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Barr Lake Christmas Bird Count

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Once a year each winter, dozens of volunteers congregate at Barr Lake State Park, Colorado 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. The 2023 Christmas Bird Count will take place on December 31.

We have driving routes available if you want to stay in a warm vehicle that makes frequent stops to count birds. We also have walking routes that can cover up to six miles. You can be a recorder and write down the number of birds being identified, you can be the counter or you can be the identifier! These counts really are for everyone!

If you’d like to participate email Colin Woolley, Banding Manager and Barr Lake CBC Compiler.

Persistently Pursuing Ptarmigans and other Bird Camp Stories

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As I look back on my seasons as a Camp Director and counselor before that, the moments I think of most often are the moments in between the big things. They’re the glue that holds it all together and cements the impact had by camp on my life. This summer at Bird Camp is no different. I’ve included a few of our favorite stories of awe, wonder, and dirt that wove together the whole of what we did this season.

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Taking Flight – Overnight Camp (Ages 12-14)

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Ages: 12-14
Dates: July 7 – 12, 2024
Tuition: $950/week
Location: Camp takes place in Jamestown, CO. Drop-off and pick-up take place at the Environmental Learning Center in Brighton, CO.

Learn the ecology of the Rocky Mountains and the birds that call these spaces home. Our Taking Flight campers work toward a deeper understanding of the flora and fauna that exist here and the ways that they interact with our avian residents. We aim for these campers to come away with better observational skills and lasting memories of hiking, birding and so much more.

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Scholarships are available for all camps
Applications for scholarships can be made through our online scholarship application. Please complete this form BEFORE you register and wait for a reply from a Bird Conservancy staff member.

On The Wing – Overnight Camp (Ages 15-17)

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Ages: 15-17
Dates: June 20 – June 28, 2024
Tuition: $1,400/week
Location: Camp takes place in Jamestown, CO. Drop-off and pick-up take place at the Environmental Learning Center in Brighton, CO

In our longest running camp program, we aim to provide our eldest campers with opportunities to learn about careers in natural resources, spot new lifer species and create an investigative research question about the things that inspire them. From trekking through the tundra of Rocky Mountain National Park to camping among the woodland forest in the foothills, we aim to truly take these campers soaring over different unique spaces learning and having fun throughout.

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Scholarships are available for all camps
Applications for scholarships can be made through our online scholarship application. Please complete this form BEFORE you register and wait for a reply from a Bird Conservancy staff member.

Wild Nestlings Mini-Camp (Ages 4-5)

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Ages: 4-5
When: July 29-August 2, 2024. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Daily.
Tuition: $120/week; scholarships are available.
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO

Our youngest campers will explore the great outdoors through nature walks, crafts, stories, games, and structured outdoor play. Mini-Camps focus on building connections to the outdoors through sensory experiences, and building friendships among campers.

REGISTER HERE!

Scholarships are available for all camps
Applications for scholarships can be made through our online scholarship application. Please complete this form BEFORE you register and wait for a reply from a Bird Conservancy staff member.

Raptor Camp (Ages 8-9)

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Ages: 8-9
When: July 15-19, 2024. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily.
Tuition: $240/week; scholarships are available.
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO

Raptors are top predators here on the grassland! Campers will learn all about the variety of raptors that live in Colorado, as well as their adaptations and the food webs that they dominate.  All of our Day Camps strive to balance learning and fun through games, hikes, crafts, scavenger hunts, and structured outdoor play.

REGISTER HERE!

Scholarships are available for all camps
Applications for scholarships can be made through our online scholarship application. Please complete this form BEFORE you register and wait for a reply from a Bird Conservancy staff member.

Budding Birders Camp (Ages 6-7)

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Ages: 6-7
When: July 22-26, 2024. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily.
Tuition: $240/week; scholarships are available.
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO

Hone your birding skills in this camp designed to take your birding to the next level! Campers will become experts in binocular and field guide use, and build their observational and scientific skills. All of our Day Camps strive to balance learning and fun through games, hikes, crafts, scavenger hunts, and structured outdoor play.

REGISTER HERE!

Scholarships are available for all camps
Applications for scholarships can be made through our online scholarship application. Please complete this form BEFORE you register and wait for a reply from a Bird Conservancy staff member.

Birding Adventure Camp (Ages 12-13)

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Ages:  12-13
When: June 3-7, 2024. 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Daily
Tuition: $340/week; scholarships are available
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO

Take your birding to the next level by visiting different birding hotspot locations along the front range. Campers will go on three field trips away from Barr Lake to find new birds to add to their life lists while exploring some of the different ecosystems that birds thrive in.

REGISTER HERE

Scholarships are available for all camps
Applications for scholarships can be made through our online scholarship application. Please complete this form BEFORE you register and wait for a reply from a Bird Conservancy staff member.

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Ages:  12-13
When: June 3-7, 2024. 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Daily
Tuition: $340/week; scholarships are available
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO

Take your birding to the next level by visiting different birding hotspot locations along the front range. Campers will go on three field trips away from Barr Lake to find new birds to add to their life lists while exploring some of the different ecosystems that birds thrive in. REGISTER HERE on November 1st!

Scholarships are available for all camps
Applications for scholarships can be made through our online scholarship application. Please complete this form BEFORE you register and wait for a reply from a Bird Conservancy staff member.

The Big Week (Ages 10-11)

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Ages: 10-11
When: June 10- 14, 2024. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily
Tuition: $285/week; scholarships are available.
Location: Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane, Brighton, CO

In The Big Week, campers will hone their observational and scientific skills in order to see as many bird species as possible. In 2023, campers saw 31 different species; can you help us top that in 2024? We will explore different habitats and seek out the birds that call them their home. All of our Day Camps strive to balance learning and fun through games, hikes, crafts, scavenger hunts, and structured outdoor play.

REGISTER HERE!

Scholarships are available for all camps
Applications for scholarships can be made through our online scholarship application. Please complete this form BEFORE you register and wait for a reply from a Bird Conservancy staff member.