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Hummingbird gathering nector at Staunton State Park; Copyright Ken Papaleo

​​Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival - May 20-22, Colorado Springs​

Do you know your neighbors? What are their names? Do your kids play together? Can you count on them to lend you things in times of need? A neighborhood becomes a community (much harder to leave) when bonds and experiences tie you together, and when you look out for one another.

Now what about your natural neighbors? Do you know them? Not the Millers two houses down, but the furry and feathered ones that make those Colorado experiences so amazing. ​

Could you name a broad-tailed hummingbird if you saw one? What about a great horned owl, a peregrine 
 A broad-tailed hummingbird. Photo courtesy of Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festivalfalcon or a lark bunting? Get introduced to your natural aviary neighbors through an event like the Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival - Prairie to the Peak, happening May 20-22, in Colorado Springs. This is your chance to learn about your feathered neighbors from community members who know more about the neighborhood than you do, and can plug you in.

​Listen to sage wisdom from keynote speakers, aviary authors, nature photographers and experienced birders. Take field trips to meet some of the resident birds, as well as some that are just visiting. Learn how critical local habitats are to resident and migrating birds, and how birders and ranchers are joining forces to start a "neighborhood watch" to protect these habitats.

Hummingbirds are pretty small, right? You can meet a couple who hand-make hummingbird bands and place them around a hummingbird's small leg for tracking and future study. Tedious but rewarding work, undertaken by good neighbors.

This is your home; your neighborhood; your community. Own it. Experience it. Share it. Register for festival events and find out more at Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival. (Photo above: A broad-tailed hummingbird sitting on branch; Courtesy of Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival)

Events

Green Ranch Hike at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Saturday, May 7

Join volunteer naturalist John Moyer for an exclusive tour of the Green Ranch property at Golden Gate Canyon State Park; an area that is closed to the public the majority of the year. John will share information on the flora, fauna, and history of the area while seeing the breath-taking views. Please RSVP.

National Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, May 21

Soak up some sun and have some fun exploring the great outdoors! ​Join us as we celebrate Kids to Parks Day with games, crafts and an adventure hike! All ages welcome!

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, May 28

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

Green Ranch Hike at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Saturday, June 4

Join volunteer naturalist John Moyer for an exclusive tour of the Green Ranch property at Golden Gate Canyon State Park; an area that is closed to the public the majority of the year. John will share information on the flora, fauna, and history of the area while seeing the breath-taking views. Please RSVP.

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, June 25

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

Green Ranch Hike at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Saturday, July 2

Join volunteer naturalist John Moyer for an exclusive tour of the Green Ranch property at Golden Gate Canyon State Park; an area that is closed to the public the majority of the year. John will share information on the flora, fauna, and history of the area while seeing the breath-taking views. Please RSVP.

Chatfield Birdwalk
Saturday, July 30

Join naturalist & bird expert Joey Kellner in exploring various areas inside the park in search of feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No sign-up necessary. Meet at the Platte River parking lot. No pets. Dress for the weather. Sunscreen and insect repellant as needed.

Green Ranch Hike at Golden Gate Canyon State Park
Saturday, August 6

Join volunteer naturalist John Moyer for an exclusive tour of the Green Ranch property at Golden Gate Canyon State Park; an area that is closed to the public the majority of the year. John will share information on the flora, fauna, and history of the area while seeing the breath-taking views. Please RSVP.

Wildlife Viewing Guides​

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Brown Wildlife Viewing SignSelect a pin point for a description of the location and wildlife viewing information. There are over 200 sites to choose from. These sites are also published on the official Map to Colorado. Order yours today (included with the Vacation Guide). Look for the brown wildlife viewing signs at (most) location destinations. Download our wildlife viewing tips and checklist ​to use on your next wildlife viewing adventure.

 

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