Exploring the Birdlife of Knapp Ranch
Join us for this full-day field trip to Knapp Ranch in the subalpine valley of Lake Creek at 9,000 ft. elevation beneath the Sawatch Range in Edwards, Colorado. We will explore the birdlife of this 320-acre property bordered by National Forest, where wildflower meadows, stands of aspen, hillsides of mountain shrubland, spruce-fir forest, and lush streamside ecosystems are home to a number of bird species. The high quality of these habitats supports an abundance of birds, some of which will have recently fledged their young. Birds we may see include dusky grouse, yellow-rumped warbler, pine grosbeak, Clark’s nutcracker, mountain bluebird, broad-tailed hummingbird, Wilson’s warbler, red-naped sapsucker, olive-sided flycatcher, western tanager, sharp-shinned hawk, and more. We will make forays on the ranch’s trail system, returning to the Gathering Lodge for lunch mid-day. This special property owned by Bud Knapp is dedicated to the history, conservation, and appreciation of the Rocky Mountain landscape, and current projects include sustainability, forestry, organic produce and orchard operations, bee-keeping, design, and land conservation.
This class requires advance registration to ensure appropriate planning for the field experience. This class meets at Hallam Lake at 5am. We will carpool to Knapp Ranch in Edwards, CO. We will then bird from around 7:45am-2pm, and will return to Aspen around 5pm.
About the Instructor:
Rebecca Weiss is a Naturalist specializing in birding, botany, and interpretive program development. She came to ACES as a Summer Naturalist in 1993, and later directed the Naturalist Field School and worked with ACES’ Naturalist Programs. She guides for ACES’ Birding Program outings and is a professional writer and consultant. Rebecca is the author of Birds of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. She holds a BS in Biology and a MA in Environmental Education, and loves exploring the natural world with her husband, Austin, and their children, Anders and Elsie.
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.
- Class maximum: 10
- Spots available: 4