From novice to experienced, the Broomfield Bird Club welcomes everyone interested in watching, identifying and learning about wild birds and their habitats.
Monday, June 14th Presentation
To join this month's Zoom presentation, please go to the following link:
Meeting ID: 896 9716 4651
Binoculars and Spotting Scopes presented by David Menough
David Menough will use humor as well as presenting this otherwise difficult topic in an easy-to-understand method. Says Dave: “This presentation will de-mystify buying and using binoculars concerning power, aperture, field of view, coatings, close focus, avoiding the gimmicks, and more. After attending this presentation, you will know more than most people who sell binoculars.”
David will also show us how to use binoculars to find the bird you are hearing, in an easy and informative way.
2021 PRESENTATIONS DATES
Presentation details here.
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Our upcoming bird walks
Tuesday, June 22, - ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL NWR -
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a 15,000-acre expanse of short and mixed grass prairie located north east of Denver. More than 330 species of wildlife, including bald eagles, bison, black-footed ferrets, deer, coyotes, burrowing owls, and prairie dogs call the Refuge home. The Refuge also provides important feeding and nesting grounds for resident and migratory song birds.
Maximum of 12.
Masking and social distancing required. Meet at the Arsenal visitor center at 8:00am.
The address is:
6550 Gateway Road Commerce City, CO 80022
From I-70 exit at Quebec Street and go north. Travel approximately 2.8 miles to Prairie Parkway/64th Avenue.
Turn right at Prairie Parkway and travel 0.6 miles to Gateway Road. Turn left at Gateway Road.
Continue on Gateway Road until you pass through the Refuge entrance.
Visitor Center Phone: 303-289-0930
This is a driving excursion with stops at different spots along the way in the Refuge.
If you are unfamiliar with the Arsenal, visit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Website for more information.
Before 7:00 AM, meet at Broomfield Library to carpool or caravan to destination. All participants must be at the Sawhill/Walden Ponds by 8:00 am.
Please look below for Carpool protocols. Make sure to look at map beforehand. Maximum of 12. Masks and social distancing required.
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 the coordinator know, by filling out the Register for Bird Walk Contact Form, so we can fill your spot.
We are increasing the number of birders on the walks to 12 based on COVID-19 guidelines for guided outdoor events.
Carpooling is allowed if COVID protocols are adhered to:
If vaccinated, passengers at driver's discretion.
Or drive self.
Or you may drive directly to birding walk site.
Masks required and social distancing rules are still in effect.
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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!