Be sure to see the “Go Birding” page for information on meeting locations, what to bring, and other helpful hints.

Cancellation policy: Field trip leaders will make the decision and notify participants. We will also post the decision on this page.

Be sure to scroll all the way down to see field trips offered by other organizations!

Saturday, March 2, 8 am – late afternoon
Guanella Pass Ptarmigan

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White-tailed Ptarmigan, by Debbie Barnes-Shankster

Debbie Barnes-Shankster is leading this snowshoe expedition in search of Ptarmigan in their snowy white winter plumage. Be prepared for a 2-mile trek up the mountain (at high altitude) to where the birds prefer to hang out. (At least the trip back is downhill!)

Meet at the Park N Ride in Monument to carpool. Bring layered clothing, water, and food. Snowshoes can be rented at REI, or in Idaho Springs at one of the ski shops. If you rent in Idaho Springs, plan to depart 30 minutes ahead of schedule, then arrange to meet the rest of the group at the Georgetown parking lot on the road up Guanella Pass.

Contact Debbie at [email protected] with questions and to sign up. Trip limited to ten participants.

Saturday, March 9, 6 am – 5 pm
Pueblo Nature Center & Reservoir

David Tønnessen will lead this trip to Pueblo Nature Center and Pueblo Reservoir. And anywhere David goes, rare birds seem to pop up too!

Meet at the 6520 S Academy Safeway to carpool. Drivers with state parks passes desired, or be prepared for a chip-in to buy a day pass. Limited to 9 participants. This is a full-day trip, with planned departure from Pueblo between 3 and 5 pm. Contact David at [email protected] with any questions and to reserve your spot.

Friday, June 7, 2018, 8 am – 1 pm
Birds, Butterflies, and Blooms Lovell Gulch Nature Walk

Yellow Lady-slipper Orchid

David Elwonger will again lead this nature walk in Lovell Gulch, in Pike National Forest. We will share our knowledge as we discover butterflies (usually 30+ species), flowers (with three species of orchid possible), and the local breeding birds (usually about 30 species). Possibilities include: Red-naped and Williamson’s Sapsuckers, Hairy Woodpecker; Northern Flicker; MacGillivray’s and Audubon’s Warblers; Olive-sided, Hammond’s and Cordilleran Flycatchers; Western Wood-Pewee; Steller’s Jay; Clark’s Nutcracker; Warbling and Plumbeous Vireos; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Black-headed and Evening Grosbeaks; Mountain Chickadee; three species of nuthatch; Townsend’s Solitaire; Hermit Thrush; Western Tanager; Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed), House Wren, and maybe some surprises).

One year, we found a Black Bear in a tree, who posed for the photographers. (I will try to arrange a reprise of his appearance this year, but this likely was a once in a lifetime appearance for him!)
We will mostly walk on trails into Lovell Gulch and back, about a three mile round trip with about 500′ elevation gain and a few short steep sections. We may need to bushwhack a short distance
to find the orchids (which are not along the trails).

To carpool to the Lovell Gulch trailhead, meet at the northwest corner of the Woodland Park Walmart parking lot. Bring drinking water, a snack, rain gear, sweater for early morning chill, and wear
sturdy walking shoes.

Limit: 10 participants. Contact David with questions and to register
at [email protected]

Other trips are being planned; check back often!

Would you like to lead a field trip? No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and a friendly attitude. Contact Diana Beatty, [email protected], for more information on volunteering to lead a trip for Aiken Audubon.

More Trips

The Mile High Bug Club also hosts numerous field trips and cordially invites Audubon folks to join them. For information, visit their Facebook page, or contact Eric Eaton at [email protected].

Pueblo’s Arkansas Valley Audubon Society welcomes us on their trips. Check their website for the latest information.

Denver Field Ornithologists also sponsors many field trips each month. Check the right-hand bar on their website’s home page for a month-by-month listing.