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I want to take this opportunity to encourage more people to get involved with Meadowlark activities. Fresh ideas about programs, field trips, and events are always welcome! For many people, a big commitment is difficult and overwhelming. With that in mind, I would ask everyone to help our chapter by starting with only easy and small things to benefit Meadowlark Audubon. Bring a treat to a meeting, go on a field trip or help organize one, come up with ideas for programs or provide a contact for a program speaker, offer to help with the newsletter, help with an educational program for schools, put together a bird quiz or a bird list for some area, or build a bird house. There are many small things you can do that will make Meadowlark Audubon a better organization. In addition, these kinds of helpful actions will support those who are taking on more. If more people are available to help, more and better things can be accomplished!
Most things that would be helpful to Meadowlark can be done from home without travel, without a big commitment of time, and without extensive skills or knowledge. We really just need people who are willing and able to help! Please consider helping out!! My hope is that I can return to this area in a few short years and find Meadowlark Audubon continuing to be a strong and active organization. Although I will not be as involved personally, I plan to remain a member of Meadowlark and keep informed about activities from Cheyenne and hope to continue seeing everyone from time to time.
--by Dennis Saville, Chapter President
In the morning the group took an easy hike 3 mile round trip hike along the Sandstone trail to Dedication Point where we had lunch overlooking the confluence of Bill Creek and Canyon Creek Canyons. There were wonderful views on the way of the Bighorn Basin and Absorka's to the East. Birds seen alone the Sandstone Trail included: Mountain Bluebird, Pine Siskin, Say's Phoebe, Chipping Sparrow, House Wren, Warbling Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, American Robin, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Mourning Dove, Brown-headed Cowbird, Cassin's Finch, Hermit Thrush, Clark's Nutcracker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-billed Magpie, Pine Grosbeak, Western Tanager, Golden Eagle, Blue Grouse, Violet-green Swallow and Common Nighthawk.
After lunch Diane led about 7-8 people down into the Billy Creek trail. It was a long climb down but since we gradually worked our way up the canyon, the climb out wasn't nearly as formidable. Additional Birds seen in the afternoon on Billy Creek hike were: Dusky Flycatcher, Turkey Vulture, McGillivray's Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, Common Raven, Song Sparrow and Red-naped Sapsucker. In addition there was about every color of the rainbow in flowers including balsamroot, silver lupine, senecios, phlox, kittentails, green gentain, larkspurs, hairbells, mountain bluebells, wallflowers, yellow pea, violets (all three colors) and yellow stonecrops.
At the visitor center Diane had left a cake pan full on wonderful apricot nut cookies and a cooler full of cold water. So we munched on cookies as we compiled our lists and watched the sapsuckers. A perfect end to a perfect Wyoming day. Thank you Diane.
--by by trip participant Suzanne Morstad
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1) Someone yells “Duck!”, and you look up and shout, “Where?”
2) Vacations are planned to maximize the number of life birds.
3) You criticize television programs and commercials that depict a bald eagle but play a red-tailed hawk call.
4) Your kids are named Buteo and Accipiter.
5) People stop and stare when you “pish” at the shrubbery at the local mall.
6) Lunch breaks find you driving to check out your favorite hot spot.
7) Your spouse says, “It’s either me or the birds,” and you have to think about it.
8) On sunny days you hop in the car, crank up your tape of bird calls, and drive like crazy to the nearest mountain where the thermals are great for soaring hawks.
9) You pay a neighbor kid $20 to roll on a carcass and lay still while you search the sky for vultures.
10) You try to talk your kid into going to college in Belize so that you have an excuse to go and bird there.
11) It’s a nor’easter, the rain is horizontal, a small craft advisory has been issued, but it’s Birdathon and you need to up the day’s list.
12) Clouds take on the shape of birds, and you can distinguish male from female, and adult from immature plumage.
13) A machine squeaks at work and you describe it to maintenance as sounding like a black-and-white warbler.
14) The first time you meet your future in-laws you demonstrate the courtship dance of the woodcock, replete with sound effects.
15) You spend fifteen minutes preparing dinner for your family, and thirty minutes mixing and placing seeds for your birds.
16) You wake up your spouse at 5:30 AM and exclaim, “Is that a phoebe I’m hearing outside the window?”
17) Preparing for trips to visit out-of-state relatives involves contacting local birders, securing local bird lists, and buying the appropriate “Lane’s Guide”.
18) You identify calls of birds in the soundtracks of television shows and movies.
19) You’re willing to fight with anyone who criticizes your optics.
20) You participate in hours-long discussions about the pros and cons of using a certain field guide.
21) You lose friends, and perhaps even your spouse, from fighting over the pronunciation of “pileated.”
A special thanks to all photographers who submitted their wonderful bird pictures! Entries were received from the following excellent photographers: Bill Jalbert, Jerry L. Pyle, Jesse & Lela Winzenried, Darv Jennings, and David Burke. Dale Franz’s meadowlark photo is featured on the front of the T-shirts, and Michael Richardson’s photo of owlets decorates the back.
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