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5/16 is Endangered Species Day. This day, established by the U.S. Congress in 2008, is a celebration of the U.S.'s wildlife and wild places.
It is a day for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and engaging in activities to protect them.
The Pueblo Area Bird Forecast for April 2014      <view>

"Together We Can" events:
Saturday April 26, 2014 9-11am

Fishing line cleanup along the Arkansas River at the Nature and Raptor Center of Pueblo 5200 Nature Center Road Pueblo, CO.
You bring the kids, hats and sunscreen. AVAS will provide the garbage bags, gloves, snacks and drinks.

May 10, 2014:     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 10 2014. Anywhere in the County can be birded.       <details>

Arkansas Valley Audubon Birding Trip to Chico Basin Ranch, in eastern El Paso and Pueblo Counties (about an hour drive from Pueblo).  Tuesday, 13 May 2014.  Trip limit is 12 people.  Leader:  Brandon K. Percival ( to sign up for the trip. <more info>

Arkansas Valley Audubon Birding Trip to Chico Basin Ranch -- 2nd Outing
May 16th , several spots still left:        <details>

Join us May 14-18 for the second annual Spring into Yellowstone Birding and +Wildlife Festival!

Saturday June 14, 2014 9-11am  - Grooming the Overlook Trail at the Swallows State Wildlife Area north of Pueblo Reservoir- an Important Bird Area (IBA) adopted by AVAS.
You bring hats, sunscreen and gloves. AVAS will provide snacks and drinks.


September is a perfect time for a visit to Northwest Colorado. The 3rd Annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival will take place Sept. 12 – 15, 2014 in Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Colorado.        <more info>

2013 - 2014 AVAS-area CBC Results provided by Brandon Percival    <view>

Great Backyard Bird Count results as of 2-20-14     <view>

» The Bureau of Reclamation Lake Pueblo State Park/SWA resource management plan:  Joint letter from the Sierra Club, CONPS and AVAS suggesting changes/inclusions in the Lake Pueblo State Park/SWA resource management plan. oint letter from the Sierra Club, CONPS and AVAS suggesting changes/inclusions in the Lake Pueblo State Park/SWA resource management plan. <read>

Arkansas Valley Audubon Society (AVAS) has received a $1000 grant from Audubon
Rockies for their "Together We Can" project. This project will focus on
"adopting" Lake Pueblo State Park and providing input to the revised resource
management plan for the park; grooming Overlook Trail in the SWA,
co-sponsoring a clean up of fishing line along the Arkansas River near the
Nature Center of Pueblo and providing nature experiences for underserved
children in Pueblo County.

Check the AVAS website for dates and times of the project
activities. Bring the kids and plan on pitching in. "Together We Can" make a
difference for people and birds.

An interesting article about Snowy Owls:     <read>

» News Update: AVAS is "Adopting" an Important Bird Area (IBA)
One of National Audubon Society's strategic goals is 'Saving Important Bird Areas'. By protecting important places for birds, Audubon can save species, restore habitats and reduce threats. To date, Audubon has identified 2,544 IBAs in the United States. Lake Pueblo State Park and Wildlife Area is one of them.

By "adopting" this IBA, AVAS will ensure that the revised resource management plan for this area will include consideration for and protection of birds. other wildlife and their habitats.

Birding trips to the area and grooming of the Overlook Trail will engage the community and foster a sense of advocacy for this "jewel in the desert".

» A message from Audubon President, David Yarnold concerning the Dept. of Interior decision to allow the Wind industry a 30 year window to kill bald & goldenn eagles:       <read>

» Letter to the Editor from AVAS President, Peg Rooney:
   - Free Pass to the Wind Industry to Kill Eagles      <read>

Here's an interesting article that appeared originally in the NY Times: "What Do the Birders Know?"

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When visiting downtown Pueblo don't forget to visit the John Deaux Galley on Union Ave. Owned & operated by former Board member Mark Yaeger - (719) 545-8407, you'll be able to not only engage him in some great birding conversation but also view great bird-related art from local artisans including Radeaux. Visit his website:
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