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September:  General Meeting, Fall Social, Field Trip, Condor Release

Bird  Articles, Art
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  Field Trips & Meetings
  • General Meeting - Wed. October 8, 7:00 pm:  Come join us at the Tonaquint Nature Center -- Learn about the 400 year drought in the American Southwest and how the native peoples societies were destroyed.  Drought was followed by disastrous floods and changed the American Southwest forever.   Keith Davis will be the speaker.  For more information call 435 673-0996. 
  • Field Trip - Saturday, October 11, 2014: Quail Creek Reservoir.  Meet at 7:00 a.m., BLM Office (345 East Riverside Dr.)  Come early as we will car pool.  Bring snacks, drinks, and of course - binoculars.  Steve Hedges is the field trip guide. 
  • All meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome! Details.
  • Sorry, no mid-week field trips anymore, unless you wish to volunteer to lead them, because Steve Hedges has moved back to Cedar.  We're disappointed, too!  Call us if you want to volunteer : )

   Local Membership Dues

     Local membership dues for February 2014 through February 2015 are:

          $15 Individual
          $20 Family

If you renew with the National Audubon, please put our membership number on your form: C2ZW560Z
  Field Trips Reports

2014 Utah Audubon Council
Spring Retreat report

Newsletter 2013

2014 WBF photos

2013 Christmas Bird Count report for Zion, St. George, and Silver Reef.
    2013 Winter Bird Festival Photos:

       6 pages by Jerry and Janice Vander Molen
       7 pages of 2013 WBF photos

   2011 Winter Bird Festival - Photos

   2012 Winter Bird Festival - Photos


Public release of California Condors
 September 27 at Vermilion Cliffs
     California Condors will be released to the wild in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. The public is welcome to observe the release from a viewing area where spotting scopes will be set up and project personnel will be available to answer questions.

     The release coincides with National Public Lands Day, the nationís largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance Americaís public lands. National Public Lands Day involves the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies, along with state and local governments and private groups.

     Driving directions: Take Highway 89A from Kanab or Page to the Vermilion Cliffs (from Flagstaff take Highway 89 to Highway 89A). Turn north onto BLM Road 1065 (a dirt road next to the small house just east of the Kaibab Plateau) and continue almost three miles. Bring: Spotting scope or binoculars, sunscreen, water, snack

Details: Informational kiosk, shade structure, and restroom at the site.  Map.

Review of the new Merlin Bird ID app

     "Cornell Lab of Ornithology recently launched a new app designed to help beginning birders with field identification.  It has an easy to navigate menu, which leads you through questions about size, color and behavior. The app then suggests possible birds with photos and brief descriptions, and includes short sound clips of calls.

     I downloaded the app to test it out and it seems to be a good tool to add to a beginner's identification resources, however it has some flaws that need addressing before I enthusiastically recommend it.

     With an impressive library of over 400 species, there are some glaring omissions that would confuse a beginning birder if they were trying to identify a species not included in the library.  (Some that I noticed: Ferruginous Hawk, Willow Flycatcher)  I had hoped to use the bird calls to aid in the identification of Empidonax species, but with only a few species of empids included in the library, the app is less than helpful for empid identification.

     I also hoped to be able to take the app into the field, but the library is not downloaded onto your device, so you need to be connected to the internet.  This makes sense since 400 species would take a lot of memory, but this limits the app's usefulness if you are using a tablet rather than a smartphone. Over all, I think this is an interesting and worthwhile app, but the library needs some additions for it to be useful to new birders, especially for some underrepresented groups of birds.  For now I'll stick to my field guide and use the app by looking up specific birds rather than using the identification feature.  To download this free app and see more details, visit Cornell's link here."
Support Wildlife Research

Keith Day very interested in any sightings of the following species:
Crissal Thrasher, Bendire's Thrasher, Bell's Vireo
Abert's Towhee, Virginia's Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Notations of time, place (as detailed as possible) and numbers are very important.
Records of gender, age, behavior, habitat, etc. would be helpful. His contact information follows, as well. Thank you.

Keith Day, Wildlife Biologist, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
1470 N. Airport Rd., Cedar City, UT 84721
435-865-6100 (o), 435-691-3113 (c), 435-586-2457 (fx)

Today's update September 29, 2014

"Artists and Birds"

Artists & Birds article

"A Feeding Frenzy"

Young Artists & Birds

Updated September 19, 2014
bird singing

Color Me Feathered


Red Cliffs

Updated June 30, 2014


Our Favorite links:

Prescott Audubon (Arizona)
Condor Cliffs
National Audubon Society
Utah bird hotline
Great Backyard Bird Count
Juniper Wind Designs
Milne Jewelry - St. George

The Red Cliffs

  We would love to have you as a new Audubon member.  We promise fun and informative
 field trips in the company of "old birds", "new birds",  and "snowbirds."
All are welcome! See you there!

Contact Information:
Phone:  435 673-0996

Original Red Cliffs Audubon logo
 design by Phil Janney
WBF drawing by Pam Wheeler (modeled
 from a photo by Patrick Williams)

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