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Welcome to Our Chapter!

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. 

Announcement!
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The
Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge is looking for financial help putting 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) to go to the WebCam Project page on the Friends of Camas NWR website.  Because the falcons are already back and getting ready for nesting, they can not be disturbed.  Meanwhile, the hardware will be purchased as soon as sufficient funds are available, installation will take place early next winter, and the project is expected to go live a year from now.

This month's program

No program this month, nor June, July, or August.  We prefer to be outdoors instead.  

For starters, Saturday, May 21 there will be an International Migratory Bird Day celebration at Market Lake Ranch, the former Western Wings facility on the west side of I-15 north of Roberts.  

The next weekend,  Saturday, May 28 we have the big Birdathon at Camas National Wildlife Refuge.  Click Here if you are interested in participating.  We'll send you details.  

Then the next weekend, June 5 and 6 we have double-header potlucks.  On Saturday at 5:30 PM is the Snake River Audubon Spring Potluck at Shari and Tim's,  and Sunday is the Birdathon Potluck and Award, 2 PM in the new Pavilion at at Camas NWR.

For details on these and other events, see our Newsletter.  If you don't yet subscribe, you can view and/or download a copy from our Birding Resources page.


Chapter Field Trips

The Blackfoot Equalizing ponds, April 30.  These are a series of ponds for mixing flows from the Snake and the Blackfoot rivers for irrigation on Fort Hall.  They provide abundant riparian, cottonwood stands, brush, and marsh habitat excellent for all types of migrants.  We'll meet 8 AM at the Westside Walmart.  Please click here: Snake River Audubon to send us a note to let us know you plan to attend.


MESSAGES FROM SNAKE RIVER AUDUBON


Citizen Science:  If you'd like to participate in testing of a new bird learning app called, "Kea: Learn Birds Through Play," contact Christopher Duke, PhD student at Washington State University for details.  It's a good chance to have some fun and learn birds.  Also, you can send us, Snake River Audubon, an email asking for details, we'll forward Christopher's message.


Get involved: Here's another opportunity to contribute to birdwatching as a science.  Professor Thomas Palmeri at Vanderbilt University is conducting research to come up with a measure of expertise in the birding community.  The project has clear potential to enhance the value of the ever increasing volume of citizen science field observations.  If you are willing to subject your birding skills to objective evaluation, check out their website at http://expertise.psy.vanderbilt.edu/ .  Their Facebook link is, www.facebook.com/pages/This-is-Your-Brain-on-Birds/158030504237705?sk=info&tab=page_info

and their web page is, http://catlab.psy.vanderbilt.edu/  .



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.





Black-capped Chickadee

Our Face Master puts up some great photos.

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Black-capped Chickadee
(allaboutbirds.org)