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Northern Colorado Birding Fair - Presented by Poudre Pet & Feed Supply, Featuring "Professor Avian Guano"

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: Sep 26, 2012

Contact Information:

Heather Young, Education Program Assistant, (970) 679-4489

Crazy about birds or just curious? Want to learn more about birding close to home? Everyone is invited to a FREE weekend of fun and learning for the entire family during the 8th Annual Northern Colorado Birding Fair. The theme this year is, “Birding for the whole community.” Kids who complete activities win a free pair of binoculars!

 One and all can enjoy a weekend of bird related celebrations and experiences: 
Friday, September 28, 2012 – Free field trips to Soapstone Prairie Natural Area or Rivers Bluff Open Space
Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Northern Colorado Birding Fair and National Public Lands Day service project
 
Details and updates at http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/birding_fair.htm
 
Schedule of Events:
·         Friday, September 28, 2012, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.:  Birding Behind the Scenes at Soapstone Prairie
      City of Fort Collins Biologist Aran Meyer and Educator Sue Kenney will take you to some areas closed to the public for some birding and share information about the internationally renowned Lindenmeier early man site. Transportation from Fort Collins provided. Free, registration required, call 970-416-2815 or email naturalareas@fcgov.com
 
·         Friday, September 28, 2012, 7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Birding Tour of Three Bells Conservation Easement
 
Join volunteer naturalist Carl for a special tour of the 3-Bells Conservation easement, a private property just north of River Bluffs Open Space. This beautiful conserved area, normally closed to the public, boasts a lovely section of the Poudre River, home to many different bird species. Free registration required. Full, taking waiting list. Call 970-679-4489 or email hyoung@larimer.org
 
·         Saturday, September 29, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Northern Colorado Birding Fair at Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space
Guided bird walks at 7, 7:15, and 10 a.m.
Hands-on activity booths, silent auction, and vendors from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Presentations at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m.
Interactive Clinics at 10 a.m. and noon
 
Updates and details at http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/birding_fair.htm

Service for the birds!
Everyone is invited to a family-friendly Fishing Line and Litter Pick-Up in honor of National Public Lands Day, from 2 – 5 p.m. at Arapahoe Bend Natural Area (4109 East Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins) on September 29, 2012, just after the Birding Fair wraps up. Free; registration is required at www.rei.com/fortcollins
 
More About the Northern Colorado Birding Fair
No matter what tickles your fancy, birders young and old, beginner to experienced, will find something at the Birding Fair to fit the bill. Don’t miss the visit from Professor Avian Guano, one of the wacky alter egos of famous naturalist Denny Olson, who will entertain and delight audiences of all ages with his theatrical and educational comedy. Other presentations are focused on bird identification, ethical bird feeding, and travelogues of birding trips to South America. You can even test your skills mimicking bird calls at several Bird Call Contests (kids to experts welcome!), led by the hilarious Prof. Guano (who can make over 100 bird calls himself!).
 
Visitors will also enjoy over 15 interactive booths, guided bird walks, a silent auction, and, vendors showcasing birding equipment. There will be food and drink available courtesy of Friends of Larimer County Natural Resources, and the Berthoud Lion’s Club. Prizes will be available for children 12 years of age or under who participate in activities and turn in their Birding Fair Passport.
 
Did you say free?  Entry to the Northern Colorado Birding Fair is free for all thanks to sponsorships and local vendors who participate. To help keep the event free, donations from the visiting public will also be accepted.
 
Directions and more information: The Northern Colorado Birding Fair is at Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space, on Carpenter Road, 1-mile west of the I-25/Hwy 392 Windsor exit. Contact Rob Novak at Larimer County Department of Natural Resources for more information, 970-679-4561 or rnovak@larimer.org.
For a full schedule of events visit http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/birding_fair.htm.
 
To learn more about Larimer County’s parks and open spaces, go to
www.larimer.org/naturalresources
 
For information about the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas program,
go to www.fcgov.com/naturalareaswww.fcgov.com/naturalareas
 
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