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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.


Please join AVAS for a Bird Walk in Canon City in honor of the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial (1916-2016).
Where: Meet at the Arkansas Riverwalk trailhead parking area  - East end of Sell Avenue in Canon City, Colorado
When: Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 8:00 a.m.  - 11:00 a.m. (Rain or Shine; migratory bird conservation talk at 10:00 a.m.)
Who: For anyone interested in birds and their conservation (children and adults)
What to bring:  Binoculars, outdoor clothing suitable for the weather, and something to sit on for the talk portion of the event.


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 14 2016. Anywhere in the County can be birded.

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.

Sept. 22, 2015: Today the Fish & Wildlife Service made a major announcement about their decision not to list the Greater Sage-Grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife 2015 Strategic Plan

Results from the Pueblo County 2015 Fall Bird Count

Grab your binoculars and join the 12th annual Olympic BirdFest 2016 celebration at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, April 15-17, 2016.

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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