 26 for two talks by our most recent Small Grants recipients. Both Rachel and Joanna received LAS funds this last spring/summer to help with their research and outreach efforts.

As usual, we will meet in the Berry Center auditorium. Parking adjacent to the building is free after 5 pm. Bird chat and refreshments begin at 6:30 pm, and the talks will begin at 7:00 pm.

Rachel Fanelli will give a talk entitled: "Community Outreach with the University of Wyoming Raccoon Project." The University of Wyoming Raccoon Project has taken an active role in the Laramie community to generate excitement around this local wildlife species. Rachel will discuss their outreach efforts and how these efforts have proven fundamental for their research.

Joanna Harter will give a talk entitled: "How does bird diversity in the Prairie Potholes Region respond to wetland persistence?" The Prairie Potholes Region supports a high diversity of birds and diverse wetland habitats, and Joanna is examining the effects of wetland persistence on bird diversity. She will introduce us to this strange and beautiful landscape, and share some of the details of her study with us during her talk.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Upcoming trip: Plains Lakes

Libby Megna will lead a trip to the Plains Lakes this Saturday, 15 October. Hopefully we will find a variety of dabbling and diving ducks between Blake's Pond, Twin Buttes, and Lake Hattie. Plus, raptor diversity out on the plains is almost always excellent.

We will meet at 8 am at Night Heron Books & Coffeehouse to carpool. Bring binoculars, a scope if you have one, and field guides. Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks. I plan to be back in Laramie by 11:45 am; if you can only join us for part of the time, be prepared to drive your own vehicle or coordinate with carpool buddies.

Birders of all levels are welcome! Our trips are free and open to the public.

Our intrepid president, Tim Banks, scoping Lake Hattie on the Plains Lakes trip 18 Oct 2014. Photo by Libby Megna.