Date: 12/31/19 6:38 pm
From: Pam Piombino <piombino.pam...>
Subject: [cobirds] A few spots remain for our exciting 2020 Interludes with Nature field trips. Sign up today!
Dear Birders and Nature Enthusiasts,

Boulder County Audubon has a few places yet open in our 2020, very popular,
"Interludes With Nature" outings. The proceeds from this important annual
fundraiser support our Teen Naturalist Scholarship Program.

If you want to register for one or more, please send an email with your
preferences to: <crossbill...> Include the following
information: name, current email address and mobile phone number.


*TRIP #1*

*CALL OF THE CRANES*

*SANDHILL **CRANE MIGRATION IN KEARNEY, NEBRASKA*

*NASEEM MUNSHI*

*1 SPOT LEFT*

Leader: Naseem Munshi

Date: Friday-Monday, April 3-6, 2020

Location: Based in Kearney, NE

Fees: $425, 3 nights (double occupancy, +$135 single premium)

Limited to 8 people.


Join Rowe Sanctuary volunteer, Naseem Munshi, for a long weekend in
America’s Crane Capital, Kearney, NE. Thrill to the primeval cacophony of
tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes as they fly in and out of their
nighttime roosts along the Platte River or graze in the surrounding fields.

This trip, scheduled for early April, provides us with the best chance of
sighting some of the 300+ Whooping Cranes that also migrate through this
corridor. Other birds to be expected are many species of geese and ducks,
raptors, turkey, Woodcock, early shorebirds and several kinds of owls,
whose calls can often be heard mixed with those of the Cranes.

We will have early Saturday morning reservations in one of the newly
remodeled viewing blind complexes, which now include a warming hut too! On
Saturday and Sunday we will car tour and hike local hot spots, including a
trail in the habitat rich Fort Kearney State Park. Another highlight will
be a visit to the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at the Rowe Sanctuary in
Gibbon, where we will listen to a fascinating talk entitled, “Crane
Behavior Basics”. On Sunday evening, we will enter a two-story blind with
panoramic views of the Cranes and the prairie landscape. There, we will
enjoy socializing and a picnic dinner with libations.

Naseem is a long-time resident of Boulder County and a member of BCAS and
BCNA. She enjoys watching birds and learning their behavior and has a
special love for Sandhill Cranes. Since she retired in 2018, Naseem
volunteers for two weeks at Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary during crane migration
season.

Included in the $425 fees are 3 nights in a hotel with breakfasts, all
blind fees, taxes, one class, entrance costs, a picnic dinner on Sunday
night, and your share of gasoline charges for the drivers. Not included are
all other meals.



*TRIP #2*

*UPPER TEXAS COAST: *

*BIRDING WITH THE BEST*

*BILL KAEMPFER AND JOHN VANDERPOEL*


*SOLD OUT!!*, *WILL TAKE 2 ON WAIT LIST*


Leaders: Bill Kaempfer and John Vanderpoel

Dates: Saturday, April 18, 2020 to Saturday, April 25, 2020

Location: Based in Winnie, Texas

Fees: $1150 per person, double occupancy, +$350 single premium

Limited to 8 people,

Join elite birders, John Vanderpoel and Bill Kaempfer, for one full week of
birding during spring migration on the Upper Texas Coast. We will go to
all of the famous hot-spots including High Island, Anahuac National
Wildlife Refuge, Sabine Woods, Bolivar Peninsula, Boykin Springs (Big
Thicket National Preserve), and more.

Expect to see up to 200 species including 25-30 warblers; shorebirds,
waders, and rails; Brown-headed Nuthatch, Red-cockaded Woodpecker,
Bachman’s, Nelson’s and Seaside Sparrows and much, much more. Questions?
Email John Vanderpoel at: <jvanderpoel...>

The fee of $1150 (double occupancy, single premium, +$350) includes all
transportation to and from Bush or Hobby Airports, admission fees, lodging,
and 2 stellar leaders (who are volunteering their time!). We will be based
at one hotel, the Comfort Inn at Winnie, TX. All rooms have a refrigerator.
Excluded are meals (other than breakfasts which are included at the hotel)
and airfare to Texas.


*Trip # 3A*

*OWL PROWL: WHO’S THAT HOOTING?*

*Scott Rashid*


*SOLD OUT!!, WAIT LIST CLOSED*

Leader: Scott Rashid

Date: Sunday, late afternoon/evening, April 19, 2019

Location: TBD

Donation: $50

Limited to 8, willing and able to walk up to two miles in the dark

Scott Rashid has spent a lifetime studying, banding, recording,
rehabilitating and writing about the different owl species to be found in
Colorado. He has incredible depth of knowledge concerning all aspects of
courtship, vocalizations, breeding, feeding and distribution of which
species occur in our varied habitats. Scott has a great set of ears too,
which can hear and assess which species is calling and what they are doing.

