UpcomingDecember 2017 – Chapter Meeting: The 49th Evergreen Audubon Christmas Bird Count!

  • December 7, 2017
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Speaker: Chuck Aid

Venue: Evergreen Audubon Education Center, 29997 Buffalo Park Road, Evergreen, CO

Thanksgiving is approaching. Our Evergreen World has experienced the first few snowstorms. The elk are dispersing, moving to winter habitat, even as the Mule Deer are completing their rut. Soon snow will be on the ground and frosting the Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pines. The signs are pointing inexorably to one thing…the 49th Evergreen-Idaho Springs Christmas Bird Count that will be held on Sunday, Dec. 17!

Oregon Junco female

Oregon Junco female (c) Bill Schmoker

To prepare us for the event, we will dedicate our December Chapter meeting to preparing for the Christmas Count.  Join us when the doors open at 6:30 on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Evergreen Audubon Education Center (29997 Buffalo Park Road) and visit with your fellow members and Evergreen neighbors. The presentation will start at ~7:20 pm, after a brief business meeting, but you will want to be there early for a good seat when Chuck Aid, Evergreen Audubon’s Director of Bird Monitoring, leads our meeting.

Chuck will be reviewing the procedures for the count, our count day agenda and providing an overview of our count circle. Leaders for the various sections within our circle will be introduced, and the protocol for conducting the count will be explained. The best part of the evening will follow when Chuck leads us on a visual review of the species we are likely to encounter and tips on the subtler distinctions between similar species and races, culminating in the always popular ID quiz, where we get to test our skills in identifying some of our winter birds. Chuck’s fondest hope is that, beyond the “aha” moments we experience as we review for the Christmas Bird Count, we also will increase our enjoyment of our winter birds.  Full details on the Evergreen Audubon Christmas Bird Count can be found at http://www.evergreenaudubon.org/events/49th-christmas-bird-count/

House Finch. By Ed Furlong and used with permission.

Chuck Aid, the Evergreen Audubon Director of Bird Monitoring, has been getting back to his birding roots since moving to Evergreen in 2010.  At that time, he retired from teaching in the Cherry Creek School District, and at the request of former colleague Brad Andres, Chuck joined the Evergreen Audubon board of directors.  Prior to teaching middle school science, Chuck worked three years managing the CU Mountain Research Station near Ward, and four years as the Mexico program coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, where his Spanish background proved valuable. Chuck graduated from Prescott College in Arizona and earned a master’s in biology from the University of Colorado. His thesis work took him to Fort Huachauca in southeastern Arizona, where he studied the effects of fire on grassland birds.

Initially Chuck was the EA Director of Conservation, and in in more recent years has switched over to being Director of Bird Monitoring.  One of his primary tasks has been coordinating the Bear Creek Watershed Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) which began in 2008, and like other BBA’s that are conducted world-wide is designed to provide information on the distribution, abundance, habitat preference, and breeding success of birds in a specific region.

Chuck’s wealth of experience in bird biology, ecology, and education are most evident in the highly popular First Wednesday and Third Saturday bird walks he leads for Evergreen Audubon, as well as bird walks he leads for the Front Range Birding Company.

So plan on being at the December Chapter meeting, geting all warmed up for Count day, and sharpening your ID skills so that you will be ready for the Christmas Bird Count and wealth of winter birding you can experience in our Evergreen Winter World!

 

 

 

 

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 303-900-8586

Address:
29997 Buffalo Park Rd, Evergreen, Colorado, 80439, United States

Description:
Evergreen Audubon now has an extension of the Nature Center adjacent to Alderfer/Three Sisters Park. We are on Buffalo Park Road between Evergreen High School and the first parking lot for Alderfer/Three Sisters Park. This wonderful location has classrooms and access to 15 miles of trails for the many educational programs we offer. Monthly Chapter Meetings are located here the first Thursday of every month. This is the primary location for staff as well so stop by to visit. Via I-70: Take I-70 to the Evergreen exit (#252 westbound; #251 eastbound). Then proceed down State HWY 74 (also called Evergreen Parkway) for approximately 8 miles. Just past Evergreen Lake is the intersection with County HWY 73. Turn right onto 73 and proceed for a 0.5 mile to the first stoplight. Turn right onto Buffalo Park Road and continue for 1 mile. Our facility is on the right hand side of the road and you will see a sign that says Basecamp at the top and our name listed below. Parking is behind the building. From South of Denver:  Take US HWY 285 west to the Parmalee Gulch Road exit. Turn right and proceed towards Kitteredge for 5.5 miles. At the juncture with state HWY 74 (also called Bear Creek Road) turn left and drive through downtown Evergreen. Turn left onto County HWY 73 and proceed for a half mile to the first stoplight. Turn right onto Buffalo Park Road and continue for 1 mile. Our facility is on the right hand side of the road and you will see a sign that says Basecamp at the top and our name listed below. Parking is behind the building.

Author: Ed Furlong

Ed Furlong is the Education director for Evergreen Audubon, and coordinates our monthly chapter meeting presentations. Ed is an avid (if not highly skilled) birder and woodworker and has employed talents in our Christmas Counts and Birdhouse building fundraiser. Ed also is an environmental research scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey, where he studies the effects of pharmaceuticals in aquatic environments. A resident of Evergreen for almost 28 years, he feels privileged to be able to hike and bird in the Bear Creek Watershed and throughout Colorado.

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