Upcoming Events

All Weminuche Audubon Society events are open to the public.

February 5, 2018; Regular Board Meeting; Methodist Church; 3 pm

Board meetings are open to any interested parties. Meeting plans for Jan – June will be finalized.

February 8, 2018; Birding along the River Walk with Ben Bailey

Meet in the Town Hall Parking lot at 9 am.

NB: this next meeting is not scheduled on the usual 3rd Wednesday of the month; this change to the previous week is necessary in order to  have planning time for the GBBC.

February 13, 2018; Monthly Membership Meeting; Methodist Church Meeting Room, 6 PM – Setup; 6:30 — meeting

The next meeting of the Weminuche Audubon Society will take place on Tuesday, February 13th, at 6:30 in the evening in the fellowship hall of Community United Methodist Church, 434 Lewis St. in Pagosa Springs.  Following a short business meeting, we will have a presentation by Herb Grover on Sandhill Cranes and the Monte Vista Crane Festival that will be held Friday, March 9th through Sunday, March 11th.  Each year an estimated 20,000 Sandhill Cranes visit the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge as they migrate from New Mexico to breeding grounds further north.  The sight and sounds of such a gathering of birds standing 4 to 5 feet high is very memorable, and photographers “flock” to this part of the San Luis Valley to capture unforgettable images of the cranes feeding, dancing and in flight with the Sangre de Cristo mountains as a backdrop.  There are many other activities that take place as part of the festival that are listed on the festival website at http://mvcranefest.org, including several talks; guided tours; a craft and nature fair; and a nature photography workshop presented by noted professional nature photographer Ed MacKerrow (https://inlightofnature.com).  Herb will be using photographs he took as a participant in last year’s workshop to illustrate his talk on cranes.  On that note, if you are interested in signing up for the photography workshop, go to the festival website and register right away – the number of participants is limited and the workshop fills quickly.

Refreshments will be served.

February 16-19, 2018; Great Backyard Bird Count





Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time.

Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds.

We invite you to participate! For at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, February 16-19, 2018, simply tally the numbers and kinds of birds you see. You can count from any location, anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish!

Use your eBird account to enter your checklists.If you need help with creating an account, call Becky Herman (970) 264-2171.     http://gbbc.birdcount.org

February 17th, 2018, 9 am on Saturday; Birding along the Cat Creek Loop Road

Meet at the first right turn on Cat Creek Road. We will travel to Pagosa Junction and loop back around on Trujillo Road towards Pagosa Springs. Bring drinks and snacks. Last year this bird”walk” lasted until 2 in the afternoon. Walkie talkies aren’t necessary but helpful if we have several cars traveling together.

[Attention: if you are birding anytime in March, please forward dates, times, and meeting places to Becky (970) 264-2171; becky.herman98@gmail.com and also to Stacey Couch (970) 903-7180; sacredwild@gmail.com for inclusion on this website and on the Society’s Facebook page.]

March 5, 2018, Regular Board Meeting, Methodist Church, 4 PM

Board meetings are open to any interested parties.  If you are attending and have item you would like to see added to the agenda, please forward them to Becky Herman by February  22.

March 9-11, 2018, Monte Vista Crane Festival

If you are planning to attend, first check the festival’s website. Most of the tours and workshops are already full. But there is are waiting lists for those events in case others might need to cancel.

In any case, full or not, there is plenty to do at the festival. There are arts and crafts on display and for sale, vendors with birding equipment to try out, live raptors on display, foor and drinks, and most important of all, 20,000 sandhill cranes to see, study and photograph. Go to the festival’s website for more information.

March 21, 2018, Monthly Membership Meeting at the

Methodist Church Meeting Room, 6 PM – Setup; 6:30 — meeting