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Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge--North Park--Walden
5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Chris Goulart firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-764-2126
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
From I-70, take Morrison exit. Go south on CO 26 for 0.5 mile, turn right into parking lot.
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This trip is limited to the first 7 registrations.
North Park has the most breeding waterfowl in CO. Will explore high plateau of the Arapaho NWR and surrounding area. We will visit Lake John, Walden Reservoir, and the Moose Visitor Center (if time allows). Target birds include American Three-toed Woodpecker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Gray Jay, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin’s Finch, Golden Eagle, Greater Sage-Grouse, Veery, Northern Water-thrush and waterfowl. Birds found previously on this trip include Sage Grouse, Fox Sparrow, Sagebrush Sparrow, Sora, Burrowing Owl (rare in North Park), Long-billed Curlew, Short-eared Owls (small breeding population in North Park), Willet, and Golden Eagle.
Trip will not involve significant walking, but will spend entire day above 9,000 feet. Bring food for 3 meals, snacks, lots of water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and binoculars. We will probably stop for lunch in Walden. Trip leader will have a scope but at least one more would be beneficial.
The focus of this trip will be unique breeding birds of Colorado. We will try to find birds singing on territory, mating displays of raptors and waterfowl, and the other birds that can be found on this high plateau. The educational focus will be on behavior with discussions of foraging behavior, mating and young-rearing activities, and territoriality.
This will be a LONG day. The destination is far for a single day birding trip, but it is possible and has been done previously.
We will meet at the upper Stegosaurus Parking Lot and will transit to Walden over Berthoud Pass. We will stop at the top of Berthoud to see what high-mountain birds may be found. Due to the distance I want to try to limit to two cars, but if there is interest I may add a third.
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