Birding in fall, winter, and early spring is great for exercising your birding skills, learning some non-breeding plumages, and observing foraging behaviors of both migratory and resident species. We're often rewarded with nuthatches, woodpeckers, and other songbirds in better view in the absence of summer's foliage, as well as tracks in the frost and the soothing quiet of crisp mornings. Designed for all birders from novices to experts, we focus on birding skills, fun, and being in tune with nature. Every outing is a treasure hunt for birds and their wild neighbors!
This session of birding will feature a waterfowl study at Hallam Lake and the Snowmass Sanitation ponds, where we expect to see six or more duck species in our scopes. Ducks wear their beautiful breeding plumage in winter and overwintering migratory species add diversity. We will discuss the various waterfowl groups, learn how to recognize color pattern and shape, and practice other strategies that will help you identify waterfowl anywhere!
Join naturalist Rebecca Weiss on the first Tuesday of the month from October through April
and open yourself to a new passion! Bring your binoculars and field guides (or borrow ours) and dress warmly: coat, gloves, hat, appropriate footwear especially when snow's on the ground.
is a naturalist specializing in birding, botany, and interpretive program development. She first came to ACES as Naturalist in 1993, later coordinated the Naturalist Field School and worked with Naturalist Programs, and now helps with Naturalist training and mentoring, birding, and custom programs. Rebecca is also a professional writer, most recently developing natural history interpretive sign and display projects locally. She holds a BS in Biology and an MA in Environmental Education, and loves exploring the natural world with her husband, Austin, and their children Anders and Elsie.WHAT TO BRING:
Bring binoculars and bird field guide books. ACES has some binoculars to lend. Wear comfortable shoes for walking and appropriate layers for the temperatures. Bring snack and water if you need it for this short outing.HOW TO GET THERE:
Please walk, bike, bus, carpool, or ski to ACES sites whenever possible (yes, you really could cross country ski to ACES when there is enough snow). Parking at all sites is extremely limited and alternate transportation is fun and saves the planet!