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  Field Trips & Meetings
  • General Meeting: TBA
  • Field Trip:  July 11,  2015: Cedar Breaks - Meet St. George BLM 7:00 am.  Proceed to Exit 59 - to McDonalds on 200 North to pick up other birders. Look for Steller's Jays, Nutcrackers, Wild Turkeys, unexpected species.  Bring lunch, 2-way radio.  Questions? (435 673-0996)
  • Meetings are always the second Wednesday of each month. There will be refreshments after all of our meetings if you want to ask questions or gab a little about birds.
  • We will have a field trip every month this year with the exception of August and December. Plan for your next outing by visiting our field trip schedule page.

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        Photos from the Winter Bird Festival 

Field Trips Reports

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2014 Utah Audubon Council
Spring Retreat report



                     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

 


  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!

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Contact Information:
redcliffsaudubon@gmail.com
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)

Webmaster:  birdbrain@amazingnature.us

Don't miss the


Audubon Osprey Nest Cam

or

Seattle's Burke Museum
Behind the scenes of the world's largest wing collection.

or

The new Audubon Online Field Guide

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Sagebrush Sea

      In case you missed it, the latest episode of Nature, the "Sagebrush Sea" features one of our favorite birds, the Sage Grouse.  This documentary follows the struggles one lek of Sage Grouse faces through the course of a year.  The full episode is now available online  here.
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Feeding the Birds
bird feeder
       Our penstemon in the front went crazy in April, and attracted several black-chinned hummingbirds, and at least one male Costa's.  Now that the penstemon is starting to fade, we put up a hummingbird feeder in the back, and can't wait to see what else we can bring in.
       Feeding birds is a fun pass-time, but it can be dangerous to our feathered friends if not done properly.  A few simple precautions can prevent the spread of disease and parasites, and reduce predation:
       -clean all feeders several times a year with a 10% non-chlorinated
         bleach solution, then rinse well.

       -remove uneaten food that has spoiled or molded immediately.
       -place feeders in open areas where cats have no cover to sneak up on feeding birds.
        -for seed feeders, try to buy feed that only has one type of seed-so birds won't pick through the seed and drop they don't want on the ground.  One seed per feeder also reduces cross-species interactions, preventing disease from spreading from one species to another.
Cheap mixes often have filler seeds like milo that many birds dislike, and this waste seed ends up forming a mat on the ground that can harbor disease.  Cleaning under feeding stations regularly helps reduce this risk.
       -In our desert, water sources can be a great way to bring in birds that aren't interested in feeding stations.  Something as simple as a drip line and a rock with a bit of a hollow is all it takes.  It is a good idea to clean the area occasionally with the bleach/water mix as well.  Our water "dish" is actually a small satellite TV receiver that the company wasn't interested in retrieving when we canceled service.  A little copper spray paint and a non-toxic sealant later, and we had a nice basin that we placed in the flowerbed to catch a little of the sprinkler water each morning.

       Here are a few more feeder tips from the National Audubon Society.

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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)
keithday@utah.gov
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