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In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day(IMBD), the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society will again sponsor an annual Pueblo County Spring Count. This year's Count will be Saturday May 12, 2018. Anywhere in the County can be birded.
If you wish to join the Greenhorn Valley team, meet 8AM at the Lake Beckwith Dam parking area in Colorado City. We will bird the Rye/Colorado City area most of the day. Bring lunch if you plan to bird in the afternoon.


Upcoming Events:

AVAS will host Audubon Colorado Council, representing all Audubon chapters in the state, on April 21 at the NWDC- River Campus.

Mountain Plover Festival is in Karval, CO April 27, 28, 29

Spring Bird Count is May 12. Check and the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society Facebook page ( for details.

Field trip to the San Luis Valley led by John Rawinski  is scheduled for 6/2.

Email if interested.

4th Saturday bird walks continue at 9am at the NWDC- River Campus. If you'd like to lead a bird walk, please email
Hope to see you on the birding trails soon!


What can you do to participate in Year of the Bird this month?


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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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,


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.

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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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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Cornell Lab eNews, lots of good & fun information:

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To promote the conservation of nature through education, political action and field activities with a focus on birds, other wildlife and habitat in Southern Colorado
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