Welcome to Our Chapter!

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 ordinarily 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).  

Presently, in view of public health concerns meeting rooms at the Library are unavailable, so we are doing  virtual meetings, same day and time as usual, via the "Zoom" live streaming meeting platform.  If you are a member and Kit has your email address you should receive an invitation.  If you are not sure we have your email address, send Kit a message saying you would like to be included in the Zoom Meeting invitation list.  

Our Newsletter which is included with Membership is published monthly except for July, August, and December. If you wish to subscribe by email only, send Kit a request by email.  
We continue to have field trips and other activities with provision for safe distancing and behavior to keep us all healthy.  Check the newsletter for more information.   

How to Join Snake River Audubon

Membership information can be found on the back page of our Newsletter which is available for free download from the Birding Resources page of this Web Site.  Membership with National Audubon is $30, which includes subscription to the quarterly NAS publication "Audubon".  Or you can subscribe local only for $10.  Either subscription method includes our newsletter (monthly but for December, June, July, and August).

Bird Collisions with Windows

Keep birds from crashing into your windows!  We have it on good authority this works (I've done it on my windows).  

(PS:  Let me know if you can figure out where the word "Acopian" comes from.  I looked all over the web.  I got one brief glimpse that it might have to do with some Peruvian Amazon connection.  But I never could find my way back to that Wikipedia destination lost in the mists of the internet.)

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


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!).  


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.  


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 win/win.

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 camera is currently off for the winter.  The good news is, come spring we will have a solid link to the webcam stream that will be imbedded on its own page of the Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge website.  The "Nestcam" link in the menu bar at the top of the page will take you there.  Keep your fingers crossed for Falcons, not ravens!


This month's Program

Daren Clark, creative arts instructor at BYU Idaho, world class birder and photographer, a great regional resource, will share with us photography "Basics and beyond".  Expert photographers will wonder, "how he got that," and he'll tell us.  Whether you are a smart phone photographer or you pack a photo cannon, it is guaranteed to be an eye opening presentation.  

The meeting will be via Zoom.  Believe it or not, Zoom is fun!  The live internet gives a unique experience.  Make sure your membership is up to date, and see that Kit has your email address if you wish to join the meeting.  See the "How To Join Snake River Audubon" paragraph above if you aren't sure.   


Field Trips

A working field trip this month, our semi-annual trip to clean up Market Lake WMA, Saturday, October 10.  See the newsletter for details. We hope to see you there!


In spite restrictions and cancellation of our planned activities, Kit still gets 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.


                  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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