Cheyenne High Plains Chapter

of the

National Audubon Society

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Located in the high plains area of southeastern Wyoming.

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Field Trips/Meetings
Where to Bird
Area IBAs
General Info
Related Links
Contact Us

This page was last revised on February 2, 2016.

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Be a Habitat Hero: Waterwise Landscaping

Learn how to plant native plants in your yard to provide food and shelter for bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife.

Native Plants for High Plains Habitats - Jane and Robert Dorn prepared this list of 114 trees, shrubs, annuals and perennial flowers and grasses for the Habitat Hero workshop held in Cheyenne March 28, 2015. It includes description and availability notes for each species.

Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area, by Robert Dorn and Jane Dorn, is available at as a print-on-demand book. It is also now available as a digital disk. (See the May newsletter for details.) It has color photos of 500 native plants and information on how to grow them, and how to garden for wildlife. (Go to "Shop", then Search on "Dorn" in the "Home & Garden" section of to find the book.)

Wyoming Wildscape - is a Wyoming Game and Fish Department publication written and updated this Spring by non-game biologist Andrea Orabona. It has specific gardening instructions and a plant list. Printed copies are to be available through WGFD later in summer 2015.

The Habitat hero program, managed by Audubon Rockies, has a web site ( that contains a wide variety of information, including how to apply for recognition for your garden. The application season usually opens in late summer.

Announcements of Special Interest

Please consider volunteering to serve on the CHPAS Board of Directors. The future of the chapter depends on getting more of our members involved in the planning process. No previous experience required; mentoring is available. And you do not need to be available for each and every event or meeting -- Board members attend board meetings, programs and field trips as their personal schedules allow.

Contact Barb Gorges (634-0463) to express your desire to help out.

Local Chapter membership application may be found here. Dues are $12 a year, for the year beginning September 1st.

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Field Trips and Meetings

Please see the current issue of our newsletter, the
"Flyer," for more detail.

For field trips, be sure to wear walking shoes and appropriate clothing. Of course, in Wyoming, this means being prepared for sun, snow, rain, heat, cold, and (usually) wind. Bring binoculars and your favorite field guides (and lunch/snacks and water for out of town trips).

Suggestions for field trips and camp-outs are welcome. Does anyone have any ideas? If so, please contact Barb Gorges.

Monthly meetings will normally be held in the Laramie County Library at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, from September through April (except December). The included lectures are free and open to the public. Look for details as to topic and speaker in the newsletter.
For further information on lectures, please call 634-0463. Be sure to bring along your own bird sightings to share with other attendees.

Quick Look Calendar for Upcoming Events

Please see newsletter for all the details.

Please Note: For the Cheyenne Country Club Bird Surveys. Start times are 7:00 am April through August and 8:00 am September through March. Contact Chuck Seniawski (638-6519 or email) by the preceding Wednesday if you wish to join the survey team. Space is limited; reservations are required. The survey is done using golf carts as the primary mode of transportation (assuming snow cover permits) and the carts need to be reserved in advance. Even if there is snow cover, and weather permits, the count will go on. And, this being Wyoming, there might be a date change if really severe weather is due to arrive on the scheduled date. If you have given him advance notice, he can notify you of changes.

February 2016

6 Important Bird Area (IBA) Survey. 8 a.m. Meet in the Lions Park parking lot between the Old Community House and Chil-dren's Village.

12-15 Great Backyard Bird Count. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online. For more detail, go to

13 Great Backyard Bird Count at the Paul Smith Children’s Village, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens 10 a.m.

16 Public Meeting: “Science Café”—Karagh Murphy, "Bird brains learn from experience," and Dr. Jonathan Prather "How do birds make good decisions?" 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave. This is the program postponed from November.

23 Chapter Board Meeting. Open meeting. 7 pm. Laramie County Public Library, Windflower Room.

26 Country Club Survey. 8:00 am. Contact Chuck Seniawski by the preceding Wednesday if you wish to join the group.

Future dates of interest (Key details are in the current newsletter here):

Mar. 15—Program: M-APP-ing Excitement! Zach Hutchinson, Community Naturalist for Audubon Rockies, will be sharing the updates on The Great Wyoming Birding Trail and its soon-to-be-released phone app.
Mar. 19 - Field Trip to Front Range Lakes for waterfowl.
Apr. 9—Habitat Hero Workshop at LCCC in Cheyenne. A workshop similar to the one in 2015, but including lunch, a session on native bee identification and an afternoon individualized, hands on session using diagrams or pictures of your garden plots. More information in the next newsletter.
Apr. 19—Program: Wyoming Migration Initiative. 7 p.m. at the Laramie County Library, 2200 Pioneer Ave.
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References for Birding in our local area.

