Aiken Audubon Society, named for naturalist Charles Aiken (1850-1936), began in April 1950 as the Aiken Ornithological Society. This Society mainly studied birds and their habitats, wrote papers which are now housed in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and had a series of Wildlife Film-Lectures as a community activity. Aiken Ornithological Society became a chapter of the National Audubon Society in May 1971.

Aiken Audubon Events

The Aiken Audubon Society presents programs of interest to birders and other nature lovers eight times a year (September – May, except December), usually on the third Wednesday of the month. Aiken Audubon programs are free and open to the public. They are currently held at Bear Creek Nature Center, located at 245 Bear Creek Road, Colorado Springs, 80906. Coffee, snacks, and socializing begins at 6:30 pm and programs begin at 7 pm.

Aiken schedules many interesting field trips during the year, and participates in various bird counts, notably the Christmas Bird Count.

Aiken also publishes a bimonthly newsletter, the Aikorns, five times a year, both online and in print. (In an effort to save paper and mailing expenses, no new print subscriptions are being accepted. We will continue to honor those already paid for.)

Cancellation policy: In case of inclement weather, our monthly program will be cancelled if Pikes Peak Community College cancels its evening classes. A cancellation notice will also be posted on the Aiken Programs page. For field trips, the trip leaders will make the decision and notify participants, and we will post the decision on the Current Field Trips page.

How do I become a member?

Click here to become a member!

How can I know what’s going on?

The newsletter is available for free on this website. If you’d like to be notified when a new issue is posted, just sign up for the mailing list (see the upper right box on this screen) or send an email to us at [email protected] to let us know your name and email address, and we’ll add you to the email reminder list. (Newsletters are currently published on the first of September, November, January, March, and May.)

You can also give us your permission to send you email updates of schedule changes, special events, and other last-minute announcements, and/or field trip reminders. We promise not to abuse your email address, and you can unsubscribe at any time by following the directions at the bottom of each email. Just drop us an email with your name and email address.

Be sure to check this website for updates on field trips, programs, and other events of interest. This is always the most up-to-date information on Aiken Audubon.

Volunteers Needed!

There are lots of ways you can get more involved in Aiken Audubon. Volunteering is a lot of fun. You make new friends. You gain the satisfaction of significance. You learn new skills. You find yourself smiling a lot. We guarantee—it’s worth it. We’re looking to fill various positions. Can you help?


For those interested, click here for a copy of our by-laws.


Finally, we’d like to introduce you to our mascot, “Wes” the Western Screech Owl. He also graces our Facebook page. Visit him there.

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