The January membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. This will be our annual meeting and will include a discussion of recent bird sightings and upcoming events followed by the business meeting and then photo sharing by any participant who is interested. This meeting will be virtual and will use Zoom. The business meeting for the annual meeting is usually fairly short. It will include reports, the election of board members and officers, and a discussion of the current status of the organization. As always, if anyone is interested in joining the board or becoming an officer, you are encouraged to do so! When the business meeting is complete, we will "open the flooor" to any participant who would like to share nature photos that they have taken. We usually limit that to 25-30 photos per person to give everyone the opportunity to take part. We hope that you will join us and share your photos! A link to the Zoom meeting will be e-mailed to everyone
The Coulee Region Audubon Society will hold it's annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, December 18th. The La Crosse Area Christmas Bird Count, will attempt to count all of the birds found inside a count circle that is centered on the La Crosse County courthouse in downtown La Crosse. Volunteers can count birds at their own feeders (if they live in the count circle) or participate as Section Counters to count birds in an assigned section of the count circle. Watch the website for more details!
The village of Ferryville will be holding a waterfowl viewing event at the overlook on the west side of Hwy 35 in the center of town on Saturday, November 13th from 9:00 - 11:00 AM. Dan Jackson and other birders will be present to help point out the birds that can be seen from that location. The Coulee Region Audubon Society will hold a waterfowl viewing field trip on Sunday, November 14, 2021. We will meet at noon on the street just west of the Kwik Trip at the lights in La Crescent. We will then do a car caravan and visit the Wildcat Landing Delta and the 2 Brownsville waterfowl observation locations to check out fall migrants and the huge flock of ducks, geese, and swans that should be present at those overlooks. Both events are free and open to the public.
Emma Jonas has agreed to give us a virtual presentation on November 17th at 7pm on her research on Flamulated Owls (and what they eat) in Utah with Professor Mika with UW-L. Emma is a Senior at UW-L. This will be a Zoom meeting and the link will be added to the calendar as the meeting date approaches.
Christian Cold will be our presenter this month. He has visited us in the past, and though now retired from the Wisconsin DNR, he continues to share his knowledge in speaking engagements around the state. He plans to combine elements from his “Discovering Nature with Your Family” and “Wildlife Ecology and Management” programs. He tells us...”This will be fun!” This will be a Zoom meeting. See the link information on the calendar.
In response to an uptick in CoronaVirus activity, we will be doing virtual meetings via Zoom this fall. The first meeting of the new program year will be held on Wednesday, September 15, at 7:00 PM. It will feature a presentation by Abbey Krumrie of the River Valley Raptors organization. The Zoom Meeting connection information is: Topic: Coulee Region Audubon Society September Meeting Time: Sep 15, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 85905471452?pwd= aGtlY0JmWFFxYkQrK3p6K1VWc1VmQT 09 Meeting ID: 859 0547 1452 Passcode: Audubon One tap mobile +13126266799,,85905471452#,,,,*8205501# US (Chicago) +13017158592,,85905471452#,,,,*8205501# US (Washington DC) Dial by your location +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID: 859 0547 1452 Passcode:
Our June meeting is usually a potluck and a bird walk - often at Myrick Park. Due to covid, this year's event will need to be modified and will be a picnic and bird walk. The difference is that we won't be sharing food and we will also maintain social distance from people who aren't members of our households. We will start at 6:00 PM and will eat and socialize (from a distance) before heading out on the Rabbit Trail to see what birds we can find. Please bring your own food, beverages, dishes, etc. There are some picnic tables there but if you can bring a blanket or folding chairs, that would be appreciated. Although not the usual event, it is a step toward a more normal event. We hope to see you there!
Our May membership meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. It will be a zoom meeting and will feature a presentation by Laura Erickson that is titled "Into the Nest". Check the calendar for a link to the meeting. All are welcome and encourage to "attend". Bird migration is hitting it's peak this week (5/5/2021). If you haven't been out enjoying the event, I would strongly suggest it!
We have decided that, with some care and precaution, it is safe to lead some bird walks this year. We will do Tuesday and Thursday morning Myrick Marsh and Hixon Forest walks for the weeks of May 3 and May 10. As usual, these walks will be run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting at 6:30 AM and going to about 8:00 AM (participants should feel free to leave whenever they need to). Tuesday morning walks will be in the Myrick Marsh and start from the parking lot by the Myrick Marsh Center and the base of the Rabbit Trail. Thursday morning walks will be in the Hixon Forest and start from the trail parking lot at the end of Milson Court. For these walks, we do ask that people wear masks and practice social distancing. If the number of participants is high, we will split into smaller groups to allow people to still hear the leader and share sightings. We will also be doing a Wyalusing field trip on Saturday, May 15 starting at 6:00 AM. Due to covid, we will not be able to car pool
Due to continued needs to encourage social distancing and restrictions on meetings, our June potluck and bird walk meeting has been cancelled. We sincerely hope that this pandemic is under control by the start of our new program year in September. If so, we do plan to hold meetings starting on the third Wednesday in September, 2020. We hope that everyone continues to be safe and healthy and to follow the safety guidelines needed to keep this pandemic under control. All the best, Coulee Region Audubon Board of Directors
The Governor of the State of Wisconsin has extended the Safer At Home order to May 26, 2020. As a result, all May events (field trips, WMBD events at Myrick and Trempealeau NWR, morning bird walks, and our monthly meeting) have now been cancelled for the month of May. Please check back in late May to see what the status is for our June Potluck and bird walk. The spring migration is underway and you are still encouraged to get outside and take part in solo activities like bird watching. We hope that you do so and share your sightings on the Coulee Region Audubon Sightings group page on Facebook! This will end! In the meantime, please stay safe, follow social distancing and the Safer At Home guidelines, and help us all to do what is necessary to put an end to this pandemic! Good birding and Happy Spring, The Coulee Region Audubon Society Board of Directors