North Star Birding: South Side of the River
in partnership with Pitkin County Open Space & Trails
Special access to the south side of the river takes this class into prime bird habitats following the peak of summer breeding season when many fledglings are on the wing and learning the ropes of independent life. Aspen groves provide habitat for wrens, flycatchers, swallows, and woodpeckers. Willow thickets and riparian cottonwoods yield warblers, vireos, and sapsuckers. Soras, Virginia Rails, waterfowl, and herons may be found in wetlands and pockets of open water. This special area is truly a birding hotspot, managed to foster the wildlife that depend on these habitats for breeding and migration, and for limited passive human activities that foster an appreciation for nature. Join us for this unique opportunity to learn about the birds of North Star Nature Preserve!
This class requires advanced registration to ensure appropriate planning for the field experience. Participants must register by 5pm on the day prior to the outing.
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.