2015 Past Field Trips


 TRIP GUIDELINES

  • All trips need to be reserved
  • There is a 10-person maximum.
  • Carpooling is required on all trips and we will chip in on gas.
  • It may not be possible to leave a trip early – check with trip leader.
  • Dress in layers for all Colorado weather.
  • Always bring hat, water, and snacks – check with trip leader if a sack lunch is needed.
  • Talk to trip leader if you need binoculars.

 


 February


 

Raptors of the Roaring Fork Valley

Date: Saturday, February 21st 2015 at 8am
Meeting Location: Meet at the Tractor Store’s parking lot (“old mall” in Glenwood Springs)
Trip Leader: Tom McConnell
Reservation: Call Tom 970-379-7356 or immac@rof.net
Description: This is a half day trip. Be prepared for cold weather. Please bring snacks and water.


 March


 

Hart’s Basin

Date: Saturday, March 28th 2015
Location: Hart’s Basin, CO
Meeting Location: CMC (Carbondale) parking lot at 7am.
Trip Leader: Linda Vidal
Registration: Call Linda 970-704-9950 or birder2008@yahoo.com (limited to 10)
Description: Join Linda Vidal to welcome back the Sandhill Cranes and other migrating water fowl as well as the possibility for some shore bird species. Please bring lunch and water. Dress for all weather conditions.

 


 May


 National Monument

Date: Friday, May 8th 2015
Location: National Monument
Trip Leader: Dee Malone
Registration: Call Dee Malone 970-963-2143 or deliamalone@earthlink.net
Description: Welcome our returning spring birds and look for desert speciality birds with Dee Malone.

Spring Bird Count

Date: Sunday, May 24th 2015
Location: Meet at Linda Vidal’s house (12 Brown Court, Carbondale in Rock Bottom Ranch)
Trip Leader: Call Linda Vidal
Registration: eMail Mary Harris at smnharris@gmail.com
Description: Roaring Fork Audubon will conduct our 30th Spring Bird Count! This count is an important conservation tool, used to access the numbers of our surviving wintering birds and to see how many of our migrating birds are returning. The information gathered is sent to Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society through eBird. The observations of each group join those of others in an international network of data that shares with a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, and conservation biologists. In time, these data will become the foundation for a better understanding of bird distribution across the western hemisphere and beyond, with data recorded in English, Spanish, and French.

Get ready for a long day in the field with all appropriate dress, water, lunch and snacks. We will meet at Linda Vidal’s House, 12 Brown Ct. Rock Bottom Ranch, to start with her abundant feeders, then split into groups and carpool.

 

Rock Bottom Ranch Trail

Date: Saturday, May 30th 2015 at 7:00 a.m.
Location: West Parking area near The Catherine’s Store Bridge
Trip Leader: Kendall Henry & Jennifer Long
Registration: eMail Kendall at kendall@sopris.net
Description: This is a great mix of riparian and sage community birds that everyone from beginners to experts will enjoy. Easy walking from our 7:00 a.m. meeting spot at the west parking area near The Catherine’s Store Bridge about 1.5 miles to the Rock Bottom Ranch to meet our shuttle car. This great mix of habitats will make it exciting to look for sage birds as well as riparian. Cat Birds, Warbling Vireo, Song Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Western Tanagers, Bullock’s Orioles and more. Bring a lunch and we will picnic at the Rock Bottom Ranch.


 June


Bountiful Riparian Birds

Date: Saturday, June 13th 2015
Location: Ranch at the Roaring Fork
Trip Leader: Linda Vidal
Registration: Call Linda 970-704-9950 or birder2008@yahoo.com (limited to 10)
Description: Join Linda Vidal for a chance to see migration passerines as well as breeding birds at the “Ranch at the Roaring Fork”. This is an easy walking tour around the grounds. Bring your lunch to sit on the deck and watch the feeders. Possibility for a willow flycatcher!

Express Creek High Elevation: What’s singing up high?

Date: Tuesday, June 16th 2015
Location: Express Creek, located off of Castle Creek Road
Trip Leader: Liz Bokram
Registration: Call Liz 970-319-0385 by June 9th to reserve and receive meeting time & place.
Description: Join this annual trip up Express Creek, located off of Castle Creek Road in Pitkin County, to discover birds’ singing as the snow is melting from the peaks.  Four-wheel vehicles will drive us up Taylor Pass Road to below snow line for this all-day trip.  Then we hike up over tree line looking for very cool high-elevation birds such as Pine Grosbeak, Wilson’s Warblers, Olive-sided Flycatchers, and more! This trip needs to be reserved by June 9th to make the necessary jeep arrangements. Hiking ability: medium to difficult at high altitude.   Make sure to bring layers of warm clothing, snacks, lunch and water in your backpack.

Carbondale Riparian

Date: Saturday, June 27th 2015
Location: Carbondale’s CMC parking lot at 7:00 a.m.
Trip Leader: Mary Harris
Registration: eMail Mary Harris at smnharris@gmail.com
Description: This is a half-day short walk along a rich area of the Crystal River as it passes through Carbondale near the River Valley Ranch. We will be looking for Yellow Warblers, American Dippers, Bullock’s Orioles, Gray Catbird, Osprey, ducks, Song Sparrows, and more. We will meet at Carbondale’s CMC parking lot on Colorado Ave at 7:00 a.m. Bring snack, water, and clothing layers.


