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November

Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival - Georgetown (November 10/Second Saturday in November) 

Celebrate Colorado's 'state mammal'—the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. The Town of Georgetown and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife offer opportunities to watch and learn about one of Colorado’s oldest bighorn sheep herds. Plus, speakers and short wildlife educational programs for the whole family! Artisans and shop owners in Georgetown will showcase their wildlife-related art, gifts, crafts, and other goods. 

Visit the Festival's ​website for more information.


December

Christmas Bird Counts - Various locations (Mid-December to Early January)

More than 50,000 observers participate each year in this all-day census of early-winter bird populations. The results of their efforts are compiled into the longest running database in ornithology, representing over a century of unbroken data on trends of early-winter bird populations across the Americas. Simply put, the Christmas Bird Count, or "CBC", is citizen science in action. 

Visit the Audubon website​ for more information and to find your local Christmas Bird Count contacts.

Chatfield Christmas Bird Count - Chatfield Sta​te Park (December 16)

Birders, nature enthusiasts and outdoor lovers across the western hemisphere participate in this annual count, which started more than a century ago. Sponsored by the Denver Field Ornithologists and the National Audubon Society, the count includes 24 official count areas, including four within Chatfield State Park​. Today, the CBC is vital in monitoring the status of resident and migratory birds across the western hemisphere. The information, all generated by volunteers, has become a crucial part of the federal government’s database for natural history monitoring. 

Please contact the area leader to register and receive site-specific information: Chatfield State Park, Joey Kellner, 303-978-1748 

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More Outdoor Recreation Information

Mountain Biking, Road Biking, and Family Biking suggestions.​​​Buy A parks pass..Find/Visit a State Park.
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Events

Monthly Birdwalk
Saturday, November 24

Join Volunteer Naturalist and bird expert Joey Kellner for this monthly hike where you can explore the park and search for feathered treasure. All ability levels are welcome. No pets. Dress for the weather and bring sunscreen and insect repellant. Meet at the Heronry Parking.

Chatfield First Day Hike 2019 - NEW Plum Creek Nature Trail
Tuesday, January 1

Join us on the *NEW* trail for the *NEW* year! Come out to Chatfield State Park for a hike on the *NEW* Plum Creek Nature Trail at Chatfield State Park. Lets get our legs and our minds moving as we see a sneak the *first* public view of the new and improved Plum Creek Nature Trail! The trail will not be open to the public until Spring 2019. Hot chocolate and donuts provided! Be prepared for all weather and pack a water bottle. We will meet at the Heronry Parking at 09:00 AM!

Chatfield First Day Hike 2019- NEW Plum Creek Nature Trail
Tuesday, January 1

Join us on the *NEW* trail for the *NEW* year! Come out to Chatfield State Park for a hike on the *NEW* Plum Creek Nature Trail at Chatfield State Park. Lets get our legs and our minds moving as we see a sneak our first public view of the new and improved Plum Creek Nature Trail! The trail will not open to the public until Spring 2019. Hot chocolate and donuts provided! Be prepared for all weather and pack a water bottle. We will meet at the Heronry Parking at 11:00 AM.

Wildlife Viewing Guides

bighorn sheep and mountain goat brochure cover 

Bighorn Sheep
& Mountain Goats

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Deer & Elk

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Grouse, Prairie -Chickens
& Ptarmigan

Map

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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