Chapter Field Trips
Aspen stands are a dramatic feature of canyons and mountain valley margins throughout North America, and they are in sharp decline. Come find out why and learn what is being done to restore these iconic ecosystems. The Eastern Idaho Aspen Working Group will be conducting a field trip June 20 to the Fall Creek area of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest to view aspen stands in various stages of restoration. The Eastern Idaho Working Group is an articulate group of wildlife professionals who will tell the story. To come along meet at the regional Idaho Fish and Game office at 4279 Commerce Circle in Idaho Falls at 9 AM Saturday, June 20. Carpooling will be arranged.
Flat Ranch Field Trip and Evening Program, Saturday, June 27. We'll meet at 3 PM at the westside Walmart parking lot to the left just after entering from the Utah Ave stoplight. We'll spend a few hours birding the Ranch. Good views of long billed curlew that are just now fledging their young are guaranteed. After birding we'll grab a quick bite to eat at one of the local restaurants and return to the Ranch for to hear about long billed curlew work being conducted on the Ranch by the Intermountain Bird Observatory. Please RSVP. See our page Bird Reports for a point count list of birds seen on the Ranch Friday, June 12.
Cress Creek nature trail above the South Fork, Thursday evening, July 16. This is an easy 1 mile round trip hike up from the north bank of the South Fork on a handicap accessible BLM trail. The combination of riparian habitat along the river and mixed juniper woodland above often yields unusual birds. Meet at the west side Walmart to the left just after entering from the Utah Ave stoplight, 6 PM to carpool. We'll eat at the Heise Pizza Parlor after.
Two slightly more ambitious trips later in the summer: Black Canyon hike, August 27 into the Lemhi Mountains northeast of Howe ID. And a mid to late September visit to the International Bird Observatory at Lucky Peak overlooking Boise. We'll make plans according to who wants to go. Contact us at Field Trips if you are interested.
Birds, Bugles, and Brunch Open house at Camas National Wildlife Refuge, September 12. Come visit one of the Crown Jewels of bird resources in our area. See a flyer for the event attached on our Birding Resources page.
If you are passionate about birds and want to be part of the action, come join us at our Monthly Board Meetings, usually the first Thursday evening of each month. If you're interested let us know at email to Snake River Audubon, we'll send you details.
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 Rive Audubon, an email asking for details, we'll forward Christopher's message.
Texas Slough Power Line Project. One of our members who lives on Texas Slough, 15 miles north east of Idaho Falls, has initiated a campaign to underground power lines that now stand beside this important winter refuge for trumpeter swans. Development in the area continues to shrink habitat available for these spectacular birds, and the power lines are lethal, taking out several birds each year from the already alarmingly small population. For more information about the swans and how you can help, click Here to go to our Birding Resources page and click on the PDF document labeled, "Texas Slough Swan Safe..." This is an opportunity to make a significant contribution to restoration of the trumpeter swan population.
The Nature Conservancy of Idaho is sponsored a screening in Idaho Falls of "The Sagebrush Sea", June 29, 2015 at the Artitorium on Broadway in Idaho Falls. The producer, Marc Dantzker from Cornell Ornithology Lab was present. This is a spectacular film, some of it filmed in our own local sagebrush. For a taste checkout this clip on the PBS fB pages: Burrowing owls . See the whole film if you can find it on the web. It is a game changer.
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.
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