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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

Peregrine Falcon webcam

After its first season, the camera
 on the hack tower at Camas National Wildlife Refuge is off for the winter.  The tower was occupied by a pair of peregrine falcons from late March until August.  One or the other of the pair seems to have been sitting on eggs most of that time. But in spite of a few (perhaps wishful) hatchling sightings, no chicks materialized.  Once we are sure the birds have left for the winter--probably November to be safe--we will check the nest for evidence of failure.  Were there eggs that didn't hatch?  Are there empty egg shells, suggesting failure after hatching?  We'll let you know what we find.  And we'll be live again next March.  Watch here for details.
















































































Chapter Field Trips

Our traditional autumn run to American Falls Reservoir and Fish Hatchery.  Saturday, October 21.  We’ll meet at the south end of the Utah Ave. Walmart parking lot at 9:00 AM to arrange carpooling and proceed to American falls to look for late migrating shorebirds, ducks and gulls.  We'll also walk around the Fish Hatchery, check the river and sneak up on the just filled feeders in the Russian olives looking for warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, owls, and who knows what else.  Again PLEASE RSVP to Snake River Audubon
  
This Month's Program

The Best of my Wildlife Behavior Videos

by Glenn Devoe 


Glenn is an avid birdwatcher and naturalist, veteran of the BLM Range Conservation group, and longstanding Snake River Audubon member.  This is a guaranteed must see program! Join us at the IF Library, 7:15 Thursday, October 19, 7:15 PM. You won't be disappointed!


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
(allaboutbirds.org)