MEETINGS / EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

All Aiken programs are now taking place on Zoom until further notice. Instructions for each meeting are emailed the week before the meeting and we are offering registration via EventBrite. To receive emails, sign up for our email list! Or just email [email protected] for instructions. Hope to see everyone – virtually – very soon!


All of our meetings are now recorded and can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.


April 21 / Daly Edmunds / Audubon Rockies
7:00 pm

Aiken Audubon Monthly Meeting

Greater Sage-Grouse: Largest Conservation Effort in U.S. History

Greater sage-grouse are symbolic of the vast open lands of the West. This imperiled bird has brought unexpected partners together and been the center of unprecedented conservation actions. However, these actions were never given a chance to be implemented. With habitat conditions degrading, will a change in political leaders and new science reinvigorate efforts to protect this bird and sagebrush country?

Daly Edmunds is Director of Policy & Outreach for Audubon Rockies. Daly is responsible for furthering the Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative on a state and regional scale – working with government representatives, conservation organizations, and community leaders throughout the West.

Use this link to join the meeting from a computer or the Zoom app: https://zoom.us/j/97017360441?pwd=bkhHSkt5eFFzdTFJR3gvbEhVeTc1Zz09

Photo: Greater Sage-Grouse / Evan Barrientos / Audubon Rockies


March 17 / Dr. Kyle Horton
7:00 pm

Aiken Audubon Monthly Meeting

Bird migration in the 21st century: Tools for monitoring and conservation strategies 

Spring bird migration is officially underway! The notion of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of migratory birds passing in and out of broad geographic areas is of considerable public and ecological interest – and of conservation concern. Capturing and quantify these large-scale movements has remained a principle challenge. Kyle Horton, Colorado State University assistant professor, will discuss how he uses weather surveillance radar to forecast migratory movements across the United States.

If you are on our email list, we’ll send out a link to the meeting a few days prior. You can also get the link by registering (FREE!) on Eventbrite.


February 17 / Christine Hubbell
7:00 pm

Aiken Audubon nature art program featuring Christine Hubbell

Have you ever wondered how artists create realistic paintings of birds and plants? Join Christine Hubbell for a brief journey through one artist’s artistic process. Christine will describe the stages of creating a Long-eared Owl illustration for the Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival, including working with reference photos, composing, sketching, and rendering. There will be time for questions, a demo, and a bird sketch-along! 60 minutes via Zoom. Be sure to have a few pieces of paper (or sketchpad) and pencil handy so you can have a hands on experience!

To recieve the Zoom link for the program, register via EventBrite below or check your inbox from an email from Aiken!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aiken-audubon-nature-art-program-featuring-christine-hubbell-tickets-141492681419
All Aiken programs are now taking place on Zoom until further notice. Instructions for each meeting are emailed the week before the meeting. To receive emails, sign up for our email list! Or just email [email protected] for instructions. Hope to see everyone – virtually – very soon!

January 20 / Nic Korte
7:00 pm

No Boundaries for Wildlife: Saving Tropical Birds in the Pikes Peak Region

Nic Korte is a forty-year resident of Grand Junction, Colorado. He has been the Conservation Chairman for Grand Valley Audubon for more than two decades.  Simultaneously, he has led a Western Screech-Owl project that has engaged several hundred Grand Valley citizens and has resulted in record counts of this small native owl.  His volunteer work in the conservation community culminated in his being the 2015 recipient of the Richard G. Levad Award, awarded by the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies which recognizes individuals who “have provided distinguished service to the ornithological community, made scholarly contributions to the field of ornithology and/ or have enthused others about conserving birds and their habitats.” In July 2019, nominated by Audubon Rockies, Nic received the William Dutcher Award from the National Audubon Society for his “leadership in the birding community of Western Colorado for over four decades and his continual voice for the environment, birds, and the conservation challenges they face every day.”  In 2020,  Ten Jungle Days, Nic’s paean to the tropical rain forest combined with memoir and thoughts on the future, was published by Outskirts Press.

Nic Korte has journeyed to the American tropics (Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Panama) more than 40 times and has personally documented sightings of more than 2000 species of birds.  He has had the good fortune of many marvelous experiences but has also witnessed much destruction and loss.  These observations have resulted in his upcoming presentation entitled “There are no boundaries for wildlife: Saving Tropical Birds in The Pike’s Peak Region.”

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/no-boundaries-for-wildlife-saving-tropical-birds-in-the-pikes-peak-region-tickets-137513960959

All Aiken programs are now taking place on Zoom until further notice. Instructions for each meeting are emailed the week before the meeting. To receive emails, sign up for our email list! Or just email [email protected] for instructions. Hope to see everyone – virtually – very soon!

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All Aiken programs are now taking place on Zoom until further notice. Instructions for each meeting are emailed the week before the meeting. To receive emails, sign up for our email list! Or just email [email protected] for instructions. Hope to see everyone – virtually – very soon!

Aiken Audubon programs are free and open to the public. They are 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’s weather cancellation policy: Sometimes inclement weather may cause us to cancel an Aiken meeting. If this happens, a decision will be made by 1 pm on the meeting date. Notification will be placed here our website, on our Facebook page, and sent out through our email notification list. In addition, a message will be posted on the CoBirds Listserv, which many Aiken birders subscribe to. If there is any doubt, please do not hesitate to contact any Aiken board members via telephone. Always, your safety is first so use your own judgement when coming to a meeting.

Finally, if you would like to present a program at one of our meetings, or have suggestions for a speaker and/or topic, please contact us at [email protected].


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