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2017 Registration CLOSED

We recommend you select all of your choices on this website page and then visit the registration site.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS & a FREE Festival T-shirt available until April 17

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Binoculars recommended

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Fountain Creek Nature Center.

F1: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Festival Opening Mixer and Registration, Fountain Creek Nature Center
Kick off the 2017 festival with a social mixer. Pick up your registration packet and festival T-shirt (T-shirts must be pre-ordered). Check out the ever evolving Fountain Creek Nature Center, meet fellow festival attendees, and enjoy light refreshments.

  • For all registered Festival participants.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy/indoors.
  • Location: Fountain Creek Nature Center (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.

Fbinos icon2: 5:30 pm – Midnight. Flammulated Owls, Manitou Experimental Forest  FULL
Drive to the Manitou Experimental Forest, just north of Woodland Park, Colorado for a Brian Linkhartpresentation by Dr. Brian D. Linkhart. Dr. Linkhart, considered the country’s leading expert on Flammulated Owls, has been studying the demography and habitat requirements of these diminutive, dark-eyed raptors on the Manitou Experimental Forest since 1981. His aim is the development of conservation plans for forest ecosystems containing this and other sensitive species. With this extended period of study Brian has been able to uncover some fascinating secrets about these owls. Dr. Brian D. Linkhart is a Professor of Biology at Colorado College, where he teaches courses in ornithology, ecology and field biology.

Afterward, join Brian and his students in a search for Flammulated Owl nest cavities. Hopefully, we’ll see the owls as well, although it’s a bit early in the season. Flash photography permitted. Dress warmly; nights can be quite cold at these higher altitudes. Please bring either a flashlight and/or headlamp.

  • Appropriate for adults.
  • Physical difficulty: Medium to difficult—bushwhacking in the dark.
  • Meet at the Bear Creek Nature Center parking lot to carpool (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 12 participants.

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Prairie Falcon fledgling.

F3: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Swifts, Falcons and Geology of Garden of the Gods Walk   FULL
Kick off the 2017 Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival with a visit to Garden of the Gods. Huge sandstone rock formations provide the backdrop for a variety of creatures from nesting White-throated Swifts and Prairie Falcons to a herd of Bighorn Sheep. Come learn how all of these elements combine during a walk looking for birds, animals and plants, while also discovering how geology shapes this beautiful park. Possible bird species include: White-throated Swift, Prairie Falcon, Northern Flicker, Spotted Towhee, Bushtit, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, White-breasted Nuthatch, Townsend’s Solitaire, and Black-headed Grosbeak.

  • Appropriate for everyone and families with children 8 and older.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy—short, level walk.
  • Meet inside the Garden of the Gods Park at the North Main Parking Lot #2 (Perkins Central Garden Trail head), the first parking lot you come to if you enter from 30th Street (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 25 participants.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

binos iconS1: 6:00 am – 11:00 am. Bird Banding Demo and Guided Bird Walk, Chico Basin Ranch
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Come visit Chico Basin Ranch, an 87,000-acre family run, working cattle ranch that operates on the high prairie 30 miles southeast of Colorado Springs. Its sprawling ranges of short-grass and sand-sage prairie, spring-fed lakes, creeks, and pools are home to diverse populations of birds, pronghorn, deer, fish, prairie dogs, coyote, badgers, and much more.

Visit the bird banding station, then go on a guided bird walk.

Possible bird species include: Various ducks and geese, Horned Lark, Northern Harrier, Lark Bunting, Woodpeckers, Swainson’s Hawk, prairie sparrows and a variety of eastern and western warblers.

  • Appropriate for beginning to advanced birders.
  • Physical difficulty: Moderate.
  • Meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center (map) to carpool at 6:00 am or at Hanover Fire Station (map) at 7:00 am.
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 30 participants – two groups of 15. One group will begin at ranch headquarters and the other will begin at the banding station. The groups will “switch” locations so everyone will visit both locations.

