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.

 

Monday, June 26, 7 am – mid-afternoon
Emerald Valley

14YellowLadySlipper27jun16Blooms, butterflies, and birds! Join trip leader Heidi Eaton for our annual trip to Emerald Valley. Our first purpose is to get a count of the Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchids (and other orchids). We also try to record what butterflies are flying up there, and of course we are also looking for birds. Along the way, we’ll take the time to look at many other insects and plants.

The trip is limited to 12 participants, including leaders Eric and Heidi Eaton. Parking at the trailhead is limited, so please plan to carpool from our meeting spot at the Safeway at Nevada and Cheyenne Road. Contact Heidi at hcgenter@gmail.com with any questions and to RSVP.

Friday, July 7, 8 am – 1 pm
Lovell Gulch Nature Walk

Corallorhiza maculata_Spotted Coralroot Orchid_EmeraldValley-COLAH_3719Join trip leader Dave Elwonger to look for butterflies and common (but lovely) wildflowers, including possibly three orchid species. We will stroll into the Pike National Forest about a mile and back, through typical montane habitats including ponderosa pine forest, montane grassland, and spruce/fir forest. Expect some rough footing in a few spots, about 500 vertical feet elevation gain, and a few short steep spots. Wind and/or rain gear could be necessary depending on the forecast. The cool air will be welcome but bring drinking water.

Here are lists of butterfly and plant species Dave has identified over the past ten years:
Lovell Gulch, June-July Butterfly Sightings
Lovell Gulch, June-July Flower Sightings

Meet in the Woodland Park Walmart parking lot to carpool to the Lovell Gulch trailhead. Limited to 8 people. Contact Dave with any questions and to sign up at davidelwonger@msn.com.

Friday, July 7, 5:30 pm
Flammulated Owls

flam_0102_rfb-cropWe will meet trip leader Dr. Brian Linkhart at the Experimental Forest HQs for an orientation before going to the sites he has for the owls. The trip will end at midnight (or sooner).  Participation will be limited to 12 (quiet) people. No exceptions. If the trip fills up, there will be a waiting list. If you have already been on the field trip, please consider letting those who have never seen these wonderful birds to sign up first.

We will be carpooling from the Burger King on Hwy. 24 in Woodland Park. Cost is $25 per person, which is a tax deductible donation to Dr. Linkhart’s research and will be collected at the orientation.

To register for this trip, contact Mel Goff at melgoff@comcast.net.

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 am – noon
Homestead Ranch Regional Park Nature Hike

Arphia pseudonietana_Northwestern Redwinged Grasshopper_HomesteadRanchPark-CO_LAH_6857Homestead Ranch Regional Park is a rarely-birded eBird hotspot located on the eastern edge of the Black Forest in Peyton.  It has a man-made pond (often containing fish that attract waterfowl), forest habitat with Ute Prayer Trees, as well as grassland/meadow habitat. The park has plumbed bathroom facilities at the parking lot, picnic areas and a playground. The trail is mostly rolling/flat with a short hill or two to get up onto the ridge that affords nice panoramic views to the south and west. This will be an approximately four mile hike on loop/circle-8 trails in the park.

Sweat Bee_HomesteadRanchPark-CO_LAH_6860One of the trails hosts bluebird boxes along the property boundary. There is a pump windmill-fed horse watering trough that often hosts Leopard Frogs and Tiger Salamanders. Plains Lubber grasshoppers are known in the park as well as a nice variety of lizards.  Horseflies may be here, so consider bringing some insect repellent. We will plan to walk all or most of the trails in the park at a slow pace with plenty of stops for photos, birding, etc., and all who wish may stay for a bring-your-own sack lunch picnic after the walk.

Carpool leaves from the southwest end of Lowe’s parking lot at Constitution and Powers. There is a maximum of 15 participants. Contact Diana Beatty at otowi33.33@gmail.com to sign up for this trip

Saturday, September 9, 7 am – 3:30 pm (or later)
Burnt Mill Road

Birdge_BurntMillRd_20090905_LAH_0118Gary Conover will lead this enjoyable trip wouth of Pueblo. We’ll bird along Burnt Mill Road and down the St, Charles River looking for Cassin’s Kingbird, Blue Grosbeak, Black Phoebe, Greater Roadrunner, Lewis’s Woodpecker and other fall specialties.

Bring your lunch and a full tank of gas.  The trip will include a few short walks along roadways.

Meet Broadmoor Town Center Near Starbucks and Affordable Dentures. Contact Gary Conover at gary1gc@yahoo.com or 632-2505 with any questions and to sign up. Beginners welcome.

Other trips are being planned; check back often!

There are numerous field trips in the planning stages, but no dates have been finalized. Dave Elwonger has offered to lead a trip to Lovell Gulch and Manitou Lake. Eric Eaton will be leading another Tiger Beetle Hunt with the Mile High Bug Club, and we often see birds as well. Check back for details on trips to Emerald Valley, Chico Basin Ranch, Fountain Valley School, and more.

Would you like to lead a field trip? No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and a friendly attitude. Contact Mel Goff, melgoff@comcast.net, 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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