Time to Renew Your Membership

As a reminder, our bylaws have changed, and all current and new members need to renew their membership by September 30, 2019. Please see the bylaws on our webpage at https://murieaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Draft-March-20-CONSTITUTION.pdf

Specifically, 3.2…”Regular members will pay dues to Murie Audubon Society on September 30th of that year. New members that join after the September 30th date will pay dues in full for the year upon joining.”

If you have any questions, please contact me at newsletter@murieaudubon.org or at 307-258-1255.

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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

May, June and August Calendar

May 3—Piggery cleanup—9AM—contact Bruce Walgren – (234-7455, bruce_walgren@bresnan.net)

May 8—Bird ID Class—pg. 2 – May’s Newsletter

May 9—eBird Workshop—pg. 2 – May’s Newsletter

May 9—General Mtg. & Election of Officers – May’s Newsletter

May 10—Field Trip—May’s Newsletter

May 14-18—Birding Festival—May’s Newsletter

May 18—MAS Big Day—5:00AM—meet at  Dori Lou’s Place Restaurant—contact Bart Rea or Andrea Trembath—May’s Newsletter

May 26—Field Trip—May’s Newsletter

May 29—Bird ID Class—May’s Newsletter

May 31—Field trip—TBA at 5-29 class

June 5—Field trip—May’s Newsletter

June 5—Bird ID class—May’s Newsletter

June 7—Field Trip—TBA at 6-5 class

June 7-8—Bird Festival—May’s Newsletter

Aug. 12—Annual Summer Picnic—May’s Newsletter

Aug. 18—September newsletter articles due

April General Meeting

Platte RiverPlatte River Revival

Members of the Platte River Revival Advisory Committee including Brian Connely, Jolene Martinez, and Colin Tierney will present and answer questions about the Platte River Revival and how it will improve habitat along the river at our April 11 meeting.

The Platte River Revival, simply stated, is a North Platte River restoration project for the 13.5 miles of river (and its banks) that traverse Casper.  Its mission is to foster a healthy and sustainable river system that is a catalyst for economic development and improved quality of life.  This legacy project, with multi-generational impact, is a project that is, at the same time, an economic development project, a conservation project, and a quality of life project.

The project began in 2007 with a volunteer day in conjunction with National Public Lands Day where citizens performed hands on restoration work, like removing Russian olives, planting native species trees, and removing debris from the river and banks.  A master plan was completed in 2012 and is guiding the second phase of the Revival, which will be in-river construction at seven sites, vegetation restoration along the banks in selected areas, and the annual volunteer day.  Construction will begin in October 2014 and be completed in November 2014 for two of the seven sites.

Please join us on Friday, April 11 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!

Submitted by Jolene Martinez.


Lecture: Mammals on Mountaintops

Here is a notice from Will Robinson of a lecture on Tuesday February 25:

“Mammals on mountaintops: How climate and geography drive diversity in the alpine,”

presented by Dr. Hayley, Dept. of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming at Casper.

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday the 25th in PS 103, the Wold Auditorium, on the CC campus.

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