You will set off in the early evening to begin your search for these
“denizens of the dark”. Possible species include Northern Pygmy, Northern
Saw Whet, Great Horned, Long-eared, Barn and Boreal Owls. Bring warm
clothing, good footwear, flashlights and a sense of awe.

BCAS will provide drinks and snacks.

Scott, Director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institue,
is an artist/illustrator, licensed bander, a rehabilitator of injured
birds, and an author whose books include, *Small Mountain Owls*, *The Great
Horned Owl, an In-Depth Study and Northern Goshawk, The Gray Ghost, *and
his most recent*, Exploring the World of the **Barn Owl.*



*Trip # 3B*

*OWL PROWL: WHO’S THAT HOOTING?*

*Scott Rashid*


*SOLD OUT!!, WAIT LIST CLOSED*

Leader: Scott Rashid

Date: Sunday, late afternoon/evening, April 26, 2019

Location: TBD

Donation: $50

Limited to 8, willing and able to walk up to two miles in the dark

Scott Rashid has spent a lifetime studying, banding, recording,
rehabilitating and writing about the different owl species to be found in
Colorado. He has incredible depth of knowledge concerning all aspects of
courtship, vocalizations, breeding, feeding and distribution of which
species occur in our varied habitats. Scott has a great set of ears too,
which can hear and assess which species is calling and what they are doing.

You will set off in the early evening to begin your search for these
“denizens of the dark”. Possible species include Northern Pygmy, Northern
Saw Whet, Great Horned, Long-eared, Barn and Boreal Owls. Bring warm
clothing, good footwear, flashlights and a sense of awe.

BCAS will provide drinks and snacks.

Scott, Director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institue,
is an artist/illustrator, licensed bander, a rehabilitator of injured
birds, and an author whose books include, *Small Mountain Owls*, *The Great
Horned Owl, an In-Depth Study and Northern Goshawk, The Gray Ghost, *and
his most recent*, Exploring the World of the **Barn Owl.*


*TRIP #4*

*COMANCHE NATIONAL GRASSLANDS*

*BIRDS, BUGS AND BOTANY*

*DAVE LEATHERMAN* *&* *PAM SMITH*


*SOLD OUT!! WAIT LIST CLOSED*

Leaders: Entomologist & naturalist Dave Leatherman, Botanist, Pam Smith

Date: Friday-Sunday, May 15-17

Location: Based in Lamar

Fees: $150 per person

Limited to 10 people.

Join Dave and Pam for this field trip to Comanche National Grasslands and
surrounding hotspots in southeastern Colorado. This lightly visited
area contains
amazingly diverse and biologically rich habitats. You will be surprised to
discover bird species usually expected much further south, wooded hillsides
that host Colorado’s only known nesting sites for Painted Buntings and
shaded pools with rare amphibians and dragonflies.

After hotel check-in Friday afternoon, we will meet at 6 p. m. at Willow
Creek Park for a picnic dinner provided by BCAS, followed by a walk into Lamar
Community College woods for migrants. Later that evening, perhaps a Black
Rail hunt if one has been seen or heard close to Lamar? At 6:30 on
Saturday, we head off to the grasslands and canyons to the south and west.
The schedule and destinations will be fluid, depending on what is being
reported in the area.

Target birds for Friday evening in Lamar would be Mississippi Kite,
possible eastern warblers, White-winged Dove, Northern Cardinal. Targets
for Saturday south of Lamar would be Chihuahuan Raven, Long-billed
Curlew, Burrowing
Owl, Canyon Towhee, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Rufous-crowned Sparrow,
Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Mississippi Kite, Painted and other buntings,
Eastern Phoebe, Greater Roadrunner, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pinyon Jay,
maybe a "red" tanager like Summer or Hepatic. Targets for Sunday morning
north of Lamar would be eastern warblers at Tempel's, Grove, good shorebirds
at one of the Great Plains Reservoirs. Other things: Texas Horned Lizard,
Ring-necked Snake, Collared Lizard, Coachwhip, early odonates.

Dave, an entomologist by profession, is also a superb all-round naturalist and
observer. Pam is an outstanding botanist with the Colorado Natural Heritage
Program and an enthusiastic field teacher. Included in the fees are
two leaders,
gasoline charges and the Friday evening picnic. You are responsible for the
hotel and all other meals. Participants must be comfortable walking up to
two miles on and off trail.



