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Thirsty Bird Happy Hour!

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Our Thirsty Bird Happy Hour is a casual event for folks to mix and mingle with Bird Conservancy staff and fellow bird lovers. Tell your friends, grab a beer, and join us all summer long as we raise a glass to birds!

Thirsty Bird Happy Hour!

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Our Thirsty Bird Happy Hour is a casual event for folks to mix and mingle with Bird Conservancy staff and fellow bird lovers. Tell your friends, grab a beer, and join us all summer long as we raise a glass to birds!

Thirsty Bird Happy Hour!

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Our Thirsty Bird Happy Hour is a casual event for folks to mix and mingle with Bird Conservancy staff and fellow bird lovers. Tell your friends, grab a beer, and join us all summer long as we raise a glass to birds!

Thirsty Bird Happy Hour!

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Our Thirsty Bird Happy Hour is a casual event for folks to mix and mingle with Bird Conservancy staff and fellow bird lovers. Tell your friends, grab a beer, and join us all summer long as we raise a glass to birds!

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.

15th Annual Karval Mountain Plover Festival

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The Karval Mountain Plover Festival began when Karval community members were looking at economic opportunities for this small community. We decided to “bring the bird lovers to the bird”. This is a weekend full of bird watching, Wildlife viewing tours, entertainment, history, arts and crafts, antiques, and LOTS OF GOOD FOOD!

Along with bird watching, here are some of the other things you will enjoy: You’ll get the chance to mingle with farmers and ranchers who choose to live in the local community and learn about their lifestyle. Eat home style food at every meal. Most meals are prepared by the community’s non-profit organizations. Saturday evening includes a Country dinner with authentic western entertainment. Learn about conservation practices and history of the area. Tour Private Land that would normally not be accessible. Make new friends!

Bird Conservancy staff will be at the event leading bird-watching tours and discussions about ecology, biology and natural resource management.

Visit https://mountainploverfestival.com/ for more information and to register!

Follow this LINK to download the festival brochure.

40th Monte Vista Crane Festival

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Join Us For The Migration Experience Of A Lifetime. The 40th Festival Will Be March 10-12, 2023

Sandhill Cranes and other migratory birds follow a long route during their seasonal migrations. Along the way, there are many places where you can stop and view these beautiful creatures. So what makes the Monte Vista Crane Festival Unique? We believe it is a combination of unmatched scenery, exceptional wildlife viewing, and the friendly, welcoming communities of the San Luis Valley.

At the Monte Vista Crane Festival you can enjoy thousands of Sandhill Cranes, ducks, and geese flying against a backdrop of mountain scenery. Raptors will adorn the power poles and owls will be sitting with their young. A visit to the Monte Vista Crane Festival is an opportunity to see an amazing natural spectacle as well as experience a unique rural community.

Bird Conservancy’s Private Land Wildlife Biologist Anna Greenberg will be a presenter at the festival.

Visit mvcranefest.org to purchase your ticket and for more information.

Christmas Bird Count at Barr Lake

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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.

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Conservation Birding Tour – Sandhill Crane Migration

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Please note that this trip is currently full!
If you would like to be added to a waitlist of this trip or be contacted about future trips, please contact Joe Pettit

Join Bird Conservancy of the Rockies at the iconic Zapata Ranch for a weekend of exploration in the majestic San Luis Valley. Guests will be joined by scientists, birders, ranchers, and expert guides as they tour the 100,000 acre ranch and visit the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge to view Sandhill Cranes on their spring migration. This exclusive trip is perfect for birders, nature lovers and anyone interested in land conservation.


Medano – Zapata Ranch

The group will explore the extensive meadows, lakes, historic headquarters, and bison barn while learning about the 2,000-head wild bison herd and it’s role in conservation. We will explore the original Medano Homestead which dates back to the 1860s and see the fascinatingly diverse ecosystem in this portion of the ranch. As we drive amongst wild bison we will keep an eye out for the other extraordinary animals that call this side of the ranch home. Elk, porcupine, coyotes, golden eagles, great horned owls, hawks, and pronghorn are commonly spotted.


Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge

We’ll be greeted at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge by the “gar-oo-oo” of sandhill cranes, the quacks of mallard ducks, and the vibrant whistling songs of western meadowlarks. We will also find beautiful vistas of wetlands and meadows that make up great portions of the Refuge. As a backdrop to the Refuge’s many scenic vistas, visitors can also enjoy amazing sunsets against the backdrop of the nearby San Juan Mountains.


Accommodations

When not in the field, guests will enjoy wonderful accommodations and dining provided by Ranchlands, the amazing team that manages the ranch. Guests will be joined by Bird Conservancy of the Rockies staff including Executive Director and Sandhill Crane expert Tammy VerCauteren and Anna Greenberg, Private Lands Wildlife Biologist based in the San Luis Valley. With a small group size, the trip will give guests a high level of access to scientists, birding experts and conservation practitioners and the opportunity for deep learning about the challenges and successes in the bird conservation world.


Details

Cost of the trip is $995 per room based on double occupancy.

Cost Includes: Accommodations for two nights, meals as specified in the itinerary, land transportation during the journey, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.
Cost Does Not Include: Transportation to and from Zapata Ranch, items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone, drinks from the bar, and gratuities for luggage handling or personal services.
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies is collaborating with Ranchlands to offer this trip. Ranchlands is responsible for all trip accommodations, services, and policies. Trip costs and fees will be processed by Ranchlands and will not constitute a charitable gift to Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.