October Field Trips

There will be two field trips in October for any interested parties. The first will occur on October 10th. We will meet at the Tate Pumphouse at 8AM and continue on to Goldeneye Reservoir. We will be looking for migrating waterfowl, unusual gulls, and anything else we can get our eyes on. The second field trip will be on October 31st to Lake DeSmet. Look for a note from Chris Michelson on more information regarding the Lake DeSmet field trip.

Zach Hutchinson – (307-267-7560) zhutch47@gmail.com

Assuming that the weather is OK, there will be a field trip Oct. 31, 2015 going to the Buffalo, Healy Reservoir, Lake DeSmet and Storey area.  We will meet at the east side Ridley’s parking lot (300 SE Wyoming Blvd, Casper, WY 82609) planning to leave at 7:00AM sharp.  We should arrive in Buffalo about 9:00AM.  Dress for the weather and bring what ever food and drink you need.

Chris Michelson – (307-234-8726), michelsonce@aol.com

October 9 – General Meeting

After the blaze: tracking long-term ecosystem responses to the 1988 Yellowstone Fires

Our guest speaker for the October program will be Dr. Hayley Lanier; she studied the effects of the Yellowstone fires on the area’s communities. The 1988 Yellowstone fires were the largest historically recorded fires in the region.  Scorching more than 1/3 of the Greater Yellowstone Area, these fires were particularly extreme due to an exceptionally dry summer and a build-up of fuel from decades of fire suppression. Immediately after the fires, researchers from the University of Wyoming began studying the impacts of these fires on the small mammals, insects, and habitat structure.  In regular intervals covering the subsequent 27 years, we have worked to study communities in these burned habitats to examine how habitat changes resulting from the fires relate to shifts in species distributions, abundance, and animal movement, and what the long-term implications of such a massive fire season are for the region. In a summer where huge forest fires dominate the headlines, it is even more important for us to understand what decades of fire research are telling us about how these ecosystems will be changing in the future.

In addition to being a new board member for Murie Audubon, Hayley has been an assistant professor of Zoology & Physiology at the University of Wyoming at Casper College since 2013, where she teaches courses in evolution, ornithology, mammalogy, and conservation biology. Her research on the ecology and evolution of mammals has taken her from the farthest islands and mountains of Alaska, to the cloud forests of Guatemala and Costa Rica, to the backcountry of Wyoming.

Come and hear more about this ongoing study on Friday, October 9, 2015, 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!!

The November program will be “Wolverines and other Nongame Mammals of Wyoming”, presented by Nichole Bjornlie.

PROGRAM CHAIR—Bruce Walgren

AUDUBON ADVENTURES

Sponsors – Please send your check (made out to Murie Audubon Society) for one classroom kit of Audubon Adventures ($45.95) to Hazel Scharosch, PO Box – 157, Alcova, WY, 82620. THANK YOU!

September 12, 2015 Field Trip

There will be a field trip on Sept. 12 meeting  at 8 AM in Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park at the Centennial Shelter at the west end of the park. We will be looking for migrating passerines. There is a fee to enter the park, so please be ready to pay! We will strive to have field trips on the Saturday following each membership meeting. Feel free to invite others to join us! We will always help those who are new to birding.

Questions—contact Zach—307-267-7560.

September 11, 2015 General Meeting

Elk, Aspen, and Birds

Jenny Edwards, science teacher at Natrona County High School, where she teaches Physical Science and IB Environmental Systems and Societies, will be our guest speaker for our September program. She recently received her Masters of Science in Science Education from Montana State University, and defended her thesis on elk, aspen, and birds in the National Elk Refuge.

Aspen stands are not only beautiful to the human eye, but also provide valuable habitat to birds throughout the Rocky Mountains. However, high densities of elk and other ungulates can alter the structure of aspen stands through browsing. Jenny’s investigation sought to understand how the multitudes of elk wintering in the National Elk Refuge impacted aspen stand structure, growth, and bird populations.

Come and hear more about her thesis on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 7PM at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building at 2211 King Blvd.  As always, the program is free and open to the public!!