From novice to experienced, the Broomfield Bird Club welcomes everyone interested in watching, identifying and learning about wild birds and their habitats.
Monday, November 08th Presentation
To join this month's Zoom presentation, please go to the following link:
Meeting ID: 835 7139 3128
Topic: Chickadees: Cuteness plus! and they stay with us all Winter long.
Time: November 08, 2021, 7:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Said Dr. Taylor: “Black-capped and mountain chickadees are familiar backyard birds in much of western North America. Though the two species broadly co-occur, hybrids between them are only irregularly reported. The Boulder Chickadee Study seeks to understand what causes black-capped and mountain chickadees to hybridize, and to generally better understand how the two species interact along the Front Range.
Dr. Scott Taylor is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Director of the CU Boulder Mountain Research Station. Research in his group is focused on using natural hybrid zones and recent radiations to understand the genetic bases of traits involved in reproductive isolation, population divergence, and speciation, and the impacts of anthropogenic change, including climate change, on species distributions, interactions, and evolution
2021 PRESENTATIONS DATES
Presentation details here.
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Our upcoming bird walks
Bird Walks – November
Our next bird walk of Tuesday, November 17th.
Has Been Cancelled. We are sorry for the inconvience.
Place: St. Vrain State Park, Longmont.
Located along the St. Vrain River, this state park provides excellent birding. St. Vrain features numerous ponds and small lakes, marshes, willow thickets, fields, and stands of cottonwoods that provide rich and varied habitat for birds. Winter bird viewing includes Bald Eagle and various waterfowl, such as Teals, Buffleheads, Gadwalls, and Mergansers. St. Vrain is a great place to see Western and Clark’s Grebe, several species of swallows, Osprey, and White Pelican. Orioles, Grosbeaks, and chats are also known to nest in the park. St. Vrain was once known as having the largest rookery of Herons and Egrets in Colorado.
A State Parks pass is required for entry- $8.00 per vehicle.
Directions: From I-25: take exit 240/Hwy 119 and go west to CR 7. Go north on CR7; it will curve to the east and turn into Weld Co Road 24 1/2. Continue east on Weld Co Road 24 1/2 to the entrance station.
Number of Participants: 12.
BIRD WALK COVID-19 PROTOCOL We are following the same protocols for Backyard Bird Friendly Tours as for traditional bird walks. Only Vaccinated individuals may participate. Masks are optional as far as I am concerned as we will be outdoors and plentiful spacing available.
All walks meet at the bird walk sites.
I would like to encourage carpooling since there is a park fee. Please note if you are willing to carpool.
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~ BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS ~
(1) BRAND NEW SIBLEY BOOK - What It's Like to Be a Bird, by David Allen Sibley
From the description: The bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing–and why.
"Can birds smell?" "Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?" "Do robins 'hear' worms?" In What It’s Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often. This special, large-format volume is geared as much to nonbirders as it is to the out-and-out obsessed, covering more than two hundred species and including more than 330 new illustrations by the author. While its focus is on familiar backyard birds–blue jays, nuthatches, chickadees–it also examines certain species that can be fairly easily observed, such as the seashore-dwelling Atlantic puffin.
Check out this book on Sibley's website here.
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(2) The Sibley Birds Coloring Field Journal
Click here to purchase book.
The perfect coloring book for the birder or naturalist. A selection of previously unpublished bird paintings by David Sibley, transformed into detailed and accurate outline drawings for you to color.
A portable, deluxe adult coloring book from the renowned birder, illustrator, and author of the New York Times best seller The Sibley Guide to Birds. The perfect gift for birders everywhere, to use at your windowsill or in the field. Including 75 original and previously unpublished images.
The perfect coloring book for the birder or naturalist, picturing–with the lifelike precision that is a hallmark of David Sibley’s work–75 images of spectacular birds in flight and at rest. The Sibley Birds Coloring Book will allow birding enthusiasts to create their own artist’s portfolio, restoring color–whether real or imagined–to wings, crest, beaks, and more.
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(3) The Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy
has plenty of online courses available as well as some free lectures.
Click Cornell Lab's Bird Acadamy for more information
The full list of their lectures is at this link.
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FREE SPARROW ID GUIDE
Whether you're at home or out in the field, here's a helpful sparrow reference guide that you can download and print out courtesy of the Cornell Lab's Macaulay Library and Bird Academy. (Just click here to download this guide.)
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WANT TO HELP SHAPE LAWS
AFFECTING BIRDS IN COLORADO?
Advocating for bird-friendly legislation is one of the most impactful ways to help birds and the environment in Colorado. But without an understanding of the process, it can seem daunting.
Therefore, Audubon Rockies and Denver Audubon are sponsoring Getting Green Laws 2020, a free online webinar training in February on how to make your voice heard by legislators on policies affecting birds in Colorado being decided on right now.
To learn more about this important webinar, please click here.
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~ BACKYARD BIRD HABITAT TOURS ~
Backyard Bird Habitat Tours, organized by Cindy Card, our club's president, promise to be a lot of fun and inspirational for anyone interested in creating and maintaining habitats in their own yards that result in a rewarding stream of visiting birds throughout the seasons.
Please contact Cindy if you would like to offer your yard for a future tour, or if you know of a neighbor or family member who may be interested in hosting one of these habitat tours.
Also, if you have any interest at all in attracting birds to your yard, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the All Seasons Hobby Guide at Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Arvada (on 7370 W. 88th Avenue – map). This Hobby Guide is designed to help you identify exactly which food and feeder combinations are most likely to bring in daily, seasonal, and rare birds. It will also help you to be thoughtful about where to place your feeders, how to create an inviting and safe environment for the birds, and how to solve basic problems. Give David at Wild Birds Unlimited a call 303-467-2644 for more information—and tell him the Broomfield Bird Club sent you!