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!
Sunday, June 24, 7 – 8:30 am
Cross Creek Regional Park
Note: This guided birding walk is not sponsored by Aiken Audubon, and is included here for your convenience.
Cross Creek Regional Park, on the outskirts of Fountain, is just gaining popularity as a birding destination, and already has 90 species recorded. A major renovation of Hale Reservoir, the heart of the park, is scheduled for 2019. Come bird this 60 acre gem with me and learn about the plans for the renovation. http://www.crosscreekpark.com/.
Meet at the Park Pavilion. Contact trip leader David Rudin, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions and to sign up.
Monday, June 25, 7 am – 3:30 pm
Emerald 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.
Meet in the parking lot of the Southgate Safeway, at 1920 S. Nevada Ave. (at E. Cheyenne Rd.), to carpool, as parking is limited at the trailhead. The trip is limited to 12 people. To register, contact Eric Eaton at email@example.com.
Thursday evening, July 5, 6 pm/7 pm – late
The Flammulated Owl is as small as a fist and reticent enough to disappear into the shadows of western forests. This is a rare opportunity to see these owls at their nest holes. The trip will be led by Dr. Brian D. Linkhart.
Considered the country’s leading expert on Flammulated Owls, Dr. Linkhart has been studying the demography and habitat requirements of this small raptor on the Manitou Experimental Forest since 1981. His aim is the development of conservation plans for forest ecosystems containing this and other sensitive species. With this extended period of study Brian has been able to uncover some fascinating secrets about this species. Dr. Brian D. Linkhart is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Colorado College, where he teaches courses in ornithology, ecology and field biology.
Meet at the Red Rocks Safeway at 6 pm to carpool (recommended), or drive directly to the Manitou Experimental Forest Lodge, off Hwy. 67 north of Woodland Park to meet the group by 7 pm. High clearance and AWD will be needed for continuing into the forest to the nest site. Bring water and headlamp or flashlight. Expect to hike off-trail through the forest in poor light (coming back in the dark) to reach the owls.
The trip is limited to 12 people, and will fill quickly. Cost is $25 per person, cash or check paid that evening. (Make checks out to Colorado College Development. In the memo line, write “Linkhart Owl Project” and they’ll know to designate it to that research.)
Contact Debbie Barnes-Shankster at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and to sign up.
Saturday, July 28, 9 am – Noon
Kane Ranch Open Space
Join El Paso Country Parks and the Trails and Open Space Coalition for a guided preview hike through the Kane Ranch Open Space. Although this park is not open to the public, you can join us for this special hike to learn the history and preview one of El Paso Country’s upcoming parks. (Note: This is not a birding hike.)
Limited parking; carpooling is highly recommended. Free for TOSC & El Paso County Parks Nature Center members, $3 for non-members. Pre-registration required. For more information or to register, call (719) 520-6977.
Saturday, August 4
Fourth Annual Grasshopper Hunt
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, email@example.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, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information on volunteering to lead a trip for Aiken Audubon.
Venetucci Farm & Cross Creek Regional Park: The new self-guided birding trail at Venetucci is closed for 2018. However, bird hikes guided by David Rudin are planned for this summer. Additionally, he is leading trips to Cross Creek Park, near Fountain. Click here for the flyer.
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.