Birding by Habitat: Crystal River Valley
Join birding experts Mark Fuller and Rebecca Weiss to explore the diverse birdlife of the Crystal River Valley. Birders of all experience levels are welcome! We will visit upland habitats such as pinyon-juniper woodlands, sagebrush, scrub oak, aspen groves, and ponderosa pine stands. Riparian birding along the Crystal River offers braided gravelly streams, willow thickets, Colorado blue spruce stands, and cottonwood riverbottom ecosystems. Our target birds are an exciting array of species, including blue-gray gnatcatcher, great blue heron, Lewis’s woodpecker, pinyon jay, pygmy nuthatch, black-chinned hummingbird, various flycatchers, yellow warbler, wild turkey, various hawks, turkey vulture, spotted sandpiper, and more.
This class requires advance registration to ensure appropriate planning for the field experience.
Birders of all experience levels are welcome! Special attention will be given to orienting beginning birders to local habitats and their associated bird species, and basic field craft skills. Mark Fuller, former Independence Pass Foundation Director, and ACES Birding Guide Rebecca Weiss will be your instructors. Mark and Rebecca are photographer and author, respectively, of Birds of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.
This class meets at the CDOT Park-N-Ride at Hwy. 133 and Village Road in Carbondale, and the group will carpool to sites on public and private land in the Crystal River Valley, returning to the Park-N-Ride to conclude. We will carpool from there to field trip locations.
What To Bring:
Come prepared for a full day in the field, including non-strenuous hiking on and off trails. Please wear layered clothing for both the chilly morning and warmer daytime temperatures. Wear sturdy footwear and bring rain gear, sun hat, sunglasses, sunblock, a hearty sack lunch, snacks, and plenty of water. Bring your binoculars (or borrow ours) and your field guide (optional). We will provide binoculars, a scope, reference books, and handouts.