Bates Hole Christmas Bird Count

The Bates Hole Christmas Bird Count is on Saturday, January 1, 2022.  We will meet at 7:30 AM at Charlie Scott’s house on the Two-Bar Ranch.  This is one of the few truly rural counts in the nation, and a great way to start the New Year.  It can be cold, so dress accordingly, but the wind is normally calm.  Casper will be ugly with clouds, blowing snow and freezing temperatures, while Bates Hole will be calm, sunny and beautiful.  If you don’t want to go all day, most parties will meet back at Charlie’s about noon to regroup and go to different areas.  Call Stacey Scott at 262-0055 or Charlie Scott at 473-2512 for more details.

Open Positions

We have a couple of Murie Audubon Society Chapter open volunteer positions for your consideration.

  • Membership Chair – This position requires some knowledge of working with spreadsheets and working with other Board members to update our membership database, recruit new members, and other duties related to membership.
  • Webmaster/IT Manager – This position requires knowledge of WordPress and cPanel, updating and managing our website.

Experience desired, but not necessary. We can train you if you are interested and have a computer with Internet access. If interested, please send an email to

These are volunteer positions only. -Harry

Casper Christmas Bird Count

The first Casper Christmas Bird Count was on the second day of the Blizzard of 1949, and will be December 18 this year.

The objective is to count as many birds in our 15 mile diameter circle as possible without counting any bird twice.  That means that everyone is assigned a specific area.  Everyone is welcome.  If you are less experienced, we can put you in a group with a more experienced birder. Many groups only go for part of a day, or will meet at noon to cover a different part of their area, so you don’t have to commit to the whole day.

We will meet at 8:00 on Saturday morning at the Sonrise Room of the First United Methodist Church on 2nd Street across from the Library.  We will meet at 5:00 at the same place for a Potluck Supper and the compilation of the results.  Call Bruce Walgren at 234-7455 or Stacey Scott at 262-0055 for more details.

Christmas Bird Count 2021

The Casper Christmas Bird Count will be conducted Saturday, December 18. We will meet at 8:00 AM at the SonRise Room of the First United Methodist Church (332 East 2 nd St), and have a potluck supper after 5:00 PM at the same location to compile what was seen during the day. The SonRise Room is on the east side of the main church that is entered from under the breezeway between the Asbury Center (on the corner of Beech & Second Streets) and the main church. On Saturday morning we will split into groups that will cover as much of the 15 mile diameter circle as we can (map is on the following pages). Some of the parties, like Jackson Canyon and the Mountain, will be pretty energetic outings, but others will mostly be driving. Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of experience, even for part of the day. Call Stacey Scott at 262-0055, or Bruce Walgren at 234-7455 for more information.- Bruce Walgren

Murie Audubon November General Meeting & Program

November Event


The field science camp for elementary students currently in the fourth or fifth grade has been a program for students in Casper since 2015. Last summer’s camp ran June 14-18 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. The five-day camp provided field experience for students with an interest in science and nature. This camp was a great way to get fourth and fifth graders outdoors and excited about nature and discovery. Instructors included geologists, biologists, and educators who invited the children to share in the wonders of the natural world of Wyoming, close to home.

Students participated in field trips throughout the area to learn about the local plants, animals, rocks, and fossils. They visited Casper city parks, Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park, the Alcova/Pathfinder area, Casper Mountain, Bates Creek, and the Speas Fish Hatchery. Jessie Anderson, a Field Science Leader, will be our guest speaker for the November 11 program. Jessie has a BA in Earth Science from Wellesley College and a MS in Geology/Paleontology from the University of Wyoming. She has experience as a Vet Tech, a Geologist, and is now part of the family ranch at Bates Creek Cattle Company. As a volunteer, she has also been a Science Club leader and Science Fair coordinator at Fort Caspar Academy.

Dr. Terry Logue, a 42 year Field Science veteran, will also present at the November 11 program to give a historical perspective. Dr. Logue taught in the Natrona County Public Schools for 22 years and is an Emeritus Professor of Earth Science from the University of North Alabama. He won the “Lifetime Achievement Award in Science” from the Wyoming Science Teachers Association in 2000 and the Murie Audubon Society 2014  Education Award.

Beth Wisely is an educator, hydrogeologist and geophysicist. She began teaching at Casper College in 2013 following completion of her Doctoral Degree at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the college and is an advocate for promoting equity in education and science. As the college sponsor and first-year instructor for the Field Science Camp, Wisely says, “That camp was the most fun I have had since moving to Casper. Can I do it again next year?”

Remember folks, we’ve have moved to the 2nd Thursday of the month, but at the same venue. Please join us on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 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!  -Bruce Walgren