MEETINGS / EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Come join us!

Aiken Audubon programs are free and open to the public.We meet at the Bear Creek Nature Center, located at 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, 80906. Coffee, snacks, and socializing begins at 6:30 pm and programs begin at 7 pm.

Cancellation policy: In the case of inclement weather, we will follow the lead of Pikes Peak Community College. If they cancel evening classes, then our program that evening will also be cancelled. A notice will be posted on this page as well.

Finally, if you have ideas or would like to present a program at one of our meetings, please contact program chair Diane Luck at luckdiane@gmail.com.
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We do not meet over the summer. Our next program will be September 20. See you then, and in the meantime, happy birding!

September 20 / Alison Holloran
The Conservation Status of Greater Sage-grouse

grouse capture_Holloran-001What is the current “state of affairs” regarding Greater Sage-grouse conservation across the west? After bringing us up to speed on the natural history of this iconic western bird, Alison will discuss current management actions and policy that affects not only the Greater Sage-grouse, but the sagebrush ecosystem as a whole. Facts are good. Now learn what you can do to help.

Alison Holloran graduated with a BS in Wildlife Management from the University of West Virginia, then obtained her MS in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming. In between, she served two years with the Peace Corps as a Wildlands Promoter in Honduras.

Alison’s master’s research investigated the potential effects of gas and oil development on Greater Sage-grouse on the Pinedale Mesa. She worked for the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unity developing and executing a research plan examining the potential effects of natural gas development on sage-grouse populations. Alison ahs been with Audubon for 16 years and currently serves as the Executive Director of Audubon Rockies, a regional office of the National Audubon Society.

October 18 / Radeaux
Images of Colorado’s Fauna

join-the-triumph-of-the-skies-radeauxAiken Audubon is delighted to present a program by Radeaux, a birder, artist, butterfly expert, and proprietor of the John Deaux Art Gallery in Pueblo. Radeaux recently completed the huge body of artwork for The Second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas and was the artist for the 2006 Migratory Bird Day painting. The painter began birding more than 40 years ago. “The first bird I noticed as a child (I can’t remember how old) was a male Western Tanager outside our kitchen window,” he said. “My dad had a Peterson field guide, and I looked it up. I really got hooked on birding during a trip to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge when I was a teenager.”

Cover-RadeauxRadeaux presents a program of imagery that spans a 40 year career of painting Colorado’s fauna. The program shows the development of his unique style and contains anecdotes about Colorado ornithology and natural history. Elements of the history of animal imagery from the dawn of man to 19th century quilt patterns of birds are part of this program.

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