The WNP Annual Meeting will be held at the Izaak Walton League campground and lodge in Casper on September 23rd and 24th. Free camping is available on the 22nd and 23rd at the Izaak Walton campground. Inexpensive hotels are available in the area. Lunch and dinner on the 23rd, and breakfast on the 24th will be provided by the WNP. All other meals will be on your own.
There will opportunities for service hours and 4 options for advanced training at the meeting: data modeling, herpetology, owl banding, fish hatchery tour. Everybody is invited to participate in the advanced trainings, but members can also choose not to attend any of them.
Please visit https://forms.gle/YY4aiGUPRMCCNMTcA to let us know if you will be attending the meeting or not.
Hi, I am Maureen Moe Cairns. I grew up in Indiana, went to school in Florida, and lived in Atlanta for 35 years before moving west.
2nd Cohort, 2022
I moved to Atlanta after attending college in Florida. I wanted to be closer to the mountains in north Georgia. There I became involved with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, and the Georgia Botanical Society. This led to many visits to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for hiking and wildflower events. I found “my people” through these organizations and made many lifelong friends and adventure buddies.
I particularly enjoyed the journaling aspect for all our classes because it forced me to take the time to slow down to really see and reflect on the world around me.
I would like to learn more about birds and birding, and I think the program will offer me opportunities to do that.
I have enjoyed leading Nature Journaling workshops at the 2022 and 2023 BioBlitz events. I am so impressed by how many young people and children attend and participate in these workshops.
My favorite spot in the great outdoors is any trail, anywhere, during wildflower season! Really!
My favorite version of a book is a video called Arctic Dance, which is based on a book titled Arctic Dance: The Mardy Murie Story, by Bonnie Kreps and Charles Craighead. There is so much to enjoy in this video which chronicles the life of “the mother of the conservation movement,” including love, wilderness, adventure, conservation history, beautiful scenery, and a Wyoming connection. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Apples and almond butter seem to work their way into my pack for most outings.
I absolutely love to contra dance and waltz. The closest place for me to do this is in Fort Collins and Boulder, CO. If any of you would ever like to join me, please let me know. I promise you’ll be hooked.
I’d like to take this opportunity to again thank everyone involved with establishing and maintaining the Wyoming Naturalist Program. You’ve done a wonderful job!
Please remember to submit your service and advanced training hours at http://wyomingnaturalists.wyomingbiodiversity.org/index.php/service/submit-service-hours If you want to see what we have in the
system, you can contact Mason at email@example.com . It is not too late to submit hours from previous years. If you deleted your account from the old system, we no longer have those hours on record.
The following members (as of the morning of 8/14/23) are close to 200 service hours!
Get your birding on! And some plant work as well. Coming up…
Virtual Advanced Training Opportunities
Bird ID - Waterfowl
Bird ID - Raptors
In-Person Advanced Training and Volunteer Opportunities
Fall Songbird Migration 2023 (Training) – 8/31 to 9/2, 9/7 to 9/9, 9/12 to 9/16
Owls 2023 (Training) - 9/23 - 11/7 (weather permitting)
Hummingbirds 2023 - This season is almost over! Watch for notifications about 2024.
Volunteer at the Arboretum (Cheyenne)
Cheyenne Botanic Gardens is looking for volunteers to work outside at the High Plains Arboretum. Activities include weeding, mulching, and installing cages around trees and shrubs. Regular volunteer time is Monday mornings 9-11 am. Anyone interested can start filling out the volunteer paperwork on their website at https://www.botanic.org/support/volunteer/ or contact Jessica Friis at Email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 307-637-6349
Would you like to help stop the spread or perhaps help map current populations of invasive species? Maybe you are curious about invasive or exotic species in your area. No matter your prerogative with invasive species, Invasive.org is there to help. The focus of Invasive.org is aimed to help promote the early detection and rapid response of invasive plant, insect, disease, and wildlife species.
The website provides users with pictures, distribution maps, education, ways to prevent and stop invasive species, and how to connect with local groups.
The map feature is perhaps the most well known and used feature of the website. Individuals can view maps to see where individual invasive species have been documented and it is the mechanism for tracing new populations. The website and map feature that can be used on mobile phones allows users to upload pictures of suspected invasive species so managers and researchers can confirm a population
and map the spread of individual species.
Invasive.org is a treasure trove of information. Take a look at the area where you live to see what species have been documented. Information for how to use the maps is found under the EDDMapS icon.
If you’d like to report a possible sighting of an invasive species which is not represented on current maps.
Need help IDing a plant you suspect is invasive? Contact your local weed and pest district or UW Extension office.