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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

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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.  The falcons are now raising their 3 hatchlings, and we don't want to disturb them.  We'll wait until late fall, by which time we hope to have sufficient funds from your generous donations get the hardware ordered.  Installation will take place early next winter, and we expect to go live March 15, 2017.

Good News!  We have scraped together sufficient funding that the nest-cam project can go forward, and the hardware has been ordered.  Just the same, if you have a few bux burning a hole in your pocket, we could still use them.  We would like to find maybe $2K for purchase of monitors and cheap dedicated purpose CPU's so we can place real-time nest links in the Idaho Falls Public Library, the Tourist Information Center downtown, and several public schools.  And we'll have annual operating fees as well.  Thanks for your support!

This month's program

Treasure of the Sierra Madre with Rod Drewien.  Thursday, November 17, 7:15 at the Library.  Dr. Drewien as spent a lifetime monitoring migratory birds up and down the flyways from the Arctic to Panama.  We'll get a glimpse into his fascinating experience as he takes us on a tour of some of the most rugged and isolated country in Mexico, located inland from the Sea of Cortez.  Rod will share with us a travel log through canyons that hold their own for amazing natural history and geology alongside the Grand Canyon.  We'll hear about indigenous people who may be closer than any other in North America to pre-Columbian culture.  We'll hear an adventure or two!  Join us!

 Christmas Bird Count, Season is here!

Christmas Bird Counts have been going on every Christmas for 115 years.  They are fun, a good opportunity to improve your birding skills, or share what you have with others, and contribute to the largest database on the planet of bird numbers and distributions.

The Craters of the Moon Christmas Bird Count is Wednesday, December 14.  Meet at the Visitor's Center.  Dress for arctic conditions, bring your optics, snacks and water.  We sort into teams and distribute to accessible areas on the refuge where hearty winter species tend to hang out.  Snow shoes or skis may come in handy.  If you are interested, please let us know you are planning to attend by contacting Todd Stefanic at Craters of the Moon, 208 527-1335; or Mark Delwiche, 208 525-9414; or email Snake River Audubon.

The Idaho Falls CBC is Saturday, December 17.  This count covers a circle 15 miles in diameter centered on Foote Ave near the Idaho Falls Airport.  We'll have a planning meeting Thursday evening, 7:30 PM.  Contact Snake River Audubon for details.

Date for the Rexburg CBC is yet to be announced.  Contact Snake River Audubon if you are interested; we'll provide details.

Chapter Field Trips

No field trips this month.  We're resting up in preparation for the Christmas Bird Counts.
  
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Updated November 14, 2016.  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.





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