Birding by Habitat: Woody Creek

Hike through pinyon-juniper woodland, sagebrush, mountain shrubland and riparian communities where breeding birds include Black-throated Gray Warblers, Virginia’s Warblers, Rock Wrens, Wild Turkeys, Warbling Vireos, Yellow Warblers, Broad-tailed and Black-chinned Hummingbirds, raptors and more!  We will take our time as we observe birds along a trail that contours along both smooth and rocky areas. Views of the valley will allow us to observe birds over adjacent landscapes as well as those in our immediate surroundings.  Join us for this excellent sampler of these vibrant habitats.  This is an out-and-back hike of about 3 miles in total.

This class requires advance registration to ensure appropriate planning for the field experience. 

Birders of all experience levels are welcome!  Special attention will be given to orienting beginning birders to local habitats and their associated bird species, and basic field craft skills.

Meeting place will be communicated to registered participants.

About the Instructor:

Rebecca Weiss is a Naturalist specializing in birding, botany, and interpretive program development. She came to ACES as a Summer Naturalist in 1993, and later directed the Naturalist Field School and worked with ACES’ Naturalist Programs. She guides for ACES’ Birding Program outings and is a professional writer and consultant.  Rebecca is the author of Birds of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. She holds a BS in Biology and a MA in Environmental Education, and loves exploring the natural world with her husband, Austin, and their children, Anders and Elsie.

What To Bring:

Come prepared for a full day in the field, including hiking on and off trails. Please wear layered clothing for both the chilly morning and warmer daytime temperatures. Wear sturdy footwear and bring rain gear, sun hat, sunglasses, sunblock, a hearty sack lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. Bring your binoculars and your field guide (optional).

Topics:

Birding

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Price:

$55, ACES members recieve 10% discount

Ages:

  • Adults