MEETINGS / EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Come join us!

Aiken Audubon programs are free and open to the public. They are held at 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.

Aiken’s weather cancellation policy: Sometimes inclement weather may cause us to cancel an Aiken meeting. If this happens, a decision will be made by 1 pm on the meeting date. Notification will be placed here our website, on our Facebook page, and sent out through our email notification list. In addition, a message will be posted on the CoBirds Listserv, which many Aiken birders subscribe to. If there is any doubt, please do not hesitate to contact any Aiken board members via telephone. Always, your safety is first so use your own judgement when coming to a meeting.

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.


Upcoming Aiken Meetings / Programs

September 19 / Nathan Pieplow
End of the World: Capturing Siberia’s Wildlife on Video

Picture1-001In 2017, Nathan Pieplow and three other birders traveled to the ends of the earth—through Siberia from the Mongolian border to the Arctic Ocean—to make video and audio recordings of some of Earth’s most remarkable creatures. In this tale of their adventure, Nathan shares video footage that illuminates the family lives of Great Gray and Snowy Owls, the survival tricks of the Arctic Fox, the courtship antics of the Ruff, and much more.

Nathan Pieplow is a professor at the University of Colorado and author of The Peterson Field Guide Bird Sounds of Eastern North America. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

October 16 / Bill Maynard
Where’s the Beef? A Closer Look at Chico Basin Ranch

Close to Colorado Springs, and split between El Paso and Pueblo counties in the Chico Basin, lies Chico Basin Ranch. The ranch’s 87,000 acres are leased from the Colorado State Land Board.

American Badger_CBR_Bill Maynard-001A cattle ranch to those who live there, a spring and fall migrant trap to bird banders and bird watchers, to mammals and insects it is a maze of shortgrass prairie carpeted in native grasslands, a part of the Great Plains encompassing vegetated sand hills and steep sand dunes. Along with Black Squirrel and Chico creeks, natural springs, multiple ponds, the Blue Hole, and multiple riparian areas with towering plains cottonwoods, the varied terrain provides exceptional habitat for a wide assortment of wildlife.

A former biology teacher and biologist, Bill Maynard has worked from the Florida Everglades to northernmost Alaska. An excellent photographer and very frequent visitor to the ranch, he’ll share with you some of the wonders that can be found at Chico Basin.

November 14 (2nd Wednesday) / John Drummond
Birding by Boat on the Rio Negro

Other Programs

Saturday, September 22, 10 – 11:30 am
Raptor I.D.

SSHA3-001Debbie Barnes-Shankster will present an information-packed program explaining how to identify Colorado’s eagles, hawks, falcons and kites. She is currently a field trip leader for Aiken Audubon Society and volunteers for many park and bird organizations.

Program to be held at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Cost is $5 for Nature Center members, $8 nonmembers. Reservations required to nancybernard@elpasoco.com, (719) 520-6745, or https://communityservices.elpasoco.com/nature-centers/.

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