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.


Saturday, March 3, 8:15 am – Noon
Lincoln Mountain

Lincoln Mountain is an Open Space in Douglas County, just a little north of Black Forest, and south of Castlewood Canyon State Park. It has about 9 miles of trail. Let’s go look for some signs of spring along Cherry Creek!

Habitat ranges from a little bit of riparian along the creek to loose conifer forest in the bluffs, scrub oak on the forest edges and hill sides, and prairie in the valley and mountain top. The trail system has two 4 to 4.5 mile loops, and is relatively new and in good shape. If we get precipitation before the hike, mud and/or ice is possible. Consider this a moderate nature hike more than a birding trip–we’ll enjoy the views and look for birds along the way. Expect to hike at least four miles, with an option for more if interested.

Here is a link to the current bird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L3795590.

Contact trip leader Diana Beatty at otowi33.33@gmail.com to reserve a spot or with questions. Trip is limited to 12 participants.

Sunday, March 18, 7 am – 1:30 pm
Beaver Creek SWA

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. 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. Expect to find birds typical for late winter in the Pikes Peak foothills, montane forest, arid scrubland, and riparian habitats. Possible species include Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Bewick’s and Canyon Wrens, Juniper Titmouse, Canyon and Spotted Towhees, Golden Eagle, and up to seven woodpecker species and nine Corvid species.

Meet in the SW corner of the Safeway parking lot at 6520 S. Academy. We will carpool from there. Limited to 10 participants. Contact trip leader Tyler Stuart, tylerhstuart@gmail.com, with questions and to sign up

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

@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, 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.

Monday, June 25
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.

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 is planning trips this summer to look for butterflies and moths, grasshoppers, and tiger beetles, 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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