Past Field Trips

The following table shows all past field trips for which data is available sorted with the most recent first.  Click on a trip name to view the details, including a link to the eBird checklist of species seen. You may filter the list to find trips to a specific location or led by a specific individual. A cancelled trip is preceded by this symbol:

Leader 2
Northeastern Colorado
6/18/2018 4:30:00 AM
David Suddjian
This is a 2-day trip exploring some of the best locations in far northeastern Colorado. Day 1 will include Tamarack SWA, Jumbo Reservoir, Red Lion, and vicinity. Day 2 may revisit some of the areas of the day before, or may go south to Wray or the former Bonny Reservoir SP. This is a great time for regional specialties such as  Upland Sandpiper, Northern Cardinal, Bell's Vireo, Field Sparrow, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and much more.  Rarities are possible. Overnight on June 18 at Sterling. More detailed itinerary available as trip approaches. Participants are responsible for making arrangements for lodging and, hopefully, working out carpool plans in advance. Expect long days of birding, hot weather and some significant driving. <span style="font-weight: bold">Register online or contact leader. </span>
First Creek at Denver Open Space
6/17/2018 6:00:00 AM
Patrick O'Driscoll
It's nearly the solstice and First Creek's summer residents are settling in. Our Father's Day field trip starts early (half hour past sunrise) on the Denver side. Time permitting, we will also walk Rocky Mountain Arsenal -First Creek trail (Adams County) across Buckley Road. More than 40 bird species have been recorded here in past mid-Junes. Expect kingbirds, orioles, maybe grosbeaks, and the usual compliment of raptors, woodpeckers, warblers, and other songbirds, Plains sparrows, and perhaps waders and shorebirds. Bring a hat, snacks, and plenty of water. Reminder: No restrooms at this location (secluded trees/bushes optional). Closest public facilities are at King Soopers off Tower Road at Green Valley Ranch (about 2 miles SE). <span style="font-weight: bold">Register online or contact leader.</span>
Prospect Park (Wheat Ridge Greenbelt)
6/16/2018 8:00:00 AM
Jackie King
This is a trip with easy walking. It is accessible for mobility impaired individuals. Bring water and a snack. Lunch optional. Good trip for novice birders and new members.  Register online or contact leader.
Chatfield State Park
6/16/2018 5:30:00 AM
David Suddjian
We will bird early along the Platte, where we will look for Least Flycatcher, American Redstart, Red-eyed Vireo, and a strong set of other riparian nesters. Then we will visit accessible lake-viewing spots to see what waterbirds are around and look for rarities.<span style="font-size: 13.3333px">Trip details may change if construction activity in the park restricts access.</span> Bring hiking shoes, liquids and snacks. State Parks pass or daily entrance fee required.  <span style="font-weight: bold">Register online or contact leader.</span>
Upper Beaver Meadows Rocky Mountain National Park
6/15/2018 7:30:00 AM
Bill Wuerthele
This will be a loop hike of just under 5 miles with an elevation gain and loss of approximately 1000 feet.  We will begin on the Deer Mountain Trail  and then follow the Beaver Mountain and Ute Trails to complete the loop back to the parking area. Participants should bring appropriate clothing for the season, including rain gear, and wear shoes appropriate for hiking on a rocky trail. Bring water, lunch, sunscreen, and insect repellent. The trail passes through Sagebrush/Bitterbrush meadows, Ponderosa and Lodgepole Pine forests, areas of Douglas fir, with scattered Aspen groves throughout.  Possible species include N Goshawk, Williamson's and Red-naped Sapsuckers and Dusky Grouse. Carpooling to the park is recommended. <span style="font-weight: bold">Register online or contact the leader.</span>
Bailey Nesting Area, Summit County
6/14/2018 5:30:00 AM
Paul Slingsby
Chris Blakeslee
The trailhead road, about 4 miles, can be driven by most passenger cars. The hike is a moderately steep 4 wheel drive road with some off-trail walking. We will walk less than 3 miles with minimal altitude gain. We hope to see mountain nesting species and will likely find nests. Moose have been seen in this area. Bring lunch and water. <span style="font-weight: bold">Register online or contact leader.</span>
Deer Creek Canyon
6/13/2018 5:30:00 AM
David Suddjian
This is a short morning outing to a few spots along Deer Creek, including areas where we should encounter Ovenbirds and a nice variery of breeding species. Some birding along narrow mountain roads with some early commute traffic and a short hike possible. <span style="font-weight: bold">Register online or contact leader. </span>
Huerfano County
6/12/2018 4:30:00 AM
David Suddjian
This trip will visit several locations in Huerfano County, with a special goal of finding Hepatic Tanager in the Walsenburg area. We will also visit Lathrop State Park and other locations. More details available from leader as the trip approaches. <span style="font-weight: bold">Register online or contact leader. </span>
Elbert County
6/11/2018 5:30:00 AM
David Suddjian
We'll explore some parts of Elbert County, driving roads and seeing what we can find. We will likely focus on the pine forest areas near Elizabeth and the town of Elbert plus some riparian and open areas and we will visit an area that may have Dickcissel. Restroom opportunities will be very limited, but we will be out in the fields. <span style="font-weight: bold">Register online or contact leader. </span>
Cherry Creek SP Wetlands Loop (Arapahoe County)
6/10/2018 8:00:00 AM
Karen von Saltza
Mary Fran O'Connor
This is a half day of walking that passes through most of the important habitats found in the park over a distance of about 3 miles.  Trails could be slippery or muddy. Bring water and snacks; lunch is optional. Beginning birders are welcome. <span style="font-weight: bold">Register online or contact leader.</span>
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