CURRENT FIELD TRIPS

Be sure to see the “Go Birding” page for information on meeting locations, what to bring, and other helpful hints.

Cancellation policy: Field trip leaders will make the decision and notify participants. We will also post the decision on this page.

Friday, October 20, 9 am – noon
Duck “Hunting” at Lake George

Common Goldeneye_ShorelinePark-MtView-CA_LAH_9077Dave Elwonger is leading this trip to look for ducks at Lake George. After reviewing ten years’ worth of data, Dave has determined that this is the optimum time to see migrating ducks before the lake freezes. Be sure to bring a scope if you have one, since some views are limited due to private property around the lake.

Meet in the NW corner of the Woodland Park Safeway to carpool. Due to a lack of parking at the lake, the trip is limited to ten birders (three carloads).

Contact Dave at davidelwonger@msn.com with any questions and to sign up.

Saturday, October 21, 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Blodgett Peak Open Space

Join David Tonnessen for a morning hike to look for mountain birds. Some anticipated species include Steller’s Jay, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hairy Woodpecker, and the possibility of more nomadic species like Clark’s Nutcracker, Red Crossbill and Evening Grosbeak. Expect rough terrain and a largely uphill ascent, and bring plenty of snacks and water.

We will be meeting at the Blodgett Peak parking lot and plan to hike for a good 2 to 4 hours depending on bird activity. This trip is limited to 10 participants. Contact David at davidtonnessenx@gmail.com to sign up.

Friday, October 27, 7:50 am – 11 am
Fountain Creek Regional Park

Join trip leader Diana Beatty as we walk the trails near the nature center to see what we can see. Trip is limited to 12 participants. Contact Diana at otowi33.33@gmail.com with any questions and to sign up.

Sunday, November 19, 10 am – 1 pm
Corral Bluffs Open Space

CorralBluffsCO_LAH_0429Visit the past and the present at the same time! Corral Bluffs holds 65 million years of history—from the extinction of the dinosaurs, to Paleo-Indians, to the Goodnight-Loving Trail. It is a unique semi-desert ecosystem just east of Colorado Springs. This is not primarily a birding trip, but will include lots of nature viewing, and the Townsend’s Solitaires will greet you. If you’re really lucky, you might spot a Golden Eagle.

There are no trails in this open space; hiking is moderate to strenuous. Our round trip will be approximately three miles. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Bring water and snacks.

Meet at the Loaf ’n Jug, 6857 Space Village Ave., just east of Peterson Road to carpool. Limited to 20 participants. Special hiking waivers will need to be completed to enter Corral Bluffs. Trip will be rescheduled if there is wind, snow, or temperatures below 20 degrees. Contact trip leader Sharon Milito at sharon.milito@comcast.net to sign up.

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Other trips are being planned; check back often!

Would you like to lead a field trip? No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and a friendly attitude. Contact Diana Beatty, otowi33.33@gmail.com, for more information on volunteering to lead a trip for Aiken Audubon.

More Trips

The Mile High Bug Club has events scheduled and cordially invites Audubon folks to join them. For information, contact Eric Eaton at bugeric247@gmail.com.

Pueblo’s Arkansas Valley Audubon Society welcomes us on their trips. Check their website for the latest information.

Denver Field Ornithologists also sponsors many field trips each month. Check the right-hand bar on their website’s home page for a month-by-month listing.

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