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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!


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.  Equipment installation was completed last November.  We will turn the camera back on as soon as we start to see snow geese and ducks returning.  We'll go live when we have birds back on the tower.  Meanwhile, if you have extra cash we can use some of it for recurring expenses like internet access and streaming costs.  Feel free to chip in!

This month's program

Steve and Darren's Big Texas Birding Adventure.  Thursday, March 16, 7:15 Idaho Falls Public Library.  Two of our most formidable birders and photographers share stories and photographs from their 2016 springtime trip to the Rio Grande Valley and Texas coast.  This is rare bird country.  Join us! 


Come to Roost at Camas NWR

Saturday, February 25, 4 pm The weather cooperated, it wasn't as windy as predicted, and the roads were passable.  It was a huge success, with lots of people, and almost as many eagles as people.  It's all about the jackrabbits (and hot chocolate.)  


Chapter Field Trips

Snow Geese.  Saturday, March 18, 3 PM.  Meet in the Walmart parking lot.  And listen: the usual meeting spot is now a gas station.  We'll meet instead on the south end of the parking lot.  Go south on Utah, and instead of turning in, go past the stoplight on Utah to the next right turn to go in.  Look for the people who look like bird watchers. We'll team up and head for the snowmelt grain fields up toward Roberts.  Dress warm, bring a thermos of hot tea.
  
MESSAGES FROM SNAKE RIVER AUDUBON

Updated February 15, 2017.  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.  


Environmental Presentation:

February 22, 7pm


The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and the Idaho Master Naturalists will have a presentation by local environmental scientist Mike Abbott on the State of Idaho's new Wilderness Stewardship Program,  in the Centennial Conference Room at the offices of the ID Department of Fish and Game, 4279 Commerce Circle, Idaho Falls.  The program is open to interested public.



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.





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