Murie Program

The Stinging and the Stingless: Among the Bees of Mayan Mexico Dr. Will Robinson, entomologist in the Biology Department at Casper College, will give a presentation to Murie Audubon Society on April 13th at 7 p.m. at the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission at 2211 King Blvd.

Dr. Robinson visited Tabasco State in southern Mexico last December-January as a Fulbright Specialist in apiculture. There he worked with two kinds of local beekeepers: those keeping the notorious “killer bees,” honey bees with the reputation as vicious defenders of the hive, and those keeping “stingless bees.” Stingless bees are fascinating, overlooked social bees of many different species that have been kept by the Maya for thousands of years for honey production and medicinal hive products. Will encountered some eye-opening surprises in both kinds of bees, which he will share with the audience. He also managed to snap a few photos of birds and other wildlife along the way.

Please join us on Friday, April 13, 2018 for Will’s program.  As always, the program is free and open to the public!

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February 9, 2018 Program

Casper native McKenna Paulley is a recent graduate from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. In May 2017, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Zoology and was acknowledged as the Outstanding Graduate of the Biology Department. Following her graduation, she had the opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands, where she was able to experience the diverse flora and fauna the islands have to offer. While exploring the islands, she was able to capture several stunning photographs, one of which won the Galapagos

Conservation Trust’s annual photography contest. One day, she hopes to return to the islands that provided her with such an unbelievable experience.  McKenna will share her experiences of her trip at our February 9 program at 7 pm at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd. for this program. As always, the program is free and open to the public!

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Janurary 12, 2018 Program – Saw-Whets in the Night

Members of Jenny Edwards’ IB Environmental Systems and Societies class will present our program for January 12, 2018.  The class members participated in Zach Hutchinson’s Northern Saw-Whet Owl banding project on Casper Mountain last October.

Many of you may know about Zach’s Bird Banding at EKW State Park during the summer months.  Unlike that program, these nets are set up during the hours after dark.  The 40 foot long and 8 foot high nets are set up in appropriate habitat and are checked every 30 minutes for owls.  An electronic recording of the owl is used to lure the owls into the net.  When a bird is captured its vital statistics are recorded and the bird is banded before being released.  Little is known about the owl population in Wyoming, so it is hoped that the data will shed light on numbers and perhaps migration data.

Please join us on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7 pm at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd. for this program.  As always, the program is free and open to the public!

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November 2017 General Meeting

Wyoming Game and Fish Wildlife Biologist Stan Harter from Lander will be our guest speaker for our November 10, 2017 program.

Stan will share what Wyoming Game and Fish Department and its partners have learned through recent collaring projects on mule deer in the Lander area and bighorn sheep on and near the Wind River Indian  Reservation.

The Wyoming Migration Initiative is a model for catalyzing science-based conservation and management of wildlife corridors. Founded in 2012 as a project of the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the initiative collects data needed to effectively conserve migratory wildlife. The Wyoming Migration Initiative also produces risk assessments for managers and stakeholders, and uses multimedia storytelling to promote public understanding of large animal migrations.

Please join us on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7 pm at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd. for this program. As always, the program is free and open to the public! —–Bruce Walgren

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Murie Audubon Society’s Fall Banquet and Fundraiser

The banquet is scheduled to take place Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper, Wyoming.

Cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. with dinner starting at 7:00 p.m.

This will allow time for all guests to peruse the tables scattered with silent auction items.  Raffle tickets will not be sold this fundraiser. We hope folks will enjoy the bidding process and we certainly expect the bidding to be fun and competitive.

Should you have a donation, please call Karen Anfang, 472-0278, or Jim Brown, 262-0158.

Dinner will feature a “South of the Border” buffet including tacos, fajitas, burritos (beef or chicken), Spanish rice ‘n beans, all the condiments and churros for dessert. Russell Hawley, Education Specialist at the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College will provide programing for the evening, “Birds of Extinction”.

Russell has worked at the museum since 1997 and spends his time guiding educational tours, create museum display artwork, and digging up fossils in Wyoming since 1990. His most recent project was illustrating “Islands in the Cosmos: the Evolution of Life on Land” by paleontologist Dr. Dale Russell. Hawley’s program will address birds, which like their mammalian counterparts, suffered a mega fauna mass extinction event during Quaternary. Unlike the mammalian extinction, the peak of the mega-bird extinction occurred not thousands nor tens of thousands of years ago, but mere hundreds. The largest birds that ever lived survived until the time of Marco Polo. This presentation will provide a brief overview of bird species that would have been extant during the Pleistocene, comparing two different intervals on five different continents. The causes for their extinction will be explored as well. Although most of these species have been extinct a relative short time, they can still teach us much about the origin and evolution of birds, and shed light on the mechanisms by which new bird species arise. MAS will appreciate your support and anticipate sharing an interesting and exciting evening. Tickets for the banquet are $35.00 each or a table of eight for $250.00. Tickets will be available for sale at the season’s first general MAS meeting, scheduled Friday, September 8th at the Oil and Gas Commission building, Amoco Parkway.

Tickets may also be purchased by contacting Zach Hutchinson, email: zhutchindon@audubon.org, by calling Karen Anfang, 472-0278, Jim Brown, 262-0158, or Linda Johnston, email: pawpaw299@hotamil.com. Ticket sales are final Wed., Oct. 11th!

Proceeds from the banquet will benefit the establishment of a bird blind, water feature, and feeders within Edness K. Wilkins State Park

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