The National Audubon Society started the Christmas Bird Count tradition in 1900. This year marks the 115th count which will begin on Sunday, December 14th, 2014 and run through January 5, 2015.
Whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced, all are invited to join us for our Christmas Bird Count Celebration to learn about the birds of Chatfield State Park using bird identification tools such as binoculars, field guides or even an app for your iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, and Windows 8. Enjoy free samples at the Sweets N’ Tweets gift shop or purchase gifts for family and friends! Join Audubon volunteers for a guided bird hike leaving every half hour and practice your new found skills. Investigate the amazing biofacts of real birds such as wings, skulls, nests, and eggs, make a birdy craft to take home with you, and give a delicious gift to the wild birds of Colorado by helping us decorate an edible tree.
Inspired to do more? In the weeks following the Christmas Bird Count Celebration during contact your local Count Coordinator (for Denver, Denver Urban, and Douglas County CBC) for section leaders, meeting times, locations and to join a team. Data collected by observers allows researchers and conservation biologists to study the long-term health and status of bird populations. A 15-mile diameter circle is divided into sections, with different parties assigned to each section.
Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield
Registration NOT Required but $5.00 recommended donation per person to the Audubon Society of Greater Denver is greatly appreciated. Cash, check, or credit card donations all accepted the day of the event.
Please call our office at 303-973-9530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Notes: Please wear weather appropriate shoes and clothing if you plan to participate in a guided hike
First Sunday of Every Month
Sunday December 7 at 9 am
Sunday January 4 at 9am
(Walk the Wetlands begins at 8am April through October, and at 9am November through March)
Walk along the South Platte River exploring ponds and habitats for resident and migrant birds as the season dictates. We always have a surprise! This is a great opportunity to learn about the birds of the Denver area. Dress for the weather and wear sunscreen. Bring binoculars, field guides, water and a snack.
BBFGWS,** (a scope and field guide if you have them); We can lend you binoculars and field guides if you don’t have them
**You may now download the Chatfield Bird List to carry with and record your birds for the day.**
Activity level: Some of the trails are narrow and moderately steep for a few feet. Elevation 5430 ft.
Leaders: Karen von Saltza, Mary Keithler and Audubon Master Birders
Meeting Place: Parking lot at the Audubon Center at Chatfield. The Audubon Center is located on Waterton Road, 4.4 miles south of C-470 and Wadsworth.
Registration is NOT required. Donations to ASGD appreciated.
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