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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.

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.

AVAS wrote a Letter in Support of the following:
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.

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 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 to make a reservation.

The results of the AVAS Christmas Bird Count for 2014-15 have been compiled by Brandon Percival and are here for your review.

The short-grass prairie is one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the nation. Chico Basin Ranch in El Paso and Pueblo Counties is currently under stewardship protection by the State Land Board. This board is currently considering removing 62,176 acres from stewardship protection. These acres are home to threatened species: Burrowing Owl, Mountain Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Swift Fox. Tell the Land Board to keep Chico Basin protected. Send comments to

As president of the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society (AVAS), I'm writing on behalf of 600+ members to protest the removal of parcels of Chico Basin Ranch from the Stewardship Trust by the Colorado State Land Board.

For more information about Chico Basin Ranch go to:

Cornell Lab eNews, lots of good & fun information:

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