Noah Strycker takes us deep into a 1-year birding quest to see half of the world’s birds. His story involves blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecological devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe!
Mark your calendar and plan to join us for the 2019 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. We’ll set out to count as many species as we possibly can in one day!
Join us for a morning of bird banding with Meredith McBurney and our expert volunteers from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies! Mist nets will be set up near the wetlands behind the Front Range Birding Company in Littleton. Each bird will be weighed, measured and documented while you watch. You may even get a chance to experience a “bird in the hand!”
Through a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is partnering with private landowners in Morgan County, Colorado to eliminate cheatgrass—an extremely invasive weed that outcompetes native vegetation, reduces habitat quality and increases fire hazards.
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.
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
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.
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!