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!


Field trips have resumed! Social distancing and masking requirements are in place.

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. 


Kettle Lakes – Saturday, April 17, 8:30 a.m.

Mid-April should be a good time for a visit to the Kettle Lakes area north of Colorado Springs. Migrant ducks and other waterbirds could be present on the lakes and the adjacent brushy areas and pines should host a variety of resident and migrant landbirds. With luck we may find a few raptors as well, possibly including Osprey and Great Horned Owl. We’ll walk 2-3 miles on easy terrain and have one or more spotting scopes available to share. Kip Miller will lead this outing. Please contact him at [email protected] to register. Group size limited to 10. We’ll meet in the parking area at the north end of Airfield Drive. (Airfield Drive is a right turn off of South Gate Blvd, just before the South Gate entrance to the US Air Force Academy.)


Fountain Creek Nature Center – Sunday, April 18, 7:00 a.m.
Join David Tonnessen for a relaxed Sunday morning, April 18 as we explore the paved trails that carve through ponds, marshes, and along Fountain Creek at this park south of Colorado Springs. This is a good time of year for migrating waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. We will meet at the nature center parking lot at 7:00 am to bird for 2-3 hours, and please come prepared with water, face masks, and binoculars. 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. Email [email protected]colorado.edu to register.

Fountain Creek Nature Center – Saturday, April 24, 7:00 a.m.
Join David Tonnessen for a relaxed Saturday morning, April 24 as we explore the paved trails that carve through ponds, marshes, and along Fountain Creek at this park south of Colorado Springs. This is a good time of year for migrating waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. We will meet at the nature center parking lot at 7:00 am to bird for 2-3 hours, and please come prepared with water, face masks, and binoculars. 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. Email [email protected]colorado.edu to register.

Sondermann Park – Saturday, May 1, 7:00 a.m.
Join David Tonnessen on Saturday, May 1 as we explore the trails along a riparian zone in Sondermann Park, located in western Colorado Springs. This is a great time of year for large numbers of migrating songbirds. We will meet at the visitor center parking lot at Camarillo and Chestnut St at 7:00 am to bird for 2-3 hours, and please come prepared with water, face masks, and binoculars. 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. Email [email protected]colorado.edu to register.

Rock Ledge Ranch / Garden of the Gods – Saturday, May 8, 7:00 a.m.
Join Anna Joy Lehmicke and Clark Jones for birding in Rock Ledge Ranch. This is great time of year to see migrants and numerous returning neotropical breeding birds as well as potentially good scope views of nesting raptors in the area (Cooper’s Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk). We’ll meet at Rock Ledge Ranch at 7:00 am. Email [email protected] to register.

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

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.
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