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UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS, MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Saturday, May 19 - Field Trip to Barr Lake. Carpool participants should arrive at Broomfield Library parking lot at 7:15 a.m. to allow time to sign a liability waiver. Carpools will depart from parking lot at 7:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 19, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Birds of Prey Foundation Open HouseThe Birds of Prey Foundation's Annual Open House for supporters and friends is a special opportunity to see behind the scenes, tour their flight cages, and see many of their educational ambassador raptors. There will be educational booths for the entire family! You can also shop for Birds of Prey merchandise and arts and crafts from local artists.

While there is no charge for this event, a donation or a couple items from their wishlist is appreciated. This will help them get through their busy summer season ahead!

Sunday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Birds of Prey Foundation Open House - The Birds of Prey Foundation's Annual Open House for supporters and friends is a special opportunity to see behind the scenes, tour their flight cages, and see many of their educational ambassador raptors. There will be educational booths for the entire family! You can also shop for Birds of Prey merchandise and arts and crafts from local artists.

While there is no charge for this event, a donation or a couple items from their wishlist is appreciated. This will help them get through their busy summer season ahead!

Tuesday, May 22 – Field Trip to Walden – Sawhill Ponds (map). Carpool participants should arrive at Broomfield Library parking lot at 7:15 a.m. to allow time to sign a liability waiver. Carpools will depart from parking lot at 7:30 a.m. For those driving to Walden on their own, we will meet at the Cottonwood Marsh parking lot near the restrooms. For a downloadable field checklist of the birds of Walden-Sawhill Ponds, click this link.

Thursday, May 24, 8:00 PM – General Meeting
Broomfield Community Center, Bronze Room
280 Spader Way, Broomfield, CO 80020 (map)

Program - Doubleheader Presentation: Peter Dunlaevy, Broomfield's Senior Open Space and Trails Coordinator, will brief us on iNaturalist* and Burrowing Owls in Broomfield and Gary Bowen will have a slideshow of his photography of birds and other wildlife of Metzger Farm Open Space.

*iNaturalist is a citizen science project of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. Observations may be added via the website or from a mobile application.
          
Friday, May 25 – Bird Banding Educational Experience in Boulder County with Sherry Nickolaus, Education Director of the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

Carpool participants should arrive at Broomfield Library parking lot at 7:15 a.m. to allow time to sign a liability waiver. Carpools will depart from parking lot at 7:30 a.m.

NOTE: There is a $5 per-person fee to participate in this unique educational opportunity and it is limited to the first 15 people who RSVP to Judy Enderle by phone (303-359-4167) or by email (judyenderle@earthlink.net).

Sunday, June 3, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Birdwatching for Beginners at Greenlee Wildlife Preserve (map).
(Also 1-3 p.m. on first Sundays: July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, and Nov. 4.)

Sponsored by the City of Lafayette Open Space - Knowledgeable birdwatchers will be on hand with binoculars and spotting scope to bring the world of birds alive for beginning birders (families & adults).

Greenlee Wildlife Preserve, a marsh adjacent to Waneka Lake, is a property of Lafayette Open Space. To reach the site, park at the east parking lot for Waneka Lake (where Emma St. ends at Caria Dr. in Lafayette) and walk 1/3 mile around the N.E. side of the Waneka Lake trail.

Note:
 Children and youth must be accompanied by parents. If you have questions, please contact Martin Ogle at Martin@EntrepreneurialEarth.com


Friday June 15 (4-6 p.m.) and Saturday June 16 (7-9 a.m.) -  Broomfield BioBlitz 2018
Discover and track the flora and fauna of Broomfield's Quail Creek and Plaster Reservoir. Find as many species as you can from Friday June 15 (4-6 p.m.) to Saturday June 16 (7-9 a.m.). Observations can be made and submitted via iNaturalist all day.
Experienced naturalists and equipment to borrow will be made available to assist in app navigation and species identification. How many Broomfield species will you find?

Open to all ages (adult supervision required for children).

FREE to attend. No registration needed.

