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.  


Idaho Falls Area Birds
A little book you won't want to miss!

Snake River Audubon has partnered with the City of Idaho Falls to publish a pocket size spiral bound bird book Idaho Falls Area Birds intended to introduce visitors and interested residents to our local wealth of birds.  If you follow this Web Page you will have seen us asking for photograph contributions.  We now have a complete collection of photographs of the 112 bird species that will be included in the book.  The photographs are Amazing!  We have drafted a brief text for each species, and we are hammering out supporting information to complete the book.  We expect to go to press soon.  With luck we'll have the books out in time for the fall bird (and visitor!) migration.  Check back here for progress reports and information on where to obtain the books.  We're very excited about it.

Peregrine Falcon Webcam

Unfortunately we have lost communication with our camera, possibly a consequence of the severe weather that went through in mid April.  The good news is that after a month of having one falcon hanging out on the tower, May 3 while scoping the tower from a safe distance, the single bird, which had been standing near the nest box as usual, was seen to take flight, and then was seen soaring in company of another slightly smaller peregrine.  So maybe with luck, we'll have a pair sitting on the nest soon.  The downside to that is we don't dare disturb them, so most likely our live stream is out of action for the season.  But check back here occasionally, sometimes miracles happen.

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This month's Program

No program this month.  Next program is in September, will be announced here early that month.  Meanwhile, take advantage of the beautiful Snake River summer.  Get out and find some birds.  We have a few field trips planned.  Come join us.


Field Trips


How to increase your raptor ID skills:  There is no better way than getting outside with someone who knows where the raptors are.  Here's your chance.  Steve Hoffman with Merlin Birding Tours is doing a repeat of last years highly acclaimed raptor ID class coupled with a drive into the Gravelly Range of Montana north of Redrocks NWR to look for birds, August 4.    Click here to go to our birding resources page where you will find a downloadable PDF, "2018 Island Park Raptor ID workshop Registr. Form.pdf" with complete information and how to sign up.  PDF's are at the bottom of that page.


Hell's Half Acre trail, June 21, 6:00 PM.  This is part of the I-15 rest stop 10 miles south of Idaho Falls.  It is an amazing little island just outside the stream of highway traffic, with interesting sagebrush birds and flowers.  You can imagine the traffic as the sound of the sea; it's a little cooler, and not the same birds, but you could almost be in Hawaii!


There will be a Monarch Butterfly Workshop at Camas NWR Saturday, June 30.  The Refuge, with help form the Friends of Camas support group, has made great strides in creating an island of habitat to welcome and provision the endangered Monarchs we sometimes see on their journey of life between Rocky Mountain meadows and Mexican wintering grounds.  


Birds, Bears and Whitbark Pines.  And tentatively scheduled for late July, we will do a reprise of last year's very successful field trip to the Grand Targhee Resort.  We'll check back on the Whitebark Pine ecosystem there. 


Click here to go to our Birding Resources page where you can download a copy of our summer Newsletter which contains additional information on these field trips.



MESSAGES FROM SNAKE RIVER AUDUBON



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.  


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