Murie’s Mission StatementThe Mission of Murie Audubon Society is to promote the conservation of birds and other wildlife through education and enhancements of natural habitats, understanding, appreciation, conservation and advocacy.
Murie’s Vision StatementThe Mission of Murie Audubon Society is to promote the conservation of birds and other wildlife through education and enhancements of natural habitats, understanding, appreciation, conservation and advocacy.
Audubon Rockies and the Murie Audubon Society Chapter will once again team up to offer birding classes this spring with Thursday evening classes held at the Audubon Center using a power point format. All except the first one are followed by a Saturday field trip to various birding places in the area.
THURSDAY, APRIL 18 – 6:30 start time – Birds and Binoculars This first one is a very basic introduction to birding, with identification tips, and using field guides and binoculars effectively. We start earlier than the other classes so we have time to go out on the trail at the Center, and practice our binocular and identification skills!
The rest of the classes focuses on specific groups of birds:
¨ Thursday, April 25—7:00p.m. Waterfowl. Field trip on Saturday, April 27.
¨ Thursday, May 9—7:00p.m. Birds of Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park . Field trip on Saturday, May 11.
¨ Thursday, May 30—7:00p.m. Raptors Field trip on Saturday, June 1.
¨ Thursday, June 6—7:00p.m. Birds of Casper Mtn. and Rotary Park. Field trip Saturday, June 8.
Saturday, April 13. We will meet at the east side Safeway parking lot at 5:30 AM for a field trip to see the Sage-Grouse strutting. This lek doesn’t have as many birds as it used to. When you are at the lek, just look around and you will see that the houses are too close to the lek. The grouse are not able to adapt to houses that are close to the lek. It is called habitat fragmentation, and considered the major threat to the Sage-Grouse. Call Stacey Scott at 262-0055 for information or questions.
GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER?
- Murie Audubon Annual Banquet And Fundraiser – February 9, 2013 – Parkway Plaza
- Traditional Plated Turkey Dinner
- Consider making a donation for the silent Auction or a raffle item.
Karen Anfang, Banquet Chair, 472-0278
J. L. “Woody” Wooden to Speak at Murie’s 2013 Annual Banquet
The Murie Audubon Annual Banquet, scheduled for February 9, 2013, at the Parkway Plaza, will feature guest speaker J. L. “Woody” Wooden. An article in a spring issue of the Casper Star Tribune entitled “Still Life,” reflected on the career of a Powell, WY, photographer who retired last spring from his faculty position at Northwest College.
I was intrigued by the story of Wooden – a photographer, teacher, Vietnam veteran, the shooter of lightning, world leaders, war, wildlife, and of course, “birds.” Woody’s image of a “coyote and grizzly in Yellowstone National Park” appeared in the April 2012 of Wyoming Wildlife.
Health problems that Wooden traces back to Vietnam have pressured him to retire, but if you ask him, he’ll reply “there’s life as a photographer after teaching.”
Wooden’s award-winning career began as a combat medic in the U.S. Marine Corps. His war exhibit collection now resides at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
After the Vietnam War, Wooden found himself in a promising cinematography career documenting forest fires for Walter Cronkite’s CBS news program. Wooden’s war injuries impeded his ability to carry around heavy motion picture equipment, so he turned to still cameras and his skills took him across the United States in a pattern that was unpredictable and all-encompassing.
Wooden’s vocational history includes years as a forensic photographer for both the Tucson Police and Pima County Sheriff Departments. He also continued work in commercial and advertising photography. While living in Santa Barbara, CA, Wooden was commissioned to photograph then President Ronald Reagan for an American Cancer Society fundraiser. It was on this assignment that Wooden says he made one of the biggest mistakes of his career —trying to move past a secret service agent by telling him he needed to get a better angle “to shoot the President.”
While living in Nevada, Wooden was commissioned by MGM Entertainment to do a promotional portrait of Tommy Tune. Ansel Adams invited Wooden into his home to “talk shop.”
