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Kane (Lovell area) Christmas Bird Count, Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Kane CBC will be held on Sat. Dec. 16, 2017. Meet at the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation Area Visitor’s Center in Lovell at 7 a.m. at which time we will check in, enjoy a hot drink & muffin, and select a route. Each team will be given a packet containing a bird list, map, and other pertinent information. At sunrise the teams will cover their routes and regroup at 4 p.m. for a pot luck dinner and compilation.

Please drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle if possible. If not, we will try to pair you with a team that’s in a 4-wheel. At check-in we’ll ask for your vehicle license number and description, and if you have a cell phone, its number.

Bring binoculars, bird books, spotting scope, CAMERA, lunch, side dish for dinner, warm clothing & footwear, hat & gloves, and plenty of water and/or warm drinks. A clip board is handy to record your findings. The Kane Count Circle centered around the old town of Kane extends from roughly Moncur Springs on the west side to Sand Draw near Lovell and includes a good portion of the Yellowtail Habitat. Since the pheasant season is still open, wearing hunter orange is a good idea for your own safety. Everyone welcome-no expertise required so bring a friend! We thank the National Park Service for being our host. Contact Neil and Jennifer Miller @ 568-9346 or by email njmiller3247@gmail.com for more info.

The Christmas Bird Counts held throughout North and South America and the Pacific Islands are sponsored by the National Audubon Society. As a citizen scientist during the Christmas Bird Count, your observations identify species at risk, focus public policy, initiate conservation strategies, influence public commitment, and locate birds on the move due to climate change. Check out the Meadowlark Audubon website www.meadowlarkwyo.org for more information about Christmas Bird Counts in our area.

We are looking forward to a fun and successful count day while helping out our feathered friends! See you on count day! Until then, good birding! Neil and Jennifer

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Cody Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 31, 2017

Great News! The Cody Christmas Bird Count has a new leader and will continue to be held each year! Dave Buckles has volunteered to step forward, pick up the reins, and continue the Cody CBC much as it has been done in the past.

The meeting and group tally of the day's observations will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church, 825 Simpson Avenue in Cody, starting at 6:00 p.m.

If you would like to participate, you may email Dave at Dave Buckles, <greenluddite@hotmail.com>

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Second 10 Day Trip Being Planned to Ecuador During First Part of March, 2018. A Rough Sketch of Plans is included below. Leader: Dr. David McDonald, University of Wyoming Professor.

[Here is the 10/27/17 update from Dr. Dave]
Saludos from Ecuador.

My wife Beth and I are staying in a restored hacienda in Urcuqui (15 minutes from your base, Hosteria Pantavi, in Tumbabiro), in northern Ecuador, while we wait for our apartment to be finished. On Sunday 5-Nov we meet our 5-15 Nov group for their visit here. We think we have a really exciting visit planned for them, and that the feedback from that will make a 2018 trip even better.

Our current inclination is to think of early March as the window (perhaps approximately 5-15 March 2018). That is quite flexible, however, if you are strongly interested but that time window won’t work for you.

Here’s a very rough sketch of what we expect for an itinerary:
 
Day 1. We meet you at the Quito airport and spend the night at a nearby hotel.
 
Day 2. We head north to Urcuqui/Tumbabiro (about 3 hours from Quito). Stop at scenic, cultural or birding spots along the way. Arrive at Hosteria Pantavi (beautiful lodge, with full amenities, including pool, sauna and good food) by late afternoon. Travel in a 9-passenger comfortable mini-bus and/or our KIA Sorrento SUV.
 
Day 3. Local exploration of the charming little town of Tumbabiro and a morning bird-walk in the dry scrub (think cactus and acacias; more or less an alternative reality version of Mojave, Sonoran, Chihuahan deserts, if you know any of those). Beth is a certified yoga instructor (she teaches at Blossom Yoga in Laramie), and will offer yoga classes throughout the trip, if anyone is interested.
 
Day 4. Visit (dryish) cloudforest reserve of Peribuela. A beautiful untraveled road that is almost totally level (a near-miracle in the Andes). We had amazing birds when we visited there for the first time yesterday (e.g., breath-taking Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanagers).
 
Day 5. Churches and museums in nearby Ibarra for part of the group and a different birding excursion for those wanting to focus more exclusively on natural history. Afternoon/evening lectures by Dave (birds), Beth (quick history of yoga), archaeology (someone from Yachay University), geology or Ecuadorian culture and history, will be sprinkled throughout.
 
Day 6. Hot springs and montane forest in nearby Chachimbiro.
 
Day 7. All-day excursion to the high forest and paramo (above timberline) of the El Angel reserve near the Colombian border. Specialty are the “sunflower trees.” Condors and many other paramo birds are possible.
 
Day 8. Agricultural/cultural tour for part of the group (organic farms, sugar cane, village life, etc.) for part of the group, and a different bird excursion for the birdier set.
 
Day 9. Indigenous craft market in Otavalo for part of the group and travel to highland Lagunas de Mojanda for the birdier.
 
Day 10. Travel to Antisana Volcano ecological reserve. Best place in Ecuador to see Andean Condors. Stay in charming Tambo Condor rustic lodge with Giant Hummingbird, Black-tailed Trainbearer and Shining Sunbeam hummingbirds in the yard and condors roosting on the cliff nearby. Quick trip to the paramo to see a highland lake and birds such as the wonderful and charmingly named Carunculated Caracara.
 
Day 11. Day in Antisana, evening travel to Quito Airport for return to US.

Post-trip travel to Galapagos, the Amazonian lowlands (I’m taking one November participant there after this November trip) or other parts of Ecuador can be easily arranged (likely not really involving us, except as facilitators).

(10/29/17 Update from Dr. Dave) Jan noted that I had not given you a price. It will be $1,700 per person for all in-country expenses (lodging, transport, meals) except the following: any non-group side trips you do on your own (examples could include ziplining; not many people do such “extras”), a non-group shopping trip, tips, alcohol, gifts, and laundry (usually about $5 per plastic grocery bag full – wash, dry fold – quick and good, and means you should be able to pack less). Airfare is usually about $1,200 RT (from Denver – can be much cheaper from some airports, more from others). Cheers, Dave McDonald

Questions and feedback on timing welcomed. Dr. Dave McDonald email

Best, Dave and Beth

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