Ormsby Road

Ormsby Road is a great road for seeing Short-eared and Burrowing Owls.  If anyone is interested in going out there to see what is there, give Stacey Scott a call at 307-262-0055 and we will find a time that works.

Hawk Watching

Eagle Ridge (the geologists call it Emigrant Gap Anticline) is a good raptor flyway, but the hawks don’t fly down it all the time.  Last year I had 8 raptor species on September 22, but only 2 on the following Saturday and none a few days after that.  I suspect that the weather, primarily the strength of the southwest wind, has a huge effect on the number of hawks using the flyway, but I haven’t been out there enough to know how, or if, you can predict whether it is good hawk flying weather.  I am going to try to spend more days on the ridge this September, and anyone is welcome to join me.  Give me, Stacey Scott, a call at 307-262-0055 if you are interested.

Goldeneye Field Trip

We will meet at 9:00 AM at the Game and Fish Parking lot for a trip to Goldeneye.  This is a good time for interesting migrating birds.  In the past we have found Sabine’s Gull and Jaegers.  Call Stacey Scott at 307-262-0055 for more information.

EKW Field Trip

We will meet at 8:00 AM near the Platte River Shelter (the one closest to the River) for a walk around EKW to look for migrating warblers.  You never know what will show up, but we ought to have lots of Wilson’s Warblers and hopefully some other interesting birds.  We should be done well before the Labor Day crowd shows up. Call Stacey Scott at 307-262-0055 for more information.

Murie Summer Picnic August 10, 2023

Murie will host our Annual Summer Picnic on August 10th at 5:30 pm located at the Centennial Shelter picnic area of Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park.  Fried Chicken will be provided, but bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share!  Also, please plan on providing your own plate ware and drinks.  See you there! If you are visiting from out of town, please call for additional information.

Please RSVP by calling Stacey Scott at 307-262-0055 or Jenny Edwards at 307-259-9956 to say you are coming so we have an idea as to how much chicken to buy.

August Picnic

We will have our annual August Picnic at EKW at the Centennial Shelter starting at 5:30 Thursday evening, August 10.  Audubon will provide fried chicken.  Bring something to go with the fried chicken.  Please call Stacey Scott at 262-0055 or Jenny Edwards at 259-9956 to say you are coming so we have an idea as to how much chicken to buy.

 

 

Little Red Creek

On Memorial Day, we will meet at 8:00 AM at the Game and Fish Parking lot for a field trip to Little Red Creek.  Little Red Creek flows off the back side of Casper Mountain and has lots of birds not easily found elsewhere.  There should be lots of Broad-tailed Hummingbirds, Gray Flycatchers, Warbling Vireos, Chats, Green-tailed and Spotted Towhees.  Other good birds that we usually see are White-throated Swifts, Virginia’s and Black-throated Warblers, and there is always the chance for something less common.  We should be back around noon.  Bring good hiking boots, water and snacks.  As of Friday night, the weather looks good, but the dirt roads are subject to being muddy if it rains much.  Call Stacey Scott at 262-0055 for more details.

Piggery Cleanup

The Piggery gets lots of trash from the Walmart parking lot, and every year we need to clean up as much as we can.  We are doing this in conjunction with the Platte River Trails Association, so go to the Tate Pump House after 8:50 AM to pickup trash bags and sign their liability release.  If you don’t want to go to the Tate Pump House, we will pick up some extra bags.   I expect to be finished by noon, but you can leave whenever you want.  We will greatly appreciate any help we can get.

Murie Audubon General Meeting & Program, 11 May, 2023

MURIE AUDUBON PRESENTS

Join us for a special presentation by Alan Corey as he debunks misconceptions about lighting and how to light your path more efficiently. The Light Pollution” program will be held on Thursday, May 11 at 7 PM at the Izaak Walton Clubhouse at the Fort Caspar Campground, 4205 Fort Caspar Road. Corey is the president of the Great Plains Astronomical Community. We live in a world of perpetual artificial light and it is causing big problems with human health, wildlife, and the environment. We call this artificial light “light pollution” and it is widely seen as a result of industrial civilization, but it doesn’t have to be. Artificial light is wreaking havoc on the natural body rhythms of both humans and wildlife and it affects the physiological processes in nearly every life-form on Earth. This discussion will focus on what light pollution is, what form it takes, where it comes from, and what we can do to lessen our impact. This program is free and open to the public.
Bruce Walgren-Program Chair