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Aiken Canyon Preserve

Named after ornithologist Dr. Charles Aiken, this is a great destination for birders. Over 100 species have been seen here. Located 16 miles south of Colorado Springs, this 1,621 acres is where Aiken raised his herd of sheep. Aiken Canyon is one of the last high-quality examples of the southern Front Range foothills ecosystem. The preserve is composed of a mosaic of habitat types, including shrub lands, tall grass prairie meadows, pinyon juniper woodlands and mixed coniferous woodlands. Make sure you bring sturdy boots for hiking and plenty of water.

Possible bird species include: Virginia Warbler, Juniper Titmouse, Lazuli Bunting, and Ash-throated Flycatcher.

  • Appropriate for beginning to advance birders.
  • Physical difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
  • Meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center (map) to carpool at 6:00 am or at Aiken Canyon (map) at 7:00 am.
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 15 participants.
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Manitou Lake

binos iconS3: 6:00 am – Noon. Montane Guided Bird Walk, Manitou Lake   
Enjoy the high country while looking for some of the over 170 bird species that have been sighted around Manitou Lake, marsh and associated riparian and woodland habitat. This mountain lake is six miles north of Woodland Park, Colorado on Hwy. 67.

Possible bird species include: Red-naped Sapsucker, MacGillivray’s Warbler, White-faced Ibis, and Red Crossbill.

  • Appropriate for beginning to intermediate birders.
  • Physical difficulty: Moderate. Flat walking, but 7,500 ft. elevation and moderate distance.
  • Meet at the Bear Creek Nature Center for (map) carpooling at 6:00 am or at the southern end of the Manitou Lake parking lot (map) at 7:00 am.
  • Cost: $6/car entrance fee ($3/car with valid, annual national parks pass).
  • Limited to 15 participants.

binos iconS4: 6:00 am – Noon. Ovenbird and Hermit Thrush Hike, Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
Join park volunteer Debbie Barnes-Shankster on a four-mile hike, round trip, to listen and look for Hermit Thrushes, breeding Ovenbirds, Virginia Warblers and other park residents and spring migrants.

  • Appropriate for all levels of birders, ages 12 and above.
  • Physical difficult: Moderate to difficult. The trail is steep, and elevations in the park range between 6,000 and 9,500 feet.
  • Meet at Cheyenne Mountain State Park Visitor Center. (map)
  • Activity fee is included in registration, but cars must have a $7/car daily state parks pass, annual Colorado state parks pass ($70), or DV (Disabled Veteran) vehicle license plate.
  • Limited to 15 participants.

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Brett Gray Ranch birding

S5: 6:00 am – 1:00 pm. Birding Tour of The Nature Conservancy’s Brett Gray Ranch   FULL
This 49,000 acre ranch offers spectacular birding on the eastern plains of Colorado. It has a variety of habitats: dry prairie, short-grass prairie, riparian, marsh, cottonwood bosque and open water. Because of these characteristics, it is a migrant trap for many species of birds at this time of year. Fuel B’s, Inc. is the last and only restroom stop for this trip.

Possible bird species include: Various ducks and geese, Lark Bunting, Northern Harrier, Horned Lark, Swainson’s Hawk, prairie sparrows and a variety of eastern and western warblers.

  • Appropriate for intermediate birders.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy/moderate. High clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle may be helpful.
  • Meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center (map) for carpooling at 6:00 am. The 1:00 pm ending time includes return travel time to the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Birding will end around noon.
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 15 participants.

S6: 7:00 am – 8:00 am. Hummingbird Banding, Session 1—Starsmore Visitor & Nature Center
S10:
 8:15 am – 9:15 am. Hummingbird Banding, Session 2—Starsmore Visitor & Nature Center   FULL

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Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Join federally and state certified hummingbird banders Fred and Tena Engelman, who recently completed a 10 year hummingbird study in Rocky Mountain National Park, for an extraordinary morning. Get up close and personal with a Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Watch as hummingbirds are carefully weighed, measured and identified. Hopefully, photograph hummingbirds in the hand and learn why they are one of nature’s most fascinating birds.

After viewing the banding, you may attend a hummingbird natural history presentation and Q&A session from 9:30-10:30 inside the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center. This activity is a must-see for any hummingbird enthusiast and only open to S6 and S10 registered participants. 

