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.

BRUCE WALGREN—PROGRAM CHAIR

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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LIVE: Red-tailed Hawk Nest

I received an email from Cornell Lab about a Red-tailed hawk nest with a live feed. Some of you may already have visited the feed. I’m pasting information below in case you are not on the mailing list. I have visited the feed and it works even on my slow satellite connection, so you may have better luck if you have true high speed access. It does work and is complete with sound. Enjoy – Harry

“A new nest camera high above a Cornell University athletic field is streaming crystal-clear views of a Red-tailed Hawk nest via the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website. The new camera stream puts viewers 80 feet off the ground and right beside the nest, where they can watch the hawks arrive, see them taking turns incubating the eggs, and compare notes on the two birds—the male has a more golden-tawny face and is slightly smaller than the female, who has been nicknamed “Big Red” for her alma mater.”