Once a year each winter, dozens of volunteers congregate at Barr Lake State Park to dedicate their day to a singular purpose: tally every bird of every species seen within a 15-mile diameter circle centered on Barr Lake. This tradition has been taking place every year since 1980 at Barr Lake, but the origins of the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) go back much further.
THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY FULL. WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ANYMORE VOLUNTEERS THIS YEAR. THANK YOU!
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ Bald Eagle Watch program was started in 1988 to monitor and help protect the Bald Eagle nest at Barr Lake State Park, northeast of Denver. Now, community scientists with the Bird Conservancy monitor eagle nests across the Front Range to provide information to biologists on the nesting success of the Colorado population.
What: Monitor and collect data on Bald Eagle nesting behavior and productivity. Report any disturbances that may impact nesting eagles. Data help wildlife managers and conservation groups ensure continued healthy populations of Bald Eagles.
When: February to July
Where: Colorado (statewide, but primarily on the front range)
Who: Anyone who can monitor designated nest(s) weekly for a minimum of one hour, fill out a data sheet and enter into an online reporting system; can drive to nest site; enjoys monitoring either alone or with another person; and has a spotting scope or binoculars
Training: Training, via ZOOM, will be held during the day on January 21, 2023. There will be two sessions. The first session is from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and is for new volunteers. The second session is from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and is for anybody that would like more information on the program
To sign up: Please e-mail Meredith McBurney, Volunteer Coordinator, to register for training. You must complete the training in order to participate.
Are you interested in learning all about Bald Eagles? In this webinar, we will learn all about Bald Eagles, their lives and life cycles, and how those living nearby can help them flourish! We will also discuss what Colorado is doing to support these amazing creatures!
There is a $3 program fee to attend this webinar.
In order to provide equitable access to all, complimentary tickets are available at no cost to the participant thanks to support from generous donors.
Registration is required: https://bird-conservancy-of-the-rockies.networkforgood.com/events/28004-living-with-bald-eagles
- New Volunteer Training: Saturday, January 23, 9-11:00 a.m.
- Returning Volunteer Training: Saturday, January 23, 1-3:00 p.m.
Around 200 pairs of Bald Eagles call Colorado home, with most breeding pairs remaining in the state year-round, rearing their young here in the spring and summer. Why, then, does Colorado’s Bald Eagle population surge to well over 1000 birds in the late fall and winter? Migration is the obvious answer, but as you might suspect, it’s a bit more complicated than that. Why do some eagles migrate while others do not? Here we’ll explore the answer to that question and more.