MEETINGS / EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Come join us!

Aiken Audubon programs are free and open to the public.They are currently 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.
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November 8 / Diane Luck
A Birder’s Trip to Papua New Guinea

PNGDianeLuckPNG is on every international birder’s wish list, with Birds of Paradise, Crowned Pigeon (right), Wattled Plowbill, Berrypecker, and parrots in a rainbow of colors. This large and sparsely populated island north of Australia has an avifauna that includes hundreds of endemic birds of astounding beauty and peculiarity. It also harbors malaria, mud, and many travel misadventures. This presentation will include not only the birds but also the reality of travel in PNG. Diane Luck, a twitcher with a life list hovering near five thousand, will talk about the birds and experiences of her 2016 trip.

Having begun her life list at the ancient age of 40, Diane is making up for lost time and has birded on six continents. She is a certified bird bander (North American Banding Council) and master banding permit holder, and conducts a MAPS station at the Manitou Experimental Forest in Teller County. This summer, Diane was a guest lecturer at the Institute for Bird Population’s advanced bird banding course held in northern Minnesota. She is the program chairperson for Aiken Audubon Society.

Note that this presentation is on the second Wednesday of November.

December 16 / You!
Christmas Bird Count

cbc_colospgs-co_lah_5849Please join us for this year’s Colorado Springs Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 16, 2017! 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.

After the count, we will gather for a potluck dinner, species compilation, and sharing of the day’s adventures at Bear Creek Nature Center from 5 to 7 pm 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.

January 17 / Tyler Stuart
The Colorado Springs Christmas Bird Count: A Closer Look

February 21 / Stephen Getty
Amazing Ecosystems of Southern Brazil

 

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