Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Saturday Trip - Plains Lakes

THE PLAINS LAKES TRIP is still scheduled for Saturday morning - meet at Coal Creek Coffee (110 E. Grand Avenue) at 8 a.m.  Bring lots of warm clothes and warm footwear, as well as snacks, water, binoculars, and, if possible, a spotting scope (don't worry if you don't have one, I don't either and other people generally share!).  We plan to be back to town by 1 pm, although people should feel free to return earlier if they have their own transportation. 

Originally, we also had scheduled a trip to the Greater Sage-Grouse Lek for Saturday morning (earlier than the Plains Lakes trip) - THE LEK TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to the condition of the access road.  It is possible that we will reschedule the lek visit.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Eagle Banding and Raptor Research (Wednesday Evening Talk)

Wildlife biologist Mike Lockhart, formerly with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, will be giving a talk on Wednesday evening (March 27th) regarding his years afield trapping eagles and other raptors for scientific research projects.  The talk will center more on anecdotal experiences in the field rather than scientific findings, and will discuss interesting events and observed behaviors witnessed for eagles and a variety of other wildlife. 

As usual, the venue is the Berry Center Auditorium, located on the UW campus at the corner of 10th and Lewis Streets.  Arrive at 6:30 pm for birdchat and snacks or at 7 pm for the talk itself; leave yourself plenty of time to find parking - much of the formerly available parking is now obstructed by new construction.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

LAS Small Grants Spring 2019

Laramie Audubon Society Small Grants Program

DEADLINE:  April 15, 2019

In keeping with our mission, Laramie Audubon Society (LAS) will offer small grants for conservation and outreach. Conservation grants include conservation and restoration projects as well as scientific research. Outreach grants support projects that increase knowledge and appreciation for birds, other wildlife, and habitats. There are no geographic restrictions for projects, although we focus on funding projects around Wyoming and western North America. Grants will generally be awarded for no more than $500.  Grants are reviewed semi-annually. Current deadline is April 15 (note that this deviates from the usual due date of March 31).

Saturday, March 9, 2019

3/9/2019 -- tonight's owling trip cancelled

The high winds and heavy snow fall promise to make owling tonight pretty miserable and birdless, so we've decided to cancel this trip. We may try to reschedule at a later date.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Owling - Saturday Night (March 9th)

Cody (our trip leader) has been scouting the local area and determined that we will go to the Snowies this year (previous announcements indicated a different destination). We will target Northern Pygmy-Owls and Boreal Owls, though Northern Saw-whet Owls are also possible. Folks should also bring snowshoes and skis if they have them -- we may not have to use them much, but it's best to bring them just in case. Cody anticipates that we won't have to travel too far, but we could walk/snowshoe/ski up to 2 miles or so.

Please also bring binoculars, a flashlight or headlamp, lots of warm clothing!, snacks and water.  We will meet at Coal Creek Downtown (110 Grand Avenue) at 6 pm on Saturday, March 9th to arrange carpool groups.  Please consider making a purchase at Coal Creek - they support LAS via continued donations of coffee to our evening programs!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Trip report: Montane birding

It was snowing steadily in Laramie when we headed out to Albany for montane birding--perfect weather for finding winter finches! We went to the Albany Lodge to get breakfast and watch birds at their feeders.

The feeders were completely unoccupied when we first arrived. The kind staff at the lodge put out more seed--and Brian had a secret sunflower stash that he contributed as well. We waited and waited for birds to appear...but it turned out that ordering breakfast was the solution! A flock of 100+ Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches came in as soon as we stopped watching intently.

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. Photo by Laurel Armstrong.

We were also treated to great looks at Pine Grosbeaks, Mountain and Black-capped Chickadees; solid entertainment for two hours while we reveled in delicious eggs, hashbrowns, breakfast burritos, etc.

Photo by Laurel Armstrong.

On our way out, we walked up the road a bit to check the feeders at the bright turquoise house (private property; view from the road only). The same species were present plus a hardy Song Sparrow!

Our full eBird list is here.