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Audubon Rockies Newsletter | February 2021
An illustration of a Burrowing Owl in sagebrush steppe with snow falling.
Rockie’s Migration Adventures
In every young Burrowing Owl’s life there comes an important moment: the day they begin their first migration. We’re thrilled to announce a new illustrated story about exactly this! Rockie’s Migration Adventures is a new illustrated book that follows Rockie the Burrowing Owl as she migrates from Wyoming to Mexico, meeting amazing wildlife and habitats along the way. Our Community Naturalists created this book as a sequel to our popular Rockie’s Sagebrush Adventures and are providing it for free digitally and in print for purchase. They also created three activities to accompany the book and additional learning resources. We hope you’ll share them with your children, grandchildren, or students! Read the story
Illustration: Eric M. Strong
A Loggerhead Shrike calls from a branch.
Three New Conservation Ranches
As an Audubon member, you know that everyday actions matter for birds. That’s why Audubon's Conservation Ranching Initiative helps you identify ranches that actively conserve and restore bird habitat. Last month we certified Gleason Bison, our first bison ranch in Colorado! Not long before that, Flying Diamond Ranch in Kit Carson, Colorado, and Parker Pastures in Gunninson, Colorado also received their certifications. If you eat meat, ordering it from Audubon-certified ranches is a direct way you can support rangeland birds that call them home. Head to our revamped retailer page to find a ranch that can ship beef to you!
Loggerhead Shrike. Photo: Donald Quintana/Audubon Photography Awards
A Black-capped Chickadee eats a seed among sunflower blossoms.
What Motivates Bird-Friendly Gardeners?
Habitat Hero ended 2020 on a high note when a scientific article we co-authored was published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning! To conduct this study, Megan Jones, PhD, interviewed and surveyed our Wildscape Ambassadors to analyze the conservation actions they take, what motivates them, and how they change over time. Learn what we found in this new guest article from Dr. Jones.
Black-capped Chickadee in a certified Habitat Hero garden. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
An American Goldfinch holds a sunflower seed while perched on a feeder.
Great Backyard Bird Count Tutorial
Join Community Science Coordinator Zach Hutchinson on February 10 as we cover the ins and outs of the Great Backyard Bird Count! Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online community science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. In this free webinar, we'll teach you everything you need to know to participate.
American Goldfinch. Photo: Jason Weller/Great Backyard Bird Count
An American Dipper perched on a rock.
Colorado Water Priorities for 2021
Amid long-term drought and massive wildfires, what will it take to protect Colorado’s rivers and wetlands? At Audubon, we believe it will require safeguarding healthy watersheds, flexible water management, and protecting river flows. Here’s a breakdown of how we can achieve each of them, from Western Rivers Regional Program Manager Abby Burk. 
American Dipper. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
An aerial view of an oil and gas field.
Biden’s Executive Orders Reflect Change in Administrative Priorities
Last week, President Biden issued a suite of executive actions that direct the secretary of the interior to pause new federal oil and gas leasing on public lands and launch a rigorous review of all existing leasing and permitting practices related to fossil fuel development on public lands and waters. He also established the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology to provide the president scientific information needed to inform public policy. Among a slew of new climate actions, he also committed to conserving at least 30 percent of lands and oceans by 2030.
A BLM-managed oilfield in Jackson County, Colorado. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
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