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      Leucistic House Finch at feeder                                                                       ©Wayne Bauder
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The results of the AVAS Christmas Bird Count for 2014-15 have been compiled by Brandon Percival and are here for your review.

The short-grass prairie is one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the nation. Chico Basin Ranch in El Paso and Pueblo Counties is currently under stewardship protection by the State Land Board. This board is currently considering removing 62,176 acres from stewardship protection. These acres are home to threatened species: Burrowing Owl, Mountain Plover, Long-billed Curlew, Swift Fox. Tell the Land Board to keep Chico Basin protected. Send comments to

As president of the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society (AVAS), I'm writing on behalf of 600+ members to protest the removal of parcels of Chico Basin Ranch from the Stewardship Trust by the Colorado State Land Board.

For more information about Chico Basin Ranch go to:

Puebloan Stan Dromey will speak on how he has managed to maintain bee hives here in Pueblo on Sat. Feb. 21, 2015 in the Info Zone on the 4th floor of the Rawlings Library, 100 East Abriendo, Pueblo.  Refreshments at 10:30, speaker at 11:00-12 noon.  AVAS’s programs are free and open to the public.  Bring friends and family! 

Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) 2/13-16, 2015: Citizen scientists (you and me) around the world will be helping the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology figure out where the birds are and how numbers and locations are changing.

High Plains Snow Goose Festival Feb.19th - 22nd, 2015 in Lamar, CO. Featured Guest is Jim Pfitzer, storyteller, playwrite, actor & avid birder.

What are some of the things accomplished by AVAS in 2014?

Cornell Lab eNews, lots of good & fun information:

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission "dismissed" the petition to ban lead ammo.
Their alternative: They will put a blurb in their hunting pamphlets about using non-lead ammo.

The Audubon Colorado Council (ACC), which comprises Colorado’s eight Audubon Society Chapters and their approximately eight thousand members, hereby endorses the Citizen’s Petition to ban use of lead in ammunition in Colorado.

AVAS President, Peg Rooney, has written a letter to the Editor re Use of Lead Ammo     <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".

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