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Audubon Rockies Newsletter | April 2021
A Snowy Plover in front of a blue background and behind a brown foreground.
Utah’s Migratory Bird Production Areas Receive a Boost
Happy spring, everyone! Let’s kick off the season with some good news. Last month, Utah’s governor signed a bill into law that will enhance protections for some of Utah’s most important bird habitat. The bill offers areas like Audubon’s Gillmor Sanctuary long-term protections from encroaching development and enhances our ability to enlarge protected areas as opportunities arise. Learn more
Snowy Plover. Photo: Vivek Khanzode/Audubon Photography Awards
Five male Greater Sage-Grouse perform courtship displays at sunset.
New Report Reveals Plunging Sage-Grouse Populations
And now for some not-so-good news. A new government report released last week found that Greater Sage-Grouse populations across the West have declined by 80 percent in the last 56 years. But there’s a silver lining: scientists say they've created a more proactive way to monitor sage-grouse numbers going forward.
Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
The Colorado River.
Colorado Water Connections
This is going to be a big year for the Colorado River. Up ahead is the update of the Colorado Water Plan, deepening drought, wildfire impacts, and much more. One thing is clear: we all play a role in sustaining Colorado’s water future. Join us and several of Colorado’s water leaders in discussing its course on the morning of April 20.
The Colorado River. Photo: Abby Burk
A Hooded Merganser performs a courtship display.
Birding 101
Migration is finally beginning in full! While everyone loves seeing more birds again, the experience is even more amazing if you’re able to identify what you’re looking at. If you’d like to learn the basics of birding from a friendly and funny instructor, register for Community Naturalist Zach Hutchinson’s Birding 101 Webinar! 
Hooded Mergansers. Photo: Scott Suriano/Audubon Photography Awards
A Common Yellowthroat perches on yellow flowers.
Native Plant Outreach Workshops
Bird-friendly gardening is one of the most direct ways you can help birds, and our native plant workshop series is the perfect opportunity for you to grow your skills! Not only will you learn gardening techniques; you’ll also learn outreach skills for promoting native plants. To top it off, you’ll also receive several $10 coupons for you and your friends to buy native plants with!
Common Yellowthroat. Photo: Sandrine Biziaux-Scherson/Audubon Photography Awards
Learning Opportunities
A leafcutter bee on goldenrod flowers.
Audubon Afterschool
Our last Audubon Afterschool of the school year will be about native bees! Register your child for this virtual event on May 13 to learn about the myriad species and how to identify and attract some of them. Register your child
Leafcutter bee. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
The sagebrush steppe at sunset.
Educator Workshop
Want help teaching children about the sagebrush sea? Our April 20 workshop is a free opportunity for educators to learn how to use lesson plans, resources, and activities about the sagebrush ecosystem.  Register
Sagebrush steppe. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Audubon Rockies' staff.
Job Alert
Do you have experience in digital communications? We’re hiring a part-time, temporary, digital engagement assistant! The assistant will work 20 hours per week supporting bird conservation through social media, email marketing, and event registration management. 
Audubon Rockies' staff. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
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