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Last update February 9, 2016

The Snake River Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and serves members in the Upper Snake River Valley of Eastern Idaho.  Please join us for our Monthly Meetings, which are held at the Idaho Falls Public Library on the third Thursday of the month at 7:15 p.m. from September through April (except December).  Newsletters are published monthly except for July, August, and December.  During summer months, and throughout the year, we offer a variety of bird walks, field trips, and camping trips.  Let us know if you have things to donate and need someone to pick them up.  Contact

Announcement!


The
Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge still looking for financial help to place a networked camera on the historic Peregrine Falcon nesting platform that is a few miles from Headquarters at the refuge.  For details click here: (Camas NWR Peregrines WebCam) and navigate to the WebCam Project page.  Equipment installation was completed last November.  We will turn the camera back on as soon as we start to see snow geese and ducks returning.  We'll go live when we have birds back on the tower.  Meanwhile, if you have extra cash we can use some of it for recurring expenses like internet access and streaming costs.  Feel free to chip in!

This month's program

New Zealand with Don and Sheri Weber.  Thursday, February 16, 7:15 at the Library.  Don and Sheri traveled through New Zealand looking for out-of-the-way places, and oh by the way saw some pretty cool birds.  Join us for their first hand account of one of the most unusual bird spots on Earth.

Come to Roost at Camas NWR

Saturday, February 25, 4 pm at the Camas NWR parking area.  We'll set up by the storage barn on the left about 200 yards before the entrance to Headquarters and the main parking area.  We'll watch as the Refuge's many bald eagles come in to roost in the trees along the canal 200 yards north and west of where we'll be.  Last year we counted more than 50 birds.  We expect similar numbers again this year since the rabbit population is still big.  Bring a scope if you have one, but there will be plenty to look through if you don't.  Dress warm.  We'll have cocoa for the asking.  See you there!


Chapter Field Trips

No field trips this month.  We're resting up from shoveling snow, waiting for the snow geese to show up in March, and for the early bluebirds to be sooo blue against the lingering white.
  
MESSAGES FROM SNAKE RIVER AUDUBON

Updated February 15, 2017.  Check out our Birding Resources page.  We've added a few links, and the latest newsletter will be available there to view or download early in each month.  


Environmental Presentation:

February 22, 7pm


The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and the Idaho Master Naturalists will have a presentation by local environmental scientist Mike Abbott on the State of Idaho's new Wilderness Stewardship Program,  in the Centennial Conference Room at the offices of the ID Department of Fish and Game, 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls.  The program is open to interested public.



Texas Slough Power Line Project.  Great news!  Tim and Wendy's Crowdrise campaign to fund under-grounding of high voltage lines along part of Texas slough to eliminate trumpeter swan collision deaths has succeeded, and the overhead power lines are Gone!!!  Thank you Tim and Wendy, and Thank you all for your generous donations.  Some times the magic works!



For a beautiful heart warming and wrenching image of the sagebrush we and our beloved sage grouse live in, find "The Sagebrush Sea", on line, which aired on Idaho Public TV in 2015.  Make sure you have your ears on; the sound track is as spectacular as the visuals.  This film is a game changer.


And here is a link to an exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum titled "The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art".  Click on, "View the online gallery" to take a virtual tour.  Truly excellent.


Birds in Art at the Smithsonian Museum.





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Black-capped Chickadee
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