Tim and Patty will share with us stories and pictures from their recent trip to Costa Rica during which they saw over 260 species of birds,
including two species of tinamou,
Three-wattled Bellbird, Resplendent
Quetzal, a rainbow of other birds, plus
20 foot crocodile and vibrant poison
dart frogs. Join us for this event November 20, 7:15 PM at the Idaho Falls Public Library in meeting rm 1
Chapter Field Trips
American Falls fish hatchery, Saturday, November 22.
The fish hatchery on the Snake River just below American Falls Dam is a great place this time of year to look for vagrant waterfowl on the river and for late migrants in the trees around the Hatchery. And who knows what will fly over. We will meet at the west side Idaho Falls Walmart 8 AM to carpool. We usually go down the "back way" to check some favorite spots on the upper end of American Falls Reservoir and bird our way down to the hatchery. We'll spend some time checking open water above the dam, and wherever else we think birds are waiting to be discovered. And we'll have a bite to eat at our local favorite restaurant when everyone has worked up an appetite.
Coming up, but not to rush things: Christmas Bird Count Season is fast approaching. Four local counts we participate in are, Craters of the Moon (tentatively Monday December 15), Idaho Falls (Saturday, December 20), Rexburg (TBD), and Howe (TBD, always after Christmas)., stay tuned for details. Let us know if you can help (email to Snake River Audubon). There are several other counts in the region; visit the National Audubon website (National Audubon Society) for more information on other regional CBC's.
The National Eagle Count takes place the second week of January. Snake River Audubon will do a stretch of the Buffalo River and the Henry's Fork down from Ponds Lodge in Island Park on Saturday, January 10. Contact (email to Snake River Audubon) if you want to join us for this easy and scenic midwinter ski outing.
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.