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Dennis Saville, President
Joyce Cicco, Vice-president
KaCey Ross, Secretary
Dee Oudin, Treasurer
Gilbert and Sue Hatcher (one board position)
Julia Smith Lewis
Daryl and Carolyn LeFevre (one board position)
Don Smith and Kris Jondall (one board position)
All terms are for one year except for the president, who serves two years. Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the meeting.
David devised a one-man birdathon and sought pledges for the number of species he counted. He contacted his own list of potential supporters. Some of those on his list happen to be Meadowlark members, but not all of them. No one asked David to do this; it was his idea and he took care of the details and expenses himself.
As this newsletter is being wrapped, David's project had sent an impressive $1,100 to the bank. Some more checks are on their way.
The Board of Directors is deeply appreciative of David's work. Thanks very much to all who contributed.
This is an important, ongoing project to collect data that will tell, over the course of years, what the trends are out there on those lakes. Dr. Charles Preston preserves the database at the Draper Museum of Natural History, so it can be available for future scientific reference.
Nancy reminds members, who want to learn about waterfowl, that they may join the monitors at any session. You can follow along and see what they are doing and listen to the discussions (even arguements!) about field marks. Or, volunteer to become an actual monitor. The spring monitoring season extends through May 20.
To sharpen their skills, the monitors will have a training session on waterfowl recognition with Dr. Preston. Nancy coordinates the monitors and will contact those eligible for the training class, as the number of participants is limited.
Those interested in observing or volunteering should get in touch with Nancy at <email@example.com> or 307-754-0114 or 307-202-1334.
But regardless of how it evolves, nothing can be done without images. The directors encourage you to visit the areas and take along your favorite film or digital or video medium and grab some shots. Let any director know if you have images to offer. Full credit will be given to all image providers.
In addition, a volunteer to take charge of such a project - especially one who has more skill at this type of endeavor than the directors - is hugely needed. Step forward, please!
See the Meeting Information page or the Calendar of Events page of this Web site for more current information on upcoming meetings and field trips.
Right! But some concerned folks from Meadowlark Audubon Society are scrambling to keep you in the breeding business.
Because of the patient and savvy guidance of John Ross, the Big Horn Basin now sports three next platforms, on three different river systems, designed as alternate nest sites for Ospreys. In one case, the pole is mitigation for the loss of a nest on a power company pole, and the other two, the substitutes are intended to supply sites where apparently no suitable trees were available.
In 2001, Ross and crew, with help from Pacific Power, set up a platform-topped pole on the Clark's Fork River at the Beartooth Ranch. Last year, an Osprey pair accepted the offer and hatched three chicks there.
John's proven design involves attaching the large round end piece of a cable reel to the top of a wooden power pole, using cross arms to stabilize it. He adds some very large bolts around the platform perimeter that stick up about five inches to provide anchors for the sticks the Ospreys use to build nests. Then the pole is set, raising the platform about 50 feet above the ground.
This winter, the second and third poles went up. John, Neil and Jennifer Miller, Martin Ross, and a crew from Basin Rural Electric Company, prepared and raised a next pole at Harrington Reservoir, near the Greybull River south of Otto. A year ago, the electric company tore down an Osprey next near Otto for safety reasons. In early February, Ross and crew, using company-provided materials, installed the platform on the pole, then stood by while a Basin Rural Electric Company crew provided the machinery and manpower to dig the hole and set the pole.
In the third procedure, which started and stopped from August to January, John supervised the pole project on property owned by Jim and Dee Oudin near the Shoshone River. A third company provided materials, machinery and manpower for this installation. John, Harold Perry, Martin Ross, and the Oudins did the on-the-ground work. Ospreys had been seen in the area in early spring in years past, but no breeding Ospreys ever were found in the vicinity. Everyone hopes the new platform will bring them back.
Chapter-Only members pay $12 annual dues and all that money stays within the chapter to help with costs of programs, projects and expenses. Make a check to Meadowlark Audubon and send to
Joint National Audubon and Meadowlark memberships are regularly $35 annually and include the Audubon magazine. However, various discounts are available to those who qualify, but we won't get any credit for your membership without certain coding, so please contact Joyce for help before sending your money. Contact Joyce Cicco, membership chair, at 307-527-5030 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Compiler Mary Klein logged in 14 avid birders for the count: Harriet Corbett, Carol and Eric Genz-Mould, Stacy Huston, Kristi Jondall, Dave Karnos, Connie King, Thom Klein, Ken and Kathy Lichtendahl, Pat and Nancy Ryan, Dennis Saville and Don Smith. The group departed in five vehicles for the morning count, and four in the afternoon, logging in an impressive 321 miles of covered territory.
Forty-six species were spotted, with a total of 2,533 birds. Although no really unusual species for the area were seen one Killdeer and one Red-winged Blackbird probably should have headed south long ago!
