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Bioblitz at Barr Lake!

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Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a Bioblitz at Barr Lake — as part of the City Nature Challenge!  Towns and cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people. The Bioblitz will be held at Barr Lake State Park, where we’ll set out to count as many species as we possibly can in one day!  More details to be announced closer to the date – stay tuned!  

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Eastern Screech-Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl Monitoring – Citizen Science Training

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The Eastern Screech-Owl is one of the most common owl species in North America, yet little is known about its ecology, with no population trends for Colorado. Eastern Screech-Owls are an indicator species of riparian forest health for the City of Fort Collins. At this training, you’ll learn the basics to contribute to Bird Conservancy’s Poudre River Screech-Owl Monitoring program. Participants will monitor and collect data on Eastern Screech-Owls and other owl species living along the Cache la Poudre River near Fort Collins, CO.

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HawkWatch – Citizen Science Training

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Take your raptor watching to the next level as a participant in Bird Conservancy’s HawkWatch program!

Volunteers collect information about raptor migration, which is stored in an online database and contributes to the understanding of raptor movements across North America. Official counts start in March with volunteers stationed at Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison, CO.

This training includes a classroom session and field outing.

The classroom session will be the evening of Feb. 19 at the Dinosaur Ridge Discovery Center (17681 W Alameda Pkwy, Golden, CO), followed by a field trip on February 23, meeting at the Stegosaurus Lot at 8AM.

RSVP is required.

To register or for more information,
contact Outreach Biologist Matt Smith via e-mail: [email protected],
or by phone: 970-482-1707 ext. 32

Red-tailed Hawk photo courtesy of John Carr

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Bald Eagle Watch – Citizen Science Training

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Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ Bald Eagle Watch program was started in 1988 to monitor and help protect the Bald Eagle nest at Barr Lake State Park northeast of Denver. Now, citizen scientists with the Bird Conservancy monitor eagle nests across the Front Range to provide information to biologists on the nesting success of the Colorado population.

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Christmas Bird Counts

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This year marks the 119th year for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), where volunteers across the country came out to add to a century of community science data.  Bird Conservancy of the Rockies helped organize two local CBCs at Barr Lake and Fort Collins, and we are excited to provide this report from the field!

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Christmas Bird Count for Kids

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Join local families and naturalists from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for a Christmas Bird Count held especially for kids! The event
gets kids involved in the celebrated tradition of annual bird counts, started by the National Audubon Society more than 100 years ago to
encourage bird conservation.

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Red-tailed Hawk by Lynn Willcockson

Barr Lake Christmas Bird Count

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Participate in the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere performed annually by volunteer birdwatchers and administered by the National Audubon Society. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology.

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Family Christmas Bird Count at Lake Minatare

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Join Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and Nebraska Game and Parks as we conduct a Family Christmas Bird Count at Lake Minatare, Nebraska on December 15 from 9am – 11am! Normally Lake Minatare is closed to the public and serves as a wildlife refuge for the winter. By participating in this event you and your family can enjoy exclusive winter access to the lake for a few hours as we learn more about the birds that call the lake home for the holidays!

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A Tale of Two Methods

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Two large-scale monitoring programs collect data on bird populations every summer in the United States—Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions and the Breeding Bird Survey. How are they different, and in what ways do each program complement the other in addressing the vast information gaps needed to help inform avian conservation?

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