… 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.

Here, 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

  • owl-ayearinthelives01Our next program will be Wednesday, January 25 (the 4th Wednesday), as we welcome back outstanding photographer and speaker Paul Bannick. He will be presenting Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls, based on his new book of the same title. You don’t want to miss this evening! Details…
  • Did you participate in the 2016 Christmas Bird Count? See a summary of the results for our area.
  • 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.
  • Welcome to our new Education Chair, Sharon Milito. She can be reached at sharon.milito@comcast.net.
  • 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!
  • Aiken supports the work of Dr. Brian Linkhart, the Colorado College biologist who has been studying Flammulated Owls for over 35 years. We encourage you to do so as well. For more information on making a donation to his work, click here.

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

  • Interested in promoting green laws? Come to the “Getting Green Laws” assembly on February 25. Learn more…
  • Wondering what’s happening to Big Johnson Reservoir? Here’s what we know…
  • Colorado Springs Utilities is beginning construction of the Pinello Ranch Wetlands Mitigation project to create approximately 9.8 acres of wetlands in three sites occupying approximately 11.5 acres. While the construction phase will result in temporary impacts, establishing these wetlands will enhance wildlife habitat and vegetation diversity for the long term. Construction work on the wetlands has just begun and is expected to be complete in September 2017.
  • The Wildlands Restoration Volunteers are looking for… more volunteers! Learn more here.
  • The second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas is 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…

Highlighted Photos

Risë Foster-Bruder captured these photos of the Purple Sandpiper at Dillon Reservoir, taken just before Christmas.

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