July


Savage Lakes Trail

Date: Saturday, July 18th 2015
Location: above Reudi Reservoir past Basalt
Trip Leader: Mary Harris
Registration: eMail Mary Harris at smnharris@gmail.com
Description: This high elevation, rugged trail is above Reudi Reservoir past Basalt. The drive is over an hour, so we will discuss where and when to meet after our group forms. Camping at Difficult Campground the night before? The trail is steep but we will stop often to look and listen for Brown Creepers, Pine Grosbeaks, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Three-toed Woodpecker, and other cool difficult- to-find birds.

Black Swifts in Ouray

Date: Monday – Wednesday, July 20th – 22nd 2015
Location: Express Creek, located off of Castle Creek Road
Trip Leader: Liz Bokram
Registration: Call Liz 970-319-0385 to sign up and a list of suggested accommodations, (camping and hotel) Campgrounds and hotels fill up quickly in the summer – please reserve early!
Description: Join us for a great opportunity, and the best place anywhere, to observe up close one of the last North American birds described to science. Black Swifts have received much attention lately with the recent discovery of their wintering grounds in the Amazon basin. (Roaring Fork Audubon was instrumental in this discovery.) Colorado hosts the most breeding sites for this elusive bird and Sue Hirshman, with over 19 years of monitoring the swifts, will be our personal guide and tutor.We will meet Monday late morning, (time and place to be determined), and then drive to Ouray, birding along the way. Bring a pack lunch and money for all other meals and accommodations.

Tundra

Date: Saturday, July 25th 2015
Location: To be announced
Trip Leader: Dee Malone
Registration: Call Dee Malone 970-963-2143 or deliamalone@earthlink.net
Description: A great opportunity! Details coming.


August


 Birds, Bats and Hot Springs-Oh My!  (Overnight Trip)

Date: Saturday & Sunday August 8th & 9th 2015
Location: Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa
Trip Leader: Mary Harris
Registration: eMail Mary Harris at smnharris@gmail.com before June 1st. The hotel will fill up quickly so you will need to reserve it early. Contact Mary A.S.A.P and she will give you the information to reserve a room using our group rate.
Description: Join us on this adventurous overnight excursion to witness the out-flight of about 300,000 Mexican Free-tail Bats with their newly emerging babies.  While the bats will be the main focus this time of year, we will be looking for late high elevation birds and wildflowers.

We will meet at 7:00 a.m. at Carbondale’s public parking lot on Colorado Ave across from Town Hall, and pick up any up-valley participants along the way as we head over Independence Pass and stop to find high elevation birds and wildflowers.

We will make stops along the way for our sack lunch and anything interesting to the group. Dinner will be at a restaurant in Salida or Villa Grove depending on our progress.We will check into the Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa, and take advantage of their mineral hot springs before driving 8 miles to the Orient Land Trust to watch the bats fly out. To reach the cave we will have a moderately strenuous 1.7 mile hike.

The rooms are queen bed doubles and are $150 for two people. Breakfast and the hot springs are included.  Other expenses will be lunch on the way back, and the dividing of gas. We will work with singles to match you up with a roommate. Pack all overnight needs. Headlamp, good flashlight, binoculars, water, lunch for the first day, snacks, and appropriate clothing for night walking and high elevation birding, including hat and gloves.  If you do not have binoculars, let Mary know and she will try to borrow some for you.

Hummingbirds Up Close & Personal

Date: Saturday, August 15th 2015
Location: Steve Bouricius’s banding station in Palisade, CO
Meeting Location: CMC (Carbondale) parking lot at 6:30am. Car Pool to Steve’s Home
Trip Leader: Linda Vidal
Registration: Call Linda 970-704-9950 or birder2008@yahoo.com (limited to 10)
Description: Ever want to see a hummingbird up close and personal? Join Linda Vidal on this unique trip to Palisade, CO, to the banding station of Steve Bouricius for a demonstration hummingbird banding. Steve has been banding here for many years, and it should be very exciting for us all. We will also spend the day birding around Grand Junction. Bring lunch, snacks, water, and all necessary clothing.


October


 Happy Halloween Birding Trip on the 31st!

Date:  Saturday October 31st 2015
Location: Vega Reservoir
Meeting Location: Tractor store in the old mall in Glenwood at 7AM and please be prepared to drive if needed.
Trip Leader: Linda Vidal & Tom McConnell
Registration: Call Linda 970-704-9950 or birder2008@yahoo.com or Tom 970-379-7356 or immac@rof.net
Description: Join Linda and Tom  for a birding trip to Vega Reservoir looking for water fowl and mountain birds on the Grand Mesa. This has been a long overdue trip that we would like to share with others. This will be an all day trip and you need to dress for all kinds of weather and bring a lunch.


November


 Delta County Sandhill Cranes

Date: Saturday, November 14th 2015
Location: Delta County
Meeting Location: CMC (Carbondale) parking lot at 7:00am.
Trip Leader: Linda Vidal & Tom McConnell
Registration: Call Linda 970-704-9950 or birder2008@yahoo.com or Tom 970-379-7356 or immac@rof.net
Description: Did you know that 1000’s of sandhill cranes winter in the Delta County. If you missed them last spring  we’ll share them with you this November. We’ll also visit some old favorites. Please be prepared for any weather, bring a lunch and be prepared to drive if needed.