About DFO

Mission - to promote interest in the study and preservation of birds and their habitats

President's Message
David Hill, President

Why should you join DFO?

Whether it is the blur of hummingbird wings at a flower in the garden or the faint call of a diminutive kinglet in winter mountain snow, the feathered modern day dinosaurs we call "birds" fascinate us. They slip into our art, enter our conversations, and draw us into the field to find their colorful forms and hear their songs and calls.

In the northern Colorado Front Range, Denver Field Ornithologists is the premier place where bird lovers come to pursue their passion. Whether you are just beginning to explore the amazing variety of birds in our world or following a lifelong passion for plumed creatures, DFO's programs and field trips can lead you deeper into the avian realm.

If you're a beginning or intermediate birder or simply like to bird with friends, DFO's field trips offer a chance to get into diverse habitats almost every week of the year. As birding skills mature, you may realize that helping others can be a way to further sharpen your own birding skills. DFO can provide an opportunity to take your birding to the next level as a DFO trip leader.

Eight months of the year, DFO also offers a chance to share birding experiences and hear experts discuss the lives of birds. Programs at our monthly meetings cover exotic birding destinations, recent discoveries about avian life and bird conservation.

Our newsletter, The Lark Bunting, and this website help keep members informed about DFO events and provide interesting information about Colorado birds. Your membership in DFO helps support these activities and puts you on the path to deeper appreciation of our feathered dragons.


DFO's volunteer officers, board of directors, and committees can be contacted directly with any questions or concerns. If you are interested in joining a committee, use the committee list to contact the chairperson for more information.

Ptarmigan Award

This prestigious honor is awarded periodically to members who have gone above and beyond in their service to the organization.


Denver Field Ornithologists was founded in 1935 as The Colorado Bird Club. It is the state's oldest birding organization. Many DFO historical documents have been digitized and are available here. The club's official printed and physical archives are held in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Contact the DFO historian for more information.