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Audubon Rockies Newsletter September 2020
An American Coot walks in shallow water.
A Significant Moment for Wildlife Protection in Colorado
Legislation that was passed last year changed the mission of the Colorado board that approves drilling permits and regulates the oil and gas industry in the state. As a result, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission must now protect the public and wildlife when issuing permits. The details are now being determined via their rulemaking process. Audubon is deeply engaged and has secured expert testimonies, but that isn’t enough. The commission needs to hear from state residents too.  Speak up for Colorado’s wildlife
American Coot. Photo: Danielle White/Audubon Photography Awards
A Greater Sage-Grouse displays on a road at twilight.
Massive Wyoming Oil and Gas Project in Raptor & Sage-Grouse Habitat
The Bureau of Land Management is poised to implement one of the country’s largest oil and gas projects in Converse County, Wyoming. The proposal includes drilling 5,000 wells across 1.5 million acres, an area the size of Delaware. Forty-six Greater Sage-Grouse leks and 1,124 raptor nests would likely be disturbed. Last week Audubon Rockies and two other organizations published a press release on the project. In addition, Audubon Rockies is formally protesting the weak bird protections in the project.
 
Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Aerial view of the new Habitat Hero garden at the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership site.
New Habitat Hero Demonstration Garden in Pagosa Springs
We planted our newest Habitat Hero demonstration garden last month at the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership site in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. This impressive garden boasts 415 plants of more than 40 different native species. We are extremely grateful to the 72 volunteers who contributed to more than 130 volunteer hours to make this project happen. 
Habitat Hero garden at the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership site. Photo: Davis Parker
Community Naturalist and Conservation Ranching
A male Broad-tailed Hummingbird stretches on a branch.
National Hummingbird Weekend
Join us in documenting hummingbird migration this weekend! You can participate by uploading your observations on your phone or computer. Learn how in our new instructional video!  Learn more and register
Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
A Northern Saw-whet owl peers at the camera from a tree.
Audubon Afterschool: Owl Prowl
It won’t be long until owls are migrating through the Rockies, and Community Naturalist Zach Hutchinson will demonstrate banding one in a live video for kids! Audubon Afterschool is fun, fascinating way for kids 7-11 years-old to learn about owls in a live virtual event on October 8. Just a few spots are left; purchase tickets for your child now!
Northern Saw-Whet Owl. Photo: Scott Suriano/Audubon Photography Awards
Dan Lorenz and Adrienne Larrew of Corner Post Meats.
Conservation Ranching Webinar
Behind every Audubon-certified ranch are passionate, conservation-minded ranchers with an inspiring story. In our September 3 webinar, two Audubon-certified ranches, author Dan O’Brien, and Audubon staff will share what personally drives them to use ranching to restore and conserve bird habitat. Register
Dan Lorenz and Adrienne Larrew of Corner Post Meats. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Dusty Downey with cattle on the Downey Ranch, certified by Audubon's Conservation Ranching Initiative.
Conservation Ranching During the Pandemic
One of the many things the pandemic is reshaping is the beef industry. Since last spring, ranches certified by Audubon's Conservation Ranching Initiative have seen unprecedented demand for local beef. In this new article, Dusty Downey interviews two participating ranchers about the moral obligation they feel to keep feeding people during this time. Read more
Dusty Downey with cattle on the Downey Ranch, certified by Audubon's Conservation Ranching Initiative. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
A stream runs through a montane wetland.
Watch: Supporting Colorado’s River Restoration
Healthy watersheds support healthy rivers, and all of us—people, birds, and other wildlife—depend upon both every day. Given a changing climate and increased pressure from water use, rivers need more support for scientific assessment and restoration to carry on. To raise support for this work, we created a video that explains the importance of restoring Colorado’s rivers. When we understand the connections—where our water comes from and how much we depend upon it—then we value water for what it is: life and prosperity for all.
 
Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
It’s #CareForColorado Week—because it’s the only one we’ve got. Let’s work together to keep Colorado, Colorado. Learn more
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