Although the researchers expect to encounter few migrating hummingbirds this early in the season, the banding sessions will give participants an opportunity to observe typical field research techniques and obtain information on the physical condition of early migrants.

  • Appropriate for everyone.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy.
  • Meet at Starsmore Discovery Center (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 15 participants per banding session.

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Virginia Rail

S7: 7:00 am – 10:00 am. Guided Bird Tour, The Fountain Valley School
The Fountain Valley School is a small boarding school campus in the middle of 1,500 acres of open short-grass prairie. A fairly extensive wetland lies at the south edge of the campus providing good habitat for white-tailed deer, coyotes, and various species of birds including Virginia rails, raptors, various species of sparrows, and juncos. A small Ponderosa pine forest on the north side of the campus has been home to owls and hawks. An active bald eagle nest is also located nearby.

Who knows, we might get lucky and see ’em all.

Fountain Creek is a natural migration corridor and spring migration is the highlight of the year. Walk around the ponds, streams, wetlands, forest and open grasslands of the park looking for a wide variety of birds.
  • Appropriate for birders of all levels.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy/moderate.
  • Meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center (map). We will carpool from the nature center to the school. At the property, we will drive to the different birding locations.
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 15 participants.

binos iconS8: 7:00 am – 10:30 am. Guided Bird Walk and Bird Banding Demonstration, Venetucci Farm   
May is the busiest month of spring migration along the Fountain Creek Flyway! Songbirds are the focus of this outing at Venetucci farm as the farm has a variety of habitats for them: open farm fields, riparian forest and willow thickets all harbor different species. We will also be able to watch a bird banding demonstration and learn how data collected from our banding station helps us learn more about the birds who visit Venetucci Farm and the health of the farm.

Located on the southwestern edge of Colorado Springs, this historic 190 acre urban farm was established by the Venetucci Family in 1936. The farm, known as “the pumpkin farm” because of the thousands of pumpkins given away by Nick and Bambi Venetucci each fall, is now owned and operated by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. Today, in addition to the legendary pumpkin give away, sustainable farming practices are employed to produce healthy food for the community while promoting and preserving biodiversity.

Possible bird species include: Orchard and Bullock’s Oriole, Yellow-breasted Chat, Brown Thrasher, and Vesper Sparrow.

  • Appropriate for beginning to intermediate birders.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy/moderate (flat walk).
  • Meet at Venetucci Farm (map). Please enter the farm through south gate via St. Dominic’s church, head towards the big red barn and you will be directed to event parking.
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Minimum of 8, maximum of 15 participants.

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Garden of the Gods city park

S9: 7:30 am – 9:30 am. Swifts, Falcons and Geology of Garden of the Gods Walk
Visit a Colorado Springs jewel, Garden of the Gods city park. Huge sandstone rock formations provide the backdrop for a variety of creatures from nesting White-throated Swifts and Prairie Falcons to a herd of Bighorn Sheep. Come learn how all of these elements combine during a walk looking for birds, animals and plants, while also discovering how geology shapes this beautiful park.

Possible bird species include: White-throated Swift, Prairie Falcon, Northern Flicker, Spotted Towhee, Bushtit, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Black-headed Grosbeak.

  • Appropriate for everyone and families with children 8 and older.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy—short, level walk.
  • Meet inside the Garden of the Gods Park at the North Main Parking Lot #2 (Perkins Central Garden Trail head), this is the first parking lot you come to if you enter from 30th Street (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 25 participants.

W1: 10:00 am – 11:00 am. “What’s In Your Backyard?”, Bear Creek Nature Center

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Bear Creek Nature Center

Join the Wild Things, a student group at Pikes Peak Community College and learn that every living thing has a special role to play in their ecosystem. Whether you are enjoying a picnic by the stream, a hike in the mountains, or taking in all Colorado has to offer, this program will teach children and adults alike how to respect and understand animals in ways they may not have thought possible. Animals featured will include some native CO species and where to find them!

