FRBC: A Nature Center For You and Your
|FALL TIPS from our friends at Duncraft
Welcome new guests to your feeders this fall!
Beautiful birds are often year-round residents in many
yards. Invite a whole new group of birds to visit
during fall migration season. Weary winged travelers
heading towards their winter homes appreciate an
offering of food, drink, bath and shelter along their
Feeders and food for one and all!
First, examine the feeders you currently use--are
they clean, safe and fully operational? If not, scrub,
repair or replace old feeders. An assortment of feeder
styles will attract a variety of birds--certain birds
prefer platforms, others will only use ground feeders,
and many respond well to suet feeders.
Build a brush-pile for the birds.
Locate an inconspicuous corner of your yard and
heap raked leaves, clippings, branches and twigs into
a mound. Insects will thrive beneath the cover of the
brush-pile and insect-eating birds will happily forage
through the debris looking for food. Birds will also use
the pile for shelter on a cold or windy night
Birds must have water for survival.
Migrating birds need a clean source of water for
drinking and bathing. Bathing keeps feathers in top-
flight condition. In our region where
temperatures dip below freezing at night purchase a
bath with a built-in heater, or add a plug-in heater to
your existing bath. Check your baths daily and
remove any debris immediately--and keep them filled
to ensure an abundant supply of fresh, clean water.
You're sure to experience a tremendous sense of
satisfaction knowing you have assisted our feathered
friends along in their amazing, yet arduous autumn
journey. Fall truly is an exciting time of the year for
|FOCUS ON OPTICS: Value & Function
It’s that time of year again when nature enthusiasts
get outside to watch the wide variety of birds fly
south for the winter. It’s a great time to think about
upgrading your binoculars. At FRBC we offer high
quality, affordable optic products from the Sheltered
Wings and Vortex companies.
You can be expertly prepared for fall migration with
one of our rugged, waterproof, full-size roof prism
binoculars that offer great light-gathering capability.
We have on hand both 8x42 and 10x42 Audubon
Equinox Classic and HP binoculars.
carry a complete line of Vortex roof prisms from the
Stokes Birding Series.
These exquisite pieces offer high performance
coatings, glare reduction systems, soft tapered
eyecups, and are fully phase corrected. Each offer
very wide fields of view and close focus down to 5
feet! Simply put they are perfect for any birding or
You might also want to check out our new Audubon
spotting scope. It is great to
use out on the porch or at your favorite natural area.
At only 25.2 ounces it is never a burden. Thanks to
the angled zoom eyepiece and fully multi-coated
lenses, you get great clear images of far-off birds
and other wildlife. Adverse weather is not a problem
for this waterproof and nitrogen purged scope. It
comes complete with a deluxe tabletop tripod, and
padded storage case. Compare this $140 value with
other scopes that can sore in costs in the thousands
of dollars. All the above have lifetime warranties and
are priced at the absolute minimum price allowed by
We offer many other family and sporting binoculars
and accessories for every budget. Purchasing a pair
of binoculars is a very personal event. Stop by and
see if we have the right fit for you. We will be happy
to explain the product features and let you decide for
yourself if they meet your individual needs. If you are
not buying for yourself, imagine the thrill a loved one
would have by finding one of these under the tree
this holiday season!
For more information on their fine products, check
out the Sheltered Wings company on the web at
|WHO IS GOING AND WHO IS STAYING by Sara Nelson
The time of year has come when the snow can start
to pile up and we begin to think about warm and
sunny places to the south. While most of us can’t
just pack up and spend the winter in Mexico, some
birds have to do just that. They begin on a journey
of sometimes thousands of miles to find a place with
enough food to last them through the lean winter
months. So, which birds will be leaving Denver, and
which ones can we expect at our feeders this winter?
Some of the most famous migrants are the
hummingbirds. People have already started noticing
fewer and fewer hummers visiting their feeders.
These birds are beginning their journeys to central
and southern Mexico. Bullock’s Orioles, another
Denver resident, have begun their trip to over-winter
in the tropics. You don’t need to take hummingbird
feeders down in order to force the hummers to leave.
They can tell by the decreasing amount of daylight
when the proper time to leave is. However, be sure
to bring feeders in when there is a chance of freezing
for they may break. Mourning doves will also begin to
leave in September and October for Mexico and
Central America, although some may stay locally
depending on the weather.
Other birds can be seen even more in the winter.
Black-capped Chickadees stay year round, and can
be even more obvious than in the summer when they
are busy raising their families. American Goldfinches
are more common in winter, but are easier to miss
since the males lose their brilliant yellow coloring
when they are not breeding. House Finches are
abundant all year, and Dark-eyed Juncos come down
out of the mountains to spend the winter at Denver’s
lower elevation. American Robins can be seen year
round, although the birds you see in winter are
probably ones that spent the summer further north.
