UPCOMING MEETINGS, FIELD TRIPS AND EVENTS


~ JANUARY & FEBRUARY BIRD WALKS ~

  • Wednesday, January 29 – Coal Creek – meet at Broomfield Library parking lot (map) to carpool at 8:45 AM, leaving at 9:00 AM. No registration required.
  • Saturday, February 1 – Rocky Mountain Arsenal – meet at Broomfield Library parking lot (map) to carpool at 8:00 AM, leaving at 8:15 AM. Register with Jan Kardatzke at 303-506-0221. Leader -  Jan.
  • Saturday, February 8 – Barr Lake Eagle Watch – meet at the Broomfield Library parking lot (map) at 8:45 AM for carpooling. Leaving parking lot at 9:00 sharp. (Those wishing to drive separately can meet us at Barr Lake Nature Center between 9:45–10 AM.) Register with Cindy Clark by text or message at 720-737-1491.
  • Saturday, February 15 – Lagerman Reservoir Longmont for Raptors – Meet at Broomfield Library parking lot (map) to carpool at 7:45 AM, leaving at 8:00 AM. Register with Jan Kardatzke at 303-506-0221. Leaders - Peter and Chris.
  • Wednesday, February 26 – Metzger Farms – Meet in the parking lot at 9:00 AM. No registration required.

Remaining 2020 Bird Walks & Events Here.
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N E X T  G E N E R A L  M E E T I N G
(Free and Open to the Public)


WHEN: Monday, January 27 - starts with social time at 6:15 pm (see below); Meeting starts at 7:00 pm.

WHERE: Broomfield Community Center, 280 Spader Way (map).


SOCIAL TIME - 6:15 PM: Everyone is invited to join in for a little pre-meeting socializing. Please feel welcome to bring a little baked goods, hors d’oeuvres, and/or wine to share. Also, we are asking members to bring a flash drive of their personal bird photographs to share as well. This is our renewal membership drive and an invitation for others to join. Membership is $20.00.

PROGRAM: Chris “Boomer” Petrizzo (one of the folks who helped found the Broomfield Bird Club) will talk about how to plan a Self-drive Safari in South Africa: Making Your Dream a Reality. Self-drive tours are the most affordable way to see the landscape and gives you flexibility and the thrill of spotting wildlife at your leisure.

Chris will show pictures of exotic birds he took in South Africa. He will also help you design your own Self-Drive Safari in South Africa. Chris explained, “Have you dreamed of going on an African safari, but been intimidated by the prices posted by the tour companies, or overwhelmed with decisions about locations, accommodations, and getting around? You can have your own grand adventure that is a rewarding, enjoyable experience, and a lot cheaper than you might think!”

South Africa has a well-developed infrastructure and some of the best bird and wildlife viewing on the continent. Chris’ photos will take you to Kruger, Kgalagadi, the Garden Route, and many other national parks and reserves, as he covers the practicalities of flights, local transport, sightseeing, and lodging.


Chris has photographed wildlife around the world, and probably has a little too much experience arranging his own travel – especially in South Africa. Chris pays for his wildlife habit by helping organizations develop and deliver great training.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL DRIVE – Our annual renewal membership drive and an invitation for others to join will also take place at the January 27 meeting. Annual family membership is $20.00.


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WANT TO HELP SHAPE LAWS AFFECTING BIRDS IN COLORADO?

Advocating for bird-friendly legislation is one of the most impactful ways to help birds and the environment in Colorado. But without an understanding of the process, it can seem daunting.

Therefore, Audubon Rockies and Denver Audubon are sponsoring Getting Green Laws 2020, a free online webinar training in February on how to make your voice heard by legislators on policies affecting birds in Colorado being decided on right now.

To learn more about this important webinar, please click here.

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~ BACKYARD BIRD HABITAT TOURS ~

Backyard Bird Habitat Tours, organized by Cindy Card, our club's president, 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!


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FREE BIRD WALKS EVERY SATURDAY
WITH THE BOULDER FLYING CIRCUS BIRDERS

Time: 7:30 to 11:30 am
Where: Niwot Park-N-Ride - map
When: Every Saturday

The Boulder Flying Circus Birders, often led by Steve Frye, who has led this group since 1989, meet every Saturday for carpooling at the Park-and-Ride Lot between the lanes of the Diagonal Highway on Niwot Rd in Niwot, CO - map. (If the parking lot is blocked by a special event or other reason, they proceed individually to the Cottonwood Marsh Parking Lot at Walden Ponds.)

They leave the Niwot Park-and-Ride lot promptly at 7:30 am and return there about 11:00-11:30 am. Birding destinations are not predetermined and no reservations are required. All ages and experience levels welcome. Depending on circumstances and weather, they walk from 0.25 to 3 miles, sometimes with modest elevation gains. They recommend that you come ready to have fun, dressed for conditions and with optics, if you have them. Within reason, they go out every Saturday.

Check out the Boulder Flying Circus Birders website at http://boulderbirdwalks.org/

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