  • Appropriate for everyone.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy.
  • Meet at Bear Creek Nature Center in the Bear Den (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 25 participants.

W2: 10:30 am – Noon. Live Spider and Insects, Bear Creek Nature Center
View the Mile High Bug Club’s exhibit of native tarantulas (live specimens) and their display(s) of pinned local insect specimens along with large prints/posters. Their goal is to show off some of the more spectacular and/or interesting arthropods that Colorado has to offer.

  • Appropriate for everyone.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy.
  • Meet at Bear Creek Nature Center exhibit room (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 25 participants.

binos iconS11: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. BBQ Lunch and Ranch Tour, Chico Basin Ranch
Come enjoy a BBQ lunch followed by a Corral Tour, to learn about the inner workings of the cattle operation and a Pond and Prairie Ecology Tour, focusing on the rich wildlife sustained by water’s presence on the short grass prairie.

  • Appropriate for everyone.
  • Physical difficulty: Moderate.
  • Meet at Chico Basin Ranch Headquarters (map).
  • Cost: $10.00/person for the BBQ.
  • Limited to 30 participants.

Sem2: Noon – 1:30 pm. “The Origin of Birds – The Dinosaur Connection,” Bear Creek Nature Center
Have you ever wondered what really happened to Dinosaurs? This enigmatic group has now revealed several fascinating lines of evidence to indicate that Birds are in fact a group of Dinosaurs that out lasted the K/T Extinction event! Basic features of anatomy and new fossils will be used to indicate that there is a  connection between Birds and Dinosaurs. The ramifications for Dinosaur socialization, color, and behavior will be discussed in light of this new information.

Join Mark Izold, (MS., BS. Geological Sciences – Conodont Micropaleontology), Pikes Peak Community College Professor of Geology, to hear about the connections between dinosaurs and today’s birds.

  • Appropriate for everyone and families with children ages 8 and older.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy.
  • Meet at Bear Creek Nature Center (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 75 participants.

Eurasian Griffon, Cheyenne Mtn. Zoo

binos iconS12: Noon – 2:00 pm. Behind the Scenes Bird Tour, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo  FULL
Visit behind-the-scenes at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s bird exhibits led by Zookeeper Jenyva Turner. Explore the African Rift Valley exhibit and Aquatics building (penguins). Meet hornbills, penguins and vultures (such as this Cape Griffon) in person. Great photo opportunities! Feed a hornbill or penguin. While walking around the zoo, tour participants will also look for the wild birds that make the zoo’s foothill ecosystem their home.

Wild foothill birds might include: Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Steller’s Jay, Pygmy and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Brown Creeper, and Wild Turkey.

  • Appropriate for everyone and families with children ages 8 and older.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy/moderate (zoo grounds are quite steep).
  • Meet at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ticket booth (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 10 participants.

Sem3: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Raptor Identification, Bear Creek Nature Center

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Red-tailed Hawk

Do you want to be able to identify that hawk in your backyard? Colorado has 18 non-rare species of diurnal raptors. Local birder Debbie Barnes-Shankster will present an information-packed program explaining how to identify Colorado’s eagles, hawks, falcons, accipiters and kites. Here is your chance to learn the tips that will greatly improve your skills. Don’t miss this outstanding program.

  • Appropriate for adults and older children.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy – indoors.
  • Meet at Bear Creek Nature Center (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Maximum of 75 participants.

W3: 2:00 pm -4:00 pm. “Getting the Best Bird Pics, Whatever Your Camera”, Fountain Creek Nature Center
Join our keynote speaker, Bill Schmoker, for an entertaining workshop on how to improve your photography skills. Digital photography has revolutionized birding in recent years.  The relatively easy ability to get photographs for study, documentation, sharing, or just personal enjoyment is being realized by more and more birders using a wide array of camera gear.

In this workshop we will review birding-specific tips for getting the most out of your camera, whether using a smart phone, a point&shoot, a more advanced “bridge” camera, or a mirrorless SLR or DSLR rig. Beyond taking pictures, we will also cover basic editing, archiving, and sharing your photos. Folks who have cameras are welcome to bring them, and if you are considering getting into the game come ready to get ideas for assembling a system ideal for your birding.

