CURRENT FIELD TRIPS

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!


We recently acquired several pairs of binoculars we are now loaning out on our walks. Please let your trip leader know if you need to borrow a pair so we can make appropriate arrangements. 


Adams Open Space Birding Field Trip  – Friday, October 29 @ 8:00 AM 

Diana Beatty will lead a trip at Adams Open Space in Fountain on Friday October 29th.  Plan to meet at the Fountain Library 230 S. Main Street, at 8 a.m.  We will gather on the north side of the library.  This trip is best suited for those who are able to slowly walk a few miles that may involve mud, stepping over logs, etc. Expectations are for us to finish up sometime between 10 and 11, although it would be easy for a participant to leave early, if needed.  Please register with Diana at [email protected]


Prospect Lake Tuesday Waterbird Walks – Nov 9 to Nov 30, 9:30 a.m.

Despite its urban location, Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs’ Memorial Park is a well-known waterbird magnet during migration and in winter when open water remains available. With this in mind, Aiken Audubon will be offering weekly birding walks around the lake on Tuesday mornings from November 9 through November 30. We’ll watch for ducks, geese, grebes, gulls and more – as well as the occasional raptor attracted by these birds. Walking distance around the lake is approximately 1.25 miles. We will start from the main parking lot on the lake’s east side, off of South Union Boulevard (adjacent to the Peace Officer’s Memorial). Remember to bring along warm layers in the event of chilling fall breezes

Kip Miller will lead these outings. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact Kip at [email protected].


Lake Pueblo State Park: Saturday, November 13, 9:00 am – 3:00 p.m.

Join us for this Aiken Audubon fall outing to Lake Pueblo State Park. Waterbirds will certainly be a major focus – we’ll scan for loons, ducks, grebes, gulls and more from the lake’s best vantage points – but we’ll also be alert for raptors and land birds in the park’s desert habitats and in wooded areas below the dam. Our actual itinerary will be flexible based on recent reports, weather conditions and time – but it should be a fun day of easy birding (no long hikes planned). We’ll spend the morning and a few hours of the afternoon in or near the park, so pack a lunch, water and such and remember to bring along warm layers in the event of chilling fall breezes.

Kip Miller will lead this outing. We will meet at the Lake Pueblo State Park Office and Visitor Center. (Please note an $10/vehicle daily fee or Colorado State Parks annual pass is required for entry to Lake Pueblo State Park.)

Group size will be limited to 12 participants. For more information or to reserve a space, please contact Kip at [email protected]m.


Previous Trips


Red Rock Canyon Birding  – Sunday, October 17 @ 8:00 AM 

Red Rock Canyon Open Space is a 1,474-acre city park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is situated on the west side of the city, adjacent to Manitou Springs and south of U.S. Route 24.

Address: 3550 W High St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

We’ll walk a loop around at an easy birding pace, expected to last ~3 hours. Hiking/walking shoes are suggested.  Jessica Miller will lead this outing; please contact her at [email protected] to register.  Meet at the open space parking lot off of W. High St.  Details will be provided upon registration.


Beginner Birding Workshop & Hike at Palmer Park – Friday, October 15, 2021 @ 8:00-10:30 AM 

Join us for a morning of birding and Leave No Trace! Representatives from the Aiken Audubon Society and TOPS park staff will share a short presentation in the basics of bird identification followed by hike exploring the trails for birds. This event is intended for people who have never been birding or know very little about birds. It is a free, family-friendly event, though our furry relatives should remain at home for this one.

This hike is part of the 2021 Leave No Trace Hot Spot Week! For a complete list of the week’s events, please visit ColoradoSprings.gov/HotSpotWeek. Remember, you can make an impact by not leaving one!


Big Sit! @ Fountain Creek Regional Park  – Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 7:00 AM 

Aiken Audubon will participate in The Big Sit challenge (an international birding event open to anyone) October 9th at Fountain Creek.   We’ll be there from 7a to 12n close to the South Rice Ponds location.  Aiken will have a large white board to record every bird seen or heard, if positively identified.  A large 60x scope will be shared with masked individuals, if interested.

All observations must be made from within a circle of no more than 17ft in diameter!  We’ll have a roped off area with chairs and snacks – feel free to bring your own chair, too. It’s a good way to relax while watching birds and enjoying good company.

It’s a lot of fun to participate in this international event – please join us for as little or as long as you’d like!  Hope to see you on Saturday!  Any questions, please email Debra Nord at [email protected].


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

More Options

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.
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