*TRIP #5*

*MIGRATION BIG DAY AND BIG SIT*

*LUKE PHENEGER*


*5 SPOTS LEFT*

Leader: Luke Pheneger

Date: May 16, all day

Location: Sawhill/Walden complex

Fee: $50

Limited to 15

Mid-May is a sweet spot for witnessing the widest variety of migratory
birds in Boulder County. Join one of this area’s most accomplished young
birders, Luke Pheneger, for a big day adventure in this rich and varied
habitat. About 100 species should be attained with the expected mix of
ducks, geese, shorebirds, herons, egrets, hummers, woodpeckers and
songbirds, including warblers and sparrows. The Sawhill and Walden
conservation areas are surrounded by Boulder Creek and include marshes,
ponds, meadows and woods. Many rarities have been reported over the years
and with Luke’s exceptional eyes and ears, you might well expect some
pleasant surprises.

After a full morning of birding, bring a folding chair, take your picnic
lunch break and do a Big Sit for a while, while all scan the skies and
marshes for more species. Then, it’s back for another loop around the
complex to see what has arrived. BCAS will provide soft drinks and treats.
Be prepared to walk 2-3 miles and bring a picnic lunch, binos, scopes,
cameras and the usual outdoor gear.


*TRIP #6*

*JE CANYON RANCH REDUX *

*TWO NIGHTS AT THE GORGEOUS NATURE CONSERVANCY (TNC) PROPERTY IN
SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO*


*SOLD OUT!! WILL TAKE 2 ON WAIT LIST*

Leaders: Mammologist, Carron Meaney and Biologist, Scott Severs

Date: Friday-Monday, May 22-24

Fees: $150 per person, you will be camping.

Limited to 8 people.

The nearly 50,000 acre JE Canyon ranch was purchased by TNC and the Terra
Foundation in 2015. It has since been sold, but it still co-managed by TNC
until the end of 2020. This is our last chance to visit this astounding
property. It is bordered on three sides by 700 foot deep canyons of the
Purgatoire River and remote Chacuaco Creek. The ranch includes important
short grass prairie habitat, mile high upland mesas, red rock canyons, juniper
and pinons forests, remnant ponderosa patches, and numerous springs and
pools.

More than 850 species of flora & fauna have been identified, making it one
of the most biodiverse ranches in the state which has been well documented
by TNC, the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and Denver Botanic Gardens.
JE is considered one of the most iconic ranches in Colorado, featured in
John Fielder’s “Ranches of Colorado” and in “Colorado: Lost Places and
Forgotten Words.” It is critical habitat for the state’s largest population
of bighorn sheep as well as elk, mule deer, mountain lion and numerous bird
species including a highly important population of Long-billed Curlews.

Carron received her PhD on pika scent-marking behavior. She served as
Curator of Mammals at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for 10 years,
then ran her own wildlife consulting business for 11 years. Her expertise
on Preble’s meadow jumping , helped to draft the plan that would remove it
from the Endangered Species list. She is currently semi-retired, and
continues her work on various projects locally and abroad. Scott is a
biologist for the City of Longmont, a great birder and insect aficionado,
who previously worked for Carron.

We will have a pot-luck the first evening and you will be responsible for all
other meals. BCAS will provide drinks and snacks. The ranch is a 4.5 hour
drive via I-25, then 1 hour on dirt and gravel roads.



*TRIP #7*


*BANDING BABY KESTRELS*

*SCOTT RASHID*

*4 SPOTS LEFT*

Leader: Scott Rashid

Date: Early Evening, 1st half of June, 2020, depending on the birds

Location: TBD

Limited to 12 people

Donation: $50.00

American Kestrels stand out as not only our smallest falcon, but by any
measure, the most attractive. Although not a species of concern, in many
areas population trends are indicating troubling to downright frightening
declines. With that in mind, Scott Rashid, Director of the Colorado Avian
Research and Rehabilitation Institute, has installed many Kestrel nest
boxes to help maintain sustainable local numbers and provide a source of
birds for expansion into abandoned or underused ranges.

Learn about their courtship displays, breeding, brooding, when the eggs
hatch and how and what the young are fed. Scott will talk about what
scientists are positing as the primary threats to their long term success.
Learn if your property might be suitable for a nest box and a video cam.

The banding will take place in the northern part of Boulder County. Boulder
County Audubon will provide drinks and treats for the participants. Bring
your camera for great photo opportunities. Date and place to be determined;
it’s up to the Kestrels!

Scott is an artist as well as a licensed bander and rehabilitator. He has
authored and illustrated the following books, all of which are available
through him: *Small Mountain Owls*, *The Great Horned Owl, an In-Depth
Study and Northern Goshawk, The Gray Ghost. *His newest, published in
October of 2019: * Exploring The World Of The Barn Owl*.


