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Last update February 9, 2016

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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.  

Bird Collisions with Windows

Here is a short video from a birding destination in Guatemala about how to prevent bird collisions with your windows: 


We first heard of this strategy from Hilary Turner, one of our members and a bright star in the spiral galaxy of Birding.  It really works!  Do it for the Birds!  It is easy enough to do.  Contact Mark if you have questions.

The Covid Virus

September now.  Things are cautiously opening up now that we are learning to live with the virus.  We are looking forward to getting back to our activities with the new normal of preventative behavior.

We're still pretty much on lockdown for meetings.  But we are planning virtual monthly meetings at our regular time, the third Thursday of each month.  See our newsletter for details (You can download a copy from our Birding Resources page on the index above)---Mark, September 7, 2020.

Still a good read after all these years:

In the Introduction to the first bird book I ever had, Birds of the Pacific States, by Ralph Hoffmann (Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1927) (NO, I'm not really that old, and I do still have that book!), the author makes a strong case that, "you can watch birds anywhere there is a window."  

I took that to heart.  Hoffmann's judgement is so true and so useful right now...

I even carried that book with me around South America.  
(It wasn't very helpful in South America, but still good reading!).  

Mark



Idaho Falls Area Birds
A little book you won't want to miss!

We are very proud of our little book!  We are indebted to the City of Idaho Falls for its generous support and assistance in helping us create a pocket size spiral bound bird book, Idaho Falls Area Birds, intended to introduce visitors and interested residents to our local wealth of birds.  All 112 spectacular photographs were generously provided by local photographers, and we crafted the original text.  You won't be disappointed!$10 Available at Barnes and Noble, the Zoo, the Museums, and other Idaho Falls City outlets.  Also available at the Willowtree Gallery, Eagle Rock Nursery, and Rocknak's Hardware.   And available directly from us at our meetings.  Or ask any of our Board members, Linda, Mark, Kit, Carolyn, Don or Sue, or Steve.  

Photographers!  

Get your bird photos out there!  We are working on a "Visitor's Guide to the most Common Birds of Craters of the Moon National Monument."   This booklet will be a win-win-win opportunity: a win for the National Monument, a win for Snake River Audubon, and a win for you the photographer.  
There is a list  (CoM bird list PDF.pdf)  on our "Birding Resources" page (access that page from the index box above left) of the 42 more common birds at Craters of the Moon.  (Birds at best are scarce on the lava.  Most on the list are more common elsewhere in our area).  We need photos for all of them.  Here are the rules:
        
        1. You must be a SRAS member to participate.
        2.  Photographs need not actually be taken at the Monument, but they should look as though they plausibly were in fact there.
        3.  The project has no budget to purchase your photographs if used, but you will retain all copyrights to them, and you will be credited on the image as it appears in the pamphlet.  
        4.  Mail your entries .JPG format to Linda,     lmilam1472@aol.com   
We are ambitiously hoping to go to press this summer.  We'll notify you when our selections have been made and provide you with terms of the arrangement.
Thank you in advance for your help.  It's a great opportunity.



Peregrine Falcon Webcam

This year, the Falcon cam at the Camas National Wildlife Refuge showed us Ravens! that fledged at least 1 young.  It is not what we wanted, but it's what we got.  
The good news is, we now have a solid link to the webcam, which is still working at this writing (September 7, 2020).  The link is imbedded on its own page of the Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge website.  Click on "Web cam" from the menu at the top of the page.  It will be on for a few more weeks before it is shut off for the winter.  But it will be back in the spring.  Keep your fingers crossed for Falcons, not ravens!

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This month's Program


The Idaho Falls Library is open again, but not for meetings.  Nevertheless, Bob and Terrie Davis will be doing their program for us this month (September), "Birding and Living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo".   They will be presenting for us On Line!  See your newsletter for details.    


Meanwhile, don't forget Member's Night!   We will have it either in the first, or second monthly Thursday slot after the virus blows over.  This has become our signature and most popular program.  You've got plenty of time now to get back yard shots, or pull a few plums out of your archive.

  Get your photos to Linda-- lmilam1472@aol.com-- It's never too soon or too late! 


Field Trips


We are back to field trips now, after the COVID hiatus. Only we will not encourage car-pooling.  In stead we ask participants to arrange their own conveyance to meet us at the field trip destination.  Feel free to contact any SRAS Board member if you have questions.  

This month we have planned an evening trip to the Hell's Half Acre Rest area on the southbound side of I-15 south of Idaho Falls, 6:30, Thursday, September 10.  It is a surprising lava field Oasis.




Newsletter

In spite restrictions and cancellation of our planned activities, Kit still got out a great newsletter.   Check it out!  Click here to go to our Birding Resources page where you can download a copy of our Current Newsletter which contains additional information about birds and our activities.



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At our Board meeting last month we looked around the room, and we all agreed we haven't got any younger.  Some of us have been in that room since last century.  We are a good dedicated group and like what we are doing.  We've had a long run of excellent programs at our SRAS general meetings, and our attendance proves it.  We even have more than a year's operating expenses in the bank.  (That's not really saying much! But it's good.) 


So, we could use some help.  We're not the only game in town, but Audubon is often who people think of when they think about birds.  Being a volunteer outfit we have a hard time filling those shoes.  We could do better if we had some new blood.   We need people who want to do something for our avian friends.  We could use people who want to work with kids, people who want to learn, people with new ideas, people who want to get out doors.  


Our board meeting schedule is in our newsletter every month because it is open to all Snake River Audubon members.  Please join us to see what's going on.  We could really use your ideas.  If you want to dig in, we could use help with everything we do.  Watch the newsletter for Board meeting dates.  Let us know if you plan to attend, one of us will find a box to sit on--you can sit on a chair!


Notable Notes



Check out our Birding Resources page.  We periodically add links to items of interest to bird enthusiasts, and the latest newsletter is available there to view or download early in each month.  


Help keep Snake River Audubon going whenever you go shopping at Fred Meyer!

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Snake River Audubon Society at Fred Meyer Community Rewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 91179.

  •   Then every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping our chapter earn a donation.

  •   You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Re-bates. 


    Camas NWR hack tower now occupied by Ravens:  Old peregrine falcon hack tower at Camas National Wildlife Refuge







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