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Colonial Nesting Trip – Walden Area Lakes
July 26 @ 12:00 pm – July 28 @ 5:00 pm
Friday, July 26–Sunday July 28
We will rendezvous in Empire at noon on Friday, then off to Walden via Berthoud Pass with stops at Windy Gap and Walden Reservoir. On Saturday morning, we will head to the boardwalk at Arapahoe National Wildlife Refuge then spend the afternoon at Lake John. We hope to see the western and eared grebes with chicks on their backs, as well as nesting American white pelican, Forster’s tern, grassland sparrows, and nesting bald eagles. On our walking tour of historic Walden, we will get close views of common nighthawks and great horned owls. Sunday, we will caravan through North Park to the Moose Visitors Center feeders to see hummingbirds, pine grosbeak and moose. The trip ends at Fort Collins via Poudre Canyon, over Cameron Pass while birding along the way. In Fort Collins, we’ll check out birding hotspots in the area. Bring camera gear, (leader has photo tips for digiscoping), binoculars, scopes and 2-way radios. Expect to see 100 species. Stay overnight on Friday and Saturday nights at the Chedsey Inn in Walden. Carpooling is recommended with fuel cost sharing among occupants.
Meeting Place: Empire Hotel in Empire CO
Leader: Tom Bush, Master Birder
Registration required. Space is limited. $230 double occupancy; $295 single. Price includes lodging, continental breakfast and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.