2017 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.

 


 Weekly Birding for Beginners


Date: 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, May – August
Length of Trip: 7:00 -9:00am
Location: River Valley Ranch
Meeting Location: Take the south entrance into RVR and look for us on the left just before the bridge. This trail is the old Riverfront Trail.
Description: Join us for a short 7-9 am bird walk that’s great for beginners! Every first and third Thursday of the month, May – August, Roaring Fork Audubon (RFA) Board Members will be waiting at the small parking area just before the south bridge. Take the south entrance into RVR and look for us on the left just before the bridge. This trail is the old Riverfront Trail. RFA has installed several nest boxes and have been monitoring the impressive bird activity for some time. See what’s happening in your neighborhood!

 


 March


 Hart’s Basin

Date: Saturday, March 25th 2017
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. We will need another driver so please be prepared to drive. Please bring lunch and water. Dress for all weather conditions. 

(If it’s a really crummy day we’ll try for the next day Sunday the 26th. If you have any other questions please call Linda.) 


 April


No field trips 

 


 May


 Birding & Botanizing in the Desert with Dee

Date: Sunday, May 7th  2017, 7:30am
Location: Black Ridge Canyon Wilderness (2 miles southwest of Fruita in Mesa County)
Meeting Location: Aspen Street Coffee in Fruita
Trip Leader: Dee Malone
Registration: eMail Dee at deliamalone@earthlink.net
Description: You have your choice to go the afternoon before, on the 6th and spend the night at James M Robb campground or you can arrive at 7:30am on the 7th at Aspen Street Coffee.   If you are camping, look for us in our “Tiger” camper. Make sure to pack a lunch, snacks and lots of water. 

 

 Dandelion Days Informational Booth

Date: Saturday, May 13th  2017, 10:00am – 2pm
Location: Sopris Park, Carbondale 
Booth Coordinator: Mary Harris (email for more information smnharris@gmail.com
Registration: No registration, just stop by
Description: Roaring Fork Audubon will be at Sopris Park in Carbondale from 10:00 am until early afternoon with a tableful of information on birds, bird trips for education and comradery, citizen science, and more. Join us for this Carbondale tradition of Food, Fun, and Awareness to Conservation. Bring your friends and support Roaring Fork Audubon in our work to be the voice of our native birds and other animals. 

Fruitgrowers Reservoir & Escalante Canyon

Date: Tuesday, May 16th 2017 at 8:00am
Location: Fruitgrowers Reservoir
Trip Leader: Mary Harris
Registration: eMail Mary Harris at smnharris@gmail.com
Description: We will meet at Fruitgrowers Reservoir near Orchard City (other side of McClure’s Pass and about 2 hours drive from Carbondale). Some of us will spend the night in Hotchkiss or camp near the reservoir. Plan on leaving Carbondale by 6:00 a.m. to meet at the Reservoir around 8:00 a.m. Late arrivals will find us on the dam looking for waterfowl and wetlands specialties. We will then travel to the entrance to Escalante Canyon to look for Burrowing Owls, Sage Thrasher, Horned Lark and perhaps Loggerhead Shrike.

This is an all day trip. Bring lunch, snacks and water. 

Spring Bird Count

Date: Saturday, May 20th 2017 at 7:00am
Location: Meet at Linda Vidal’s house (12 Brown Court, Carbondale in Rock Bottom Ranch)
Trip Leader: Mary Harris
Registration: eMail Mary at smnharris@gmail.com
Description: This is possibly one of the most fun birding days! It is also a great day to learn from the more experienced counters, and important citizen science. We almost always find something unusual. We typically meet up in the morning, and then “divide and conquer” by driving to our favorite “birdy” places.

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.

Maroon Creek Wetlands

Date: Wednesday, May 24th 2017 at 7am
Location: Maroon Creek Wetlands
Trip Leader: Sponsored by Roaring Fork Conservancy and City of Aspen Parks & Open Space
RegistrationRoaring Fork Conservancy
Description: Join Roaring Fork Audubon and Roaring Fork Conservancy for a brisk morning of birding at the Maroon Creek Wetlands. Visit the hidden wetlands right under the Maroon Creek Bridge.  Our summer resident birds are making their nests along with the migrating species passing through this beautiful area.  A ranger from City of Aspen Parks & Open Space will explain how this constructed wetland benefits people and wildlife, by being a temporary home to dozens of migratory birds during the early summer.

