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AVAS Video Presentations at the Rawlings Library: Click VIEW to access a list of most of the Programs presented by AVAS at the Library. These programs are wonderfully informative and cover a whole range of conservation related topics. Use the links on the page to access individual Programs.

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Experienced hunters would agree that the best hunt takes only one pull of the trigger to drop the animal with a quick, humane kill. No hunter wants to harm non-target wildlife. However, when the target is dispatched with leadbased bullets and the remains are left for other animals like eagles, hawks, and falcons to eat, there is potential for lead exposure to those animals. Lead shotgun pellets can also sicken ground-feeding birds when they mistake the pellets for seeds or grit.

This brochure is a collaboration between Nature’s Educators and Denver Audubon staff and volunteers. It is funded by grants from the Audubon Colorado Council and National Audubon Society. Click the link to view this very informative Brochure.

Watch Peg Rooney of AVAS and Delia Malone, of Colorado Sierra Club discuss the plan for ensuring the return of healthy and sustainable populations of gray wolves to Colorado.
Halloween and bats just naturally go together! But, what is myth and what is fact regarding this unusual mammal?
How do bats navigate in the dark? Do they carry rabies? What crops do they pollinate? How many pups do they give birth to? How do you safely remove a bat from your house? Are bats as scary as they look?
Learn the answers to these questions and more on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 6 pm. Arkansas Valley Audubon Society (AVAS), is partnering with Rawlings Library, toprovide "Bats of Colorado," a virtual presentation by Mikele Painter, Biologist for the South Platte Ranger District.Tune in via the Rawlings Library Facebook Page & YouTube channel.Learn more about AVAS on their website
Lights out with Richard O'Brien. PCCLD welcomes Richard O'Brien who discusses the important program that aims to help save millions of birds as they begin their migrations to and through Colorado at night August-September

AVAS: Land Conservation for Bird Populations in Colorado with Trent Delahenty.
Click link to view the recorded video from this program.

Results from the Sat. Birdwalk on July 23, 2022.

Results from the Sat. Birdwalk on June 25, 2022. Links lead to a list of all species seen and the 2nd link takes you to images shot by Pearle Sandstrom-Smith on the trip.

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Attached you will find the listing of the birds that were seen or heard on the May 22, 2022 birdwalk held at the River Campus this morning.  We saw or heard 27 bird species, and we had 10 participants. The Common Nighthawk was the first time this bird was seen on an AVAS birdwalk held at the River Campus.
The trip was co-led by Harry Rurup and Clif Sandstrom.

Pollinators- birds, bats, bees, wasps, moths, flies, beetles- are a key component of global biodiversity, providing vital ecosystem services to crops and wild plants. But, many of these species are now under threat from disease, pesticides, and climate change. AVAS received grant funds from the National Audubon Society and has planted native plant gardens for pollinators at the following locations:

Lake Pueblo State Park Visitors Center
Trinidad Lake State Park Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center
John Martin Reservoir State Park Visitors Center
John Griffith Regional Park/Canon City Riverwalk
Plaza Verde Park on Pueblo's Eastside
Pueblo Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center- Raptor Center
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Pueblo Community College

If you're interested in helping birds and other pollinators, please join AVAS. Membership information is on our

Audubon Rockies

Birds visiting the Pueblo Community College campus now have a bird-friendly garden to enjoy, thanks to the hard work of the PCC STEM Club and Arkansas Valley Audubon Society! The new garden features native plants from Fox's Garden Supply and will serve as a student research project on the effect of native plants on pollinators. It's one of two gardens funded by an Audubon in Action grant, the second of which is planned for Colorado State University Pueblo. Great work by all! We can't wait to see the results.     Photos: Steve Bigley/Pueblo Community College

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Chris Parish, CEO of The Peregrine Fund: "Condors- Twenty+ Years of Species Recovery". Click to view the entire program on Rawlings Library Facebook page & YouTube channel

Saturday, April 23, 2022 Nature Center Birdwalk

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Attached is a listing of the birds that we saw or heard during the AVAS bird walk that was held on Saturday, March 26, 2022. We saw/heard 21 bird species. We had 10 participants. Clif Smith and Harry Rurup were co-leaders and Richard Tucey was the walk's compiler. This listing has also been posted on eBird.
In this AVAS presentation given by Donald J. Barnett with Donnie Barnett, you'll learn about the 24 species of cacti found in Colorado.
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For the February 26 2022 AVAS Bird Walk at the River campus, Clif Smith led a group of 7 participants for a total of 8 participants.  We saw or heard a total of 16 bird species on this walk.

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WILDLIFE STUDY: Nearly half of bald eagles suffer from lead exposure.
America’s national bird is more beleaguered than previously believed, with nearly half of bald eagles tested across the U.S. showing signs of chronic lead exposure, according to a study published Thursday.

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A Progress report and a historical look back at it's origin

Raptors Are Heading South - Get Ready for Fall Migration
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Join Mark Yaeger as he showcases Colorado Owls with his paintings and illustrations interspersed with spectacular photos by Ron Drummond and Pearle and Clif Smith.

