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.  


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.  

Peregrine Falcon Webcam

The new camera was installed November 12.  We have a new server that is much quicker and more stable than the original.  The system works great!  We have a great image, and it has a zoom function that will allow us to focus on things of interest and avoid sun glare in the afternoon.  AND it has a cool microphone!  Well, you'll have to wait for spring.  We're off line, and soon we will be putting the system to bed for a long winter's nap.  But check back mid March.  Be the first to see the falcon back from vacation in Mexico.

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This month's Program


Linda Milam and the Birds of Colombia.  Thursday, March 21, 2019.  Linda visited Colombia last summer with one of Kathleen Camaron's great Majestic Feathers tours.  From tropical maritime environment to the high Andes, and everything in-between, Colombia offers what may be South America's (or for that matter, the Americas, period!) most divers avifauna.  Linda saw a good sample of those birds.  And had some, so say the least, interesting tour adventures.  Join us, 7:15 PM at the Library, downstairs in the first conference room.



Field Trips


Snow geese, other early spring migrants, and late winter visitors.  Saturday March 16. Our traditional first spring outing.  With all the water we've had we're hoping to see patchy snow with ponding in farm fields where geese, duck's, swans, and others congregate to feed on crop residuals, invertebrates, and other delicacies.  This is an afternoon trip--meet 1:30 PM at our regular spot on the south side of the westside Walmart parking lot.  We'll convoy to places based on prior scouting, and so we don't spook the birds we'll probably be mostly in the car.  But dress warmly; there may be occasion to get out and setup a few scopes.  Bring snacks and a thermos of hot tea.  See you there!




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.



MESSAGES FROM SNAKE RIVER AUDUBON



If you haven't seen it yet, Darren Clark, has an excellent display of some of his recent work, “Habitat and Refuge”,  at the BYUI Jacob Spori Art Gallery.  A group of us went up for the opening last month, and it is well worth the trip.  The event is open to the public.  Better check online for details if you plan to go; it won't be there forever.  


                  Help Snake River Audubon                      


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. 





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Black-capped Chickadee
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