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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!
Drop some change in our guitar case!

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.

Good News!  We have scraped together sufficient funding that the nest-cam project can go forward, and the hardware has been ordered.  Just the same, if you have a few bux burning a hole in your pocket, we could still use them.  We would like to find maybe $2K for purchase of monitors and cheap dedicated purpose CPU's so we can place real-time nest links in the Idaho Falls Public Library, the Tourist Information Center downtown, and several public schools.  And we'll have annual operating fees as well.  Thanks for your support!

This month's program

The 2016 Fall SRAS meeting programs begin Thursday, September 15, 7:30 PM at the Library.  First up this season is South Africa and Tanzania, with Linda Milam, Tim Reynolds and and Patty Isaeff, Ted Chu, and Chuck Trost (in absentia: he's in Australia gathering data for yet another program on his favorite biogeographic region, Australasia, home of the Corvids).  Join us to see shots of great birds and hear tales of adventure!

"Birds, Bugles, and Brunch"
Come to an open house at Camas National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday, September 17, 2016. Watch for migrating Birds, listen for Bugling elk, and enjoy a free Brunch with the Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge.  Camas NWR is an undiscovered regional treasure.  RSVP (...Please).  Download the flyer, "BBB2_flyer_2016.pdf", from our Birding Resources page for details.

The Garage Sale, last July

Was a HUGE success.  With the help of our best carnies and film-flam artists we managed to sell some really neat useless stuff and plump up our until then empty purse.  It was a great day, and we had a lot of fun convincing people not to pay too much for stuff.  Thank you all who cleaned out your storage places and donated.  We're back afloat for another year.


Chapter Field Trips

Market Lake Clean-up--no reservation required, just show up--Saturday, September 24, 9 AM at the East Marsh Parking Lot.  Bring gloves and a hat, a trash bag, water, and binoculars.  We'll bird watch the whole time and probably grab a bite after.

Kids Outdoors

Here's a link to a worthy event for those of us interested in kids and outdoor experience.  

KIDS-N-NATURE COMMUNITY GATHERING  

Kids are our bird's future.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (MDT)

Idaho Fish and Game
4279 Commerce Circle
Idaho Falls, ID 


Come to a Long Billed Curlew Program

Presented by Matthew Ward, Curator on the Nature Conservancy's Flat Ranch.  The program will be September 28, 2016, 5:30-7 PM in the Carr Gallery of the Willard Arts Center, 450 A St. in Idaho Falls.  Please RSVP by September 20 to Morgan Buckert, 208 578-4248 or morgan.buckert@tnc.org.  The Flat Ranch the last few years has been home of some interesting research on these iconic shorebirds.  Refreshments will be served.  

MESSAGES FROM SNAKE RIVER AUDUBON

Check out our Birding Resources page.  We've added a few links, and the latest newsletter will be available there to view or download early in each month.  



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

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Black-capped Chickadee
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