2022 La Crosse Area Christmas Bird Count - Saturday, December 17, 2022

The 2022 La Crosse Area Christmas Bird Count will abe held on Saturday, December 17, 2022. For this event, we will try to count as many birds as possible in a 15 mile diameter "Count Circle" that is centered on the La Crosse County Courthouse in downtown La Crosse. The circle will be divided into pre-defined sections and count teams will head out early to cover their section. We will also use the help of feeder counters - people who live and maintain a bird feeder within that count circle to count the birds that visit their yard. If you would like to help, please check out the Christmas Bird Count page of the Coulee Region Audubon Society website at: New participants are welcome! Thanks, Dan Jackson, Compiler

November Membership Meeting

The November membership meeting of the Coulee Regiona Audubon Society will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 7:00 PM. It will feature a presenation by Barbara Duerksen of the WI Chimney Swift Working Group. More details to come.

October Membership Meeting

Our October membership meeting will be a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7:00 PM It will include a presentation by Steve Betchkal of Eau Claire. He will be returning with his program that explores climate change and its effect on our birds. Steve is an excellent videographer/photographer and it should be an interesting evening. Hope you'll join us! Program Information: The Canada Warbler in the Coal Mine Nature's systems are marvelous and efficient "organisms," the product of millions of years of fine-tuning. But what happens if you tinker with the parts? Join ornithologist Steve Betchkal as he explains how climate crisis is impacting birds and bird conservation. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 863 0373 3432 Passcode: 040269 One tap mobile +13092053325,,86303733432#,,,,*040269# US +13126266799,,86303733432#,,,,*040269# US (Chicago)

September Membership Meeting - Wednesday, September 21, 2022 @ 7:00 PM

The first monthly membership meeting of the 2022-2023 program year will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. The featured guest will be Paul Kosir who will share some of his nature-inspired poetry. This will be a Zoom meeting and the meeting link is located on the calendar. We hope to see you for this fun meeting!

May Membership Meeting - May 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM

The May membership meeting will be a Zoom meeting and will feature a presenation by Jane Furchgott of the Richland Center - Santa Teresa Sister Cities Project in Nicaragua. Jane will give us an update on the status of the MOSI Station and conservation work that is being funded by the Sister City project. Please see the CRAS activity calendar on the website for a Zoom Meeting link.

Birding Field Trips

From April 26 through May 12, we will do Tuesday and Thursday bird walks at the Myrick Marsh and Hixon Forest at 6:30 AM. The Tuesday walks will be at the Myrick Marsh (meet at base of trail by Myrick Park Center parking lot) and the Thursday walks will be held in the Hixon Forest (meet at parking lot at end of Milson Court). These walks will end around 8:00 am and are open to all and free. On Saturday, May 7th, there will be two bird walks at Myrick Marsh as part of the World Migratory Bird Day event. The start times will be 6:30 AM and 9:00 AM. Both are free and open to the public. The second will be more family focused but kids of all ages are welcome for both. On Saturday, May 14th, we will have a Wyalusing State Park field trip. We meet at 6:00 AM on the entrance road to the park between the highway and the gate house. Look for the cars. This trip is very special since there are many species found at the park that are tought to find elsewhere in Wisconsin. There will al

April Membership Meeting

Our April membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2020 and will feature a presentation by Jon Stravers. Jon will give a presentation about his Red-shouldered Hawk and Cerulean Warbler research projects that he has been working on for many years. He will give an update on these projects and other initiatives that he is working on. This meeting will be a Zoom meeting. Check the calendar on the meeting day to access a link to the meeting.

Birding with Kids Group

Theresa O' Connor Amberson has created a Birding With Kids Facebook Group to encourage parents with children to get their kids interested in the outdoors. If you are a parent or grandparent of young children, we encourage you to join and take part in the discussion and activities. The first group activity will be a birding trip at Goose Island County park just south of La Crosse. It will take place from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Saturday, March 19, 2022. Please RSVP via the Facebook Group if you would like to participate. The group may visit a playground after the event for further outdoor activity. Here is a link to the group page:

March Membership Meeting

The March meeting will take place at 7:00 PM on March 16, 2022 and will feature a presentation by Krysten Zummo of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Come learn how a local land trust is working to create protected habitat corridors with the help of birds as a conservation catalyst. This meeting will be a Zoom meeting. Please go to the calendar on the meeting day to access the link to the meeting.

February Membership Meeting

Greetings Birding Friends! You won't want to miss our meeting tomorrow evening at 7PM. I think at least one of Sparky's amazing videos has been shared in our newsletter in the past. He will be taking us on a virtual field trip to Sax-Zim, without worries of needing to call a tow truck. Hope you can join us. Info and the zoom link are included here..... Minnesota's Sax-Zim Bog & the "Invasion of the Vole Snatchers" After an Introduction to the Sax-Zim Bog and why it's the "magic mix" for boreal birds, we'll learn about the Invasion each winter of "vole snatchers": Great Gray Owls, Hawk Owls, Boreal Owls, Northern Shrikes, hawks, ermine, marten, fox, coyote and more survive and thrive on a diet of voles. And we'll also enjoy some HD video of these critters actually snatching voles. We'll also touch on the work of Friends of Sax-Zim Bog to preserve over 4,000 acres of bog lands for future generations of birds and birder

January Membership Meeting

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

La Crosse Area Christmas Bird Count - Saturday, December 18, 2021

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!