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Marilyn McBirney -- A Memorial Dedication

Date:  Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Location: Pueblo Zoo, Otter Exhibit

We are reaching out to you as "old friends" of the Pueblo Zoo.   Many of you knew and worked with Marilyn McBirney, the General Curator of the Pueblo Zoo for more than two decades.
A bronze plaque will be installed and dedicated at the Otter Exhibit, one of Marilyn's significant contributions at the Pueblo Zoo. Ronna, her mother, and other members of Marilyn's family will be in attendance.

Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to by May 20.
Please forward this invitation to anyone you feel would want to attend.

May 28th, Bird Walk and Program:
The Arkansas Valley Audubon Society and NRCP will host a morning event to celebrate the International Migratory Bird Day.  We will have our 4th Saturday Bird Walk (May 28) at 9am, followed by Dr. Leon Bright's presentation, "Pueblo Area Birds" and enjoy refreshments in the yurt.  Then join us at the Raptor Center for the Weekend Raptor Talk (11:30).
A Quick Guide to some of this Summer's upcoming Events:

6/4 Manitou Lake, Woodland Park- 8am- Bird Walk with Aiken Audubon

6/8 Western State Colorado University Arkansas River Valley field trip to view piñon-juniper thinning for fire mitigation and the effect that has had on P/J birds- 8am-5pm- Trip is free (lunch included), but registration required-
6/12 Lake Pueblo-  8am- Bird Walk; Meet Harry Rurup at Visitor's Center

7/23 Dragonfly Field Trip- 9am; Meet Bill Maynard at Headquarters building Chico Basin Ranch (Fee area)

8/6 Outdoor Skills Day at Nature Center- AVAS will hand out vouchers for a box 30-06 copper rifle bullets to big game hunters with a valid hunting license; vouchers can be redeemed at Arctic Shooting Supply in Pueblo- Part of an education campaign to "get the lead out",

8/27 Lake DeWeese/Wet Mountain Valley - 8am

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.

Read about some of AVAS's 2015 accomplishments
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
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