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California Condor: North America’s Largest Land Bird, Saturday  4/14/2018 at 11am --- Rawlings Library InfoZone (Light refreshments at 10:45am)

Join AVAS for a presentation on North America’s largest land bird, the California Condor.  Diana Miller, Wildlife Rehabilitation Director, with the Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center, will discuss the life ​history and adaptations of this magnificent species and the efforts to save the species from extinction.

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.

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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 Extend your festival with our Neah Bay post-trip on April 16-17, 2018: two days exploring northwest coastal Washington. BirdFest registration at


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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