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Our upcoming bird walks:

March 2021 Bird Walks

Thursday, March 4 - Metzger Farms Open Space

Meet in the parking lot (map) at 8:30 AM. Leader is Nancy Springs. Maximum 11. Masks and social distancing required. Register with Jan at 303-506-0221.

Saturday, March 20 - Standley Lake North - Leader is Donna Stumpp. Meet in the parking lot on 100th Ave and Owen St (map) at 8:00 AM. Maximum 11. Masks and social distancing required. Register with Jan at 303-506-0221.

IMPORTANT: Please pick one walk and waitlist the other as usual. If you sign up for a walk and then can't make it, please let me know so we can fill your spot.

Currently, we are increasing the number of birders on the walks to 11 based on COVID guidelines for guided outdoor events.

Masks, no carpooling, registration and social distancing are still in place.


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Everyone is cordially invited to attend a very special live streamed event: 

Owl Quest: Finding & Photographing North America's Owls
Saturday, March 6th at 12 p.m. (MST)
Cost: $5 per household (multiple people can watch from one screen).
Click here to reserve your March 6th Owl Quest experience!

Mark and Marcia Wilson
 
DETAILS
Have you tried to find or photograph an owl lately? Yes? Then you know it isn't an easy task. Especially if you want a clear view of the owl with a highlight in the owl's eye, an uncluttered background, and a bird that's relaxed and comfortable.

Join wildlife photojournalist-author Mark Wilson and teacher-naturalist Marcia Wilson as they scramble to meet a publisher's deadline to produce photos and observations of all 19 species of owls that breed on the continent, north of Mexico. Mark's first book, Owling: Enter the Mysterious World of the Birds of the Night, was published in 2019. With more than 250 photos, this 120-page hardcover book was the culmination of a long simmering dream to produce a science-based book about all 19 species of owls that breed in North America.

With a fast-paced slide show, viewers of all ages will enjoy accompanying the Wilsons on multiple forays to gather the stunning photos for Mark's award-winning book.


Owls capture the imagination with their unique habits, silent flight, and nocturnal lifestyles. To learn about these curious creatures and see owls up close from the comfort of your own home, join “Owl Quest” on Saturday, March 6th at 12:00 p.m. (MST)):

Please click here to reserve your March 6th Owl Quest experience!

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BIRD WALK COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Field trip coordinator Jan Kardatzke will have hand sanitizer available. The number of birders will be limited. Masks required and drive separately unless with a family member or someone you're comfortable driving with. As always, please pick one walk and let Jan know if you want to waitlist another. Thank you for being understanding and for being so good about masks and social distancing!

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FREE SPARROW ID GUIDE

Whether you're at home or out in the field, here's a helpful sparrow reference guide that you can download and print out courtesy of the Cornell Lab's Macaulay Library and Bird Academy. (Just click on the image below to download this guide.)


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~ BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS ~

(1) BRAND NEW SIBLEY BOOK - What It’s Like to Be a Bird, by David Allen Sibley
From the description: The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing–and why.

“Can birds smell?” “Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?” “Do robins ‘hear’ worms?” In What It’s Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds–blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees–it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin.

Check out this book on Sibley's website at

(2) The Sibley Birds Coloring Field Journal

The perfect coloring book for the birder or naturalist. A selection of previously unpublished bird paintings by David Sibley, transformed into detailed and accurate outline drawings for you to color.

A portable, deluxe adult coloring book from the renowned birder, illustrator, and author of the New York Times best seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. The perfect gift for birders everywhere, to use at your windowsill or in the field. Including 75 original and previously unpublished images. 

The perfect coloring book for the birder or naturalist, picturing–with the lifelike precision that is a hallmark of David Sibley’s work–75 images of spectacular birds in flight and at rest. The Sibley Birds Coloring Book will allow birding enthusiasts to create their own artist’s portfolio, restoring color–whether real or imagined–to wings, crest, beaks, and more.

(3) The Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy (https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/) has plenty of online courses available as well as some free lectures—like the Journey of the Juncos (at https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/live-event/journey-of-the-juncos-migration-and-adaptation-in-our-changing-world%e2%80%af/).

The full list of their lectures are at https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/live-events/.

Enjoy -- and stay safe!!

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Remaining 2020 Bird Walks & Events Here.
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MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL DRIVE – Our annual renewal membership drive and an invitation for others to join is now taking place. Annual family membership is $20.00. Please click here for more information.


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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 (720-737-1491) 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.