BCAS field trip group to Ouray after a fun morning hiking part of the Ouray Perimeter Trail and visiting the Black Swifts at the Box Canyon.
Ridgway State Park Bird Banding Station Public Day
September 9, 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Have you ever wondered about how bird banders do their work? Visit the bird banding station across the pedestrian bridge at the Dallas Creek portion (southern end) of Ridgway State Park to see bird banders retrieve birds from mist nets, take scientific measurements, attach bird bands, and release the birds unharmed.
Annual Ouray County Fall Bird Count
September 9 and 10, 8:00 a.m. each day: Annual Ouray County Bird Count. Meet at the Ridgway State Park Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. We will bird the visitor center area down to the reservoir overlook. After leaving the park, we will car pool to bird areas between Colona and Ironton with stops at key migration sites such as Billy Creek State Wildlife Area, Buckhorn Lakes Road, the Hummingbird house in Ridgway, Box Canyon in Ouray, and Crystal Lake in Ironton. Other areas along the way will also be birded. While in the Ridgway area, we will end up at the Ridgway City Park for lunch. Join us to bird as much as you like on either day; the areas birded will be similar or the same on each day. Bring a picnic lunch. Birders of all abilities are welcome. Co-led by Geoff Tischbein and either Bruce Ackerman or Jon Horn. For more information: Contact Bruce(727) 858-5857 or bruceackermanaud @aol.com. If you do not have a park pass, let the ranger know that you are there with Audubon and will be at the Visitor’s Center for only a short time.
Connected Lakes Field Trip
October 14, 8:00 a.m.: Please join us for a field trip to Connected Lakes State Park outside of Grand Junction and look for waterfowl and other birds. Trip will be led by Grand Valley birder Van Graham. Reservations are required. We will meet at the northwest side of the Delta City Market parking lot to carpool at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Susan at 970 688-0757 or susanw @springsips.com
Blue Mesa Reservoir Waterfowl Field Trip
December 2, 10:00 a.m.: Join us as we look for fall ducks and other birds around Blue Mesa Reservoir. We will be interested in counting Barrow’s Goldeneye, but this is not an official Barrow’s Goldeneye survey. Meet at the Lake Fork Marina and boat ramp (near the dam) at 10:00 a.m. Trip size is limited and you need to sign up to reserve a place. Bring a lunch. Contact trip leader Bruce Ackerman (727-858-5857) or bruceackermanaud @ aol.com for directions, more information, and to sign up.