November General Meeting

November

General Meeting – MURIE AUDUBON PROGRAM PRESENTS

Dwaine Wagoner returns as our guest speaker for the November program. Dwaine, who describes himself as “a 73-year-old curmudgeon with a high school diploma and an advanced degree of curiosity,” will discuss the beautiful winged insects that can be found in Natrona County. A longtime Werner Wildlife Museum and Tate Museum volunteer, Dwaine wrote and photographed “Butterflies of Natrona County” which is currently on display downstairs at the Werner Wildlife Museum. If you have ever wondered about the identity of those butterflies that visit your garden each year, this is the man to ask. Please join us on Friday, November 9, 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! See you there!
-Bruce Walgren

October General Meeting

Audubon Rockies Community Naturalist Zach Hutchinson will be the guest speaker at the Audubon program for October.

Zach returned at the end of September from a whirlwind, five-week journey around the globe! He spent two weeks in South Africa, two weeks in southeast Arizona, and one week in southern Colorado.
Okay, not so much the globe, but he did cross an ocean! He will present mostly on his time in South Africa, where he experienced safaris, sharks, and sunbirds! While birds were not the focus of his trip, he will share some of the photos of birds he took in between his other adventures. Prepare to hear about amazing sightings, harrowing  escapes, and awful misfortunes!

Zach’s presentations are always entertaining, educational, and fun, so you won’t want to miss this. Please join us on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7 pm at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building
at 2211 King Blvd. for this exciting program. As always, the program is free and open to the public! See you there!
– Zach and Bruce

 

Special Program: Birds of Peru

Special edition Audubon Program: Birds of Peru

Before we take our traditional break for summer, we have the opportunity to have a fun program.

Community Naturalist Zach Hutchinson will be the speaker for a special Murie Audubon program on May 18th.   Zach will share photos and stories of his February adventures among the birds of Peru.  If you didn’t get to see Zach at either the Izaak Walton league or at the Werner Museum, here’s your chance.

As usual the program is at 7:00 p.m. at Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Building, 2211 King Blvd in Casper. And as always, the program is free and open to the public!

Bruce Walgren

Program – Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD)

MURIE AUDUBON PROGRAM PRESENTS, Dr. George P. Jones, Vegetation Ecologist with the will be our guest speaker at the May program.

First, George will explain why the WYNDD exists, which is to provide information for people to use in resource development, management, and conservation.

Second, what they concentrate on: plants and animals that either are rare in Wyoming or are common only here, and the state’s vegetation – or habitat – or ecosystem-types. This part would be, basically, explaining what the biodiversity of Wyoming looks like from our point of view. Third, how they develop and provide this information. He will explain how, and why, their business has changed over the years to include more focused surveys, better-defined survey techniques, and the like.

WYNDD is a member of a network of similar programs collectively known as the Natural Heritage Network. Each of the 50 US states, most Canadian provinces, and many Latin American countries house a network program dedicated to gathering and developing biological information on species of conservation concern and natural vegetation communities. Programs in the network use the same database methodology and software and receive technical support from a coordinating organization known as NatureServe. Most programs are housed in universities or state agencies; WYNDD operates as a service and research unit of the University of Wyoming.

Please join us on Friday, May 11, 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!