… to the Colorado Springs area chapter of the National Audubon Society.

We’d like to invite you to our next meeting! We offer free programs of interest to nature fans of all ages. Everyone is welcome. You can also find current information about upcoming birding trips, and/or plan to attend another birding event. Check our other links for helpful information, recent sightings, more birding opportunities, and ways you can get involved as an Aiken volunteer and/or citizen scientist. Interested? Click to learn more about Aiken Audubon. Finally, don’t miss the current issue of our newsletter, the Aikorns! We hope to see you soon.

Aiken News

  • We don’t meet for programs over the summer. Our next program will feature Eric Eaton on Wasps, Wednesday, September 21. Field trips will continue to be scheduled, however, so be sure to check back often.
  • Melissa McCormick, Colorado Springs Natural Resources Specialist, is looking for any notes or data (bird lists) that you may have from birding trips at Bluestem Prairie Open Space this year. Also, is anyone interested in doing a (very basic) survey in the next weeks? Contact her at 719-385-6561 (office), 719-377-1522 (mobile), or mmccormick@springsgov.com.
  • Welcome to our new Program Chair, Diane Luck! If you have ideas or would like to present a program at one of our meetings, please contact her at luckdiane@gmail.com.
  • Aiken Audubon is seeking an Education Chair. We also need field trip leaders! Click here for more information.
  • Updates are constantly being added to our Conservation News page. Many require immediate action. More opportunities are found in the Citizen Science section. Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference.
  • Cancellation policy: In case of inclement weather, our monthly program will be cancelled if Pikes Peak Community College cancels its evening classes. A cancellation notice will also be posted here on our website. For field trips, the trip leaders will make the decision and notify participants, and we will also post the decision on this page and on the current field trip page.
  • Do you blog about birds? Tell us about your blog, then check out our ever-growing list of Aiken Audubon bird bloggers!

Look for the Aiken Audubon Society on Facebook. Wes, our Western Screech Owl mascot, will keep you updated with all the latest happenings, as well as photos and plenty of comments. See you there!

Birding News

  • The city is rebuilding the freeway exit next to Sondermann Park, and plans to build a road through the riparian area adjacent to the creek. The obviously will impact both resident and migratory birds. Learm more…
  • The second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas is still available. This Atlas provides the most current and comprehensive information on Colorado breeding bird distribution, habitat use, and breeding ecology. A limited print run is scheduled for this year; claim your copy now! Cost is $75 plus shipping.
  • Pinello Ranch is looking for Volunteer Docents to help with any of the following: Guided Birding Hikes, Bird Surveys, Bird Banding Station and/or School Groups. Contact David Rudin to learn more: drudin@ppcf.org.
  • 10 Things You Can Do For Birds: Plant a garden. Be a citizen scientist. Join “Lights Out.” Your steps can make a difference. Learn more…

Photos of the Moment

Burrowing Owl - Beth Payne

Burrowing Owl, by Beth Payne

Have a photo you want to share? Send it to us at  AikenAudubon@gmail.com for possible inclusion here.