Sunday, June 23, 2019

Join LAS this Summer for Kids Activites at Thursday Local Market!

Laramie Audubon Society will host kids' activities from 3-6 pm at the Thursday Local Market in the SE corner of Undine Park on June 27, July 18 and August 29.

This Thursday, June 27, join us for Nature BINGO in the park. We will look for birds, including the American robin, Swainsons hawk and northern flicker, along with butterflies, squirrels, spruce trees, and other animals and plants, large and small, with prizes for BINGO. We will also have peat pots, potting soil, and pollinator friendly flower seedlings to plant. Do you know what wild bergamot, or bee balm, looks like? Bring a seedling home to plant, and find out!

Activites will vary throughout the summer, so keep your eyes open on the LAS Blogspot, and LAS and Thursday Local Market Facebook pages.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Hunting Proposal for Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments regarding their proposal to open Hutton Lake NWR to waterfowl hunting.  They are considering three alternatives - (1) no change to current policy (i.e., no hunting); (2) general hunt plus youth hunt (season lasting approximately from mid-September through the end of the year); or (3) youth hunt only (season limited to a single weekend in September).

The USFWS notes that the Refuge’s establishing legislation stipulates that the maximum area that can be opened to hunting is 40%.  The proposal therefore opens only 37% of the total acreage to hunting; however, that area encompasses both Hutton and Hoge Lakes.  Other than Rush Lake, most of the acreage that would remain closed to hunting is either upland habitat or has been dry for many years.  If you are interested in learning more about the proposal or commenting on the proposed alternatives, please reference the USFWS website:  The USFWS is accepting comments through June 21.