Northern Flickers and Downy Woodpeckers are
common winter visitors, especially to suet and peanut
Stop in the store if you want to learn more about
migration or feeding birds over the winter. For more
information about local birds, check out the book
Birds of Denver and the Front Range by Chris C.
Fisher and Greg Butcher.
|THE FRBC SEMINAR SERIES NOW IN FULL SWING by Tom Bush
On a gorgeous Saturday morning this past September
24th we kicked off our new “seminar series” program.
It was a great subject, presented by the perfect
experts, at the perfect place. Our first seminar was
held at The Audubon Society of Greater Denver’s
Chatfield State Park facility in Waterton Canyon.
This “classroom in the wild” is certainly a hidden gem
for all comers to enjoy. Connie Holsinger, collaborator
of Colorado Wildscaping, Bringing
Conservation Home, and Susie Mottashed,
author of Who Lives In Your Backyard,
jointly presented a
program on how to attract birds and other wildlife to
Connie showed attendees the many benefits of using
native plants. They are beautiful, water efficient, and
attract a wide variety of wild birds for up close
viewing. She demonstrated that by also adding a
water feature and specific feeding stations, your
property can explode with the movement and color of
most every avian species Colorado has to offer. She
shows you how you can become a “Habitat Hero” and
even get your property officially registered as a
wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
Susie followed by introducing the fantastic time
honored way of taking the birding and naturalist
hobbies to a new level - sketching what you see and
journaling about it. I was amazed at how she was
able to bring out the “Lewis and Clark” in the most
skeptical of participants. Check out Susie and the
lost talent of nature journaling and sketching on the
web at http://www.sketchesfromtheheart.com.
We plan to continue the seminar series throughout
each season as we identify subjects that folks want
to learn about and find experts to present them. Our
next scheduled seminar will occur in January 2006. At
that seminar, noted beekeeper Jerry Webb, owner of
the Beekeeper Company, will introduce the
fascinating subject of how to become a backyard
beekeeper. Hope to see you there!
|Seed of the Month
Seed of the month for November is 25lb bags of
striped Sunflower seed Striped Sunflower is a
favorite of virtually every bird that visits the
backyard. It offers high fat and protein which are
musts for birds in winter when they need energy to
keep body temps high on long and cold nights.
visit Audubon Park on the web
FRONT RANGE BIRDING COMPANY—YEAR 1 & COUNTING!
Store celebrates with Seed & Sidewalk Sale
20% off all wild bird food & Up To 50% Off sidewalk
items Oct 24 thru 30
Seems like October 20, 2004 was just yesterday
when Diane and I officially helped our first customer.
Since that time our new endeavor as retail
entrepreneurs has truly been an uplifting, rewarding
experience. Of course the enjoyable hobbies of
birding, and backyard naturalist have been the
principal reasons. We simply cannot think of another
type of business we would have taken the plunge for.
We contemplated the nature store idea over 12 years
ago and much forethought and personal research
went into the idea before the above launch date. As
local residents and consumers we saw the continued
trend toward “box” stores and franchises. We
witnessed American know-how and manufacturing
skills outsourced overseas. At the same time our
urban areas sprawled increasingly into formally
natural habitats and agricultural areas. This all
seemed to make customer service and listening ears
a distant memory in our trend toward a hurry
up/throw away society. Our goal is that you will
come to view and associate us with such concepts
and ideals as family owned, independent, great
friendly service and value, supporting the community,
American made, promoting local artist and craftsmen,
Diane and I would like to say thank you for accepting
us in the community and making our first year a great
success. As a token of our thanks, please come by
anytime October 24 – 30 and enjoy 20% off all wild
bird food products. Also we are having a “sidewalk
sale” with items up to 50% off. It will be a great
opportunity to start our “seed vault” program or pick
up an early Christmas gift for that nature lover on
Thanks once again for your continued support and
Join the Pepper Card Club!
After just $100 of purchases your Pepper Card is
worth $10 Front Range Birding Cash.
TILLEY WINTER HATS HAVE ARRIVED
Great style and function for both men and women.
Perfect for cold/wet weather birding!
Hogback Honey Is Now In Stock! (from the Bush
The fall harvest and extraction is now complete and
we have 200 lbs of great raw honey from our 6 hives
located just inside the Dakota Hogback in Willow
Springs. Come on in while supplies last. This sweet
clover & wildflower honey is our best so far!
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS!
FRBC LOADS UP ON MANY NEW NATURE GIFTS FOR
Check us out for unique gift ideas for that hard to
buy for person on your holiday list.
Find out more
The Front Range Birding Company - A Proud Corporate Sponsor of the Audubon Society of Greater Denver
TILLEY WINTER HATS - The perfect gift for the holidays!
THE EQUINOX HP BINOCULAR AND THE LIGHTWAVE SPOTTING SCOPE FROM SHELTERED WINGS