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Bald Eagle Walks

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Did you know that upwards of 100 Bald Eagles winter at Barr Lake? Join us to see this spectacle and observe these resilient birds. We’re hosting four opportunities to get out and learn about the eagles of Barr Lake this winter. Each walk will be guided by knowledgeable Bird Conservancy Staff and Volunteers so you’re sure to learn something new! Binoculars will be provided.

Please note: This walk will be about 1.5 miles each way to the gazebo and viewing area (~3 miles round trip).

Scholarships are available. Please complete THIS FORM BEFORE you register and wait for a reply from a Bird Conservancy staff member.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A WALK!

This program takes place at the Barr Lake State Park Nature Center located at 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton, CO. Please note, a $10 Daily or Annual Colorado State Parks Pass is required for entry into the park at all times.

Our community of practice is to be an organization that welcomes people of all backgrounds, beliefs, colors and creeds to join in, benefit from and contribute to our mission. We strive for inclusivity of all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other status.

Family Nature Club: Animals in Winter

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This month we will investigate how animals survive the long, cold winter months. Do they put on coats, hats and gloves and snuggle up next to a warm fire? Join us to explore how animals survive winter, play games and investigate animal biofacts.

Animals in Winter will be outside the entire time. Please dress comfortably for the weather and bring snacks/water as needed.

Register here by February 1, 2024: https://bit.ly/animalsinwinterfnc

Family Nature Club is intended for children and their grownups. Each family group will receive an Exploration Kit to use during the series to investigate the nature around them and to complete challenges at home between sessions.

Thanks to generous support from Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and individual donations, our programs are offered at NO COST to you!

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.

Family Nature Club: Tracking Wildlife

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During this month’s session we will explore how we can find out what animals have visited an area, all without laying eyes on them! We will learn about animal tracks and other signs, and sharpen our observation skills as we search for any clues that point to what animals are visiting our neighborhood.

Tracking Wildlife will be outside the entire time. Please dress comfortably for the weather and bring snacks/water as needed.

Register here by January 4, 2024: https://bit.ly/FNCTrackingWildlife

Thanks to generous support from individual donations, like you, and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, our programs are offered at NO COST to you!

Family Nature Club is intended for children and their grownups. Each family group will receive an Exploration Kit to use during the series to investigate the nature around them and to complete challenges at home between sessions.

All are welcome. Our community of practice is to be an organization that empowers people of all backgrounds, beliefs, colors and creeds to join in, benefit from and contribute to our mission. We strive for inclusivity of all persons regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other status.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.