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Click on photos to enlarge Black-Chinned Hummingbird Chicks
Black-Chinned
Hummingbird Chicks
Walter "Ski" Szymanski


Bushtit (Interior)
Bushtit (Interior)
Larry Boyer


Eurasian Collared-Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Walter 'Ski' Szymanski

From novice to experienced, the Broomfield Bird Club welcomes everyone interested in watching, identifying and learning about wild birds and their habitats.

- Zoom Presentations are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
   (scroll down for Zoom Links and more information)

- Bird Walks are on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

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Broomfield has seen an increase in wild bird deaths, likely due to avian flu.

See the Broomfield website article.for details.



ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS JANUARY

How time flies! We currently have 83 household/family memberships. Thanks to our members, we have been able to pay for a website, present wonderful Zoom talks as well as gift our presenters a modest $50.00 honorarium. We also try to have two Birdwalks per month. Please look below for our two Birdwalks in February. The February 1st walk at Barr Lake Bald Eagle Walk and the February 18th walk at the Sawhill Ponds, Boulder County. Also, we have an upcoming presentation on February 15the on “Black-tailed prairie dog colonies provide habitat for Colorado’s grassland birds.” Look below for details.

Please go to our membership page at http://broomfieldbirdclub.com/membership.php to make your annual donation.

Thank you!!!

2023 PRESENTATIONS
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Upcoming presentation:

February 15th
(Wednesday)

Black-tailed prairie dog colonies provide habitat for Colorado’s grassland birds

Many bird species are associated with black-tailed prairie dog colonies, which provide burrows for nesting, a year-round food source for raptors, and short stature grassland habitat. Examples include burrowing owls, ferruginous hawks, mountain plovers, and songbirds such as horned larks and vesper sparrows. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has been studying birds on prairie dog colonies, the impacts of plague, and our ability to use plague management to promote prairie dog recovery after plague events, benefiting birds that use colonies for nesting or foraging.

Reesa Conrey has been an Avian Researcher with Colorado Parks and Wildlife since 2012. Based in Fort Collins, she focuses on grassland birds and raptors statewide. Before joining CPW, she worked as a wildlife biologist for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and a post-doctoral researcher at U.S. Geological Survey Fort Collins Science Center. Reesa got her B.A. from Dartmouth College, M.S. from the University of Montana, and Ph.D. from Colorado State University.


Zoom link will be available when the presentation comes near.

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Our upcoming bird walks




Birdwalk Registration

Please pre-register for the bird walks if you want to attend one. The reason being is that if we have to cancel the bird walk, we will have no way of contacting you if you don't. So, we ask that you pre-register, not just for our benefit, but also for yours. Thanks!




Bird Walks – February




Sawhill Ponds, Boulder County, Saturday, February 18th, at 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m..

Sawhill Ponds Wildlife Preserve is made up of 18 individual ponds with many surrounding trails. We will meet in the parking lot at the trailhead. There are 27 spaces in the parking area, however, it tends to be busy on the weekends, so if you would like to carpool, please indicate this when you sign up. The trails are level and unpaved, so there may be snow and/or ice. There are restrooms at the trailhead. Pre-registration is required!

Location: The trailhead is east of the Boulder city limits on the west side of 75th Street, 0.6 mile north of Valmont Road.

Carpooling: Again, if you wish to carpool (vaccinated people only, please) indicate this when you sign up.

The Walk is limitted to 12 participants.

There is currently 1 person registered for the Walk.

Contact: Karen to register for the Walk

Map

Click here to cancel your reservation.




Bird Walks – March




Owl Moon Walk at Sawhill Ponds - Monday, March 6th, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

As the full moon rises over the prairie, leafless cottonwood trees become black twisted shapes against the sky. This is the world of the great horned owl, a powerful and mysterious nocturnal predator. Naturalist Dave Sutherland will lead us into the moonlit world of owls on this easy nighttime hike.

Location: Meet at Sawhill Ponds, approximately ½ mile north of Valmont Road on 75th Street, Boulder.

Dress warmly and bring gloves. Bring a flashlight just in case, but we won’t need them, as it will be one night away from a full moon!

Carpooling: If you wish to carpool, please indicate this when you sign up.

Leader:Dave Sutherland

The Walk is limitted to 15 participants.

There are currently 2 people registered for the Walk.

Contact: Karen to register for the Walk

Map

Click here to cancel your reservation.




Birding Boulder’s Blues – Saturday, March 25th 7:30 am - 10:30 am

We'll park at South Mesa Trailhead (fee required if you are not a Boulder County resident) and hike approximately 3 miles on the Mesa, Homestead, and Towhee trails, in the hope of seeing all three species of bluebirds (Mountain, Eastern, and Western). Along the way, we may also find three other species of "blues" (Blue Jay, Scrub Jay, and Steller's Jay), as well as various other foothills songbirds and multiple species of falcons, hawks, and eagles. Exact route and duration will depend on the group and conditions, but we'll probably be out for 3 hours or so.

Location: South Mesa Trailhead, 3633 Eldorado Springs Drive, Boulder 80303.

Carpooling: If you wish to carpool, please indicate this when you sign up.

Leader:Chris Petrizzo

The Walk is limitted to 12 participants.

There is currently 1 person registered for the Walk.

Contact: Karen to register for the Walk

Map

Click here to cancel your reservation.




If you sign up for a walk and then can't make it, please let Karen know by filling out the Cancel Registration Form to free up your spot. Please be kind to someone else who would like to attend a Birdwalk.


Birding Walks:

The 2nd Saturday of the Month.
Meet at SouthEast side of the Library parking lot.
September - May = Meet at 8:15 a.m., leaving at 8:30 sharp
June - August = Meet at 7:15 a.m., leaving at 7:30 sharp.
Car Pooling = Only vaccinated people can car pool.
Others can join a car chain to the site, or meet at the site,
and wear masks.

On the Wing bird walks:

Leaders: Anyone can lead a group other than the scheduled
2nd Saturday of the month. You must download our Liability
Document (Fieldtrip and Waiver Form) and have participants sign this.
You can let Larry know the date and special instructions (such as wear boots, bring water, etc. or car pooling info, to put on the Website,
by going to our Web Page - Contact Us.

All of those under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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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!

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