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Mountain plover

​Karval Mountain Plover Festival​

April 24 - 26 in Karval ​

Mountain plover​Come to this festival for a first-hand, guided experience to viewing shortgrass prairie wildlife, including ​mountain plovers, burrowing owls, and swift foxes. Fun for the whole family! ​Visit the festival's website​ or the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory's website for the schedule of events, registration information, and directions. ​

Plovers are commonly thought of as shorebirds, but the mountain plover is unique. The mountain plover breeds in the shortgrass prairies along the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies from Montana to the Texas Panhandle. They winter from central California and southern Arizona southward into Mexico.

Some of their more abundant nesting grounds lie in bare patches on the short grass prairie and farm fields surrounding Karval. 

Events

Moonlilght Hike
Saturday, May 2

Join Naturalists for an evening hike and afterwards enjoy refreshments and other celestial delights. $7.50 per hiker is requested to reserve a spot prior to the event. Hikes start promptly at the advertised start time. This program is a fundraiser for Friends of Roxborough supporting the environmental education efforts in the park. This event has limited space, call 303-973-3959 to confirm availability. To reserve, send a check payable to the Friends of Roxborough to the park address: 4751 E. Roxborough Drive, Roxborough, CO 80125. A non-refundable tickets for your confirmed hike will be sent to you. Bring this ticket with you to the event and remember all vehicles entering the park need a valid pass attached. Daily passes are $7.00 and available at the self-service signage therefore remember to bring correct change. See you there!

Hike with a Naturalist
Thursday, May 7

Hike one of the many trails of Roxborough with Naturalist, Skip Pumfrey. Explore the park's geology, ecosystems, flora and fauna. Discuss early Indian and pioneer life in the area. Search for signs of the animals that live in the park. Please bring a snack, water, and appropriate clothing for the changing weather. Reservations Required. Call and save a spot prior to the event.

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival
Friday, May 8

Note: ​This is a 3 day event, May 8 - 10. Spring migration in Colorado is often full of surprises so this festival promises to be a special event. Field trips, seminars, tours and events are happening throughout El Paso, Pueblo and Teller Counties.

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival
Saturday, May 9

Note: ​Day 2 -This is a 3 day event, May 8 - 10. Spring migration in Colorado is often full of surprises so this festival promises to be a special event. Field trips, seminars, tours and events are happening throughout El Paso, Pueblo and Teller Counties.

Guided Bird Walk in North Cheyenne Canon Park
Saturday, May 9

Enjoy a guided hike through the forested area of North Cheyenne Canon Park. Canon birds include the Northern flicker, Steller's Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-tailed Hawk, Spotted towhee, Broad-tailed Hummingbird and many more. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Visit www.pikespeakbirdingandnaturefestival.org to sign up.

Cheyenne Canon Hummingbird Experience
Saturday, May 9

The friends of Cheyenne Canon invite your entire family to the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center for a day of hummingbird themed activities. Discover the secrets of the smallest birds in the world and become a "hummingbird expert."

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival
Sunday, May 10

Note: ​Day 3 - This is a 3 day event, May 8 - 10. Spring migration in Colorado is often full of surprises so this festival promises to be a special event. Field trips, seminars, tours and events are happening throughout El Paso, Pueblo and Teller Counties.

Hummingbird Banding
Sunday, May 10

This banding session led by Fred and Tena Engelman, federal and state licensed hummingbird banders, will give participants an opportunity to observe typical field research techniques and obtain information on the physical condition of early migrants.

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