This year's Great Backyard Bird Count will be held on February 17-20, 2023. This is a great chance to make a difference in a great citizen science project. For this event, you can participate by counting the birds in your yard or at any location in the world. You can participate with a single count or count birds at multiple locations on any or all of the days of the event. For more information, see the Great Backyard Bird Count website at: https://www.birdcount.org/
For our February Membership Meeting, Alan Stankevitz will give a presentation on Bird Photography. Alan is professional nature photographer from the Coulee Region. He will be sharing hints and tips on how to become a better photographer and will also share some of his outstanding photos. As always, this meeting will be free and open to the public.
During the January Annual Meeting, Board and Officer elections were held. After serving for several years, Jonathan Ringdahl decided to hand over the reigns and Mark Webster was elected to take his place as President of the Coulee Region Audubon Society. First and foremost, we would like to extend a huge Thank You! to Jonathan for his years of service as our organization's President! He did a great job and donated a huge amount of time, effort, and energy to make the Coulee Region Audubon Society succesful during his terms as President. Thanks also to Mark for assuming that leadership role in our Chapter! Currently, the office of Vice President as well as an at-large position on the Board of Directors are open. We could sure use your help with either of these positions! Thanks, Coulee Region Audubon Society Board of Directors
Starting with our February membership meeting, we are hoping to be able to return to in-person meetings. These will be held at the Myrick Park Center and hosted by WisCorps. The Myrick Park Center is located on the south edge of the Myrick Marsh in Myrick Park. The address is: 789 Myrick Park Dr, La Crosse, WI. We are excited to see everyone in person again!
Our January membership meeting is our Annual Meeting. Due to weather concerns, we will once again be doing this as a Zoom meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and the night's activities will start with our business meeting. The business meeting portion of the evening will include an election of board members and officers, a report of the current financial status of the organization, and other current status discussions. When the business meeting part of the Annual Meeting is complete, it will be followed by an opportunity for members to share some of their favorite nature photos (please limit to 25 per person).
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: http://www.couleeaudubon.org/html/cbc.html New participants are welcome! Thanks, Dan Jackson, Compiler
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 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86303733432?pwd=bFFOLzlRWTR2UVAzVmtpYVpKMStEZz09 Meeting ID: 863 0373 3432 Passcode: 040269 One tap mobile +13092053325,,86303733432#,,,,*040269# US +13126266799,,86303733432#,,,,*040269# US (Chicago)
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!
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.
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
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.