February 2016


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Annual Legislative Forum
Saturday, February 27, 8am-1:30

Audubon of Greater Denver and the Sierra Club are teaming up to present the 2016 Legislative Forum on Feb. 27, 2016. Come meet other activists and learn about the hot environmental topics in this year’s State legislature.

Meeting Place: First Plymouth Church, 3501 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver

Registration required: $12 in advance and $15 at the door

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March 2016


Habitats for Homeschoolers – Beaver Believers!

Thursday March 3, 10am–noon

Join the Audubon Society of Greater Denver for our spring class series designed just for home school families! Celebrate the outdoors together while learning about the exciting wildlife found at Chatfield State Park and beyond.

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton CO 80128)

Registration Required: Cost: $6.00 per student member (ages 3-18), $8.00 per student non-member

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Sloan’s Lake‬

Saturday, March 12, 9am-11am‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

We will walk around the lake to see what bird species are hanging around this popular northwest Denver park in mid March. There should be a variety of birds on the lake and some in the trees and grass as well. This is a great opportunity to learn the birds of the Denver Area. Beginners are welcome. Bring a scope if you have one.‬

Meeting Place: Lake house off Tennyson and 26th.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Leaders: Audubon Master Birder candidates Ruth Gabreski and Denise Reznicek‬‬‬

Registration required. No fee.‬ Donations to ASGD appreciated‬.‬‬‬

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South Platte Ducks at 88th & the Platte

Saturday, March 12, 9am-11:30am

Walk along the South Platte River which has a large number and wide variety of winter ducks as well as hawks and other interesting birds. This trip is accessible to those who use mobility aids. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners are welcome. Activity Level: Flat and accessible trails.

Meeting Place: The parking area for the Park-N-Ride at 88th and the South Platte River.

Leaders: Expert Birders Jackie King (720-381-3314) and Barbara Shissler (303-862-2154).

Registration Required: No fee. Donation to ASGD appreciated.

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Exploring the Ecology of Cherry Creek‬, Spring Equinox Walk‬‬‬‬

Saturday, March 19, l0am-noon‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners will celebrate the Spring Equinox with an easy hike through the Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park. This maturing naturalized open space is just one example of the many parks and public places connected by the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. Raptors and waterfowl are returning to the Creek as a result of increased wetland habitat. We’ll see a variety of birds, butterflies, frogs and mammals.

Meeting Place: Cherry Creek Valley Ecological Park in the parking lot at 7500 S. Jasper Ct., Centennial, CO 80112. Access the park from the intersection of Arapahoe and Jordan Roads. Take Jordan Road south approximately 1.3 miles, turn left on Jamison Street and then left on Jasper Court.‬‬‬‬

Leader: Casey Davenhill, 303-345-1675, casey@cherry-creek.org

Registration not required; no fee.


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Turkey Count Hayride, Highlands Ranch Backcountry Wilderness

Saturday, March 19, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Saturday, April 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Enjoy a vehicle-drawn hayride in a restricted access area of the Backcountry Wilderness Area in search of wild turkeys. Watch and listen as jakes and toms gobble and strut for attention. Learn fun facts about this large birds and their behaviors. Keep an eye out for other wildlife including elk, deer, kestrels, red-tailed hawks, bluebirds, and more. Hayrides are subject to weather and road conditions. Activity level: easy, little to no walking. Elevation 6,300′.

Meeting Place: The Law Enforcement Training Center off S. Santa Fe/Hwy 85. From Highlands Ranch Parkway and S. Santa Fe/Hwy 85, go south on S. Santa Fe 3.5 miles to Ron King Trail (black top road). Turn left on Ron King for about 1.5 miles. Continue past the Law Enforcement Center paved parking on a dirt road that leads through a pasture gate. Park to the right beyond the hay rack.

Leaders: Harriet Stratton, Maura Bishop

Registration required through Audubon only: $10 for Highlands Ranch Residents and ASGD Friends, $12 for nonmembers or nonresidents. Limited to 20 participants.

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Astronomy Star Party with Red Rocks Community College

Thursday March 31, 9pm–11pm

Join professors from the astronomy program at Red Rocks Community College for a tour of the spring skies at the Audubon amphitheater! Use telescopes to examine the stars and planets and embrace this opportunity to ask questions about the universe all around us.

