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.  

Idaho Falls Area Birds
A little book you won't want to miss!

We are very proud of our little book!  We are indebted to the City of Idaho Falls for its generous support and assistance in helping us create a pocket size spiral bound bird book, Idaho Falls Area Birds, intended to introduce visitors and interested residents to our local wealth of birds.  All 112 spectacular photographs were generously provided by local photographers, and we crafted the original text.  You won't be disappointed!$10 Available at Barnes and Noble, the Zoo, the Museums, and other Idaho Falls City outlets.  Also available at the Willowtree Gallery, Eagle Rock Nursery, and Rocknak's Hardware.   And available directly from us at our meetings.  Or ask any of our Board members, Linda, Mark, Kit, Carolyn, Don or Sue, or Steve.  

Peregrine Falcon Webcam

The peregrine falcon webcam we have been involved with at the Camas National Wildlife Refuge is still on, and the microphone continues to play a soothing stream of sagebrush sounds.  Sorry to say, however, that the falcons abandoned the tower in late May.  They started off strong, and we were waiting for an egg, and then they fell apart.  We don't know why, and may never know for sure.  But we suspect the presence of a first year tercel (male falcon) may have upset the delicate dance falcons go through in reproduction.  We'll let you know if learn anything more more.  The good news though is that unlike the first two seasons, the camera performed nearly flawlessly this year.  We'll leave it on for now.  We wonder if one or any of the birds may revisit.  So the YouTube stream link is still active:  If nothing else, you can enjoy the sagebrush ambiance, listen to sagebrush and grassland birds and infrequent but enjoyable visits from magpies, starlings, and shrikes, and possibly others.  It's a tantalizing display of uninhibited bird behavior. 


This month's Program

No program until September.  Summer is dedicated to being outside with the birds.  Take pictures of your birding, and be ready to tell us about them when we get together in the fall.  And watch for field trips that will show up here when plans jell.  We've got some good ideas we're working on.  We're open to new ideas too about places to go and bird and camp.  Let us know about places you've been or want to go, maybe we can work them in.  

Summer Field Trips and Events

Hell's Half Acre hiking trail.  We'll look for sagebrush birds.  Bring a picnic dinner or snack.  Meet at the south side of the West Side Walmart parking lot at 6 PM, Thursday June 27.  

Two more trips still in planning stages for JulyGrand Targhee to view summer flowers and birds.  Several options are being considered.  RSVP with Robyn McCarthy or Mark Delwiche.  And: a possible overnight to the South Hills in search of Idaho's own private bird species, the Cassia Crossbill.  RSVP to Kit, Mark, or any of the board members.  Dates and times will be determined by reservation.  At this point, if you get to vote by telling us what dates are good for you.

Click here to go to our Birding Resources page where you can download a copy of our Current Newsletter which contains additional information about birds and our activities.


                  Help Snake River Audubon                      

At our Board meeting last month we looked around the room, and we all agreed we haven't got any younger.  Some of us have been in that room since last century.  We are a good dedicated group and like what we are doing.  We've had a long run of excellent programs at our SRAS general meetings, and our attendance proves it.  We even have more than a year's operating expenses in the bank.  (That's not really saying much! But it's good.) 

So, we could use some help.  We're not the only game in town, but Audubon is often who people think of when they think about birds.  Being a volunteer outfit we have a hard time filling those shoes.  We could do better if we had some new blood.   We need people who want to do something for our avian friends.  We could use people who want to work with kids, people who want to learn, people with new ideas, people who want to get out doors.  

Our board meeting schedule is in our newsletter every month because it is open to all Snake River Audubon members.  Please join us to see what's going on.  We could really use your ideas.  If you want to dig in, we could use help with everything we do.  Watch the newsletter for Board meeting dates.  Let us know if you plan to attend, one of us will find a box to sit on--you can sit on a chair!

Notable Notes

Check out our Birding Resources page.  We periodically add links to items of interest to bird enthusiasts, and the latest newsletter is available there to view or download early in each month.  

Help keep Snake River Audubon going whenever you go shopping at Fred Meyer!

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Snake River Audubon Society at Fred Meyer Community Rewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 91179.

  •   Then every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping our chapter earn a donation.

  •   You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Re-bates. 

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