Learn how race affects birding and the recent court win for sage-grouse.
Audubon Rockies
Audubon Rockies Newsletter June 2020
Participants of a Christmas Bird Count.
Black Birders Week
Dear Audubon family,

The past two weeks have been full of sadness and loss. In a time when a hug or outreached hand means so much, we are unable to offer those simple comforts to one another. However, what we can do is use our voices and actions to demonstrate our support and commitment to change. Audubon celebrates diversity and condemns racism. We have a lot of work to do to make the bird conservation community more inclusive, but last week we took one small step by promoting and participating in Black Birders Week. Please, inform yourself about racism in birding and actively work to include people of all backgrounds into the Audubon family. Together we are better.

Alison Holloran
Executive Director, Audubon Rockies
Vice President, National Audubon Society

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Participants of a Christmas Bird Count organized by NYC Audubon. Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon
Greater Sage-Grouse.
Court Strikes Down Federal Government’s Sage-Grouse Directive
On May 22, a U.S. District Court determined that the federal government broke the law when they sold specific oil and gas leases on public lands in Wyoming and Montana. This court decision came as a result of a lawsuit brought by Earthjustice on behalf of the National Audubon Society, Montana Audubon, and several other groups. While this court case nullifies 440 oil and gas leases that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sold on about 336,000 acres, the implications extend to other states. Now, the $125 million from lease sales must be returned to those who purchased them. Audubon argues that the federal government should be required to cover this cost, not states, as the judge noted that the error was made at the beginning of the lease sale process when the BLM initially offered the parcels.
Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Alex Miller/Audubon Photography Awards
Wyoming BioBlitz 2020 logo.
Wyoming BioBlitz 2020 Is On, Virtually!
Wyoming BioBlitz is a free, one-of-a-kind, annual opportunity for families, students, and all nature-lovers to survey and learn about plants and wildlife in Wyoming. This year, anyone can participate by submitting observations of wild organisms from anywhere in Wyoming using iNaturalist during July 17-19. By participating, you’ll collect and contribute scientific data that help protect Wyoming’s wonderful plants and wildlife. 
Upcoming Webinars
The Colorado River.
Colorado Water Plan Listening Sessions
Five years ago the Audubon Network submitted almost 20 percent of the 30,000 public comments received during the inaugural Colorado Water Plan creation. Stay engaged by sharing your hopes for the water plan update during this webinar series from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Tune in on June 11 for a presentation from our western rivers regional program manager, Abby Burk. Learn more and register
The Colorado River. Photo: Abby Burk
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae flowers.
Habitat Hero Weekly Webinars
Have you attended a Habitat Hero weekly webinar yet? These free webinars, with tips on using native plants to create habitat for birds, have been wildly popular, so we’re continuing them through June. Tune in each Thursday at noon! Learn more and register
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae flowers. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Great Blue Herons.
Live Bird Videos
Have you seen any of our live bird videos on Facebook lately? Community Naturalist Zach Hutchinson has been sharing real-time views of eagle, owl, and heron chicks using a novel camera setup. You can view past videos here, and make sure to like our Facebook page to get notified about new videos!
Great Blue Herons. Photo: Deborah Bifulco/Audubon Photography Awards
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