Outside briefs: Organizations team up for Christmas Bird Count

Organizations team up for Christmas Bird Count

The Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society and the Bureau of Land Management are teaming up to conduct this year’s Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.

It will be the 116th anniversary of the count, which has provided valuable information throughout the world to help scientists monitor the health of bird populations.

“We are encouraging anyone interested, regardless of experience, to help us with the count,” said Jon Horn, president of the BCAS. “It not only provides critical information on bird populations, but also is just a lot of fun.”

Inexperienced birders will be teamed with those with more experience to cover specific geographical areas. The counts are usually not physically strenuous. Interested persons can call the persons listed below in advance to sign up and get more specific information.

n Montrose: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 17 in the BLM conference room at 2465 S. Townsend; counters will reconvene at the Two Rascals Brewing Co. to compile the data.

Information: Missy Siders, 240-5332 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

n Delta: 8 a.m. Dec. 31 at the City Market Parking lot.

Information: Amy Seglund, 252-6014 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

n Gunnison: 7:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at Hurst Hall, Western State campus, room 130.

Information: Arden Anderson, 641-5322 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

n Hotchkiss: 8 a.m. Jan. 1 at the City Market parking lot.

Information: Jason Beason, 310-5117 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Grand Valley 
Anglers to hold holiday gathering


The Grand Valley Anglers, a chapter of Trout Unlimited, will hold its annual holiday party at Bookcliff Country Club on Dec. 15, starting at 5:30 p.m. for drinks, and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Dinner is $40 and includes a choice of entree and desert. There will be silent auction to raise funds for chapter activities such as veterans, kids, stream habitat and restoration.  Entertainment will be by the Sweet Adelines. The chapter will present an annual report and elect officers.

Purchase your tickets at Western Anglers, 413 Main, 244-8658 or check the website at http://www.grandvalleyanglers.tu.org.


Christmas tree permits available


Christmas tree cutting permits are available for purchase at Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests office locations.

Cost for each permit is $8 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at National Forest office locations. There is a maximum of five permits per person.

Trees must be less than 20 feet tall from the stump, may not be greater than 6 inches in diameter at the base of the tree and the stump height should be no greater than 6 inches high.

Tags must be left on the tree until it arrives at its final destination.

Information: 970-242-8211.


Price takes over as head of Moab BLM


Christina Price recently took over as manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s Moab Field Office. 

Price, a native of Henderson Nevada, brings an extensive portfolio of land management experience from her work throughout the southwest.  

The Moab office manages the 1.8 million acres of public land. 

Price replaces Beth Ransel, who has taken the district manager position in Moreno Valley, California.


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