Artwork copyright Bernadette Regnier

Welcome to Our Chapter!

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. 

This month's program

Birds of Argentina, November 19.  Tim Reynolds and Patty Isaeff spent nearly 3 weeks in Argentina last winter dividing their time between Buenos Aires, the provence of Cordoba, and Iguazu Falls on the frontier with Brazil.  On their visit to Argentina Tim and Patty saw 210 species of birds, most of which were new to them.  Their sightings ranged in size from the tiny White-barred Piculet to the great Andean Condor.  Along with stories of the thrill of finding birds, Tim and Patty will share their experience of the diverse culture of Argentina, stories of its history, and its vast open spaces.

Chapter Field Trips

American Falls Fish Hatchery and birding stops around American Falls Reservoir.  This is our favorite late autumn birding trip.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate, and we'll find late fall migrants that often hang on at the Hatchery into early winter.  Meet 8 AM Friday, November 20 at the west side Walmart to carpool.  Please let us know you plan to attend--call 525-9414, or email us at Snake River Audubon

Local Christmas Bird Counts

December 14, 2015-January 5, 2016

For any of these events come dressed to be outside most of the day.  There is often snow on the ground and coming from the sky, and water is usually mostly frozen.  Bring substantial snacks; we often eat lunch on the wing:  

Craters of the Moon National Monument, Tuesday, December 15, 9 AM at the Visitor's Center.  Please contact (Craters of the Moon compiler) if you plan to participate.  

Idaho Falls, Saturday, December 19.  Click here: (Idaho Falls Compiler) to contact the compiler for this count if you wish to participate.  You will receive details including time and location for the Thursday, December 17 planning meeting at 7:30.  We'll try to match you with people to match your birding skills and comfort level.  The main objective is to see birds and love it!  We have a Roundup after the count to tally our species and numbers and share stories over a bowl of chili. Join us.

Rexburg, Saturday, December 26.  Click (Rexburg compiler)here to contact the compiler if you plan to attend.


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 last June.  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