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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.  

Photographers!  

Get your bird photos out there!  We are working on a "Visitor's Guide to the most Common Birds of Craters of the Moon National Monument."   This booklet will be a win-win-win opportunity: a win for the National Monument, a win for Snake River Audubon, and a win for you the photographer.  
There is a list  (CoM bird list PDF.pdf)  on our "Birding Resources" page (access that page from the index box above left) of the 42 more common birds at Craters of the Moon.  (Birds at best are scarce on the lava.  Most on the list are more common elsewhere in our area).  We need photos for all of them.  Here are the rules:
        
        1. You must be a SRAS member to participate.
        2.  Photographs need not actually be taken at the Monument, but they should look as though they plausibly were in fact there.
        3.  The project has no budget to purchase your photographs if used, but you will retain all copyrights to them, and you will be credited on the image as it appears in the pamphlet.  
        4.  Mail your entries .JPG format to Linda,     lmilam1472@aol.com   
We are ambitiously hoping to go to press this summer.  We'll notify you when our selections have been made and provide you with terms of the arrangement.
Thank you in advance for your help.  It's a great opportunity.



Peregrine Falcon Webcam

The peregrine falcon webcam we have been involved with at the Camas National Wildlife Refuge is off for the winter.  We will turn it on again as soon as the tower is accessible in mid to late March and hopefully before the falcon shows up so as not to spook her.  
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This month's Program


As of March 17, this Program has been postponed due to concerns about the spread of Corona Virus.   There will be no SRAS meeting this month.  Bob and Terrie Davis in the Congo!   "Birding and Living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo." This program has been postponed!   We'll have Bob and Terrie back when the dust settles.  Stay tuned.


Remember!  Upcoming Member's Night photography program will be April 19, 2020.  This has become our signature and most popular program.  Get out with your camera and get some shots.  And you have all winter to pore over your photo archives for shots that have matured to the point you want to put them out there.  It's something to help the winter days go by.  

  Get your photos to Linda-- lmilam1472@aol.com-- It's never too late! 


Winter Field Trips


No dedicated field trip planned for this month.  Instead, since this is the month we usually go looking for Snow Geese, and to avoid the sometimes chaotic motorcade that often ensues, we suggest you all make your own trip this weekend searching for them.  Invite as many people and vehicles as you like, and go west and north along the back roads.  Meander your way past Osgood and west to the cattle works, north to Roberts, and farther north and west to Mud Lake.  Look for fields with open water, and you are bound to see at least a few birds.  Reports from the last few days have been of hundreds of snow geese, trumpeter swans, and others.  

Report back to us please!  What you saw and where.  We'll make a tally.



Christmas Bird Counts are in for 2019.  In spite of--or perhaps because of the unusual cold dry weather, there were some very interesting birds.  Check out the results (IF CBC 2019) available from the "Bird Reports" page (access from the "Subpage" index above), or from January's Newsletter which you can view or download from the "Birding Resources" page.  

Also available on the "Bird Reports" page is the Howe CBC (Bird list Howe CBC 2019).


Also, visit the "Annual Eagle Count" page accessible from the "Sub-page Listing" at left above for information about this year's eagle count on the Henry's Fork below Pond's Lodge.  Thanks to Mark and Donna Whitham for heading up that effort once again!


Newsletter

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.



MESSAGES FROM SNAKE RIVER AUDUBON




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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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Black-capped Chickadee
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