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DFO 2018 Members-Only Picnic

Third Annual DFO Summer Picnic is set for June 9 at Prospect Park

By Tom Behnfield

Combine an unbeatable suburban birding location with a day of fun and fellowship among your best birding buddies, and you have the third annual DFO Members Only Summer Picnic. And this year, the grilled goodies and beverages are on DFO!

Come join us on Saturday, June 9 in Prospect Park in the Wheat Ridge Green Belt. This year, instead of charging a set price for the potluck picnic, we ask you to consider a donation at the picnic to our DFO Research, Education & Conservation Grants Fund. This year, all donations made at the picnic will go to grants for projects in three areas of interest:

· Education that supports knowledge of birds, 

· Research in ornithology 

· Conservation of birds and their habitat 

You can find more information on the DFO Grants Fund on our website at this link.

Prospect Park is just off 44th Avenue west of Kipling Boulevard. For directions, click here.

Arrive at 10 a.m. to bird this great Wheat Ridge Greenbelt location. The picnic itself begins at 11 a.m. Paths throughout the park are paved and fully accessible.

DFO has rented a covered pavilion with seating and will provide picnickers with bratwursts and beverages. A vegetarian option will be available if you notify us in advance. As this is a potluck picnic, we also ask that each adult bring a dish to share for up to eight people. Here are the assignments:

Last name beginning with A – H: Salad

Last names beginning with I – Q: Side dish

Last names beginning with R - Z Dessert

We'll fire up the grill in time to begin serving lunch at about 11:45 a.m., so please plan to arrive with your potluck item by 11 a.m. so there’s time to set it out and find a place to sit. If you can come earlier, join those of us who’ll be out enjoying the great birding opportunities of Prospect park and the Wheat Ridge Green Belt.

Two things not to forget:

· Unlike our monthly public meetings and weekly field trips, the picnic is for DFO members and immediate family or “plus one” guests, not the general public. But encourage your birding friends who are not DFO members to join us!

· Unlike in previous years, there is no charge for this year’s picnic. We are encouraging you to donate at the picnic to the DFO Grants Fund, so bring cash or your checkbook (no credit cards, thanks.)

· If you have a folding chair, bring it!

Please RSVP by June 7 online or phone picnic chair Tom Behnfield at 303-910-6858.