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Murie Audubon October General Meeting & Program
October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
MURIE AUDUBON OCTOBER PROGRAM PRESENTS: MIGRATION OF WYOMING’S BURROWING OWLS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
Our October program will be an in person updated version of the May 2021 program. The presentation itself is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Murie Audubon Society. Andrea Orabona is the statewide Nongame Bird Biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Nongame Program based in Lander and will be presenting the Zoom meeting. She is collaborating on this project with colleague Dr. Courtney Conway from the University of Idaho and his research partners from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Recent developments in solar-powered GPS technology in the form of smaller transmitters are helping researchers collect data on the elusive seasonal migration and winter ranges of Burrowing Owls that nest in Wyoming during the summer months. In the past few years, researchers have placed satellite transmitters on Burrowing Owls in western states. Unfortunately, many of those have died or their transmitters have stopped sending locations. Owls outfitted with the new transmitters from Wyoming, along with other owls from western states and Canadian provinces, will add new data and hopefully new understating about these mysterious little birds. The Burrowing Owl is classified as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in Wyoming, making this full annual cycle conservation project extremely important. Andrea will discuss the need for this work, project objectives and methods, and results of Burrowing Owl migration. Remember folks, we have moved to the 2nd Thursday of the month, but at the same venue. Please join us on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2021 at 7 pm at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse at 4205 Fort Caspar Road for this program. As always, the program is free and open to the public! Hope to see you there!
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