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ARKANSAS RIVER CLEANUP -- Saturday 4/18/15 8:30am-10:30am at the Pueblo Nature Center. Join Arkansas Valley Audubon Society (AVAS) as we clean up garbage and fishing line from the Arkansas River behind the Nature Center.

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society will again sponsor an annual Pueblo County Spring Count. This year's Count will be Saturday May 9, 2015. Anywhere in the County can be birded.
Bent on Birding Festival 5/14-17, 2015
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, which has the largest collection of John James Audubon prints in Colorado, is planning a major exhibition of his work, paired with paintings by Denver artist Kevin Sloan, March 7-May 31.
1st Annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival, May 8-10 in Colorado Springs, http://pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org/ .
Registration is underway for the 11th Annual Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival, May 6-10.  AVAS members can find information and register at:
2015 Birding Festival 

AVAS wrote a Letter in Support of the following:
WE DID IT!!! WESTCLIFFE AND SILVER CLIFF ARE NOW A CERTIFIED INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY COMMUNITY
Minutes ago it was announced in Tucson that Westcliffe & Silver Cliff are approved as the worlds ninth certified Dark Skies Community by International Dark Skies Inc. We are the first in Colorado and the highest in elevation of any of them.

AVAS and Aiken Audubon will have a joint field trip to Lake Manitou in Teller County June 6, 2015 at 8:30am. AVAS' numbers are limited to five (5).
Email drpeg@bresnan.net to make a reservation.

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