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield

Leader: Lynette Horner, Astronomy Professor, Red Rocks Community College

Registration Required: $5.00 per child/teen (ages 10-18), $8.00 per adult

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April 2016

Centennial Open Space Parker/Jordan

Saturday, April 2, 8am-noon

Easy 2.6 mile walk along Cherry Creek in a riparian habitat and some open fields. Great opportunity to see both migratory and resident birds as the season dictates. Good walking shoes and appropriate layered clothing are best. There is one port-a-potty on the trail.

Meeting Place: Parking lot at the west end of Tagawa Garden Center, located south of Arapahoe Road on Parker Road. Immediately after you pass Bronco Parkway, turn right about 100 yards into Tagawa Garden Center. Go to the west exit; take a left on the short road before Broncos Parkway. We will meet in that parking lot. You can also take I-25 south to Exit 197 and go east on S Arapahoe Road for 3.5 miles to Jordan Rd, then south to Broncos Parkway. Follow Broncos Parkway east .5 miles. After crossing over Cherry Creek and Trail, you will see a short road on the right. Turn right into that parking lot.

Leader: Sharon Cobb, Audubon Master Birder class of 2016

Registration required. No fee. Limit 15 people. Donation to ASGD appreciated‬.

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Habitats for Homeschoolers – Extreme Eggs

Tuesday, April 5, 10am–noon

Join the Audubon Society of Greater Denver for our spring class series designed just for home school families! Celebrate the outdoors together while learning about the exciting wildlife found at Chatfield State Park and beyond.

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton CO 80128)

Registration Required: Cost: $6.00 per student member (ages 3-18), $8.00 per student non-member.

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Echter’s Nursery and Garden Center Spring Open House

Saturday, April 16, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Join the discussion about birds that frequent our region and what their needs are throughout the 4 seasons. Review tips and techniques that make birding a rewarding activity for anyone. Learn about products from Echter’s that can help attract birds to your spring garden!

Meeting Place: Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center, 5150 Garrison St., Arvada, CO 80002

Leader: Kate Hogan, Community Outreach Coordinator, and Audubon volunteers

Registration Recommended: 303-424-7979 or www.echters.com


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Early Birds at Lory State Park

Sunday, April 17, 7:30am-noon

Join us for an easy to moderate hike at Lory State Park in Fort Collins as we go in search of early spring migrants including the white-throated swift, Swainson’s hawk, chipping sparrow, and orange-crowned warbler. We welcome all birding levels and strongly encourage beginners to join us. In case of snow/ice, consider bringing strap-on traction.

Meeting Place: Lory State Park Timber Group Picnic Area (trailhead for the Waterfall Trail) just past the visitor center. From I25, take exit 265 for E Harmony Road. Go 15 miles then turn left onto N Co Rd 25G. Turn left on Lory Park Rd and follow signs.

Leader: Jamie Simo, Audubon Master Birder class of 2016

Registration required. No fee. Limit 12 people.
State Parks pass or entry fee required. Donation to ASGD appreciated‬.

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Sharp-tailed Grouse Lek and the Joy of Prairie Birding

Sunday, April 17, 4am-5pm

Join us for an opportunity to witness sharp-tailed grouse dancing on a Colorado lek. We will listen and scope view from a county road before dawn using our cars as a blind. Low light and distance from the leks make difficult conditions for photography but satisfactory personal viewing. After dawn we bird the adjoining grassland for prairie birds such as chestnut-collared longspur and horned lark making our way south and eventually to Denver. We will visit wetlands and ponds for water birds and migrating songbirds. We may find a lunch stop on the homeward trek, but packing edibles for breakfast and lunch is a good idea.

Meeting Place: Gator’s Travelyn Motel front parking lot, 4 a.m. 515 W. 7th St. Pine Bluffs, WY 82082. Phone: 307-245-3226. Exit #401 off I-80, left on Parson St., right on W. 7th.

Leaders: Mackenzie Goldthwait, Doug Kibbe,

Registration required: $25/Friends member, $30/non-member

Note! Pine Bluffs, Wyoming is about a two hour drive from Denver taking I-25 north to Cheyenne then going east on I-80. Leaders intend to stay Saturday night in Pine Bluffs for the early morning meeting. Meet us for dinner if you plan to do the same. There is an all-night truck stop near the Travelyn Motel for early coffee and breakfast burritos. Questions: Call Doug Kibbe 303-910-9476. Carpooling is encouraged.

