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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information on counting insects and other arachnids. This event is not sponsored by Aiken Audubon, and is listed here for your convenience.
Saturday, September 8, 7:30 – 10:30 am
Fountain Creek Nature Center Fall Bird Count
Help record the number of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park. This event is sponsored by the nature center, and is listed here for your convenience. Suggested donation of $5/person goes to pay for feeding the birds at the nature center. Please let them know if you plan to participate: (719) 520-6745, email@example.com, or https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/nature-centers/.
Wednesday, September 12, 6:30/7:15 am – mid-afternoon
Chico Basin Ranch
John Drummond is leading this trip to Chico Basin Ranch in mid-September to take advantage of the bird banding that will be taking place there from September 5 through October 5. Expect to see the usual Chico birds (Ladder-backed Woodpecker, thrashers, owls, sparrows, etc.) plus some fun surprises, as migration will be in full swing.
Bring the usual—food, water, two-way radios, etc. Scopes come in handy at the ponds. There is a strict limit of 15 participants in no more than four vehicles, no exceptions! Meet at the Tejon Park & Ride at 6:30 am or the Hanover Fire Station at 7:15 am. Chico charges $10 per person in groups of five or more.
Contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation and indicate where you are starting the trip. As usual, this trip will fill up quickly.
Sunday, September 23, 7:30 – 11 am
Fountain Valley School
Mel Goff and Jim Mariner are co-leading this trip to Fountain Valley School, a private college preparatory school in the middle of 1,500 acres of open short-grass prairie. There are wetlands, open fields, riparian areas, and a pond. Eagles nest on the property, along with a large variety of other birds. This will be Aiken Audubon’s first fall trip to the campus, although several spring trips have been very productive. Bring binoculars, water, snacks, sunscreen, and be prepared for a fun morning at this quiet oasis.
Meet at the Fountain Creek Regional Park nature center to carpool. Trip is limited to 16 participants. Contact Mel at email@example.com with questions and to sign up.
Sunday, September 30, 7 am – 1 pm
Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area
Beaver Creek State Wildlife Area is a 2,200+ acre parcel of land in northeastern Fremont County. It is characterized by piñon-juniper woodland, mixed conifer forest, and dramatic canyons. Expect to find breeding and migrant birds typical for early fall in the Pikes Peak foothills, arid scrubland, and riparian habitats. Possible species include Yellow-breasted Chat, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak, Bewick’s and Canyon Wrens, Juniper Titmouse, Canyon Towhee, Golden Eagle, and numerous woodpecker and Corvid species.Although we will primarily be birding on trails, expect to hike over difficult terrain. This will be a strenuous trip, but the scenery is worth it.
Meet in the SW corner of the Safeway parking lot at 6520 S. Academy to carpool. Maximum of 10 participants. Contact trip leader Tyler Stuart with questions and to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com, 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 fall. 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.