Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival


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LOGO smaller… to the 2nd Annual Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival, to be held Friday, May 20, through Sunday, May 22, 2016.

The festival promises to be a special event! Spring migration in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is often full of surprises. El Paso County, where the short-grass prairies rise to meet the majestic top of Pikes Peak, has much to offer.

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Flammulated Owl.

Join world-renown Flammulated Owl researcher, Dr. Brian Linkhart, in the Manitou Experimental Forest to look for these diminutive raptors. Or visit a working cattle ranch to learn how ranchers and birders work together to preserve critical bird habitat. Stroll around a mountain lake looking and listening for returning summer residents or enjoy a hike in the aromatic junipers and scrub oaks of a foothill riparian area. Go higher in elevation and see what birds call the montane forests their home.

Fountain Creek, an oasis on the plains, offers essential food and rest areas for many resident birds and those migrating through the area. See the Hummingbird Experience and visit with a couple who specialize in banding hummingbirds. Make sure you see how delicate each hand made hummingbird band truly is. Walk the land where Charles Aiken raised his sheep and see which bird species live there today. Observe which bird species thrive in our regional parks or learn about the geology of two Colorado Springs’ city parks. You can enjoy a behind the scenes tour at one of America’s most respected zoos, see birds close-up at bird banding sessions, enjoy local farming demonstrations or visit a family owned, working ranch.

On Saturday afternoon spend an hour or two learning to identify the raptors you may find around Colorado Springs. Take the quiz and see how well you paid attention. Is it a buteo, falcon or accipiter? How do you tell a Sharp-shinned Hawk from a Cooper’s Hawk? And on Saturday evening, please join us for hors d’oeuvres and a presentation by award-winning photographer and author Paul Bannick.

Look over the website for festival information, registration, speaker bios, and field trip descriptions to help you decide how to spend your weekend in and around the Front Range. There are events for everyone. We hope you will join us in Colorado Springs, Colorado on May 20 – 22, 2016 for dynamic birding field trips and appealing seminars and workshops.

Festival Checklists

Keynote Speaker

PaullensMetho_6280-The Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival is delighted to welcome keynote speaker Paul Bannick to this year’s event. Join Paul for his new program, “The Owl and The Woodpecker Revisited” as he explores the themes of his popular book through dozens of new images, new stories and new observations.

Paul Bannick is an international award-winning wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. Paul is a winner of both the Canon prize in the International Conservation Photography Awards and of the Birds in Their Habitat category in Audubon Magazine’s annual photography contest. Paul is the author of the book, The Owl and the Woodpecker. His new book, OWL: A Year in The Life of North American Owls, will be published this coming fall by Braided Rivers, the Conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books.

Paul’s work can be found in bird guides from Peterson, Audubon, The Smithsonian, Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. His work as has also been published by National Geographic, The New York Times, Natures Best Photography, Audubon and many more. Paul currently serves as the Major Gifts Director for Conservation Northwest, an organization dedicated to protecting and connecting wild areas from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies.