All Weminuche Audubon Society events are open to the public.
PLEASE NOTE: the regular meetings of the WAS membership for November, December, and January will NOT be held. They will resume on February 21.
November 29, 2017; Birding 101, part 1; Methodist Church Meeting Room, 6 pm
Everyone is welcome to attend this training session, led by Keith Bruno, where Archuleta County’s winter birds are featured. This is the first of two sessions. Learn how you can be a part of the oldest Citizen Science project in the world, the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Sign up to be a team member; each team counts birds in a specific geographic area. Memberships in the Weminuche Audubon Society will be available at th sign in table; however, membership is not necessary in order to be able to participate in the Count. Call Keith Bruno for more information: (503) 729-8196.
December 4, 2017; Board Meeting; Methodist Church Meeting Room, 6 pm
The WAS Board holds regular meetings at the Methodist Dhurch on the first Monday of every month. These are open to the public. If you wish to attend and have an item you would like added to the agenda, contact Becky Herman at (970) 264-2171.
December 6, 2017; Birding 101, part 2; Methodist Church Meeting Room, 6 pm
Join WAS members for the second part of Keith’s birding training. Affiliate with one of the birding teams if you haven’t already done so. Your team leader will be giving you the details you need in order to gather in the morning, bird for all or part of the day, and then later come to the PLPOA clubhouse for the species tallying and a chili supper. Again, Society Supporting memberships will be available; each $10 contribution is tax deductable and brings our Society closer to its goal of providing a memorial to Terry Hershey in Pagosa Springs. Call Keith for for information (503) 729-8196.
\December 16, 2017; Christmas Bird Count
Rough schedule for the day:
- Start time — each team decides where to meet and when to start
- What to bring — Birding equipment, drinks, snacks, warm clothes and boots if necessary for bad weather
- Team leaders will bring necessary paperwork, bird lists, “Caution Frequent Stops” signs, tally sheets, zone maps, etc.
- Bird as long as necessary to cover your zone
- Gather anytime after 4 PM at the PLPOA Clubhouse for tallying lists of birds sighted and a chili dinner.
- Chili and drinks will be provided. If you wish to add something to the feast, bring a side dish or dessert to share.
- Don’t forget to bring a plate, bowl, and your own utensils. We’re going green again this year — the goal is as little trash as possible!
Other odds and ends:.
- Actual counting time is 12 midnight of December 15 to 12 midnight of December 16 — try listening for owls at night!)
- Learn how to count birds at your feeders and how “count week” tallying works at the training sessions
If bad weather threatens, check here on this website; the latest information will be posted on the home page the morning of the 16th
December 17, 2017; SNOW DAY for the Christmas Bird Count
learn how “count week” works