One of Wooden’s long standing passions has been capturing lightning on film, becoming one of the nation’s leading experts on lightning photography. He has also published a two volume thesis on the subject. To view on line go to: http://www.jlwoodywooden.com/ and http://jlwoodywooden.smugmug.com/
Through all his multi-faceted career, Wooden has taught photography. In addition to NWC, he’s been on faculty rosters at colleges in Texas, California, Alabama and Nevada.
“Woody’s” photographic images can be found in many private celebrity collections and have been exhibited in museums across North America, from the Guggenheim in California to the Canadian National Exhibition. Overseas, his work has been hung in Europe and China. The images on exhibit documented his travels – from a photo safari in Tanzania to trips across China, Greece, Cambodia and Vietnam.
I invite you to peruse “Woody’s” websites and to mark your calendar, reserve the evening and share “A Retrospective – Images by J. L. “Woody” Wooden,” a man whose camera has captured the world.
Karen Anfang—2013 Banquet Chair
WHEN YOU CALL ME THAT, SMILE! A MOTH-ER IN WYOMING.
Dwaine Wagoner, guest speaker for Murie Audubon’s November program, has combined his expertise in photography and observation, and will update us on his photos of Wyoming’s moths. Dwaine, who has photographed over 350 moth species in Natrona County, will talk about how he found and photographed these moths and share many of his photos with us.
With the exception of “miller” moths, we seldom notice moths, yet there are more than 12,000 species in North America north of Mexico. Worldwide there are more species of moths than all the species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles put together. This talk will explore a few of those moths that may be seen in Wyoming.
Dwaine was born in Indiana and grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. He first came to Wyoming in the summer of 1998 to volunteer with the Tate Museum and continued spending summers here until 2005, when he moved here permanently. Dwaine continues to volunteer at the Tate Museum. He assisted in the excavation of the mammoth now on display at the Tate, and is now working on the T-Rex. He has also led many field trips at the Audubon Center.
Many of you will remember Dwaine’s previous programs and this one promises to be just as educational and entertaining; so please join us on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 7 pm at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd. As always, the program is free and open to the public! Program Chair—Bruce Walgren
1. December 15 – Casper
2. Jan. 1, 2013 – Bates’ Hole
Taken by Rose-Mary King in the backyard on 11-05-2012
Taken by Rose-Mary King in the backyard on 11-05-2012
If interested, please call me and let me know how you can help. I can be reached at 307-258-1255. You can call or leave me a text message. Thanks, Harry Martin – President – MAS
There will be a field trip to Speas Fish Hatchery on November 10th. The actual tour of the new facilities will be at 10:30 AM. We are free to look around before the tour begins, so we will meet at the Audubon Center at Garden Creek at 9:30 AM. Ann Hines (307-266-3160)
The October field trip will be on October 27th. We will meet at the Audubon Center and leave about 7:00 am. We will visit Healy Reservoir, Lake DeSmet and the Story area, if time allows. Bring a lunch and dress for the weather. If the weather is bad, then the trip will be canceled. Chris Michelson (234-8726)
We are once again tapping into the resources and knowledge of the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming for the October program. Jason Carlisle is a Ph.D. student in the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming and he will share his work on the umbrella species project.
Wildlife managers, tasked with conserving a growing number of imperiled species, and given only a fixed or declining amount of resources to do so, often turn to an approach known as proxy conservation. Under this approach, one carefully selected species (or group of species) acts as a surrogate for other species of conservation interest, guiding management actions that incidentally benefit the whole suite of species of conservation interest.
An umbrella species is one form of surrogate, and the umbrella concept traces its beginnings back to the mid-1980s and questions of protected area design. In essence, by protecting the area required to maintain a viable population of the umbrella species (typically the species requiring the most area), managers expect to conserve viable populations of other target species of interest.
Wildlife managers and policy makers have implemented the Greater Sage-Grouse as an umbrella species, and Core Areas of sage grouse breeding habitat have been designated as quasi-protected areas here in Wyoming, where managers hope to conserve grouse and other wildlife species of conservation need.
The plan is to determine if Wyoming’s sage grouse Core Areas have biological support as an umbrella for conserving non-game target species (including avian, small mammal, and reptile species of greatest conservation need), and at what spatial scale the Core Area umbrella is valid.
Please join us on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7 pm at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd. for this interesting program. As always, the program is free and open to the public!