Barr Lake Bioblitz

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Do you enjoy exploring the natural world and discovering new things, building your bird list, and connecting with fellow nature lovers and bird enthusiasts?

Then join us for the 2023 Bird Conservancy of the Rockies BioBlitz and Community Science Celebration! Enjoy a day of exploration as we count as many different species as we can at Barr Lake State Park, learn about the park’s biodiversity, and celebrate community science!

You’ll join scientists and experts on short walks around Barr Lake State Park where you search for, identify and record as many species as possible! Do you like birds? Join the ornithologists group! Do you want to learn about plants? Join the botanists group! Do you want practice your bird identification skills? Join a bird walk! Just want to hang out and enjoy a beautiful Colorado day? There will be lots of things to do at the Nature Center base camp! You can join survey groups anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

2023 BioBlitz Schedule

(additional surveys are being added daily so check back often!)

7:00-9:00 a.m. Bird Banding demonstration at our Banding Station (concurrent with bird surveys)
7:00-8:00 a.m. Guided Bird Survey
8:00-9:00 a.m. Guided Bird Survey
10:00-11:00 a.m. – Guided Reptile and Amphibian Survey
10:00-11:00 a.m. – Guided Insect Survey
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Guided Reptile and Amphibian Survey
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Guided Insect Survey
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch!
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Meet the Experts!
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Guided Plant Survey
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Guided Plant Survey
3:00 p.m. BioBlitz Wrap-Up

BioBlitz participation is free, but there is a $10 state park fee unless you have an Annual State Parks Pass.

Fall Birding Festival @ Barr Lake State Park

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Fly over to Barr Lake State Park to celebrate fall bird migration, an experience worth sharing with others! Be entertained at this festive community event filled with fun for all ages!

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022
Barr Lake Nature Center
13401 Picadilly Rd Brighton, CO 80603
For more information, contact:
(303) 659-6005
Admission is $9 per vehicle or Free with Annual State Park Pass
Program/Schedule of Activities:
  • Activities:
    – Guided Hourly Bird Walks starting at 7am*
    – Bird Banding Station Visits*
    – Toddler Story Time at the Eagle’s Nest
    – Guided Nature Journaling*
    – Family Activities, Crafts, & Educational Booths
    – Eagle Express Shuttle Tours*
    – Pancake Breakfast ($2)

*Sign up for these activities at the Bird Conservancy booth the day of.

Saga of “Our” Red-tailed Hawk!

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Every year, our friends at Rocky Mountain Raptor Program in Fort Collins, CO receive over 300 injured, sick and orphaned birds. They are nursed back to health and more than 80% of them are released back into the wild. Last fall, bird banders at our Barr Lake State Park station enjoyed the opportunity to meet one of the recipients of their kindness in person!

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Happy Birthday to the Bird Banding Lab!

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This year is the 100th anniversary of the Bird Banding Laboratory, the federal agency responsible for overseeing all bird banding efforts in the United States and Canada. Here we’ll take a look at why banding is such a powerful tool for research while highlighting a few of our projects that put banding to use. With the fall banding season rapidly approaching, its a good time to reexamine what makes a bird in the hand so valuable.

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Bird Banding at Front Range Birding Company

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Join us for a morning of bird banding with Meredith McBurney and our expert volunteers from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies! Mist nets will be set up near the wetlands behind the Front Range Birding Company in Littleton. Each bird will be weighed, measured and documented while you watch. You may even get a chance to experience a “bird in the hand!”

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Big Year for Banding at Barr Lake

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Barr Lake’s fall banding station had an incredible season with 1,902 individual birds caught last year—more than any year in over a decade! The station celebrates another chapter of educating visitors of all ages about the importance of birds in our lives, while also contributing to our understanding of bird distribution, population levels, and conservation needs at key migration stopover habitat.

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