The Clark birders warmed up at Edelweiss after the count, and enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner. Priceless moments for the day: Nancy Ryan losing her clipboard, and having it returned to her, but only after it was run over; and Dave Karnos falling through the ice of a beaver pond, followed by Thom Klein as he tried to help! The warm-up at Edelweiss was definitely necessary!
See you all next year for our 7th Clark Count.
Rough-legged Hawks have been tallied on every Cody count since its inception, but this year's total of 49 far surpassed the previous high count of 30 which was taken five years ago. American Robins were numerous at 304, while Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings seemed quite low at only 13 and 77 respectively. Eleven Bufflehead were spotted this year, only the fourth time the species has shown up during the CBC. And for the third year in a row, two Great Blue Heron were seen. (Due to space constraints, the full count totals were not printed in the hard copy of the newsletter, but are included at the bottom of the article in this Web version.)
Even though it was New Year's Eve, many of the day's birders attended the evening tally and potluck supper. Chuck Neal led the count tally, and Susan Ahalt and Joyce Cicco hosted the supper. Thanks are extended to Mr. Neal for his continuing support of the CBC, to Sunset House Restaurant for donation of soup and crackers, to Christ Episcopal Church for use of the meeting room and kitchen facilities, and to the participants for their birding efforts, potluck dishes and financial contributions.
Next winter's Cody CBC will be held on Saturday, December 30. If you missed this winter's count but would like to join us for the next one, call Joyce Cicco, 527-5030, or Susan ahalt, 527-7027, and we will put your name on the list. We're also looking for people in the Cody area who can't get out for the count, but who would like to submit feeder reports from their home feeders. If you are interested, please call Joyce or Susan.
Following are the Cody CBC's totals:
|Canada Goose||873||Trumpeter Swan||5|
|Am. Green-winged Teal||100||duck, sp.||15|
|Common Goldeneye||126||Barrow's Goldeneye||15|
|Common Merganser||50||Gray Partridge||2|
|Ring-necked Pheasant||18||Great Blue Heron||2|
|Bald Eagle||7||Northern Harrier||13|
|Sharp-shinned Hawk||3||Cooper's Hawk||3|
|Northern Goshawk||1||Red-tailed Hawk||10|
|Rough-legged Hawk||49||Golden Eagle||12|
|eagle, sp.||1||American Kestrel||3|
|Prairie Falcon||1||American Coot||10|
|Great Horned Owl||7||Downy Woodpecker||7|
|Hairy Woodpecker||1||Northern Flicker||59|
|Northern Shrike||1||Gray Jay||2|
|Steller's Jay||1||Clark's Nutcracker||2|
|Black-billed Magpie||308||American Crow||21|
|Common Raven||414||Horned Lark||410|
|Black-capped Chickadee||60||Mountain Chickadee||7|
|Red-breasted Nuthatch||1||White-breasted Nuthatch||3|
|American Dipper||8||Townsend's Solitaire||22|
|American Robin||304||European Starling||2,139|
|Bohemian Waxwing||13||Cedar Waxwing||77|
|Am. Tree Sparrow||58||Song Sparrow||17|
|sparrow, sp.||16||Dark-eyed Junco||49|
|Red-winged Blackbird||7||Brewer's Blackbird||47|
|Cassin's Finch||21||House Finch||427|
|Pine Siskin||52||American Goldfinch||61|
|Total individual birds||8,210|
The 2006 count totaled 154 Bald Eagles with 111 adults and 43 immatures (less than 4 years in age). This count is below average for recent years but within the normal range and still is consistent with the past decade of surveys. The immature to adult ratio of approximately 1:2.6 was slightly lower than average but still within normal ranges.
Golden Eagles totaled 81 with 66 adults and only 15 immature (also less than 4 years old).
Golden Eagles are yearlong residents here in the Bighorn Basin. The decreasing immature to adult ratio of 1:4.4 may reflect either abnormal climatic conditions or something (perhaps West Nile Virus?) that affects the survival of younger birds. It's also possible this was just an unusual count in which fewer young Golden Eagles were seen.
Eleven unknown eagles were observed and, based on terrain, most of these were probably Golden Eagles. If even 50% of the unknown birds were young goldens, then the ratio would have been in the normal range. In summary, this year's overall Golden Eagle count was within the normal range for recent surveys, but the number of immature Golden Eagles was the lowest since 1989.
Other raptors logged included: 97 Rough-legged Hawks, four Prairie Falcons, one Peregrine Falcon, 16 Red-tailed Hawks, 6 Northern Harriers, 6 American Kestrels, 2 Ospreys, 1 Swainson's Hawk, and 5 owls.
All the current tallies and many other details may be seen at <www.birdsource.org>. Just to pique your interest, the total number of birds submitted by midday February 27 was 7.33 million. That includes hardy sould on the Arctic Ocean in Nunavut Province who logged 124 Common Ravens.
You can check participation from any state by clicking on Explore the Results. Checklists submitted from around the Big Horn Basin came to 13 from Cody, 9 from Powell and one from Torrington.
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