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!


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 this trip. 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.

Saturday, January 12, 8:30 – 11 am
Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count

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

Beginning to advanced birders are invited to observe and record the numbers of bird species and populations found in Fountain Creek Regional Park.  Cost is $5/person.  Reservations required.

Saturday, January 26, 10 – 11:30 am
Behind the Scenes at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with Dr. Garth Spellman, Curator of Ornithology

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science has one of the richest ornithology collections in the country, with nearly 60,000 birds from around the world, dating from 1842 to today. Join Dr. Garth Spellman, Curator of Ornithology, on a tour through the museum’s state of the art labs and collection hall and discover the many ways this incredible biological resource supports research at the museum and around the world.

Cost: The tour is free, but a donation to the ornithology program at DMNS is always appreciated and strongly suggested by Aiken Audubon Society in thanks for the tour. If you would like to combine the tour with a museum visit to see the traveling and permanent exhibitions, then visitors can pay for museum admission.

Parking and Carpooling: Guests would enter through the employee and volunteer entrance which is just to the East of the main entrance. Dr. Spellman will let security know to expect you and they will just have you sign in. When you register for this trip, please include your interest in carpooling and whether you intend to visit the museum before or after the tour (museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Once our participant list is finalized the trip organizer will contact participants with similar plans to help arrange carpooling as desired.

To register: Contact trip organizer Diana Beatty at otowi33.33@gmail.com with names of interested participants and carpool/museum admission intentions. Trip is limited to 20 participants and new sign-ups will not be accepted after January 12 regardless of number of interested persons so that we can submit a final headcount to the museum for their preparations.

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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