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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT Results: The results from the 2017 CBC will appear here as they are compiled. Use the individual links in the right-hand column. AVAS and Count Leaders wish to express their gratitude to everyone that participated.

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Join Arkansas Valley Audubon Society and Debbie Barns for a Raptor ID Field Trip.
When: Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9 am.
Where: Meet at the Lake Pueblo State Park Visitor Center 
RSVP: Please email RSVP to (We need at least 5 people to RSVP before 2/25/18 for the trip to go.)

2/17/2018 -- Nancy Kelly "Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation"
4/14/2018 -- Diana Miller "Condors".
Programs start at 11am at Rawlings Library InfoZone Theater 100 W. Abriendo Pueblo, CO


Feds Stop Using M-44 Cyanide Bombs, Other Cruel Tools to Kill Colorado Wildlife

Pause Participation in Controversial Predator Control Plans Pending New Review 
Contact: Stuart Wilcox, (720) 507-1969,


The Arkansas Valley Audubon Society held it's annual PUEBLO COUNTY FALL BIRD COUNT on Saturday 9-16-17. Birding occurred throughout the County. See results>>

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"WILDSCAPE AMBASSADOR 201 WORKSHOP" Thurday, November 2nd, 5 - 7pm
Native pollinators, including butterflies, bees, and birds are declining in Colorado and elsewhere in the U.S. largely due to habitat loss. This talk will explore ways that home gardeners can help to reverse this trend by utilizing beautiful, water-saving, native plants that provide essential forage and shelter for wildlife.



Holbrook Travel is a supporting partner in Audubon and its partners’ conservation work in Latin America and in the Caribbean through Flyway Expeditions. Learn more about this program and how you can participate, click on the link:
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Fishing Line traps nesting birds locally: This happens a lot, our first dead one was a Blue Jay at Valco but I didn't get a photo of it.  Radeaux asked us to come and take some photos of this one he found below the dam on the Snake Skin trail to the hatchery ponds.  It ain't easy looking at this and it was harder to take the photos. Maybe if they see what fishing line does they will be more careful about leaving it behind. Thank you lots if you can help.
Use this link to view the images:



Sec. 1 What is the purpose of this Order? The purpose of this Order is to establish procedures and a timeline for expanding the use of nontoxic ammunition and fishing tackle on Service lands, waters, and facilities and for certain types of hunting and fishing regulated by the Service outside of Service lands, waters, and facilities.

AVAS President Responds to Opinion about dangers of lead ammo

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Sued Over Planned Cougar and Bear Killing. State's Unscientific Killing Plans Violate Colorado's Constitution.
DENVER ­— WildEarth Guardians sued Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department (CPW) and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission (Commission) this week over its plans to kill cougars and black bears in misguided attempts to boost mule deer populations.


Please contact the CPW Commission, the governor's office and our senator Leroy Garcia and ask them to have CPW reconsider the mountain lion killing plan between Cañon City and Leadville.

A plea for residents to consider bringing back a Custer County tradition of helping our avian friends by providing regular feed and fresh water for their sustenance.
2017 Great Bakyard Bird Count dates & more....
12/14/2016, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission voted to approve Mountain Lion and Black Bear "killing plans" to boost mule deer populations for big game hunters.
AVAS recruited a big game hunter to fire lead and solid copper 30.06 rifle bullets into ballistic gels. The photos speak for themselves- black, dirty fragmentation (lead); clean spiral (copper).
Photo of Peg Rooney at AVAS table preparing to hand out vouchers for non-lead ammo.
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2016 Lake Isabel/Spanish Peaks Christmas Bird Count Results:


Pueblo County Fall Bird Count Results:
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Are you planning a Birding Trip to Colorado? We at AVAS are only too happy to answer any questions you might have. Also, we highly recommend that you view this site sponsored by the Colorado Field Ornithologists for the latest information and updates statewide.
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218 species reported in Pueblo County in one day, 5-14-16. Pueblo birders celebrated International Migratory Bird Day(IMBD) big time, blowing out the old record of 202 species in 2010.


The next Breeding Bird Atlas, should be out this year. It can be pre ordered at website now. There is also show at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center until April 10 of 75 of the 275 illustrations from Atlas2 plus the covers and a selection of illustrations from Atlas 1. Cover illustrations are by AVAS's own Mark Yaeger, better known as Radeaux in the art world.
URGENT: Don't Let Congress Gut Bird and Wildlife Protections. Our elected officials are up to no good again, proposing to gut critical provisions of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Too bad that there are no other problems left to deal with in the USA, all that's left is to finally deal with all those pesky birds and other on


AVAS President Peg Rooney's Letter to Editor re Negative Effects of Wind Farms
Cornell Lab eNews, lots of good & fun information:

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