Appropriate for everyone, especially photographers.

  • Physical difficulty: Easy.
  • Meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center (map).
  • Cost: Included in festival registration.
  • Limited to 65 participants.

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Festival Keynote Speaker and Art Auction

Saturday’s keynote event and art auction will be held at Centennial Hall, 200 South Cascade Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs. The Pikes Peak Center will provide finger foods and a cash bar will be available. Event tickets must be ordered through the registration form and paid for in advance.

willy_north_pole1At 6:30 pm we will go inside and enjoy a wonderful presentation by  author and photographer Bill Schmoker. In August, 2015, Bill embarked on the US Arctic GEOTRACES Expedition as a PolarTREC teacher. The experience began in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy. For 65 days this polar icebreaker was home to the Coast Guard crew, 49 scientists, and Bill as they transited the Bering and Chukchi Seas en route to deep water basins of the Arctic Ocean and ultimately the Geographic North Pole (marking the first time a US surface ship reached the pole unaccompanied.) After over a month in the pack ice, the Healy returned to Dutch Harbor in mid-October. Join Bill as he recounts the unusual birding opportunities he was afforded on this journey, along with other wildlife and natural phenomena he experienced to accompany the cutting-edge physical oceanography on which the expedition focused. Bill for his program, “Birding To the North Pole”. (More on Bill…)

There will also be a silent auction of the framed, original pastel featured on the 2017 festival T-shirt. It depicts a Steller’s Jay, by artist and Pikes Peak Community College student Tasha Ryan. Tasha’s artwork won the 2016 Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival voting competition.

Once again attendees will have the opportunity to vote, by donations, for the artwork they would like to be featured as the 2018 Festival bird. Pikes Peak Community College art students will be present throughout the  evening displaying their bird-themed artwork. The piece receiving the highest amount of donations will be considered, at the committee’s discretion, as the 2017 Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival artwork.

  • Keynote Event and Art Auction at El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, Centennial Hall, (map)
  • Price: $10.00 per person.
  • Limited to 150 participants.

Other Events – Open to the Public – Festival Registration not Required

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, one of 4 species that frequents the Pikes Peak area.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird, one of four species that frequents the Pikes Peak area.

binos icon10:00 am – 3:00 pm. North Cheyenne Cañon Hummingbird Experience, Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center
The Friends of Cheyenne Cañon invite your entire family to the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center to enjoy a day of hummingbird themed activities. Discover the secrets and fantastic adaptations of the world’s smallest birds. Throughout the day enjoy a bird migration game up on the mesa, learn about animals, or enjoy guided hikes with a Park Ambassador. For information go to Hummingbird Experience.

  • Appropriate for everyone.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy.
  • Starsmore Discovery Center (map).
  • Cost: No admission fee; open to the public.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

binos iconSu1: 6:00 am – 9:00 am. Guided Bird Walk, North Cheyenne Cañon, Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center
Enjoy a guided walk through the forested area of North Cheyenne Cañon. This is a unique location with many hiking trails to enjoy following the guided walk. The elevation at North Cheyenne Cañon is 6,200 feet so please dress appropriately for this early morning walk. Be advised, the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center will not be open so bathrooms will be available in the South Cañon Picnic Area located less than two blocks southeast of Starsmore, at the end of the parking lot on Evans Avenue.

Possible Cañon bird species include: Northern Flicker, Steller’s Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-tailed Hawk, Spotted Towhee, and Broad-tailed Hummingbird.

  • Appropriate for beginning to intermediate birders ages 8 and up.
  • Physical difficulty: Moderate.
  • Meet at the Starsmore Discovery Center (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 20 participants.

