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Field Trips - Fall 2021
Most of the trips scheduled for this fall will be in close proximity to Laramie, since we will not not be encouraging carpooling until further notice. Instead, attendees will meet directly at field trip locations at 8 a.m. Please continue to be mindful of social distancing and bring a mask that can donned in case of crowded conditions (e.g., gathering around a scope). In addition, bring your binoculars (if you have them), an extra layer (perhaps two), sun protection, and water/snacks if you would like them. Sturdy, closed-toed shoes are recommended. Most trips will last for two to three hours, but attendees are free to leave at any time.
All trips scheduled for Fall 2021 are on level ground (grassy park-like settings and level paved or dirt trails). Anticipate slow walking for the duration of most trips, with the exception of the Plains Lakes trip, which will entail driving to various lakes within approximately 25 miles of Laramie and then viewing waterfowl and other birds from the parking areas.
September 18 - Cemetery/LaBonte Park: Due to ongoing construction on 15th Street, we will meet at the south gate of Greenhill Cemetery (on Willett Street near the Law School). Depending on the interests of the group and the luck that we have finding a diversity of birds, we will either remain at the Cemetery to search for passerines for the duration of the outing or continue on to LaBonte Park, where we are likely to encounter a variety of waterfowl as well as additional song birds. (PD)
September 25 - Greenbelt: Meet in West Garfield Street parking lot at the north end of Optimist Park. LAS has signed up to care for a 1/4-mile segment of the trail - we will be doing that concurrently with our birding, so please come prepared with gloves. Most years we find that our segment of the trail has very little litter, so the cleanup will not pose much distraction from the birding. Forty species of birds have been reported at the Greenbelt the past two days (mid-September), including a variety of wading birds, seven species of warblers, and seven species of sparrows. With migration getting underway, we hope that late September will be an exciting time to visit this Laramie hotspot. (KR)
October 2 - Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge: We will meet at the viewing platform (see directions below). The water levels are low, so anticipate substantial walking on uneven ground to reach locations where birds may be visible. Anticipate ducks, waders, and raptors, with a few song birds such as green tailed towhees and vesper sparrows. (AL)
October 9 - Reserved as potential rain-date: If an earlier trip is cancelled, we will reschedule it to October 9.
October 16 - Wyoming Hereford Ranch (Cheyenne): Our fall trip to this Important Bird Area in Cheyenne is typically a highlight of the season, 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.; the drive from Laramie takes approximately one hour. (KR)
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 for approximately 0.25 miles and park opposite the red barn.
October 23 - Spring Creek/Spring Creek Pond: Meet at the graveled parking area near the northeast corner of LaPrele Park (Sisters' Bridge over Spring Creek). If you've never birded Spring Creek before, you are in for a treat! This unassuming location in the heart of Laramie is a favorite of many local birders. The area around the tiny pond has hosted at least 100 bird species so far this year! (JH)
November 6 - Plains Lakes: We will meet in the parking lot immediately west of the West Laramie Fly Store at 8 a.m. and caravan to various lakes southeast of town. Raptors and waterfowl are likely to be the highlights of this trip. Potential stops include Blakes' Pond, Meeboer Lake, Gelatt Lake, Twin Buttes Reservoir, and Lake Hattie. Roundtrip distance is likely to be less than 60 miles. This trip will involve minimal walking. (MM)
November 13 - TBD (Cancelled)
December 18 - Christmas Bird Count: Small groups will conduct bird counts along various routes within 7.5 miles of Laramie. This is an annual event, with surveys conducted by communities throughout the western hemisphere. Some health measures remain in place for this year's event. Please see the announcement on our home page and/or contact our organizer, Shay Howlin, for more details: 286-1972; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions to Hutton Lake NWR: 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).
Evening programs - Fall 2021
Sunday, October 3rd, 3 pm: Readings by local authors Kate Northrup and Nell Smith. Washington Park Bandshell (corner of 18th and Sheridan Streets). Sit on the park benches or bring your own blanket or chair. Light refreshments to follow.
************************************************************************Historically, programs were held in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center auditorium (Room 138). This building is located on the University of Wyoming campus at 10th and Lewis Streets. Due to ongoing construction in the area, there is no longer a parking lot across the street from the building - parking is available on surrounding streets.
Due to concerns related to Covid-19, we're reimaging our programming. Please stay tuned! If you are hungering for birdy "virtual" evening events, you may want to check out the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon schedule; they also run lots of fun field trips in the greater Cheyenne area.