North Star Birding: Breeding Birds
in partnership with Pitkin County Open Space & Trails
Nesting activity of herons, raptors, waterfowl, wetland birds, and songbirds is well-underway in the rich habitats of North Star Nature Preserve at this time of summer. We will learn about nesting requirements, foraging, and hatchlings for the bird species we encounter, and observe their breeding season behaviors. Join us for this birding outing that will focus on local nesting birds in the quiet, expansive setting of North Star where the river and wetlands make this location especially important for breeding activities.
This class requires advance registration to ensure appropriate planning for the field experience.
This class meets at the Main North Star parking lot, 1.65 miles from the intersection of Main/Hwy 82 and Original Street (wildlife viewing platform parking lot). There are no restroom facilities at this location.
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:
Bring your own binoculars (or borrow ours) and guide book (optional). Be prepared for cool temperatures and walking both on- and off-trail. Please dress in warm layers and sturdy footwear.