Birding by Habitat in the Roaring Fork Valley - aspenreallife

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Birding by Habitat in the Roaring Fork Valley

July 6, 2017 @ 12:00 am - 6:00 am UTC-6

$45.00 – $75.00

This class will visit Subalpine and Alpine habitats including high elevation wetlands and willow carrs, mountain meadows, riparian conifer forests, aspen groves, spruce-fir forests, high elevation grasslands, and alpine tundra.  A special destination during this class will be the south side of the river at North Star Nature Preserve, with permission from Pitkin County Opne Space & Trails.  A sampling of the birds we hope to observe includes Dusky Grouse, Clark’s Nutcracker, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, American Dipper, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, White-crowned Sparrow, Wilson’s Warbler, American Pipit, Horned Lark, White-tailed Ptarmigan, and many more.

Knowing local habitats and the birds that live in them is a foundation that can greatly enhance your birding skills and enjoyment.  This new series of 3 classes, designed for birders of all experience levels, introduces you to a variety of birding locations representing the valley’s rich habitats between the Basalt area and the top of Independence Pass.  Each class focuses on the habitats of a respective elevational area and the birds that live in them, building toward a comprehensive understanding of the valley and its avifauna. Birding basics such as use of binoculars, recognizing birds’ field marks, and bird songs will be incorporated throughout these classes.

Sign up for all three sessions for a discounted price of $130 for ACES members; $200 for non members. Please sign up for each program individually, write “full series” in the notes field and we will refund you.