Ovenbirds, Golden Eagles, and Banded Hairstreaks: Breeding Birds & Butterflies of Roxborough State Park

  • June 18, 2018 12:00am - 02:00pm
  • Roxborough State Park

This trip is led by Steve Jones. Please note that it includes a moderately strenuous, uphill hike!

Date:  Monday, June 18

3 SPOTS LEFT   Limited to:  12 people

Donation:  $50, including a gourmet picnic brunch

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Roxborough State Park, one of the most spectacular protected areas in the Front Range foothills, supports more than 80 breeding bird species and an equal number of butterflies. Listen for the rhythmic chants of ovenbirds while we have a picnic brunch up among old-growth Douglas-fir/Gambel oak woodlands.  We will keep an eye on the sky for Golden Eagles soaring or to find them nesting on vermillion cliffs.   You will have the opportunity to photograph hairstreaks and fritillaries nectaring on summer wildflowers. Carpenter Peak is our destination.

The trip will entail 4 miles round trip of moderately strenuous hiking with an elevation gain of about 800 feet.

Steve Jones completed a comprehensive breeding bird survey of the park for Colorado State Parks and Wildlife in 2009 and is co-author, with Jan Chu, of Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range.  Limited to 10 participants. Monday, June 18, 2018.  $50 Per person.  A $7 per vehicle state parks pass. Meet to carpool at the Eldorado Springs park-and-ride, at the northeast corner of SH 93 and Eldorado Springs Drive, at 6:15 AM. Return around 2 PM.

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