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 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.  

Bird Collisions with Windows

Here is a short video from a birding destination in Guatemala about how to prevent bird collisions with your windows: 

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!

Waiting-out the Crisis, Summer, 2020 

Still waiting-July...

Stick with us folks, we're still here.  Monthly meetings are still on hold, but we've got some good ones lined up when the curtain lifts.  Meanwhile, there's nothing like spending a sheltering day by yourself, or with a distanced friend or two looking for birds.  The weather has been perfect for it...  Look for a SRAS Newsletter in your mailbox when we get the all clear. ---Mark, JULY 15, 2020.

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 great opportunity.

Peregrine Falcon Webcam

June 6, 2020:  In case you hadn't heard, the Web Cam at the Camas National Wildlife Refuge that was installed to monitor Peregrine falcon nesting activities there is operational again this year, though it has been intermittent due to connectivity problems, power failures, and such.  The perplexing news is that the box has been taken over by common ravens.  We would have taken steps to discourage them, but the COVID 19 lockdown got in the way.   
July 15, 2020:  We had another year of ups and downs with our streaming link.  What you missed were 3 hatchlings.  We're not sure how many actually fledged.  Last time we were able to check there was one full grown first year bird still there.  It appeared to be ready to fly. 
We're exploring alternatives to YouTube for streaming next year.  We're also considering the optics that we are streaming a raven's nest.  We may discourage the ravens next year and see if we can lure a falcon back instead.  Wish us luck.

We also have a second camera on the Pollinator Garden at HQ we hope to have available by next spring.  Of course you can always take a nice day to drive up there and see that one live.  Right now (July 15) the garden is absolutely lovely, and a good place to sit quietly and watch birds.   

This month's Program

In view of the public health issues, we have cancelled all get-togethers, including the April meeting and any field trips.  Bob and Terrie Davis, who were on tap for the April meeting, are now in the queue for autumn.  Their program, "Birding and Living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo" will surely be worth the wait.  

Meanwhile, don't forget Member's Night!   We will have it either in the first, or second monthly Thursday slot after the virus blows over.  This has become our signature and most popular program.  You've got plenty of time now to get back yard shots, or pull a few plums out of your archive.

  Get your photos to Linda-- lmilam1472@aol.com-- It's never too soon or too late! 

Field Trips

No field trips til the COVID dust settles.  If the curfew is eased up to allow judicious travel, Market Lake, Mud Lake, Camas NWR,... the world is waiting.  The birds are waiting!  Let us know what you find.


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

    Camas NWR hack tower now occupied by Ravens:  Old peregrine falcon hack tower at Camas National Wildlife Refuge

Black-capped Chickadee

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Black-capped Chickadee

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