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Birding festival runs this week

Eighth annual event begins Wednesday
A mountain blue bird sits in the top a tree. The blue bird was spotted last year during the Thomas Preserve tour for the Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival.
Birders at the Thomas Preserve spotted this orange crown warbler during the Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival last year.
Birding Festival Schedule

The public is encouraged to attend all lectures and programs scheduled during the Ute Mountain/Mesa Verde Birding Festival, May 9—13:
Wednesday, May 9, 7 p.m. —“Water Birds and Shorebirds of the Four Corners” by Professor Tim Reeves, San Juan College, $5.
Thursday, May 10, 4 p.m. —“Goshawks: Their Habitat and Management in the San Juans” by Eric Freels, Wildlife Biologist, Bureau of Land Management, $5.
Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m. —“Golden Eagles in the Southwest—What we have learned, what we need to learn”, Dale Stahlecker, eagle researcher, $5.
Friday, May 11, 9 a.m.—“Kids’Birding Outing” by Gabi Morey, San Juan Mountains Association and Judi & Scott Aeschlimann. Kids ages 6 and older are welcome to join educators at Denny Lake for an enjoyable outing with bird watching, crafts, and other activities. Parents encouraged to accompany children. $5.
Friday, May 11, 4 p.m. —“Black Swift: Secrets Revealed” by Carolyn Gunn, fisheries biologist, Colo. Parks & Wildlife. $5.
Friday, May 11, 5 p.m. —Reading and Signing by Prof. Thomas Dunlap, author of “In the Field, Among the Feathered—A History of Birders & their Guides”, FREE.
Friday, May 11, 6:45 p.m.—“Beginning Nature Photography” by Lauren Buchholz, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Learn tips and techniques to improve your photography so that you can capture wildlife and landscapes for yourself. FREE.
Saturday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. —“Beginning Birding” by John Koshak, Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Fun indoor presentation and then on the Denny Lake. FREE
Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m. —“Birding Optics: Choosing & Using Binocs & Scopes” by Andrew Mackie, Executive Director, Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas. $5
Saturday, May 12, 5:30—7:30 p.m. —Keynote speaker, dinner, & silent auction. “Art, Money, Science, and Fun: Making Field Guides to the Birds, 1889-2012” by Prof. Thomas Dunlap, Texas A & M University.
All lectures take place at the Cortez Cultural Center, 25 N. Market St. Walk-ins are welcome. “Beginning Birding” and “Beginning Nature Photography” begin at the Center and travel to an outdoor location, so dress accordingly. The kids’ program meets at Denny Lake. The keynote speaker and dinner occur at the Elks Lodge. Please RSVP for the beginner’s and kids’ programs, and the dinner by calling 565-1151.
here are also still some openings on the tours, including Mesa Verde, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, LaPlata Birding, Birding the Ponderosa Forest, and more. Call 565-1151 or check the schedule on utemountainmesaverdebirdingfestival.com for more information.

Birding festival runs this week

A mountain blue bird sits in the top a tree. The blue bird was spotted last year during the Thomas Preserve tour for the Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival.
Birders at the Thomas Preserve spotted this orange crown warbler during the Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival last year.
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