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Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield

Great Backyard Bird Count!


The Denver Audubon wants YOU, your family, and your friends to participate in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count.  Counting birds is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Come to the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield to learn how to identify birds using binoculars, field guides, or your smart phone, and share your love with wildlife when you turn your backyard into a bird sanctuary.

Visit with live, dynamic raptors including an American kestrel, Swainson’s hawk, and red-tailed hawk that will be joining us from Wild Wings Environmental Education starting at 11 am.  Find out how to woo the birds in your neighborhood with delicious seed selection and fabulous feeder techniques!  Purchase bird seed online at  from the Denver Audubon through February 5th and enjoy convenient pick-up at the event.  Join us on a scenic bird hike or help us count the birds at our nature center feeders.  Bring your kids or grandkids and help them make their own binoculars and participate in a nature scavenger hunt.

The local Great Backyard Bird Count takes place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 9am-12pm at the Audubon Nature Center at Chatfield located at 11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton, CO 80128.  This is a free family event, but $5 suggested donation to Denver Audubon, bird seed purchase, or purchase in the Sweets N’ Tweets Gift Shop greatly appreciated.  This Valentine’s Day, nurture nature as well as your sweet heart!

For more information on the details and history of the international event visit 

Walk the Wetlands

First Sunday of Every Month

November to March at 9am

April to October at 8am

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. Bring binoculars, field guides, water and a snack (a scope if you have one); 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 NOT required. Donations to Denver Audubon appreciated.

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Bird Banding Station: Open in AprilYellow Breasted 2 by Linda Covnot cropped

Check the Events Calendar for time/dates

Visitors watch research in action and see warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, thrushes, and other songbirds up close at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory’s bird banding research station. The Audubon Center will be open Saturdays & Sundays, 8am-noon to greet you and guide you to the station. Easy to moderate walking required on flat trails.

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield

Registration IS required for all banding sessions.

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Family Programs

Attend family classes and activities

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On Your Own

Visit the Audubon Center at Chatfied on your own for hiking, bird and wildlife watching, and to stroll the native gardens surrounding the buildings.

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Scout Programs and School Field Trips

Bring your Scouts or students on a field trip where our Naturalists share information about Chatfield area wildlife and habitats.

Choose a group program and schedule your adventure today!

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Summer Camp Programs

Spend a week exploring nature and wildlife at the Audubon Center. Camps are run by experienced summer program partners and taught by passionate naturalists. Find more details on summer programs and Audubon camp partner contact information and register today!

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