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
The Coulee Region Audubon Society is following state and national guidelines and has therefore cancelled all planned activities for the month of April as well as the World Migratory Bird Day event that was planned for May 2, 2020 at Myrick Park. At this point, we will leave our May events on the schedule. They will be re-evaluated later this month when direction is received from state and national authorities on how to proceed. During this trying time, we urge all members and the public to take this threat seriously and to follow state and federal guidelines for shelter in place and safe social distancing. We also encourage you to enjoy nature during this time. Getting outdoors and doing some hiking, birding, or simply soaking in the sunshine is a great stress reliever. Please take care to keep safe social distancing practices while taking part in these activities! We hope that all are taking care and staying safe! Sincerely, Coulee Region Audubon Society Board of Direc
2020 International Festival of Owls Weekend March 6 - 8, 2020 Houston, MN This festival always offers something for the owl lover in all of us, even those who aren’t really birders. From a banquet, owl prowls, serious science and many family activities, there’s sure to be something this weekend for even the most discerning of folks. This international event grew from a small town celebration of Alice’s “Hatch Day” into one that grows with each passing year.In addition, if you’d like to get out and prowl for owls with the experts, they are hosting monthly Owl Prowls. November 16, 6:00 PMDecember 31 6:00 PM The Owl Center is also offering pellet dissection opportunities with admission to the Owl Center on November 23 and December 14. This would be a great way to enjoy time with your children, grandkids or really, anyone young at heart, while introducing them to a closer look at life as an owl. Shake the late winter doldrums and enjoy all things owl. For more information,
2019 La Crosse Area Christmas Bird Counts Saturday, December 14, 2019 The 2019 Audubon Christmas Bird Count is getting close and we are getting organized. This is a big event and we can always use more help!!There are two types of volunteers that take part in our counts – Section Counters and Feeder Counters. Section Counters go in the field and count as many birds as possible in an assigned section of the circle, either alone or as part of a team. Feeder Counters count the birds in their own yard (as long as they live in a count circle). This year, there will be at least 2 Christmas Bird Counts held in the Coulee Region. The La Crosse Area count will be held on Saturday, December 14th and the Trempealeau count will be held on Sunday, December 15th . If you enjoy counting birds, your help with either or both counts would be greatly appreciated! The La Crosse Area Christmas Bird Count, which is hosted by the Coulee Region Audubon Society, counts all the birds found inside a
Fred Lesher's Birding Journals Online Fred is a long time member of CRAS and retired UW Lacrosse professor. He has donated his birding journals to the Murphy Library at UWL. The journals cover his lifetime of birding from 1957 to 2004. The 14 volumes are now housed in the Special Collections unit of the Library. All the volumes have been scanned and are available to the public in the Library’s digital collection. To view the journals go to the UWL website, click on Murphy Library then Special Collections then Digital Collections then Browse Digital Collections (or click here and use the "Sub-collections" window). When viewing the journals there are 2 pages on each scanned image so page numbers and scan numbers do not agree. Take some time this winter to explore some of Fred’s old haunts. Find the story about his favorite roads in Vernon County or his tame Barred Owl from his college days or his detailed observations of his Purple Martin house or his chronicl
Birds and Beers, Anyone? Many other regional birding groups, such as the Twin Cities, Madison and the Green Bay have established more informal gatherings for birders to meet and share stories. The venue changes from meeting to meeting and they are somewhat unscheduled. Sometimes birding might be part of the agenda beforehand, other times it’s just a chance to meet others who share your interest. For example, when a Great Grey Owl decided to hang out on the grounds of the Capitol Brewery in Madison, there was a somewhat spontaneous Birds and Beers scheduled. We’d like to try and create our own “Birds and Beers.” If you have an urge to sit somewhere, like maybe Pearl Street Brewery, meet other birders and talk bird smack, post the date, time and place on the facebook page. Pass the word to others who might enjoy this and someone is bound to show up.