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!


Friday, October 26, 7:45 – ~11 am
Lincoln Mountain Upper Loop

The 876-acre Lincoln Mountain Open Space is located along the upper reaches of West Cherry Creek. This four mile, easy-to-moderate nature hike up Lincoln Mountain typically offers nice views of the Front Range. Scrub oak and grassland habitat dominates this area of the park, and offers the possibility of some lingering fall color. If there is recent snow or rain, parts of the trail may be muddy. The bird list for this hotspot in eBird can be found here: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3795590 .

We will meet at the Lincoln Mountain trailhead at 8 a.m. To get there from Colorado Springs, go north on highway 83 and take a left at Jones Road, 3.5 miles north of Palmer Divide Road. The trailhead parking lot entrance is on the right about half a mile after the turn.

Contact trip leader Diana Beatty at otowi33.33@gmail.com with any questions and to register. Trip is limited to 8 participants.

Saturday, November 3, 8 – 11 am
Kettle Creek Lakes

KettleCreekLakes_2008-11-22_LAH_340This trip will give participants a chance to bird a variety of habitats within a relatively small area. There are three lakes and a level trail along Kettle Creek.

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 Risë Foster-Bruder at riserefb@comcast.net.

Sunday, November 11, 6 am – 3 pm
Spinney Mountain & Eleven Mile Reservoir

Eleven Mile Reservoir - c Diana Beatty

Photo by Diana Beatty

David Tønnessen and Linda Hodges are co-leading this trip to look for ducks, gulls, grassland birds, and whatever else flies our way. Dress warmly and bring a scope if you have one. While hiking will be minimal, boots might be a good idea as the area could be muddy or snowy.

Meet at Red Rocks Safeway to carpool. There is a $7 entry fee to the state park unless the driver has a season pass. Trip limited to 8 participants. Contact David at davidtonnessenx@gmail.com with any questions and to reserve your spot.

Saturday, November 17,  8:30 –10 am
Cross Creek Park

(This trip is not sponsored by Aiken Audubon, and is listed here for your convenience.)

We are now in the season of fall ducks with all kinds of exotics like Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, Hooded Merganser and more! Cross Creek is a small park, approximately 60 acres in size, but punches above its weight class with 121 bird species and counting, including 21 waterfowl species. New bird species for the park are being discovered all the time.

David Rudin will be leading two bird walks at the park this fall; this is the first. The park management wants to promote the park and its incredible avian diversity so they are subsidizing these outings and offering them free to the public. He’ll bring his spotting scope along for this adventure and you’ll also be looking for a variety of raptors. Seven species have been seen so far, including the Northern Harrier.

Here is the link to the ebird page with David’s latest report, plus great historical data to explore: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L5094073.

Please email trip leader David Rudin at dbrudin@yahoo.com to reserve your spot.

Friday, November 23, 7 – 10 am
Kiowa Creek Ranch

Aiken hikers_KCS-CO_LAH_3245Kiowa Creek Ranch is an expanse of ponderosa forest, shortgrass prairie, and wetlands located in the northeastern part of Black Forest. It’s owned by National Audubon and administered by Audubon Rockies. While normally closed to birders, we have a rare opportunity to bird the property on Black Friday—a terrific alternative to shopping for bargains! The trip is not strenuous, but expect to walk a mile or two over flat terrain.

We will meet on site (directions below). Because this is a residence as well as a sanctuary, it’s important that you don’t arrive earlier than 6:45 am.

The trip is limited to 12 people. Contact trip leader Gloria Nikolai at glorianikolai@hotmail.com with any questions and to sign up.

Directions: The ranch address is 10165 Hodgen Road, Colorado Springs, 80908. If you are familiar with Black Forest, we are on Hodgen between Vollmer and Meridian.

Coming from the West, headed East on Hodgen…
Hodgen and Vollmer will be the last 4-way intersection prior to the ranch driveway, approximately 1.5 miles further down Hodgen. Shortly after Goshawk Rd W, right as you come out of the trees, you’ll turn right (south) into the driveway. There is no sign, only a small plaque with “10165” hanging on the fence. If you drive down the hill toward a meadow you have gone too far.

Coming from the East, headed West on Hodgen…
Hodgen and Meridian will be the last 4-way intersection prior to the ranch driveway, approximately 2 miles further down Hodgen. Shortly after Goshawk Rd E, as you climb the hill and right before you get into the trees, you’ll turn left (south) into the driveway. If you drive into the trees you have gone too far.

Saturday, December 8,  8:30 –10 am
Cross Creek Park

(This trip is not sponsored by Aiken Audubon, and is listed here for your convenience.)

We are now in the season of fall ducks with all kinds of exotics like Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Duck, Redhead, Hooded Merganser and more! Cross Creek is a small park, approximately 60 acres in size, but punches above its weight class with 121 bird species and counting, including 21 waterfowl species. New bird species for the park are being discovered all the time.

David Rudin will be leading two bird walks at the park this fall; this is the second. The park management wants to promote the park and its incredible avian diversity so they are subsidizing these outings and offering them free to the public. He’ll bring his spotting scope along for this adventure and you’ll also be looking for a variety of raptors. Seven species have been seen so far, including the Northern Harrier.

Here is the link to the ebird page with David’s latest report, plus great historical data to explore: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L5094073.

Please email trip leader David Rudin at dbrudin@yahoo.com to reserve your spot.

Saturday, December 15, times vary
Colorado Springs Christmas Bird Count

2008dec20_CBC_392rwPlease join us for this year’s Colorado Springs Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Everyone is welcome to participate. Plan to spend at least the entire morning finding birds, though times will vary. Come prepared for cold temperatures, and possibly snow and ice. Feeder watchers are also encouraged to sign up and participate.

We will gather for a potluck dinner, species compilation, and sharing of the day’s adventures at Bear Creek Nature Center from 5 – 7 p.m. on count day. For more information or to sign up, please contact Tyler Stuart by phone at (719) 661-9308 or email tylerhstuart@gmail.com.

Saturday, January 5, time tbd
Black Forest Christmas Bird Count

Gloria Nikolai will be coordinating the Black Forest CBC, and she is looking for birders to help her. Kiowa Creek Ranch is part of the count area, and she has permission to access this typically off-limits property. Participants must be able to hike 5+ miles across uneven terrain. Contact Gloria at glorianikolai@hotmail.com with any questions and to sign up.

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 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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