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15 birders in 11 parties tallied 170 species, sixth best total of 19 counts.      <view results>

Sunday, November 9, 2014- Pueblo Reservoir birding trip to scope birds (loons,grebes, gulls, ducks, etc.) Leader Brandon K. Percival (
Meet at 8am at Pueblo Reservoir (location TBA, contact leader for details).

"Colorado Water Law Made Simple" by Jo Evans:
Sat. 11/15/14 10:30-11:30am at the InfoZone
- 4th floor of the Rawlings Public Library in Pueblo. Refreshments at 10am.
This presentation provides background on the governor's directive to develop a state water plan. Come and learn the basics of who "owns" water and how those water rights came to be.
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Listen to a wonderfully concise and easy to understand interview with National Audubon's CEO/President David Yarnold. Topic is the negative effects of Climate Change on bird species, this is a real wakeup call for action. It's about 5 minutes long, click here to listen:
Also, here's a link to a related article in the NY Times:

AVAS Members recently took part in two excellent field trips. Here's results from both:
   8th Annual Butterfly Count at Pueblo Mtn. Park:          <view results>
   Wet Mtn Valley Field Trip:                                        <view results>

AVAS President, Peg Rooney, has written a letter to the Editor re Use of Lead Ammo     <read>

Register now...Cheyenne - High Plains Audubon Society's 40th anniversary "Bird-day Party"          You are invited to join chapter members and friends Sept. 26-28 at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne for a weekend headlined by banquet speaker John Fitzpatrick, director of the world-famous Cornell Lab of Ornithology.                                                <details>

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will be revising rules regulating the "take"(killing)of Golden and Bald eagles associated with wind power, including the 2013 decision to extend take permits from 5 to 30 years.
The National Audubon Society and AVAS have opposed this 30 year extension as inconsistent with sound eagle population management.
The USFWS will host meetings around the country to obtain public input which will be used to revise the regulations. The Colorado meeting is: 7/31/14 5-8pm at the Holiday Inn Denver Airport 6900 Tower Rd.
Please attend this meeting if you can and/or submit public comments at  Deadline for comments is 9/22/14.

Colorado State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) is being revised; due date Sept. 2015. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will "identify and prioritize an updated list of species of greatest conservation need and habitat priorities".

Google Colorado State Wildlife Action Plan for details. Use the input form to submit your comments. Speak out for birds, wildlife and their habitats!

Arkansas Valley Audubon Society (AVAS) has received a $1000 grant from Audubon
Rockies for their "Together We Can" project. This project will focus on
"adopting" Lake Pueblo State Park and providing input to the revised resource
management plan for the park; grooming Overlook Trail in the SWA,
co-sponsoring a clean up of fishing line along the Arkansas River near the
Nature Center of Pueblo and providing nature experiences for underserved
children in Pueblo County.

Check the AVAS website for dates and times of the project
activities. Bring the kids and plan on pitching in. "Together We Can" make a
difference for people and birds.

» News Update: AVAS is "Adopting" an Important Bird Area (IBA)
One of National Audubon Society's strategic goals is 'Saving Important Bird Areas'. By protecting important places for birds, Audubon can save species, restore habitats and reduce threats. To date, Audubon has identified 2,544 IBAs in the United States. Lake Pueblo State Park and Wildlife Area is one of them.

By "adopting" this IBA, AVAS will ensure that the revised resource management plan for this area will include consideration for and protection of birds. other wildlife and their habitats.

Birding trips to the area and grooming of the Overlook Trail will engage the community and foster a sense of advocacy for this "jewel in the desert".

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When visiting downtown Pueblo don't forget to visit the John Deaux Galley on Union Ave. Owned & operated by former Board member Mark Yaeger - (719) 545-8407, you'll be able to not only engage him in some great birding conversation but also view great bird-related art from local artisans including Radeaux. Visit his website:
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