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Beginning Bird Watching – Spring 2016

Wednesday, April 21, 7pm-9 pm Classroom session at Audubon Center

Saturdays, Saturdays, April 23, 30, May 21, 28, June 4, 11

Field Trips to bird-watching sites around Denver including Chatfield, Barr Lake, and Castlewood Canyon State Parks, Wheat Ridge Greenbelt, and Genesee Park.

Date TBA: Zoology Dept., Denver Museum of Nature & Science

New to birding in Colorado? Wonder where to begin? Join Colorado’s foremost – and most entertaining – couple as they introduce the art and science of birdwatching as no one else can. Learn bird identification, choosing and using binoculars and field guides, and much more. Instruction takes place, not in a classroom but rather on field trips to the best birding spots in the Denver metro area. Learn to develop a practiced eye and ear. Meet new friends and change the way you spend time outdoors. Make up any field trips that you miss during future class sessions. Graduates of the class may drop in on subsequent class field trips at $20 a field trip. Be forewarned: this class has hooked hundreds on the lifelong adventure of birdwatching!

Leaders: Urling & Hugh Kingery

Registration required. $150/members, $175/non-members (includes membership)

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Westerly Creek Natural Area

Saturday, April 23, 9am-11am

We will explore this riparian area in the Stapleton development near where Sand Creek meets Westerly Creek. This site provides great opportunities to view wetlands and ponds along Westerly Creek where we should see wading birds and ducks and we could see hawk nests along Sand Creek. Be prepared for some possible off-trail hiking.

Meeting Place: Parking lot off Martin Luther King Blvd and Beeler St. (east end of Central Park, west of recreation center).
Leader: Audubon Master Birders, Mary Keithler and Georgia Hart.

Registration required. No fee. Donation to ASGD appreciated.

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May 2016

Lois Webster Fund’s Annual Reception and Program
Wednesday, May 4, 6:30pm Social Hour, 7:00pm Program

Learn about the research and education projects funded by the Lois Webster Fund in 2015! Foraging ranges of incubating mountain plovers, and citizen science projects to help bees and butterflies will be featured by our remarkable LWF grantees.

Meeting Place: TBD


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Bird Banding Station

Sunday May 1, Saturday May 7, Sunday May 15, Saturday May 21, Sunday May 22, Saturday May 28, and Sunday May 29, 2016, 7:30am-11:30am

Visitors watch research in action and see warblers, sparrows, woodpeckers, thrushes, and other songbirds up close at the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies bird banding research station. The station is open to the public on select weekend days from 7:30am–11:30 am. In addition, the Audubon Nature Center will be open to visitors and have volunteers available to greet you and guide you to the station. Private groups can book a personal visit to the banding station Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. Easy to moderate walking required on flat trails.

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton CO 80128)

Registration NOT required unless group exceeds 10 people. Fee for groups: $10 for adults, $5 for children. If the bird banding station is busy, there may be timed sessions. Group visits over 10 people are available by reservation only. Please contact communityoutreach@denveraudubon.org to register your group for spring 2016. 

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Mother’s Day Bird Banding Breakfast

Sunday, May 8, 9am-11am

Treat your mother to a one-of-a-kind experience that the whole family will enjoy. After a light continental breakfast, enjoy a leisurely spring hike and a visit to our popular Bird Banding Station. Enjoy seeing songbirds up close as they migrate through the South Platte River corridor. Hikes leave from the Audubon Center approximately every half hour.

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton CO 80128)

Registration Required: Mothers Free! $16 additional adult/$8 child.

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Habitats for Homeschoolers– Bird Banding Bonanza

Thursday June 2, 8am–10am

Join the Audubon Society of Greater Denver for our spring class series designed just for home school families!  Celebrate the outdoors together while learning about the exciting wildlife found at Chatfield State Park and beyond.

Meeting Place: Audubon Center at Chatfield (11280 Waterton Rd. Littleton CO 80128)

Registration Required: Cost: $14.00 per member family (1 adult, 2 kids), $18.00 per non-member family (1 adult, 2 kids), $8.00 per additional student, $8.00 per additional adult

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**BBFGWS: bring binoculars, field guides, water and snacks