Parking available at Quail Creek Park on 2202 W 138th Avenue (map).

Follow these steps if you don't already have iNaturalist on your smart phone:
1.    Search “iNaturalist” in your smartphone app store and hit download.
2.    Create a new account and profile.
3.    Join the “Broomfield Bioblitz 2018” Project to make observations at Plaster Reservoir from 6/15 – 6/16/18.
4.    Add the “Broomfield Naturalist’s Guide” to help you identify local flora and fauna.
5.    Start taking pictures and making observations!
For more information, please go to: BROOMFIELD.ORG/INATURALIST

Spring 2018 Birding Challenge!
Broomfield Naturalists's Journal

March 20, 2018 - Happy First Day of Spring! And with spring comes the annual migration of waterfowl, hummingbirds, raptors, and songbirds back to Colorado. Colorado has over 500 species of birds, and ranks among the top ten states with the biggest bird lists. Lots of land and varied habitats are what allows Colorado to make the cut!

Did you know that nearly half of all Colorado bird species can be found in BroomfieldBroomfield Open Space and Trails goes through great lengths to protect nesting birds and bird habitat. Some of Broomfield's best birding sites include Metzger Farm Open SpacePlaster ReservoirBroomfield County Commons Open SpaceLac Amora Open Space, and Siena Reservoir. Use the Colorado County Birding Checklist or FREE Audubon Guide App to see how many Broomfield birds you can find.

The naturalists who find and post the most species of birds to Broomfield Naturalists between March 20th and June 21st will be declared this season's winners!

What’s iNaturalist you say? iNaturalist is a citizen science project and online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe. Observations may be added via the website or from a mobile application. (Source: Wikipedia)

Learn more about iNaturalist at www.inaturalist.org/

Good luck!!

4 Ways to Celebrate the Year of the Bird

2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird protection law ever passed. To honor its success, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to make 2018 the “Year of the Bird.” The next twelve months will be a celebration of scientific research and conservation efforts that protect birds today and will inspire and recommit support for the next hundred years.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is proud to join a group of more than one hundred conservation-minded organizations, such as National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and BirdLife International, to help rally local and worldwide awareness and support for birds and their habitats. Ensuring the success of migratory birds is an integral part of CPW’s mission to protect the wildlife resources of Colorado for current and future generations.

Here are four great ways to join in the celebration:

Bird Club T-Shirts Available! For details, click this link.

ABOUT BROOMFIELD BIRD CLUB

Enjoy watching and learning about wild birds and having fun? Well, we do, too! We are a group of friendly and sharing people who have a passion for wild birds. With over 200 species, you won’t be disappointed observing wild birds throughout Broomfield’s reservoirs, ponds, parks and open spaces.

Sponsored by the Broomfield Open Space Foundation, the Broomfield Bird Club (BBC) was founded in April 2016 and is dedicated to:

  • Promoting interest in and the enjoyment and observation of wild birds.
  • Providing its members and the community with opportunities to learn about wild birds, their habitats and local birding localities.
  • Providing opportunities for community members to become acquainted and to share information and experiences about wild birds.
  • Fostering wild bird related projects (such as bird counts, building nesting boxes, etc.).
  • Supporting the protection and conservation of wild birds and their habitats.
FIELD TRIPS: We welcome birdwatchers of all skill levels, including beginners. We also welcome visitors and guests on all our trips with the following exceptions: (1) BBC members who have made an annual family membership donation will be given first opportunity to participate on "reservations-only" field trips.  (2) Those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. (3) Except for service dogs, no pets are allowed on our field trips.
Use the links to the right under "NAVIGATE OUR WEBSITE" to find out about our upcoming birding field trips, our favorite online birding resources, information about how our membership works and other items relating to our bird club and bird watching. Also, clicking on any of the four tabs directly under the photograph above of the American White Pelican will take to you to the website shown on the tab.
Should you have any questions or suggestions on how to improve the Broomfield Bird Club or its website, please feel welcome to contact us at: info@broomfieldbird.club
In the meantime, we look forward to meeting and doing some bird watching with you all!