ABA Community Weekends are focused on urban centers in the US and Canada and aim to connect with local organizations, businesses, and guides to offer a variety of birding-related activities that can appeal to both novice and experienced birders.
Our objective is to connect in person with ABA members who may have never had direct contact with the organization in the field, while also presenting birding and the American Birding Association to a wider swath of the general public, to learn about the wants and needs of birders, conservationists, and nature enthusiasts; to exchange ideas and share experiences; and to create a network of like-minded people, organizations, and businesses throughout the ABA Area.
ABA Community Weekends generally include guided bird walks on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and workshops on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, plus a social event such as a birds-and-beers or bird trivia at a dining establishment on Saturday evening.
Join Birding Magazine Editor Ted Floyd and friends for two mornings of birding close to Denver. On both mornings, the pace will be easygoing. We’ll be walking on level, well-graded trails with good access to ponds, marshes, and small woodlots. Our emphasis will be on getting to know the basics of birding: equipment, new technologies, and of course field identification. Ted Floyd and co-leaders LeAnn Pilger, Kyle Carlsen, Christy Carello, Drew Bender, and Hannah Floyd all are deeply involved in the birding, ornithological, and natural history communities in and around Denver, and they look forward to sharing their passion for birds with you!
On top of the field trips, there will be a digiscoping workshop by Andrea Cahoon and two expert presentations, one on birds and native plants by Dina Baker, and the other on mindful birding by Crystal Reser. And of course, a Birds and Beers social on Saturday evening. It promises to be an interesting and well-filled weekend!
The bird walks and workshops are free and open to the public, but RSVP IS MANDATORY. This isn’t to harvest your email address and sell you stuff; it’s for logistics, as there are limits on the number of people on the trails at popular outdoor sites in the Denver metro region, especially on summer weekends.
Note: In addition to watching birds, we will absolutely be learning about the many wonderful wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies, “herps” (reptiles and amphibians), and even fungi and lichens at Greenlee and The Arsenal. Leaders will keep eBird checklists and upload photos to iNaturalist, and will share media with participants shortly after the Community Weekend’s conclusion.