Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
Free, limited to 12 people, reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sandstone-ranch-and-firestone-gravel-pits-with-carl-starace-tickets-36987737318
Leader: Carl Starace
This is definitely a trip for which you will want to carry your spotting scopes and share with those who don’t own one. This City of Longmont recreation area has abundant wildlife once you move south and east away from the developed areas. There can be an amazing variety of raptors present including Bald Eagles, Cooper’s Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks and Kestrels. The riparian area along Saint Vrain Creek has Wild Turkey, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpeckers and many other passerines. The river and gravel ponds will reward you with Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, American Wigeon, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Gadwall and Ruddy Duck.
This is a walking excursion. Wear sturdy shoes, hats, bring water, cameras, binoculars and scopes. We will meet at Sandstone Ranch in the parking lot on the south side of the big soccer field.