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Audubon Rockies
Newsletter | September 2021
Pectoral sandpiper standing on shoreline.
Pectoral Sandpiper: Supreme Master of Migratory Movement
From its grassy arctic tundra nesting ground, along its migratory path through Gillmor Sanctuary, all the way to the marshes and grasslands of South America, the Pectoral Sandpiper is much less a sandpiper than a grasspiper! Celebrate The Year of the Shorebird in Utah and learn about these uniquely fascinating birds. Read more
Pectoral Sandpiper. Photo: Paul Green/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
The San Rafael River in Utah.
Boosting Water Reliability for Birds and People
Colorado and the West face unprecedented drought conditions, impacts from wildfires, and water scarcity driven by climate change. The Colorado River shortage declaration on August 16th was a sharp warning that the river system is in crisis. If we do not act quickly, the future could be even tougher. But, there are important things we can do now to keep the Colorado we love strong by building climate change resilience in our watersheds.
San Rafael River in Utah. Photo: Abby Burk
A girl stands in front of a pond with a net.
Jump-start School With These Resources
Back-to-school season is in full swing and we’re here to help! Make learning about the environment fun and informative with our free educational activities, games, books, lesson plans, and more for kids, parents, and educators.
Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Hummingbird perched on a branch, silhouetted.
Lights Out for Fall Migrants
Every fall in North America, 4 billion birds fly south, with more than 80 percent of them traveling at night. Now is the time to help them migrate safely by reducing light pollution. Learn how you can help, and if you’re in Colorado, check out Lights Out Colorado, a new partnership to make bird migration a little safer. 
Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Keith Bruno pointing out a finding to a student.
Keith Bruno Receives Outstanding Educator Award
Congratulations to Keith Bruno on receiving a 2021 Outstanding Educator Award for Excellence in Environmental Education from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education! As our Community Naturalist serving southwest Colorado, Keith connects students of all ages to nature in a way that is accessible, inclusive, and engaging. Find out about his amazing work and what it means to him and his community.
Keith Bruno. Photo: Zach Hutchinson/Audubon Rockies
Milkweed bloom in front of solar panels.
Habitat Hero Garden Celebration at Jack’s Solar Garden
Last month was the ribbon-cutting ceremony for our new Habitat Hero garden at Jack’s Solar Garden in Longmont, Colorado. Over 120 of you joined us for this fun and informative event, including representatives of Senator Michael Bennet, Representative Joe Neguse, and Representative Ken Buck. “This new project will create habitat for pollinator and bird species at the garden, enhancing the local ecosystem and helping to sequester carbon. I applaud Audubon Rockies and their partners for their work on this noteworthy project,” said U.S. Senator Michael Bennet.
Showy Milkweed at Jack’s Solar Garden. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Trees reflecting in a calm river.
We’re Hiring!
Audubon Rockies is looking for a full-time western rivers senior coordinator. Contribute to our efforts to use science, advocacy, and communications to improve the reliability of water supplies for birds and people across the Rockies.
Yampa River. Photo: Abby Burk
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