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Audubon Rockies Newsletter | March 2019
White-breasted Nuthatch. Photo: Danny Hancock/Audubon Photography Awards
White-breasted Nuthatch. Photo: Danny Hancock/Audubon Photography Awards
Spring is coming and so are the birds!
This could be the spring that you create a bird paradise in your backyard! Habitat Hero has the tools and resources you need to make it happen. Here a few ways we can help:
  1. Attend an event on March 7 in Denver or March 22 in Longmont. Click here to see all our Habitat Hero events.
  2. Get ready to plant with our online resources.
  3. Volunteer with us! We have several volunteer opportunities, from planting demonstration gardens, tabling at events, to identifying native plants for a garden tour. Email jweiss@audubon.org to sign up!
Greater Sage-Grouse lek. Photo: Dave Showalter
Greater Sage-Grouse lek. Photo: Dave Showalter
World’s Best Sage-Grouse Habitat up for Auction
As part of a disturbing trend, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is again offering oil and gas companies drilling rights in core sage-grouse habitat in Wyoming, this time in an area with the highest sage-grouse density on Earth. In addition to submitting a formal protest to the BLM that argues that the bureau is failing to follow its own regulations, Audubon and Wyoming Outdoor Council submitted an emergency letter to Governor Mark Gordon requesting intervention. Read a new Audubon article that examines the Department of Interior’s growing efforts to dismantle its 2015 landmark conservation deal.

See what’s at stake in our new video, then speak up for sage-grouse in your state:
Colorado 
Wyoming
Green River Ranch. Photo: Abby Burk/Audubon Rockies
Green River Ranch. Photo: Abby Burk/Audubon Rockies
Western Water News: Ranching in the New Normal
Colorado’s 2019 snowpack is off to a strong start, but rivers are not likely to see a large spring runoff benefit due to parched soils from 2018. Read our new Western Water Newsletter and check out our new film to learn more!See more
Western Meadowlark. Photo: Dusty Downey
Western Meadowlark. Photo: Dusty Downey
Conservation Ranching Workshop
On February 4, Audubon Rockies and Wyoming Cattlewomen hosted a workshop on market options available to Wyoming cattle producers.  Dusty Downey, Conservation Ranching lead for Audubon Rockies, provided an overview of the initiative. Jeff Berry, a stock buyer, shared insight into the beef market. Chris Cortilett from Cortilletti Marketing discussed the importance of digital media. Rob Jennings from Wyoming Beef Chain explained what block chain is and how it could help Wyoming producers.Learn more about the growing Conservation Ranching Initiative
Photo: Keith Bruno/Audubon Rockies
Photo: Keith Bruno/Audubon Rockies
Science on Snow
Community Naturalist Keith Bruno hosted Pagosa Peak Open School for a day of outdoor exploration. Keith taught students how snowfall affects our communities and wildlife and shared some of the science behind studying it.Learn more in this blog post
Get Involved
Black-backed Woodpecker. Photo: Kurt Bauschardt/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Rescheduled: Community Science Information Session
March 20 | Pagosa Springs, CO

Want to monitor birds in parts of San Juan National Forest treated for fire mitigation? Join us for a (rescheduled) presentation from Mountain Studies Institute to learn how to get involved. Learn more
Black-backed Woodpecker. Photo: Kurt Bauschardt/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Four Mile Ranch program. Photo: Kelle Bruno
Community Naturalist Presentation
March 7 | Pagosa Springs, CO

Come learn what our Community Naturalist program has to offer! Community Naturalist Keith will present about our Four Mile Ranch programs, field trips, and community science opportunities. Learn more
Four Mile Ranch program. Photo: Kelle Bruno
Sandhill Cranes. Photo: Arrow Myers
New Blog Post: Sandhill Crane Migration
We have a beautiful new blog post written and photographed by a 14-year-old Audubon member in Colorado. Experience the San Luis Valley Sandhill Crane migration through his lens!Read more
Sandhill Cranes. Photo: Arrow Myers
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