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.

Be sure to scroll all the way down to see field trips offered by other organizations!


Saturday, April 21, 9 am – Noon
Chico Basin Ranch Birder Brunch

The brunch is on! Thanks to the firefighters, the buildings are unscathed. Come show your support!

In appreciation of  the support birders provide for their ranching and conservation efforts, Chico Basin Ranch invites all birders to its second annual Birder Brunch, to be held at the ranch headquarters (directions; do not use Google maps). Enjoy breakfast treats and refreshments while socializing with fellow birders and the Chico crew.

Bill Maynard will be around to inform you about birds being seen and point you in the right direction, so plan to bird before and after stopping by. The day’s entrance fee will be waived.

RSVP to Samantha@Ranchlands.com. Everyone is welcome! This event is not sponsored by Aiken Audubon, and is listed here for your convenience.

Saturday, April 21, 8 am – 1 pm
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies Anniversary Celebration

Join Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and celebrate 30 years of conserving birds and their habitat. Enjoy guided bird walks, bird banding, live raptor presentations, and educational activity for kids and adults, followed by lunch and cake.

The celebration and kite festival will be held at Barr Lakes State Park Nature Center, 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO 80603. There is a $5 per vehicle admission, which includes park entrance fees, lunch, and hikes for the kite festival. To register, visit www.birdconservancy.org/30 years or email info@birdconservancy.org. This event is not sponsored by Aiken Audubon, and is listed here for your convenience.

Sunday, April 22, 7:30 – 11 am
Kettle Ponds

KettleCreekLakes_2008-11-22_LAH_340Located near the south entrance to the Air Force Academy, these ponds can be quite productive. Previous years have produced numerous spring migrants, including a Black-and-white Warbler. We will meet at the north end of Airfield Drive, which is a right turn just before the South Gate entrance to the academy.

For more information and to sign up, contact Ris‘ë Foster-Bruder at riserefb@comcast.net.

Saturday, May 5, 7/7:30 (see below) – 11:30 am
Aiken Canyon Preserve

@AikenCanyon 2007apr21 LAH 008x-001Aiken Canyon Preserve is a Nature Conservancy-managed property. It is named after Charles Aiken, our chapter’s namesake. Habitat consists of top quality piñon/juniper scrublands with islands of Ponderosa pine and spruce/fir in the upper canyon. Possible species include Ash-Throated Flycatcher, Juniper Titmouse, and all Colorado species of jay, nuthatch, and chickadee. It is a beautiful hike into the canyon.

Expect a four mile hike over uneven hilly terrain. Moderately strenuous.

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher_AikenCyn-CO_LAH_0230Meet Broadmoor Town Center Near Affordable Dentures at 7 am, or at Aiken Canyon parking lot at 7:30 am. Parking lot is 16 miles south of Lake Ave. off Hwy 115, 3350 Turkey Canon Ranch Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80926. Turn right off Hwy 115 across from the Turkey Canon Recreation site on Ft. Carson.

Contact trip leader Gary Conover at gary1gc@yahoo.com or 635-2505 with questions or to sign up. Limited to 15 participants.

Wednesday, May 9, times in blurb
Chico Basin Ranch

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Join John Drummond as he looks for spring migrants that use Chico Basin Ranch as a stopping point on their journey north. Almost any type of warbler is possible. There will be bird banding in progress. This is a scouting trip for John’s trip with the Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival that weekend.

A 4WD vehicle is recommended if the roads are wet. Be sure to bring lunch, water, and sun protection.

Meet at 6:45 am at the Tejon P & R, or 7:30 am at Hanover Fire Station. Limited to 15 participants. This is always a popular trip and fills up quickly. There is a $10 fee per person for groups of 5 or more. Contact John Drummond at jxdrummo@aol.com with questions and/or to sign up.

Saturday, May 12, 7 – 11 am
Fountain Creek Nature Center Spring Bird Count

Beginning to advanced birders are needed to count and record the numbers of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park during the height of spring migration.  Please RSVP to the Nature Center: (719) 520-6745, or register online. There is a $5/participant fee that goes to keep the feeders filled. This event is sponsored by Fountain Creek Nature Center and is listed here for your convenience.

