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Walter "Ski" Szymanski

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Walter "Ski" Szymanski

Our upcoming bird walks

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.

Register here.

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.

In addition, check out these beginning and intermediate bird walks at Standley Lake sponsored by the City of Westminster.

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.

Our bird walks (aka, field trips) are open to bird watchers of all skill levels, from beginning to advanced.

The following practices apply for all of our field trips:

  • BBC members who have made an annual family membership donation will be given first opportunity to participate on "reservations-only" field trips.
  • Those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Except for service dogs, no pets are allowed on our field trips.
  • Everyone must sign a liability waiver form for each of our field trips.
  • The liability waiver form can be found here.

    Also, don't forget to bring water, sunhat, sunscreen, bug repellant, binoculars, and guidebook or app.