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Newsletter of Prairie Hills Audubon Society of Western South Dakota Inc.

April-June 2022

UPCOMING MEETINGS Meeting ID: 854 3392 0233

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Update on Mining Threats to the Black Hills
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Meeting ID: 854 3392 0233
There has been a lot of new activity around potential large- Passcode: 534620
scale mining in the Black Hills. There have been three new Find your local number (international) :
projects just in April! This presentation will bring people
up to date on what is going on, including providing
BHCWA organizational updates and sharing a new map of Mountain Lion Meeting - Mid May (date not selected)
mining activity. We will have a working meeting to discuss mountain lion
management in SD, Wyoming, Nebraska & we will invite
staff of various mountain lion organizations to the Zoom
Friday, May 20th meeting. At working meetings folks discuss issues without
Endangered Species Day Celebration a formal presentation. Folks interested in attending this
May 20th, 2022, by Zoom at 6:00 pm MT PHAS Zoom meeting should contact Nancy Hilding 605-
787-6466 or Working meetings
We will have several speakers and topics, but all are not notice is sent by e-mail to interested folks. We have a list
yet confirmed. serve to discuss predator issues.

Melissa Smith, Govt. Relations, Great Lakes Wildlife Al-

liance Executive Director, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf &
Wildlife - will speak about - Wolves,
Most wolves in the USA were delisted by the Trump ad-
ministration in November 2020. But due to a February2022
court decision, they are currently re-listed under the Endan-
gered Species Act in much of the USA (but not in the north-
ern rockies). Link to discussion of change:
Melissa will give history of listing/delisting actions, review
wolf recovery needs & also discuss wolf ecology & lives of Photo by B. Tuten
wolves. She may have an assistant speaker.
Wyoming is doing their triennial review/rewrite of their
Bradley Phillips - Wildlife Biologist, Black Hills National Mt Lion hunting regulations and also review of wolf
Forest - Brad will speak about northern long eared bat. hunting regulations. Public comments due June 3rd, the
The bat is at risk due to a disease - whitenose syndrome. It Commission meeting July 18th-20th & public meetings to
has been listed as threatened, but the USFWS proposed in be held in mid May in various locations around Wyo.. We
March 23rd, 2022 Federal Register to list it as endangered. object to the current Wyo. Black Hills lion season as too
We have the bat in SD, but especially in the Black Hills. aggressive.
Brad may be joined by another speaker. This link has the info for proposed rule changes for
Chapter 42- Wyomings mountain lion rules.
Other speakers on other topics have been asked, but are not
yet confirmed. Other groups will co-sponsor. This link also has the schedule for future public meetings
meetings, commenting directions & you can hyperlink to
proposed rules for Chapter 42 is the mountain lion hunting
Links/codes to join PHAS Zoom Meetings. & 47 is wolf regulation.
We reuse these codes all the time & we record meetings. Nebraska revises their hunting rules in early summer. SD
LINK: will revise in 2023 - link to the record of kills in the SD
Black Hills in 2021-2022: lion/.
Prairie Hills Audubon Society is run by volunteers, we need new volunteers to help run organization, but we are especially looking for
new Board Members. For information contact Nancy or Jim whose contact info. is listed on the label fold. Visit our web site /Face-
book page to stay updated on our & other organization’s functions. Please send us your e-mail address so we can send you PHAS

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS this newsletter, but would be on our list serve, Facebook,
Saturday May 7th, 2022 Web site, Blog & sent to e-mail lists.
Our annual field trip to Lacreek National Wildlife We have a list serve to discuss Prairie Hills Audubon So-
Refuge. ciety (PHAS) field trips, sighting of birds by list serve par-
We will meet at the Refuge Headquarter building ticipants, hands-on projects to & citizen science to benefit
at 10 am MT. We will meet at 6:50-7 am for car pooling birds & issues associated with bird conservation in our re-
from the eastside Family Thrift/Family Fare parking lot in gion - Anyone can join.
Rapid City. Covid19 safety requirements/rules are up to
each car driver, so folks should bring masks. Jedediah (our Prairie Hills Audubon Society may organize a joint birding
field trip chair) will be going over earlier on Saturday or effort to do a Climate Watch square sometime between
camping at the Refuge the night before. Sierra Club may May 15th- June 15th. For details on Climate Watch:
be a co-sponsor of field trip.
June 4th, 2022. For trip/birding info: contact Nancy 605-787-6466 or
Jedediah Beadle will lead a field trip on June 4th. Jedediah (207) 310-4665;
Destination is undecided but meet at Outdoor Campus ——
West, Rapid City, SD, at 7:30 am. MT. You can sign up for NAS’s Dakota Audubon’s newletter
Other field trips may be planned that are not announced in

Prairie Hills Audubon Society (PHAS) is a Chapter of the National Audubon Society. Our territory is much of West River SD. Nancy Hilding -
President,, 605-787-6466; Helen McGinnis - Treasurer,, Doris Respects Nothing - Secretary,, Jedediah Beadle - Field-trip chair,; Jim Petersen - Vice President,,
PHAS web site :, PHAS Facebook page: Blog:

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Prairie Hills Audubon Society (PHAS) Upcoming Meetings and Field trips - see inside
Thursday, April 28th Mid May
PHAS monthly meeting - Thursday, April 28th Working/discussion meeting on cougars
Update on mining threats to Black Hills Field trips
Friday, May 20th Saturday May 7th, Field trip to Lacreek
Endangered Species Day Celebration, National Wildlife Refuge
Topics include but are not limited to wolves & Saturday, June 4th, Field Trip.
northern long eared bats May 15-June 15th, is NAS’s spring sea-
son for Climate Watch

Climate Watch is sponsored by the National Audubon Society Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Western Bluebird, White-breasted
(NAS) & takes place during two distinct seasons—winter (Janu- Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown-headed Nuthatch,
ary 15-February 15) & summer (May 15-June 15). Pygmy Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch, Painted
Climate Watch focuses on areas of predicted change for 12 Bunting, Eastern Towhee, and Spotted Towhee.
species across the continent. Volunteers select a grid of 10 km x Link to the Climate-watch program on the NAS web page:
10 km to bird in. Volunteers bird in their square at 12 spots, fol-
lowing protocols, on one morning & send birding information to Climate watch instructions for participants:
the National Audubon Society (NAS).
Climate Watch focuses on these target species: Eastern mate-watch

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