Mushroom Rock

Date: Thursday, May 25th 2017 at 7:00am
Location: Mushroom Rock/Red Hill
Meeting Location: Parking lot off Hwy 82 at the base of Red Hill/Mushroom Rock
Trip Leader: Mary Harris
Registration: eMail Mary Harris at smnharris@gmail.com
Description:Come see what most people “walk on by”. This steep trail is mainly used for exercise by Carbondale’s residents, but we often find a surprise bird or two. We’ll start early enough to beat the crowd and look for Juniper Titmouse, Lazuli Bunting, Bushtit, White-breasted Nuthatch, Cassin’s Finch, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Hairy, and Downy Woodpecker, Williamson’s Sapsucker, Dusky, Gray, and Ash-throated Flycatchers, Plumbeous Vireo, Pinon and Woodhouse’s Jays, Clark’s Nutcracker, Violet-green Swallows, and perhaps the Canyon Wren will be back. We should be down well before lunch but pack snacks and water.

 


 June


Rock Bottom Ranch (Great Beginner’s Trip)

Date: Friday, June 2nd 2017 
Location: West Parking area near The Catherine’s Store Bridge
Trip Leader: Randy Brimm
Registration: eMail Randy at randybrimm@gmail.com
Description: We will check the riparian/wetlands areas around the Ranch and then drive to a nearby private residence on the Roaring Fork River for lunch/snack. This trip will be very easy light walking with great views of our Valley’s star birds. We will see nesting Great Blue Heron and Osprey, and look for Western Tanager, Bullock’s Oriole, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Yellow Warbler, and more.

Hummers on Placita’s Railroad Trail

Date: Thursday, June 8th 2017 
Location: along Hwy 133 just before the Marble turnoff
Trip Leader: Mary Harris
Registration: eMail Mary Harris at smnharris@gmail.com
Description: This is a gorgeous, easy, and flat trail along Hwy 133 just before the Marble turnoff. Last year we saw the largest concentration of male Broad-tail Hummingbirds defending territories that I have ever seen. Also along this beautiful trail we will find some of these: Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, many Yellow Warblers, Spotted Sandpipers, Great Blue Herons, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Cassin’s Finches, Cedar Waxwings, Swainson’s Thrush, Red-tailed Hawk, and more.

Frying Pan River

Date: Tuesday, June 13th 2017
Location: Frying Pan River, Basalt
Meeting Location: Basalt Park N Ride at 7:00am
Trip Leader: Jennifer
Registration: eMail Jennifer at jklong_mdi@yahoo.com or call at 970-927-9272
Description: Great for all levels! We will start in Basalt and slowly drive up the Frying Pan Road, stopping at various pullouts to explore the riparian habitat.  Come see what great entertainment lies just outside Basalt! Possibilities are:  White-throated Swifts, Belted Kingfisher, American Dipper, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, Mountain Chickadee, Swainson’s Thrush, Gray Cat Bird, Fox and Lincoln’s Sparrow, Mac Gillivray’s Warbler, and more! Because of the winding road and some narrow pullouts, car-pooling will be a necessity and returning early may not be possible. Trip is a little over half-day with lunch below Reudi Dam. Pack lunch and water.

 

Hummers on Placita’s Railroad Trail-Revisted

Date: Sunday, June 18th 2017 
Location: along Hwy 133 just before the Marble turnoff
Trip Leader: Mary Harris
Registration: eMail Mary Harris at smnharris@gmail.com
Description: Celebrate Father’s Day with a trip to check up on our nesting Broad-tailed Hummingbirds as well as other riparian nesting birds. This is a gorgeous, easy, and flat trail along Hwy 133 just before the Marble turnoff. Last year we saw the largest concentration of male Broad-tail Hummingbirds defending territories that I have ever seen. Also along this beautiful trail we will find some of these: Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, many Yellow Warblers, Spotted Sandpipers, Great Blue Herons, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Cassin’s Finches, Cedar Waxwings, Swainson’s Thrush, Red-tailed Hawk, and more.

