Posted on April 28, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
May is prime-time for our fine-feathered friends
Itinerant shorebirds sometimes wind up at Dillon Reservoir, in Summit County, Colorado, for a short stop-over. Bob Berwyn photo.
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — If you’ve been hearing a lot of chirping and twittering in the great outdoors these days, it’s because the birds are back. More specifically, dozens of species of migratory birds are on the move, headed for nesting grounds in North America from non-breeding areas in South and Central America, and the Caribbean.
That’s why birders are gearing up for International Migratory Bird Day, held each year on the second Saturday in May as a way to recognize the winged wonders that travel the globe each spring and fall, migrating thousands of miles from their wintering grounds to nesting grounds and back again. (more…)
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Posted on March 5, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Greater prairie chicken. PHOTO COURTESY COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE.
Once-endangered species makes a comeback on the plains of Colorado
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —The high county may still be snowed in, but out on the plains of Colorado, greater prairie chickens are beginning their spring mating rituals, and through a partnership between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and local ranchers, wildlife enthusiasts will have a chance to view the amazing sandhill dancers.
On weekends throughout March and April, guided tours will available through the Wray Chamber of Commerce, with reservations required (Call 970-332-3484 for more information).
“Many birders visit Wray to see the prairie chickens and mark them off their “Life Lists” for bird watching,” said Josh Melby, district wildlife manager for Wray, ” What they find here is one of the most fascinating and memorable mating rituals they’ll ever see in the wild.” (more…)
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