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.
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.
Our Face Master puts up some great photos.
Check it out!