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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.  We checked the nest platform in late October and found no evidence of failed eggs or hatchlings, and nothing suspicious.  We are at a loss.  This activity is a learning experience for all of us.  Check back in early March.  We should have the camera live and on-line before the falcons are back.  Be the first to spot them!


















































































Chapter Field Trips

No field trip this month.  Instead, we'll polish our birding skills at our favorite early winter bird sites in preparation for upcoming Christmas Bird Counts (see next item.)

Christmas Bird Counts

If you've never done a Christmas Bird Count, and you like winter birding, you have a treat in store.  The idea is to team up on a chosen day and count all the birds that can be found within a 15 mile diameter circle in 24 hours, come blazing sun or freezing snow.  Count circles are generally long-standing, and counted year after year.  There are circles all over the country, and surely one near wherever you are.  
Here is information on CBC counts in our area that our membership regularly helps with:  
Craters of the Moon National Monument: December 20.  Contact the Monument Naturalist Todd Stefanic (208) 527-1300, or email Snake River Audubon to sign up and get details.
Idaho Falls: December 16.  Contact us at IF CBC to sign up and get info.
Also, check back for information on the Rexburg CBC.  We'll have it here as soon as available.
  
This Month's Program

Visit Guatemala with Justin Frye, naturalist and wildlife biologist with the local BLM, and a bird guy.  Thursday, November 16, 7:15 at the Idaho Falls Public Library.  He'll share pictures and stories from the land of the Quetzal.  Join us!



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.  


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. 


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)