Saturday, May 19, 7 – 9 am
Active Adults Series: Spring Birding Photography Workshop at Fountain Creek

Spring is a wonderful time to view birds. Join award-winning photographer, Mike Pach, as he helps you capture photos of spring migrants. All skill levels welcome. Bring your camera and tripod (optional). We will meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Limit 15 participants. Prepaid registration required: Contact Mary Jo Lewis, Bear Creek Nature Center Supervisor, 520-6388, maryjolewis@elpasoco.com, or register online. There is a $20 per person fee. This event is sponsored by Bear Creek Nature Center and is listed here for your convenience.

Wednesday, June 13
Second Annual “New Moon Moth Night”

This event is sponsored by the Mile High Bug Club and will be held at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. There are a series of subsequent moth nights scheduled as well. For information, visit the club’s Facebook page, or contact Eric Eaton at bugeric247@gmail.com.

Friday, June 15, 8 am – 1 pm
Lovell Gulch Nature Walk

Corallorhiza maculata_Spotted Coralroot Orchid_EmeraldValley-COLAH_3719We will share our knowledge as we discover butterflies (usually 30+ species*) and flowers (with three species of orchid possible) and the local breeding bird species (usually about 30 species, possibly including: Red-naped and Williamson’s Sapsuckers, Hairy Woodpecker; Northern Flicker; MacGillivray’s and Audubon’s Warblers; Olive-sided, Hammond’s and Cordilleran Flycatchers; Western Wood-Pewee; Steller’s Jay; Clark’s Nutcracker; Warbling and Plumbeous Vireos; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Black-headed and Evening Grosbeaks; Mountain Chickadee; three species of Nuthatch; Townsend’s Solitaire; Hermit Thrush; Western Tanager; Grey-headed Junco, House Wren and maybe some surprises). Last year, we found a Black Bear in a tree who cooperated with photographers. (I will try to arrange a reprise of his appearance this year, but this likely was a once in a lifetime appearance for him!)

Lovell Gulch June Bird List
Lovell Gulch June Flower list
Lovell Gulch June Butterfly list

We will walk mostly on trails into Lovell Gulch, about a 3 mile round trip with about 800′ elevation gain, with a few short steep sections. We may need to bushwhack a short distance to find the orchids (which are not along the trails).

Carpool to the Lovell Gulch trailhead departs from the northwest corner of the Woodland Park Walmart parking lot (about a 3 mile drive). Bring drinking water, a snack, rain gear, sweater for early morning chill, and wear sturdy walking shoes.
Limited to 8 participants. Register with Dave Elwonger at davidelwonger@msn.com.

Saturday June 16, 7 – 9:30 am
Venetucci Bird Hike

The Venetucci Farm Birding Trail is known for its diversity of song birds, which make nesting season a mellifluous experience. The farm is not open to self-guided birding hikes in 2018; however, a number of bird hikes guided by David Rudin have been scheduled. These hikes are normally $12/adult, $10/college student, $7/children (children 5 and under are free). Aiken has arranged a special group rate of $7 per person for this one morning. For more information or to register, email David at DBRudin@yahoo.com.

 

Monday, June 25, times tba
Shooting Star_EmeraldValley-COLAH_3828.nefEmerald Valley—Blooms, Bugs, & Birds

Join Eric and Heidi Eaton on Aiken’s annual search for the Yellow Lady Slipper Orchid, as well as numerous other wildflowers. We will see birds but they are not the top priority for this field trip. Discover many insects as Eric and Heidi point them out throughout the day. Expect about three miles of hiking, half uphill, along a utility maintenance road.

The trip is limited to 12 people. To register, contact Eric Eaton at bugeric247@gmail.com.

Saturday, August 4
Fourth Annual Grasshopper Hunt

Grasshopper - Bill MaynardThis event is sponsored by the Mile High Bug Club and will be held at Chico Basin Ranch. For information, visit the club’s Facebook page, or contact Eric Eaton at bugeric247@gmail.com.

Friday – Sunday, September 7 – 9
Bioblitz at Corral Bluffs Open Space

Numerous organizations are contributing to this effort to record all the plants and animals at this county-owned open space. Contact Eric Eaton, bugeric247@gmail.com, for more information on counting insects and other arachnids. This event is not sponsored by Aiken Audubon, and is listed here for your convenience.

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

Venetucci Farm Birding: The new self-guided birding trail at Venetucci is closed for 2018. However, bird hikes guided by David Rudin are planned for this summer. More information….

The Mile High Bug Club also hosts numerous field trips and cordially invites Audubon folks to join them. For information, visit their Facebook page, or 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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