From novice to experienced, the Broomfield Bird Club welcomes everyone interested in watching, identifying and learning about wild birds and their habitats.
Monday, July 12th Presentation
To join this month's Zoom presentation, please go to the following link:
Meeting ID: 854 8553 5116
The Broomfield Bird Club is pleased to announce our July Presentation on “Falcons of the Front Range,” by Peter Ruprecht.
Peter states, “Since humans existed and interacted with nature, Falcons have been a part of our interactive experiences. Falcons have been tamed, and served the ancient Egyptians, represented modern sports teams, and now to a life of protection and freedom in our times. I am continually amazed by their aerial skills, their speed, and power.”
Rupert will present the natural history, and identification of the five species which can be found in the Front Range. By the end of the talk, participants should be able to identify each of these falcons including the American Kestrel, Merlin, Prairie Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, and Gyrfalcon. You will be shown the different parts of the body of these birds for identification, and where you might find these birds on your Sunday drive. “In particular, I’ll work into the talk a lot of specific details based on hundreds of hours of observing their hunting, courtship, and nesting behavior”, Rupert explained.
2021 PRESENTATIONS DATES
Presentation details here.
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Our upcoming bird walks
Bird Walks – August
We are holding back on the bird walks for August. Mainly because a lot of people are having a hard time with the heat and the smoke from the fires. Instead, we will have the Backyard Bird Friendly Tours. I will email you the addresses once we have people signed up. We have to limit some of the people, but just sign up and we’ll let you know!!!
July 27th, - 3:30 p.m. – Lauren Burkes backyard.
Lauren has a “DIY” water pond she and her sister made. She will talk about the process of keeping the pond running all year long, and the frustrations of waiting for the natural chemistry mixture to click in to make the pond clear. She attracts a lot of ducks, and migratory birds in the Spring and Fall. She will show us her plants which attracts various birds, and how she keeps feed safe for the bird feeders.
August 3rd, - 8:30 a.m. Sandy and Torre Arnesen.
They have a large variety of bird feeders, and a spectacular stone fountain, with complicated filters. They have a multitude of flowers and plants which attract certain birds.
August 17th – 8:30 a.m. Geri and Art Albright.
Features a garden built upon a cement slab formerly used for a large RV and watered with homemade watering system over head made of PCV pipes. Lots of plants and flowers, and bring a bucket as she usually lets you have some plants she needs to divide. They also had a green house built into their front porch, and will explain “what went wrong” after having it successfully raising tropical plants for many years. This backyard doesn’t have a lot of shade and we can’t go earlier because Geri needs time in the morning. So, bring water bottle, hat, sunscreen.
BIRD WALK COVID-19 PROTOCOL We are following the same protocols for Backyard Bird Friendly Tours as for traditional bird walks. We are following all CDC COVID-19 protocols on our walks. If you are not vaccinated we require that you wear a mask. We need to keep in mind those people who are immunocompromised and children that cannot be vaccinated yet. All walks meet at the bird walk sites.
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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 here.
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(2) The Sibley Birds Coloring Field Journal
Click here to purchase book.
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.
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(3) The Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy
has plenty of online courses available as well as some free lectures.
Click Cornell Lab's Bird Acadamy for more information
The full list of their lectures is at this link.
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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 here to download this guide.)
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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 contact Cindy 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 habitat 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!