Daily walking totals of up to two miles (five miles on Day 3 to access birding locations. Access to birding locations requires drives of thirty minutes to two hours to maximize birding. Minor modifications to the schedule or the order of activities may be made due to weather or other circumstances.
Arrival/check in by 4:00 pm. Orientation at 5:00 pm.
Meals served cafeteria style in the Dining Hall.
After dinner we'll go through group introductions, orientation and talk about the plan for the week ahead. This week's program will afford us the unique opportunity to reside at, hike and bird out of the Colorado State University's Mountain Campus at Pingree Park. While many bird species are similar to those found in Rocky Mountain National Park, the ability to be close to the Montane Sub-alpine, Spruce Fir and Ponderosa Lifezones provides for a diverse number of birding opportunities. The Campus has been preserved since 1910 (pre-dating Rocky Mountain national Park) and attracts Moose, Deer and Elk. Target birds for this program are: American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Cinnamon Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Dusky Grouse, Eared Grebe, Clark's Grebe, Western Grebe, White Pelican, American Bittern, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Swainson's Hawk, Prairie Falcon, American Avocet, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Wilson's Phalarope, California Gull, Forster's Tern, Common Nighthawk, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Williamson's Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Dusky Flycatcher, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Say's Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Clark's Nutcracker, Gray Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Mountain Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch, Marsh Wren, American Dipper, Western Bluebird, Mountain Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Hermit Thrush, Sage Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, MacGillivray's Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Green-tailed Towhee, Lark Bunting, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Red Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, Cassin's Finch.