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Su2: 6:00 am — 11:00 am. Bird Banding Demo and Guided Bird Walk, Chico Basin
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  • Appropriate for beginning to advanced birders.
  • Physical difficulty: Moderate.
  • Meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center (map) to carpool at 6:00 am or at Hanover Fire Station (map) at 7:00 am.
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 15 participants. We will only have one group of birders on Sunday.

binos iconSu3: 6:00 am–11:00 am. Foothills Birding Hike, The Nature Conservancy’s Aiken Canyon Preserve  (Please see S2 for description)   FULL

  • Appropriate for beginning to advance birders.
  • Physical difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
  • Meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center (map) to carpool at 6:00 am or at Aiken Canyon (map) at 7:00 am.
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 15 participants.

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(Please see S3 for trip description)   FULL

  • Appropriate for beginning to intermediate birders.
  • Physical difficulty: Moderate. Flat walking, but 7,500 ft. elevation and moderate distance.
  • Meet at Bear Creek Nature Center (map) for carpooling at 6:00 am or Manitou Lake entrance station (map) at 7:00 am.
  • Cost: $6/car entrance fee ($3/car with valid, annual national parks pass).
  • Limited to 15 participants.

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(Please see S7 for description)   FULL

  • Appropriate for birders of all levels.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy/moderate.
  • Meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center (map). We will carpool from the nature center to the school. At the property, we will drive to the different birding locations.
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 15 participants.

binos iconSu6: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm. Guided Bird Walk, Fountain Creek Regional ParkWinter count_FCNC_LAH_6143
Fountain Creek is a natural migration corridor and spring migration is the highlight of the year. Walk around the ponds, streams, wetlands, forest and open grasslands of the park looking for a wide variety of birds.

  • Appropriate for birders of all levels.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy/moderate.
  • Meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 15 participants.

binos iconSu7: 7:00 am 11:00 am. Bear Creek Regional Park Spring Bird Count, Bear Creek Nature Center
Beginning to advanced birders are invited to observe and record the numbers of bird species and populations in Bear Creek Regional Park during the height of spring migration. Volunteers are split into groups led by experience birders, and are assigned an area of the park to survey. The foothills are a transition zone between the prairie and mountains and have their own unique bird residents plus many migrants.

Possible bird species include: Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Steller’s Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Spotted Towhee, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Western Scrub Jay, and migrating warblers.

  • Appropriate for beginning to intermediate birders.
  • Physical difficulty: Moderate.
  • Meet at Bear Creek Nature center (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Unlimited number of participants.

binos iconSu8: 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Flora of the Montane Forest Discovery Hike, Pike National Forest near the Lion’s Club Camp  CANCELLED 
Join C.S.U. native plant master, master gardener and botany professor, Linda Overlin on an easy hike to locate and identify trees, shrubs, and early wildflowers of the Ponderosa pine forests, Aspen groves, and riparian habits. Spring bloomers include pasque flowers, candytuft, and assorted members of the mustard family.

Wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots and layered clothing. This hike is at 8,200 feet so be prepared – bring water, snacks and/or lunch, sunglasses, sunscreen, a small notebook and pencil and a camera (optional).

Carpooling is preferred due to minimal parking at the location. To carpool, meet at 8:15 am at the Safeway parking lot in the Red Rocks Shopping Center, 3275 W. Colorado Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904 or at the Lion’s Club Camp, 28541 Highway 67 North, Woodland Park, CO, 80863 at 9:00 am.

  • Appropriate for everyone and families with children ages 8 and older.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy.
  • Meet at the Safeway (map) or Lion’s Club Camp (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Minimum of 8, maximum of 15 participants.

Sem4: 9:30 am – 11:00 am. “Discovering Bugs at Fountain Creek and Beyond: You Can Make History!”, Fountain Creek Nature Center
The Pikes Peak region is at the crossroads of North America, and our colorful insect diversity reflects influences from across the continent. Much remains to be discovered, and you can contribute with your keen eyes, camera or phone, and an internet connection.  Your own backyard, neighborhood vacant lot, and regional park all hold mysteries waiting to be solved. Join Eric Eaton to learn how you can become a citizen entomologist, then go out looking together.

  • Appropriate for everyone.
  • Physical difficulty: Easy/moderate.
  • Meet at Fountain Creek Nature Center (map).
  • Cost: Included with festival registration.
  • Limited to 50 participants.

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