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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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.

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.

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Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and  Bird Conservancy of the Rockies 2017 Lecture Series

Migration and Adaptation in Our Changing World
Wednesday, October 25, 7 pm

When animal populations are impacted by human-caused changes, they are forced to move to new places, modify how they behave, or face extinction. Ellen D. Ketterson, professor of biology at Indiana University Bloomington, addresses our need as invested citizens to understand animal migration and seasonality in relation to the loss of biodiversity. Ketterson will examine the very real implications of our changing world through the lens of a model bird species, the dark-eyed junco, commonly known as the snowbird. By focusing on the details and consequences of environmental change and how organisms respond, humans will be equipped to develop ways to predict future responses to ongoing environmental change and champion the biodiversity that makes our planet so amazing.

Lecture will be held at the museum, in the Ricketson Auditorium, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Cost is $12 for members of the Museum or Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and $15 for nonmembers. For registration details, visit dmns.org/afterhours.

The Genius of Birds
Thursday, November 2, 7 pm

Examine the true brilliance of birds and delve into the mysteries of their avian brains with acclaimed science and nature writer Jennifer Ackerman, author of the new book “The Genius of Birds.” From the beaches of Barbados to the rainforests of New Caledonia, experience Ackerman’s adventures firsthand as she shares wild stories and stunning photos to better understand these often underestimated creatures. Explore the richness of Ackerman’s work as she demonstrates how birds make and use their own tools, teach each other new skills, count, exercise their incredible knack for memory and even pass along cultural traditions. A book sale and signing will follow the lecture.

Lecture will be held at the museum, at the Phipps IMAX Theater, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. Cost is $12 for members of the Museum or Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and $15 for nonmembers. For registration details, visit dmns.org/afterhours.

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