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

February 19, Kathleen Cameron of Majestic Feathers Birding Tours in Panama,

April 2014.  Snake River's own Kit Struthers will compliment Kathleen's program with her experience as a fellow birder with Kathleen on that tour.  The program includes 5 short videos that give in-depth looks at 3 Panamanian species of interest, at the group's experiences on the Gulf of San Miguel, and at the larger global environmental outlook.  Kathleen's photography is always enjoyable and often remarkable.  Join us.

Coming Up

Back by popular demand, our very popular Member's Night, March 19.  This is our annual meeting for members to share their best bird and nature photography from the last year.  Select a few of your favorites and plan on attending so you can tell us what we are looking at and the stories behind the shots.  We have members send their work to the Program Chair, who compiles them onto a portable drive to take to the meeting.  Contact us Snake River Audubon if you have things to share.  

Chapter Field Trips

Saturday, February 21.  We have a smorgasbord of options this month.  Based on weather we'll decide where to go when the time comes.   Options include: Camas NWR for wintering bald eagles (often 50 or more near Headquarters); Rose Hill Cemetery where the trees offer shelter for a nice collection of wintering birds; American Falls Fish Hatchery for feeder birds, raptors, and river birds, and possibly joining Portneuf Audubon for owling late in the day at McTucker Ponds; or Chester/St Anthony and Ashton area for winter visitors, sharp tail grouse, owls, raptors and others. We'll meet at 8 AM in our usual spot at the west Idaho Falls Walmart (just south of the entrance at the stoplight on Utah Ave).  Let us know you are coming by emailing us at email to Snake River Audubon .  We'll send details beforehand if we have them.

Other Activities

Greater Backyard Bird Count, February 13 to 16, 2015.  Coming up, still a ways off and a lot of winter to get through, but something to look forward to.  This is a really fun, low impact, do it your way, and useful contribution to bird science anyone can do.  I've done it while chopping wood!  It's a good excuse to get out, or to stay home in front of a picture window with a mug of cocoa.  Go to the website, GBBC.birdcount.org, for details.

Dubois Grouse Days will take place April 11 this year.  If you have never seen sage grouse dancing, this is the opportunity of your life.  Sage grouse are our North American equivalent of birds of paradise.  Grouse Days provides guided transportation to known sage grouse dance grounds, and facilities for easy observation and photography.  For details visit the website Dubois Grouse Days, or contact Jeff Liday.  We have also posted this year's Grouse Days brochure on our Birding Resources page in a file that you can open for viewing or download.  And their faceBook page is at Dubois Grouse Days on fBook.

We will be celebrating Earth Day at the Tautphus Park Zoo Saturday, April 25 from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Snake River Audubon will have a table near the Penguin Pond.  Stop by for a visit and walk around the biggest small town zoo.

International Migratory Bird Day 2015.  The theme this year is a great one: "Restore the Habitat, Restore the Birds."  We will celebrate the event Saturday, Saturday, May 16.  Ducks Unlimited has been generous enough once gain to offer use of their Roberts, ID facility.  We'll have activities for kids and adults, several walking and floating tours, another presentation by the Teton Raptor Center, a free lunch (as long as it lasts!), and more.  Check back in a few weeks for details.

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.


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