The Life of the River at Ranch at Roaring Fork

Date: Saturday, June 24th 2017
Location: Ranch at Roaring Fork
Trip Length: 
Trip Leader: Linda Vidal & Dee Malone
Registration: eMail Linda at birder2008@yahoo.com
Description:RRF has some of the last best remaining riparian habitat on the lower Roaring Fork River. The landscape here provides nesting and foraging habitat for a marvelous diversity of birds as well as a hidden trove of rare plant and mammal species. We will spend our morning exploring the trails along the river searching for “The Life of The River”.

 


 July


 Hanging Lake for Black Swifts

Date: Saturday, July 15th 2017
Location: Hanging Lake
Trip Leader: Kendall Henry
Registration: eMail Kendall at kendall@sopris.net
Description: This strenuous hike will take advantage of a very late afternoon start to hopefully miss the crowds and have a chance to find the Black Swifts that nest behind the falls at Hanging Lake. Of course there will be other fun species along the way. Make sure to bring a good headlamp for the way down, layers of clothing, rain gear, water and snacks.

Savage Lakes Trail

Date: Tuesday, July 18th 2017
Location: above Reudi Reservoir past Basalt
Meeting Location:  Basalt at 6:00am to carpool 
Trip Length: All Day
Trip Leader: Liz Bokram
Registration: eMail Liz at lizjohnb@msn.com
Description: A great hike and birding adventure to Savage Lakes, past Reudi Reservoir. The trailhead is 1 ½ hour drive from Basalt, and some of us will be camping and some will meet at 6:00 a.m. in Basalt to carpool. This will be an all day trip for those who like to hike steep, rocky terrain while listening and looking for birds such as Three-toed Woodpeckers, Brown Creekers, Dark-eyed Juncos, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Gray Jays, Hermit Thrush, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Lincoln’s Sparrow.   Wear sturdy boots, bring rain gear, water, snacks and lunch.

Birds, Wildflowers, Butterflies and Pikas on Maroon Lake’s East Portal

Date: Thursday, July 20th 2017 at 7:00am
Location: Maroon Bells
Meeting Location: Aspen Chapel at 7:00am
Trip Leader: Mary Harris
Registration: eMail Mary at smnharris@gmail.com
Description: This is a great walk for birds, wildflowers, butterflies, and pikas too! We will meet at the Aspen Chapel at 7:00 am, drive up to the lake then walk mostly downhill a few miles to the East Portal entrance. We will be looking for higher elevation birds such as Pine Grosbeak, Wilson’s Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, White-crowned and Fox Sparrow, Warbling Vireo, Thrushes, and perhaps a few fledglings. An all day trip. Pack lunch, snacks, water, and rain gear.


 August


 High Elevation Wildflowers & Birds in the Flat Tops

Date: Saturday, August 5th 2017 at 7am
Meeting Location:
Trip Leader: Tom McConnell
Reservation: Call Tom 970-379-7356 or immac@rof.net
Description: A beautiful trip for high elevation wildflowers and birds! There’s lots of driving involved but well worth the long day to get up to this special area of Colorado that will take us to almost 10,000’. We’ll be looking for all kinds of great birds, including the Timberline Sparrow, (our next split?), Red Crossbill, Swainson’s Hawk and more. Bring a lunch, water, snacks, and flower and bird books.

Black Swifts in Ouray

Date: Monday – Wednesday, August 7th – 9th
Location: Ouray
Trip Guide: Liz Bokram
Reservation: Call Liz 970-319-0385 or lizjohnb@msn.com
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. Call or email Liz to sign up, questions and a list of suggested accommodations, (camping and hotel). 

All of Ouray’s accommodations fill up quickly including the best camping spot, Amphitheater Campground. RESERVE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.