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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot or with questions. Trip is limited to 12 participants.
Sunday, March 18, 7 am – 1:30 pm
Beaver Creek SWA
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, email@example.com, with questions and to sign up
Saturday, May 5, 7/7:30 (see below) – 11:30 am
Aiken 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.
Meet 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 635-2505 with questions or to sign up. Limited to 15 participants.
Wednesday, May 9, times in blurb
Chico Basin Ranch
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 email@example.com with questions and/or to sign up.
Monday, June 25
Emerald 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com, for more information on volunteering to lead a trip for Aiken Audubon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.