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
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