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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.

Results:
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“The Astonishing Beauty Of Pikes Peak Alpine Flora” by Doris Drisgill and Curt NimzSat. Feb. 17, 2018 at 11am at Rawlings Library InfoZone 
100 W. Abriendo Pueblo, CO (Light refreshments at 10:45am).

Join us for this presentation on Pikes Peak alpine flowers. Doris Drisgill, a member of the Southeast Chapter of the Colorado Native Plant Society (CONPS), is a botany enthusiast who has led alpine flower walks on Pikes Peak since 1993. Curt is an amateur photographer with a strong interest in alpine flowers. Their slideshow has been offered at CONPS and other venues and has been well-received. Come and enjoy the beauty of alpine flowers!

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Join Arkansas Valley Audubon Society and Debbie Barns for a Raptor ID Field Trip.
When: Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9 am.
Where: Meet at the Lake Pueblo State Park Visitor Center 
RSVP: Please email RSVP to drpeg@bresnan.net (We need at least 5 people to RSVP before 2/25/18 for the trip to go.)


2/17/2018 -- Nancy Kelly "Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation"
4/14/2018 -- Diana Miller "Condors".
Programs start at 11am at Rawlings Library InfoZone Theater 100 W. Abriendo Pueblo, CO

 
Many of us familiar with the Arkansas River valley look forward every year to the return of sandhill cranes in March, but the amazing spectacle of these thousands of enormous, graceful birds is something that numerous birders throughout the state have yet to witness. "Sand Dunes and Sandhills" is a four-day (March 9th - 13th) celebration of sandhill crane ecology, behavior, and representation in story and legend in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Based at Colorado's College's Baca Field Campus and conducted by Wonderlust Expeditions, this workshop coincides with the Monte Vista Crane Festival and includes daily field trips to Monte Vista and Alamosa Wildlife Refuges and Great Sand Dunes National Monument. The attached flyer contains further details. Please help us share this exciting opportunity with as many interested folks as possible. 
Contact: Sarah Drummond P.O. Box 929 Woodland Park, CO 80866 (719) 822-5353 sarahdrumco@yahoo.com
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Olympic Birdfest, April 13-15, 2018. Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tours, live auction & raffle, gala banquet, and more. Our featured speaker: nature guide/photographer Claudio Vidal. Join our festival pre-trip: a three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands, April 10-12, 2018. Register separately at www.pugetsoundexpress.com/audubon. Extend your festival with our Neah Bay post-trip on April 16-17, 2018: two days exploring northwest coastal Washington. BirdFest registration at www.olympicbirdfest.org.

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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, swilcox@wildearthguardians.org

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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: https://goo.gl/photos/Pgc3muTX9d3zvtZo7

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Subject: USE OF NONTOXIC AMMUNITION AND FISHING TACKLE

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.

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AVAS President Responds to Opinion about dangers of lead ammo
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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.

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Please contact the CPW Commission, the governor's office and our senator Leroy Garcia and ask them to have CPW reconsider the mountain lion killing plan between Cañon City and Leadville.

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A plea for residents to consider bringing back a Custer County tradition of helping our avian friends by providing regular feed and fresh water for their sustenance.
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12/14/2016, the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Commission voted to approve Mountain Lion and Black Bear "killing plans" to boost mule deer populations for big game hunters.
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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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2016 Lake Isabel/Spanish Peaks Christmas Bird Count Results:

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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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