Fueling Migratory Birds with David Menough

WHEN: Thursday, September 6 - 7:00 P.M.

 Broomfield Library, 3 Community Park Road (map)

 Migration is a difficult time for birds. This annual, epic journey is fraught with perils for our feathered friends. Learn how you can increase the odds of their success on this trek across the continent with David Menough, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Arvada (7370 W. 88th Avenue, 303-467-2644).

David will discuss fascinating insights concerning bird migration and show you the importance of providing the most healthful fueling station to help our avian amigos on their voyage.

This event is a part of Broomfield's Open Space Speaker Series. (A downloadable calendar of the remaining Speaker Series events this year is available at:

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Lafayette History from a “Birds Eye View”
Changes in feathered fauna in an evolving landscape

WHEN:  Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10:30 AM

WHERE:  Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Rd., Lafayette (map)

DETAILS:  In addition to its own song, that Blue Jay calling out in your backyard sings its part in the chorus of Lafayette’s story.  This fascinating program, sponsored by the Lafayette Historical Society and Lafayette Open Space, tracks the changes in the nature of our land – how changes in human land use have transformed the avian fauna of our region.

Learn how the building of cities, planting of trees creation of water projects and other human activities have ushered in many species (including some of the most familiar) and ushered out a number of others.  What other songbirds followed the path of the Blue Jay?  What water birds are newcomers to our prairie landscape?   And what of the Burrowing Owl?

For more information, please contact:

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WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2018.

 Barr Lake State Park - Nature Center, 13401 Picadilly Rd, Brighton, CO 80603 (map). Phone: 303-659-6005. (The Nature Center is located near the south parking lot.)

 Meet in the Broomfield Library parking lot (map) at 7:15 am where we’ll depart at 7:30 amfor carpooling to Barr Lake, where we’ll gather together at the Nature Center at approximately 8:15 am.

 The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies charges each participant a $5 program fee. Barr Lake State Park also charges a $7 per vehicle entrance fee (unless you already have a valid annual state park pass).

This bird banding experience is open to all and no prior banding experience is required.

Participants will also need to sign the Broomfield Bird Club’s Liability Waiver (which can be viewed and downloaded at this link).

Judy Enderle is the contact person for this trip and she can be reached by email at
judyenderle@earthlink.net or at 303-359-4167 (call or text).

 Please bring water, sunscreen, sunhat, insect repellent, binoculars, snacks and a bird guide or app.

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5th Annual “Celebrating Bird Migration” at
Waneka Lake and Greenlee Wildlife Preserve

WHEN:  Sunday, September 23, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Rain date, September 30, 2018)

WHERE:  Starts at the Waneka Lake East parking lot (map)
DETAILS:  Explore the wonderful world of birds in a beautiful place!  See live birds of prey up close and view birds in the wild through spotting scopes and binoculars.  Learn about migration, marshes and the role avian friends play in our lives.  Enjoy art projects and a scavenger hunt.  These and other activities will be featured at the 5th annual “Celebrating Bird Migration” at Lafayette’s Waneka Lake and Greenlee Wildlife Preserve Open Space.  The 1/3 mile walking path between the parking area and Greenlee Wildlife Preserve will feature several local organizations with great activities and displays to offer.  This free, public event is suitable for all ages and will also feature an array of fine door prizes.

This program begins at the Waneka Lake East parking lot (where Emma St. ends at Caria Drive in Lafayette).

In addition to Lafayette Open Space, the following groups will be on hand to entertain and educate:  Lafayette Rec Center, the American Birding Association, Boulder County Audubon Society (and the Boulder Teen Naturalists program), Lafayette Historical Society, Environment for the Americas (home of International Migratory Bird Day), JAX Outdoor Gear, Thorne Nature Experience, Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee, Boulder County Nature Association, Broomfield Bird Club / Broomfield Open Space, Nature's Educators, Colorado Parks and Wildlife / Barr Lake State Park.  Parent Engagement Network is also a co-sponsor of this event.

For more information, please contact:
Martin Ogle at Martin@EntrepreneurialEarth.com or 720-612-0506.

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Broomfield Community Center
280 Spader Way, Broomfield (map)

Program: BIRDING TO THE NORTH POLE, by Bill Schmoker*

In August 2015 Bill Schmoker embarked on the US Arctic GEOTRACES Expedition as a PolarTREC teacher.  The experience began in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy in early August.  For 65 days this polar icebreaker was home to the Coast Guard crew, 49 scientists, and Bill as they transited the Bering and Chukchi Seas en route to deep water basins of the Arctic Ocean and ultimately the Geographic North Pole (marking the first time a US surface ship reached the pole unaccompanied.)  After over a month in the pack ice the Healy returned to Dutch Harbor in mid-October.  In this talk Bill recounts the unusual teaching and birding opportunities he was afforded on this journey, along with other wildlife and natural phenomena he experienced to accompany the cutting-edge physical oceanography that the expedition focused on.

*Bill Schmoker is an Earth Science teacher at Centennial Middle School in Boulder, where he has taught for 23 years. He is passionate about birding and bird photography, photographing over 640 species of North American birds and having his photos appear internationally in numerous books, magazines, web sites, and interpretive signage. He has been an instructor for the Denver Audubon Society, Boulder County Nature Association, The Nature Conservancy, the American Birding Association's Youth Birding Program and the Institute for Field Ornithology.
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The Broomfield Bird Club is excited to announce that we have started a new birding experience for club members and all our friends: Backyard Bird Habitat Tours. These tours are being organized by our own, Cindy Card.

Backyard Bird Habitat Tours promise to be a lot of fun and inspirational for anyone interested in creating and maintaining habitats in their own yards that result in a rewarding stream of visiting birds throughout the seasons.

Please let Cindy know (720-656-5699) if you would like to offer your yard for a future tour, or if you know of a neighbor or family member who may be interested in hosting one of these habit tours.

Also, if you have any interest at all in attracting birds to your yard, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the All Seasons Hobby Guide at Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Arvada (on 7370 W. 88th Avenue – map). This Hobby Guide is designed to help you identify exactly which food and feeder combinations are most likely to bring in daily, seasonal, and rare birds. It will also help you to be thoughtful about where to place your feeders, how to create an inviting and safe environment for the birds, and how to solve basic problems. Give David at Wild Birds Unlimited a call 303-467-2644 for more information—and tell him the Broomfield Bird Club sent you!

Thanks -- and happy birding!

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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:

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