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Long-time AVAS Member and AVAS Boardmember, Mark Yaeger, has just experienced the loss of his father, Dr. John Yaeger. All the members of AVAS wish to extend our condolences to Mark. Please take a moment to read a short remembrance about Dr. Yaeger as prepared by Leon Bright.     <read>

8th Annual Butterfly Count
Pueblo Mountain Park  Sat. 8/16/14 9am
$5 fee for non-members

This excursion is less of a hike and more of a saunter that stays pretty much on the park’s roads in search of butterflies. This trip is guided by Mark Yaeger of the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society. No experience is necessary. Bring close-focus binoculars and/or a digital camera if you have them (although they are not necessary).

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will be revising rules regulating the "take"(killing)of Golden and Bald eagles associated with wind power, including the 2013 decision to extend take permits from 5 to 30 years.
The National Audubon Society and AVAS have opposed this 30 year extension as inconsistent with sound eagle population management.
The USFWS will host meetings around the country to obtain public input which will be used to revise the regulations. The Colorado meeting is: 7/31/14 5-8pm at the Holiday Inn Denver Airport 6900 Tower Rd.
Please attend this meeting if you can and/or submit public comments at  Deadline for comments is 9/22/14.

SATURDAY BIRD WALKS at Lake Pueblo State Park Cottonwood picnic area.  Join Clif Smith for an easy walk along the Arkansas River. View the latest schedule of event dates:     <view schedule>


June 2014 Rare/Interesting Bird Occurrences in the AVAS area:
Least Bittern, Tri-colored Heron- Fremont County
American Coot families- Monte Vista
Acorn Woodpecker, Grace's Warbler- Beulah Mt. Park
Mountain Plover- Otero County
Curve-billed Thrasher- Las Animas
Caspian Tern- Prowers County
Eastern Phoebe- Pueblo
Gray Flycatcher, Plumbeous Vireo, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Bewick's Wren- Fremont County

Colorado State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is being revised; due date Sept. 2015. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will "identify and prioritize an updated list of species of greatest conservation need and habitat priorities".

Google Colorado State Wildlife Action Plan for details. Use the input form to submit your comments. Speak out for birds, wildlife and their habitats!

View the composite results from the 5/13 & 5/16 Field Trips to Chico Basin    <view>

Since "everyone in Colorado is responsible for addressing the state's water supply needs", public comments are being solicited by water basin roundtables around the state. Here is a list of Meeting dates and locations for the Arkansas Basin, we urge you to participate:    <view details>

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>

» 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.

» 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".

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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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