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Swainson's Hawk looking for grasshoppers                                                                                ©Ben D'Andrea
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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!

Mark Your Calendars- More details on the presentations will be coming. All programs are held at Rawlings Library 100 W. Abriendo Pueblo, CO
11/10/18:        Ty Woodward presenting on Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
2/16/2019:      11am at Rawlings Library Pueblo- Raptor Id by Debbie Barnes 4/13/2019:       Mark Yaeger presenting on Butterflies

Custer County summer birding Tips: Presented by one of AVAS's premier birders, Leon Bright, as it appeared in the Wet Mountain Tribune.


The Arkansas Valley Audubon Society will again sponsor the Pueblo County Fall Migration Count on Saturday, 9-15-18. 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.

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

Feb. 16, 2019  at 11am at Rawlings Library Pueblo- Raptor Id by Debbie Barnes

4th Saturday Bird Walks....species seen on most recent walk:

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The 26th annual Pueblo County Spring Migration Count was held 5-12-18, International Migratory Bird Day(IMBD). 22 birders in up to 11 parties tallied 187 species.

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Our beautiful waterfall attracts a number of birds, but today we had a very unusual visitor, a rose-breasted Grosbeak.  Sent to us by Pueblo residents. Roz and Manny de Lizarriturri

What can you do to participate in Year of the Bird this month? Happenings of interest to Birders & nature enthusiasts in our Region.


AVAS contributed to the support of critters at Wet Mountain Wildlife. These pictures are from there.


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.
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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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