EKW Bird Walk

Every Tuesday in May we will meet at 8:00 AM at the Platte River shelter at EKW for a walk around the park.  This should cover the migration and the transition to the nesting birds.  Call Stacey Scott at (307)262-0055 for more information or to find the group if you miss us at the start.



Goldeneye

Meet at 9:00 at the Game and Fish Parking Lot for a trip to Goldeneye and the area around the 33 Mile Rd.  There should be early ducks on Goldeneye, and we should be able to find Sandhill Cranes on the hay fields.  We plan on being back by noon. Call Stacey Scott at (307)262-0055 for more information.



Reshaw Park and EKW

Meet at 9:00 at the West End of Reshaw Park for a walk along the river.  We should see Hooded Mergansers, Mallards, Goldeneye and maybe a few more birds.  If there is any interest, we will then go to EKW for a walk there.  I’m planning on being back by noon.  Call Stacey Scott at 262-0055 for more information.



Murie Audubon General Meeting and Program on February 8th, 2024

Dr. Bryan Shuman (Ph.D. and Sc.M. in Geological Sciences, Brown University), Professor and Wyoming Excellence Chair in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming (UW) will present a program on Wyoming’s climate. Shuman has taught at UW since 2007 and uses geological evidence to examine how past climate changes affected water and ecosystems. A central theme of his research is reconstructing the temperature, precipitation, and vegetation history of North America since the last ice age based on evidence from lake sediments. The work uses fossils, physical sedimentology, geophysics and geochemical techniques to determine the full spectrum of natural climate variation, evaluate climate model projections about the past, gain insight into how water and ecosystems respond to climate change, and provide context for the archaeological record. Recent projects have examined the histories of wildfire and the snow-pack in the Rocky Mountains over past millennia to anticipate climate impacts on society and landscapes today. Shuman has written over 120 peer-reviewed scientific publications on related topics. He has also built upon this research background to co-lead the 2021 Greater Yellowstone Climate Assessment.


Come hear about Dr. Shuman’s research at the Murie Audubon free talk on February 8th,
2024 at 7 p.m., at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse, at 4205 Fort Caspar Road.

Gray Reef and Alcova Dam

We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Game and Fish Parking lot for a trip to Gray Reef and Alcova Dam.  Gray Reef usually has some open water, which attracts over wintering waterfowl.  This is a great way to add to your year’s list that you started on the Bates Hole Count.  Call Stacey Scott at 307-262-0055 for more information.

Gray Reef and Alcova Postponed Again

This trip was originally scheduled for Jan 13, but with a predicted high of zero and a 10 mph wind it just didn’t sound like fun, and we postponed the trip.  Stacey Scott got the flu and will still be contagious on January 20, and too weak to go birding.  We will try for Saturday, February 10.  Hopefully the third time will be the charm.

Christmas Bird Count, Saturday December 16, 2023

Murie Audubon will conduct the 76th annual Casper Christmas Bird Count on December 16, 2023. Last year 68 people (46 observers in the field and 22 feeder watchers) helped to find and count 14,981 birds representing 63 species inside a 15-mile diameter circle encompassing most of the Casper area. We can use lots of help for this project – 177 square miles is a lot of ground to cover. The Center of the circle is near the vicinity of the junction of Coates Rd and Prairie Rd. Generally the boundaries are: the east boundary is Wyoming Blvd, the west boundary is Speas Fish Hatchery, the north boundary is just beyond exit 191 on I-25 north, and the south boundary is the south edge of Casper Mountain including parts of Circle Drive.

You don’t have to be an expert birder to participate; we need lots of eyes and ears, and we need people to help record data, and to help drive. And we need feeder watchers to report what they have at their feeders, so if you live within the boundaries of the circle, have a bird feeder, and would like to participate, please contact us. On the day of the count, participants are asked to meet at the SonRise Room of the First United Methodist Church, 302 East 2nd Street in Casper at 7 AM for instructions, maps, carpooling and area assignments. At 5 PM, we will meet again at SonRise Room for a potluck dinner, and tabulation of the day’s data. Please contact Stacey Scott at 262-0055 or Bruce Walgren at 234-7455 (bruce_walgren@bresnan.net) for more information.

Murie Audubon General Meeting & Program, 9 November, 2023

Murie Audubon Presents – What’s up at the Tate?

Our November program will be all about the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College. J. P. Cavigelli, Collections Manager / Field Operations & Prep Lab Manager at the Tate will be our guest speaker. JP will talk about the exciting projects that the Tate Museum has been working on since Covid, more or less. While Dee the Mammoth and Lee Rex are the Tate’s superstars, there are so many other character actors and extras involved in the show. Dinosaurs and, oh, so much more from Wyoming’s varied geological past. Ichthyosaurs, crocodiles, mammals, and maybe even a bird or two. JP has talked to us on several previous occasions, and for those who don’t know him, he came to Casper in 2004 Before coming to the Tate, he worked on and off in paleontology for 14 years, doing ?eld work as well as a two year post as the collections manager for the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics. He has had the good fortune of having been invited to join international paleontological expeditions to Mongolia, Niger (twice), Tanzania (twice), northern Alaska, and North Dakota. The public and Audubon members are invited to come to the Murie Audubon free talk on November 9, 2023 at 7 p.m., at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse, at 4205 Fort Caspar Road.

J. P Cavigelli and Bruce Walgren

BIRDS, BOOZE, AND BINGO NIGHT – Membership Drive!

We’d love to get as many people as possible to attend this fun-filled event. We’d like to think of this as a membership drive, to encourage people to find out more about Murie Audubon, and potentially join. There will be cash prizes awarded to the winner of each round. There may even be an extra special bird identification bingo round.


Please, invite all your friends (as long as they are 21 or older)! We’d love to have a packed house!

Bates Hole Christmas Bird Count

Start the New Year off right by joining us for the Bates Hole Christmas Bird Count.  This is one of the few truly rural Christmas Counts in the country, and a really great way to start the New Year.  While it can be cold, it is usually clear and calm in Bates Hole which is a real contrast with the windy and cold that is normal in Casper on January 1.  With little to no wind, the snow just sitting on top of the sagebrush is really beautiful.  So join us for a fun day, or half a day it that is all the time you have.  Call Stacey Scott at 307-262-0055 or Charlie Scott at 307-473-2512 for more information.