Guided beginner birdwatching walk
Please call Wild Bird Umilited Denver; to reserve your spot, space is limited.
Ben is an environmental educator who has led nature programming in Maine, California, and Minnesota. He became an amateur birder while attending college for wildlife management in 2012. For the last year he has been exploring Jefferson and Denver counties; building an understanding of Front Range birdlife. His goal for this walk is to expand the birding community by introducing folks to the nature accessible in their communities. Shrikes are his favorite bird seen at Bear Creek Park.
This guided walk will be open to ALL AGES but will be focused on beginner birdwatchers. There is no required gear or equipment necessary to participate. The number of participants is capped at 10 people and registration is required with the store. Please do not bring extra folks along who did not register; we will not be able to accommodate a larger group. To ensure that participants feel comfortable and can focus on the birdwatching we ask that dogs NOT be brought on the walk.
This will be a guided beginner birdwatching walk that will introduce the basics of finding and identifying birds. Topics may include how to use optics, where to look and listen for birds, and birding etiquette. Participants will see and hear some common migratory and resident Colorado birds in a variety of habitats. There is no cost for participating in this walk.
The walk will start and end at the “Stone House” (2800 S Estes Street Parking) and proceed on accessible unpaved trails through Bear Creek Park. These trails are often crowded and used by cyclists and dog walkers.
This walk will take place on Saturday, June 5th from 8AM to 9AM. Participants will be free to continue birding after the walk ends.
Participants will follow local, state, and federal laws to ensure a welcoming environment for other park users as well as the wildlife in Bear Creek Park. This includes local health guidance for masks or social distancing if applicable.
Sturdy shoes and dressing in layers for the weather are strongly encouraged. Optional gear includes binoculars (recommended but not required), a camera, field guide, field journal and pen, a small backpack, and a water bottle. Expect to be active and moving for about an hour and up to a mile in distance. The group will move at a pace that will keep everyone together. The guide will not provide gear to borrow but will share field guides as much as possible.
American Robin – most numerous bird in North America
House Wren – male will build multiple nests for females to choose from
House Finch – originally lived in the southwest US but spread with bird feeding
Broad-tailed Hummingbird – can fly 60 mph, also upside down and backward
Mourning Dove – 100 million