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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.  Let us know if you have things to donate and need someone to pick them up.  Contact

Announcement!
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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.  The falcons are now raising their 3 hatchlings, and we don't want to disturb them.  We'll wait until late fall, by which time we hope to have sufficient funds from your generous donations get the hardware ordered.  Installation will take place early next winter, and we expect to go live March 15, 2017.

This month's program

We have no program June, July, or August.  We prefer to be outdoors instead.  And, we have activities:

We are having a Garage Sale, Saturday, July 16 at 2500 South Boulevard in Idaho Falls.  We'll have an assortment of great stuff, and all proceeds go to Snake River Audubon.  Bring stuff you want to donate, and we'll convert it into field trips and programs.  Come join the fun; we can use experienced sales people, or should we say Carnies.  Let us know if you have things to donate and would like someone to come pick them up.  Contact us at Snake River Audubon.


Chapter Field Trips

No new field trips until September.  But we did go to The Blackfoot Equalizing ponds, April 30, and we recommend them to anyone who wants to see some new and interesting scenery and birds.  The Equalizing 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.  Check them out!


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.




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.

Check it out!


 



Black-capped Chickadee
(allaboutbirds.org)