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, August 26, 8 am – 10 am-ish
Ute Prayer Tree Hike in Fox Run Park

For this outing, we will follow a self-guided tour of about a dozen Ute Prayer Trees in Fox Run Park from John Anderson’s book Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region.  We will use the guide to find the trees and read short excerpts from the text about the trees. The whole tour involves maybe two miles of walking on mostly flat or gently rolling trail with some off-trail leg work as well.  We will also enjoy whatever flora and fauna attract our attention along the way.  This trip will likely take just a few hours and be done well before lunch time. There are bathrooms at the parking lot.  Bring whatever snacks, water, sunscreen, cameras, binoculars, etc., that you will need to be comfortable.

We will meet at the parking lot. Directions to the parking lot: From I-25, exit at Baptist Road heading east about four miles. Turn south on Roller Coaster Road.  In about 1/8 mile on the west side of the road is the parking lot we will start the tour from.

Trip is limited to 10 participants.  Contact Diana Beatty at otowi33.33@gmail.com to sign up.

Saturday, September 2, 7 am – 3:30 pm (or later) (note date change)
Burnt Mill Road

Birdge_BurntMillRd_20090905_LAH_0118Gary Conover will lead this enjoyable trip south 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.

Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 am (Tejon P&R) / 7:30 am (Hanover)
Chico Basin Ranch

AA birding @Chico 28oct06 LAH 933-1Who’s migrating this fall? We’re bound to see a long list of species—both the regulars and likely some surprises—on this field trip to Chico Basin Ranch, led by John Drummond. We’ll bird until we drop (usually mid-afternoon); bring a lunch you can nibble on the go.

Meet to carpool at the Tejon Park & Ride at 6:30 am or at the Hanover fire station at 7:30 am. There is a limit of 15 participants, and the trip will fill quickly. There is a $10 fee to bird at the ranch ($15  each, in groups of fewer than 5 persons). Contact John with any questions and to sign up: jxdrummo@aol.com.

Saturday, September 9, 7:00 am – 10:30 am
Fountain Creek Regional Park Fall Bird Count

Beginning and experienced birders are welcome to come count the bird species and numbers in the park. This is sponsored by Fountain Creek Nature Center, so direct questions and reservations to them at (719) 520-6745. There is a suggested donation of $5/person.

Friday, October 27, 7:50 am – 11 am
Fountain Creek Regional Park

Join trip leader Diana Beatty as we walk the trails near the nature center to see what we can see. Trip is limited to 12 participants. Contact Diana at otowi33.33@gmail.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 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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