Wildfire and water, nucommon bird behavior, oil action alert, and more. 
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Audubon Rockies Newsletter | November 2020
The Colorado River runs through orange cottonwoods.
Wildfire and Watersheds
Wildfires in the Rockies have shattered records this year. Their impacts on forests and communities are alarming, but less obvious are the effects on rivers down the road. In her new article, Western Rivers Regional Program Manager Abby Burk explains how fire and water are connected and what actions Colorado can take now to protect our rivers and water supply in the wake of fire. Read more
Colorado River. Photo: Abby Burk
Wood Duck swims in a pond at sunset.
Help Us Face Whatever Comes Next
Starting today, you can schedule donations to Audubon Rockies through Colorado Gives Day. The economic downturn has brought challenges to us at Audubon Rockies, but we’ve managed to adapt and endure. The coming days and months still hold incredible uncertainty for us and for birds. One of the best ways you can keep local bird conservation strong is by scheduling a donation for Colorado Gives Day. This annual event is our largest fundraiser. By donating through it, your gift is increased by an incentive fund.
Wood Duck. Photo: Milos Verdon Tomajko/Audubon Photography Awards
A Short-eared Owl in flight.
The Harrier and the Owl
During stressful times, nature provides a source of comfort and stability. In our new article, Gillmor Sanctuary Manager Ella Sorensen shares a poetic account of some remarkable behavior she observed between a Northern Harrier and a Short-eared Owl. Take your mind off the world for a moment and travel to the edge of Audubon’s Gillmor Sanctuary.
Short-eared Owl. Kristen Nicholas/Audubon Photography Awards
Wild Turkey chick.
Calling All Little Turkeys!
We have just a few spots left for our next youth virtual education program, Turkey Time! Save a spot for your 7-11-year-old to learn about Wild Turkeys in this fun and interactive event with Audubon Community Naturalists.
Wild Turkey chick. Photo: Becky Matsubara/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Speak Up for Birds
Horned Lark
Protect National Forests and Grasslands from Oil Drilling
The U.S. Forest Service recently released draft regulations that would make it easier for companies to drill for oil and gas on U.S. Forest Service lands by sidestepping public input. Tell them to reject this rule by November 2. Take action
Horned Lark. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Belted Kingfisher carrying a fish.
Coloradans: Vote to Protect West Slope Water
In the face of development, drought, and reduced water supply, the Colorado River District needs additional funds to ensure it can do its job of protecting our rivers and all they support. The best way to protect Colorado's West Slope water is to make sure that you vote yes on 7A. Pledge to vote yes on 7A
Belted Kingfisher. Ethan Kociela/Audubon Photography Awards
A Greater Sage-Grouse performs a courtship display.
Illegal Directors Make Illegal Decisions
A federal court dealt yet another legal blow to the Department of the Interior and their management of public lands. Following an August court ruling that William Perry Pendley broke the law by serving as acting director for the Bureau of Land Management for 424 days, an October 16 court ruling invalidated three resource management plans that would have opened up extensive tracts of public lands to oil and gas development, compounding risks to Greater Sage-Grouse.
Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
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