*TRIP #**8*


*BANDING BABY BARN OWLS*

*Scott Rashid*


*6 SPOTS LEFT*

Leader: Scott Rashid

Date: Early evening, last third of June, 2020, depending on the birds

Location: TBD

Limited to 12 people

Fee: $50.00

Back by popular demand: In 2014, Scott Rashid, of the Center for Avian
Research and Rehabilitation Institute, (CARRI), embarked on an experiment.
Would there be more Barn Owls in Boulder County if there were more breeding
cavities? With grants from Boulder County Audubon and others, Scott began
installing nest boxes on private properties in northern Boulder County.
Since then, dozens of baby Barn Owls have fledged and been banded.
Thousands of people have addictively watched one of his live web cams to
follow the fascinating processes of courtship, breeding, brooding, hatching
and the feeding of these enigmatic birds.

Join us early one evening to watch Scott band the nestlings from one of
these sites on private property. Scott will talk about the biology of this
very special species and the amazing places in which some of his bands have
been recovered. You will have charming photo ops and perhaps the
opportunity to even hold one of the young.

Scott is an artist as well as a licensed bander and rehabilitator. He has
authored and illustrated the following books, all of which are available
through him:* Small Mountain Owls, The Great Horned Owl, an In-Depth Study
and Northern Goshawk, The Gray Ghost. *His newest, published in October of
2019: * Exploring The World Of The Barn Owl.*



*TRIP #9*


*Emeralds? In The Woods? *

*HIGH ELEVATION DRAGONFLIES *

*AND BUTTERFLIES*

*John Barr*

*SOLD OUT!! WILL TAKE 3 ON WAIT LIST*

Leader: John Barr

Date: Sunday, June 21, meet at 9:30 a. m.

Location: Cal-Wood Education Center

Fee: $35

Limited to 8 for ½ day

Boulder County Audubon has received permission to offer this very special
outing at the private, 1000 acre Cal-Wood Outdoor Education Center, located
in the foothills above Jamestown. This pristine land with varied habitats
will provide us with two ponds and vast meadows to explore. Emeralds?
refers to very special and rare dragonflies which are only found at higher
elevations. With glowing green eyes, they are a find that anyone interested
in Odonata will be thrilled to see.

You can expect to find another dozen species of dragon and damselflies as
well as flowering meadows aflit with many types of butterflies. John is a
consummate outdoorsman, a great macro photographer and intimately familiar
with all of the local butterflies and dragonflies.

Pack a lunch to enjoy at Cal-Wood after the mornings explorations. Expect
to walk a mile or two along trails. Bring your cameras and the usual
outdoor gear.



*TRIP #10*

*EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK *

*A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC* *With BUGS!!*

*SCOTT SEVERS*

*SOLD OUT!! WILL TAKE 3 ON WAIT LIST*

Leader: Scott Severs

Date: August 15, 2020

Time: 6-9 p. m.

Location: TBD

Fee: $35, limited to 8

Join Scott Severs for a late afternoon and early evening musical experience
with the singing Orthoptera: crickets, katydids, and cicadas. This Order of
insects provides the musical undertones to the nights. We’ll learn how to
find them, their adaptions to produce their songs, and simple ways to
record their voices. You will be surprised by the variety of songs and and
the beauty of the singers.

Bring a camera with a flash and macro lens for close up photos. Scott is
one of Boulder County’s best all round naturalists, with a passion for
teaching.


*TRIP #11*


*SOME BIRDS, MOSTLY HERPS *

*LINCOLN COUNTY, COLORADO*

*JOHN VANDERPOEL*


*SOLD OUT!! WILL TAKE 1 ON WAIT LIST*

Leader, John Vanderpoel

Date: Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, 2020

Location: Based in Limon, CO

Fee: $125

Limited to 8

Lincoln County is incredibly rich in reptiles with 11 species of snakes,
including 2 kinds of rattlers, 2 species of skinks, Painted Turtles and 4
types of lizards, most notably the Short-horned, a species of special
concern. October is the month when snakes, heading to their winter
hibernacula, become easier to spot along dirt roads in eastern Colorado.

We will leave from Boulder on Saturday morning, and in early afternoon,
visit a private ranch north of Limon to look for reptiles and birds. During
this late migration period, we are likely to find raptors, sapsuckers,
lingering warblers and wintering sparrows. After breakfast on Sunday
morning, we head east to work the gravel roads for migrating snakes and
reptiles. We will drive home later in the afternoon..

Although John is best known as an elite birder, he is passionate about
herpetology and makes several trips a year searching out various species in
their preferred Colorado habitats.

You are responsible for the cost of your night in the hotel as well as all
meals. Most of Limon’s hotels serve breakfast and it won’t be necessary to
start early on Sunday. BCAS will provide snacks and soft drinks. *We expect
all participants to listen carefully and obey all directions from John
concerning approaching any snakes. You will risk a, “time out” if we feel
that you are endangering yourself or others!*




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