Where can I bird in the Cheyenne area? In other parts of Wyoming?

For starters, we recommend you check out the area's IBA's, described below, in the next section of this Web page.

Suggestions for birding in the Cheyenne area and around the state are included as a part of Wyoming Birds, Second Edition, by Jane L. and Robert D. Dorn, Mountain West Publishing, Cheyenne, 1999.

Wyoming Bird Atlas

For viewers who are interested in a much more detailed treatment of where to find birds and other of Nature's game and non-game creatures which may be found in Wyoming, you may consult the on-line (.pdf) version of the Atlas of Birds, Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles in Wyoming, found at this link. Be forewarned that this publication is 236 pages long (4.5 MB), and may take a while to download on a dial-up connection to the Internet.

To Report Rare Bird Sightings to the Wyoming Rare Birds Record Committee, see pages 217ff of the Bird Atlas for the official form.

Birds of Wyoming, by Douglas W. Faulkner, (c)2010, is an excellent desk reference for common and not-so-common species observed in Wyoming ever since bird sightings started being formally documented in the early 1900s. It includes several essays on the history of ornithology in Wyoming, Wyoming wildlife habitats, and resident and non-resident species accounts, with color photos and range maps. Published by Roberts and Company, Greenwood, Colorado, and available through both the publisher and

The Bird Checklist for Cheyenne and Southeastern Wyoming is on line.
Click here to get a copy of this .pdf file.

The Wyoming Bird Checklist is also available on line.
Click here to view.

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Important Bird Areas

Cheyenne has two Important Bird Areas(IBA) and one non-IBA that always has some action:

a. Lion's Park, including Sloan's Lake and Kiwanis Lake.
This is a park in the City of Cheyenne parks system. The entrance is near Eighth Avenue and Carey Avenue, close to the airport.
b. Wyoming Hereford Ranch, to the southeast of Cheyenne.
It is adjacent to and south of I-80, at the Campstool Road exit. (This is private property, so be sure to stay on roads and otherwise respect the property rights of the owners.)

IN ADDITION, Holliday Park in Cheyenne is popular with waterfowl, wild and domestic, the year round. It also features nesting black-crowned night herons in the Spring.

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Recent Cheyenne Audubon Bird Count Results

The Christmas Bird Count results for 2015 may be viewed by clicking here.

For the results of the Big Count Day (May 16, 2015) survey, Click here.

The Christmas Bird Count results for 2014 may be viewed by clicking here.

For the results of the Big Count Day (May 17, 2014) survey, Click here.

The Christmas Bird Count results for 2013 may be viewed by clicking here.

For the results of the Big Count Day (May 18, 2013) survey, Click here.

The Christmas Bird Count results for 2012 may be viewed by clicking here.

For the results of the Big Count Day (May 19, 2012) survey, Click here.

The Christmas Bird Count results for 2011 may be viewed by clicking here.

For the results of the Big Count Day (May 21, 2011) survey, Click here.

The Christmas Bird Count results for 2010 may be viewed by clicking here.

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General Information

To get contact information for your Wyoming State legislators, and bill status when the legislature is in session, see this link. When the legislature is in session, messages may be left for your senator at 777-7711 or your representative at 771-7852. The Voter Hotline, on which you may leave only a "yes" or "no voting recommendations for your legislators, is at 777-VOTE or 1-866-996-8683. You may also e-mail legislators at the email addresses found in the legisweb site.

Want to stay informed about birds in Wyoming?

One way is to subscribe to the wyobirds list serve. Sign up by going to the wyobirds sign up page.
(As should always be the case, make sure you read the terms of service before signing up for this list serve. Then, if you want to join the 220+ subscribers, you can receive and post emails about birding-related activities in Wyoming -- from sightings to administrative items.) Regular contributors from around Wyoming keep us all up to date on migration progress and locations of bird populations as they are observed. It's about the closest thing we have to a rare bird alert in the state.

yellow-headed blackbird

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Related links

  • Audubon Rockies Home Page This regional office includes Wyoming as part of its territory.

  • National Audubon Society Home Page

  • Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

  • Cornell University's Project Feeder Watch
    To become a FeederWatcher, you may sign up via the Web site or call 1-800-843-2473 or send $15 to Project FeederWatch, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, P.O. Box 11, Ithaca, NY 14851-0011. Expect the research kit in about three weeks.

    Other Wyoming Audubon links:
    Murie Audubon Society, Casper, WY

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    Contact Us

    P.O. Box 2502
    Cheyenne, WY 82003

    Carpooling for field trips.......Elizabeth Thums, at 307-649-2477
    To volunteer to do a program.........Barb Gorges, at 634-0463.
    To report unusual bird sightings...Barb Gorges, at 634-0463.
    For membership information........Mark Gorges, at 634-0463.

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