Over the last few years, AVAS has been working to prevent bird entanglement and death due to improperly discarded fishing line by providing bird-safe fishing line recycling bins throughout our service area.

The presentation by Sara Harrod will go over the features of John Martin Reservoir, biology of Piping Plovers and Interior Least Terns, conservation issues, what the Army Corps is doing, and what people can do to help. Livestreaming on the Rawlings Library Facebook and YouTube.
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Meet at Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center-River Campus Deck in Pueblo, CO.

Join the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society at the Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center-River Campus each month on the 4th Saturday at 9 am for an enjoyable outing to view and identify a variety of birds. Registration not required. Suitable for families and birders of all levels. Masks and social distancing required. Bring your binoculars, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, and water. This program is free of charge. Donations are always appreciated! $5 Parking pass fee required for River Campus/Raptor Center facilities and programs.

4th Saturdays Birdwalk sightings

What to do if you find a banded bird??

Upcoming virtual programs & links to Programs you may have missed:

"DIGISCOPING" by Harry Rurup

"How Birds Fly: The Mechanics of Flight" by Keith Bruno, Community Naturalist with Audubon Rockies

Rawlings Facebook: Rawlings YouTube:
"Raptor ID" by Debbie Barnes, presented on 2/25/21 can be found at the same locations.

  Each spring and fall, millions of birds migrate through Colorado by night. Sadly, many of them never make it to their destination. Light pollution attracts and disorients countless birds, causing them to collide with buildings and exhaust themselves in confusion. Learn how you can help them through the new Lights Out Colorado program.

AVAS received a grant from National Audubon to install bird-safe fishing line recycling bins to help prevent bird deaths from entanglement in discarded fishing line.

Bins will be placed at Lathrop State Park, Salida, Brush Hollow Reservoir, John Martin Reservoir State Park, Smith Reservoir in the San Luis Valley, and at Runyon Lake State Wildlife Area in Pueblo.

Newspaper account re the Christmas Bird Count at DeWeese Reservoir

"Lights Out Colorado": An update and informational program on this important program and how it helps birds and amatuer sky watchers.
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Birding in Anartica: Join Dr. Bruce Ackerman from the Audubon Society as he shares images of penguins, seabirds, whales, seals and icebergs from his recent trip to Antarctica.
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Learning about Lichens: Introduction to Biology and Ecology of Common Colorado Species. This is a video presentation originally presented at the Rawlings Library.
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Water Fact Sheets:
Protecting Water Quality: What Happens Upstream Affects Those Downstream
In English
En Español

Beginners Birding ID Class from AVAS at the Rawlings Library

Beginners Birding ID video from Audubon Rockies

The Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center- River Campus Bird Checklist. Compiled from almost 4 years of observations.
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The 5th edition of the PUEBLO CO AREA MIGRATION CALENDAR is now available & can be sent gratis as an email attachment to all interested birders. It is 18 pages & gives the earliest arrival & latest departure dates of migrant birds in Pueblo & adjacent counties. Over 100 changes have been made from the previous edition 2014. To receive a copy of the CALENDAR, please respond to this message

David Silverman, compiler
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AVAS supports birds and birder diversity and condemns racism in all its forms

4th Saturday bird walks are cancelled indefinitely due to coronavirus precautions. But, birding alone or with family is a great way to get exercise and stay healthy.

Audubon Colorado Council (ACC), representing 25,000 supporters of birds and their habitats, is submitting comments in vehement opposition to the proposed rule changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). ACC finds these proposed changes especially egregious: elimination of the analysis of cumulative impacts, private preparation of NEPA evaluations, and curtailment of public comments.

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AVAS received a 2020 National Audubon in Action grant. AVAS will work with the Sangre de Cristo group of the Sierra Club to engage Pueblo birders and the East Side community in the protection, improvement, and restoration of ¼ mile of Fountain Creek by promoting water quality monitoring, public education, citizen action for clean water, and policy advocacy. Use the link to read about our grant progress.
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Results from
The Annual Westcliffe Christmas Bird Count1-4-20

Results from the Lake Isabel and Spanish Peaks December 2019 Christmas Bird Counts (CBC)

Audubon Colorado Council's comments on Wildlife Services proposed plan to continue lethal practices to control bird damage.
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Arkansas Valley Audubon Society Annual Postcard - please share with your friends.

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Pueblo County Fall Migration Count, Saturday, 9-21-2019. Count Results.
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International Migratory Bird Day(IMBD):     Pueblo County Spring Count Results


Results from the Wet Mountain Valley (WMV) field trip of 8/24/2019

Penrose CBC Count Results

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Westcliffe CBC 12-29-18: Trip details & results

The Arkansas Valley Audubon Society sponsored the Pueblo County Fall Migration Count. Use the link to see the results.

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Use this Audubon link to access lots of Audubon information including a Chapter finder for anywhere in the country:

Arkansas Valley Audubon Society Annual Postcard - please share with your friends.
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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.
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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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