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!

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.  

Peregrine Falcon Webcam

Many members of Snake River Audubon are also members of the Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge, and a few of us have been involved with that group's effort to maintain a webcam, now in its third year, on the Refuge's peregrine falcon hack tower.  We are happy to say the camera is back up for the season, and is streaming to YouTube.  The birds are back, and they are showing a great deal of interest in their chosen nest spot from which they fledged one chick last year.  Here is a link to the YouTube stream:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVevvBMfznCPwG2K-WbN3Yg/live.  Note that this year we have a microphone.  You'll hear sagebrush and grassland birds in the background in addition to the falcon's chatter and cries, and the wind.  It is spectacular! 

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This month's Program


No program until September.  Summer is dedicated to being outside with the birds.  Take pictures of your birding, and be ready to tell us about them when we get together in the fall.  And watch for field trips that will show up here when plans jell.  We've got some good ideas we're working on.  We're open to new ideas too about places to go and bird and camp.  Let us know about places you've been or want to go, maybe we can work them in.  



Summer Field Trips and Events



World Migratory Bird Day at Market Lake WMA.  Official World Migratory Bird Day is Saturday May 11 this year.  Because our season is often a little behind other parts of the country, and because there are other events on the official day that people may want to attend, we have scheduled a celebration for the following Saturday, May 18, 2019.  It will be at Market Lake WMA this year, and we have lots of events planned.  View or download the flyer from our "Birding Resources" page (see the page listing on the left above.)  Come join us!


BUCKS FOR BIRDS--FOURTH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF CAMAS NWR AND SNAKE RIVER AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDATHON.  May 20 to 27, 2019.  Find someone to back you with a pledge of making a donation to Camas NWR and SRAS based on an amount per bird species that you and your team (if you have one) find on any or all of the Federal refuges in the area, Idaho State  WMA's, and other local public lands during the count period.  It's a GREAT thing to do this time of year!  Life is too short not to do it!  For detailed instructions, download and print the "BIRDATHON.pdf" file from our "Birding Resources" page.  We'll announce the winners at the Potluck and Awards Ceremony June 1 in the Pavilion at the Camas NWR.   Register by filling out the pledge form at the bottom of the Instructions sheet and sending it to:  Snake River Audubon Society, PO Box 2922, Idaho Falls, ID, 83403-2922.  Check back here after May 6 for details about the Potluck.  See you there!




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.



MESSAGES FROM SNAKE RIVER AUDUBON



If you haven't seen it yet, Darren Clark, has an excellent display of some of his recent work, “Habitat and Refuge”,  at the BYUI Jacob Spori Art Gallery.  A group of us went up for the opening last month, and it is well worth the trip.  The event is open to the public.  Better check online for details if you plan to go; it won't be there forever.  


                  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. 





Black-capped Chickadee

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Black-capped Chickadee
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