FRBC: A Nature Center For You and Your
|SUMMER TIPS: HUMMERS ARE IN HIGH SEASON
On the Colorado Front Range we are extremely
fortunate to have 4 species of hummingbirds that
visit our area: Broadtail, Black Chinned, Rufus, and
Calliope. Depending on your elevation and habitat you
may get all 4! Try these few ideas to help you get full
enjoyment from these most entertaining backyard
-Place several feeders out 3 to 6 feet apart.
territorial and will try to “overprotect” a
single feeder. Place some out of line of
sight from others if the birds get too feisty. Clean
every 5 days.
- Mix sugar water at 1 part sugar and 4 parts water
for the feeders. You can put one feeder
out with a 1 to 3 mix when the Rufus Humming- bird
arrives. They are an extremely aggressive species but
seem to lay claim to the sweetest feeder allowing
others to feed on the rest.
- Red on the feeder attracts Hummers, you do not
need red dye in the sugar water. Avoid
yellow colors on feeders as they attract wasps.
- Habitat is the big attractor. Put out flowering
summer plants close to the house and develop a
natural area in the yard with shrubs and trees.
They love cover and may nest there.
Stop by the store and let us help you get started
watching these seasonal favorites.
|OPEN HOUSE 2006: A BIG SUCCESS FOR THE COMMUNITY
WINNERS OF THE 2006 “DOVE RACE FOR YOUTH”
HAVE BIG HEARTS
The second annual “Dove Race For Youth”
on April 29th. Over 120 people from the community
sponsored doves (white homing pigeons) that flew
from Jefferson Village to their home lofts in Arvada.
The sponsors’ generous donations raised over $3,000
for both The Jason Dahl Scholarship Foundation
The Greater Littleton Youth Initiative.
The dove that won the “race” turned out to be only
a small part of a story that began in Middleton,
Wisconsin. For the second year in a row Vortex
Optics of Middleton has donated the event’s first
place prize. This year it was a Sandpiper Spotting
Scope and Tripod worth $500 The scope was
presented to the winning dove’s sponsor Terry
Hubbard of Littleton. His dove made it back
just over an hour’s flight time. The dove’s owner,
Tom Loux of White Bird’s Unlimited, said
headwinds out of the north (10 knots) caused flight
delays that day. “Normally, all doves would have
made the journey in much less time,” was his
Nonetheless, Terry, owner of the Jefferson Village
UPS Store, was very proud his dove won over a
experienced avian field. Terry’s heart was elsewhere
however and immediately returned the Vortex Scope
to the race event sponsors with the
stipulation “please sell it and give the proceeds to
the Jason Dahl foundation, I love the work they are
It did not take long for another big heart in the
community to see a good use for this fine prize.
Steuble of Littleton wrote a check directly to
foundation for the full value of the spotting scope.
John did not keep the scope for himself either; he
promptly donated it to the Children’s Hospital in
Albuquerque, New Mexico where it will be put up
auction to help raise funds for young people who
have tragically developed cancer at an early age.
Not to be outdone by an employee, John's company,
McElvain Oil & Gas Properties, Inc of Denver,
in full his donation to the charity. Actually, the
McElvain company has a very generous Gift Matching
Program that is very benificial to many charities. We
are deeply appreciative of both their contributions.
The dove race has a “corporate division” as well.
Many local businesses donated valuable products and
services. This year The Perfect Landing
Centennial sponsored the first place dove.
Copper Poppy store of Ken-Caryl sponsored the
second place dove and The Colorado Credit Union
dove came in third place. The event was truly for the
community and by the community. Every dollar
donated goes to help young people in our local area
realize their goals and to help keep their lives on the
We at the Front Range Birding Company and
Birds Unlimited want to thank everyone who
participated in the dove race event. We believe the
charities benefiting from the community’s generosity
are deeply committed to our community’s youth. The
charities are with us today due to the tragic
circumstances of Columbine and 9/11. These two
events, of course, should never be forgotten.
|WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE - NOT ON THE FRONT RANGE by Sara Nelson
(but you can provide)
Our Colorado “high desert plain” makes water an
extremely important consideration not taken lightly by
birds. One really great thing you can provide for the
birds in your backyard is a source of water for
drinking and bathing. Water is a basic requirement
for all living things, and is a real easy way to attract
even more kinds of birds.
The best way to begin providing a source of water is
a simple birdbath. Birdbaths come in all different
shapes and forms, such as plastic, copper, concrete
and ceramic. They can be made to hang, mount on a
deck railing, slip into the ground, or stand on a patio.
Baths can also be heated for the wintertime, or a
heater can be placed inside.
The most important thing about a birdbath is to keep
it clean. Change the water frequently, and keep the
bath clean of droppings. The birdbath should be
located close to a tree for shade and a place to find
shelter. Keep the bath far enough away from any
feeders so seed doesn’t fall into it. Most songbirds
don’t like to actually swim, so the water shouldn’t be
any deeper than three inches. Placing a few rocks
into the bath will keep it secure in the wind, and give
the birds a safe, steady footing.
If you already have a birdbath, try adding a bath
accessory such as a dripper or mister. Drippers and
misters can attach to the bath and provides a steady
drip or a fine mist of water. Misters can also be
pointed at a bush and birds can shower themselves
under the dripping leaves. Hummingbirds especially
If you have the room in your yard, you can also
consider putting in a small pond. Kits are available
with anywhere from one to three cascading pools,
and can be set up in many kinds of arrangements.
The water recirculates with a pump, and the moving
water is especially attractive to lots of birds. Stop in
the store and we’ll be happy to help you with our
selection of baths, drippers, misters and ponds. The
birds will thank you for it!
|THE DAY TRIPPER: Red Rocks Touring by Caroline Hancock
On June 16th I took a trip to Red Rocks
Amphitheatre. The Front Range Birding Company has
donated two birdfeeders to the Trading Post souvenir
shop for public viewing. The feeders are located
behind the shop overlooking some of the most scenic
views on the Front Range.
When I arrived I spotted a White-breasted Nuthatch,
a Black-headed grosbeak and a few House Finches.
Off to the right of the shop is the Trading Post Trail
which is about a mile or so long. One bird commonly
seen on this trail is the Bullock’s oriole, bright
orange and very vocal. I only walked a ¼ mile of
the trail. After that you’ll need your hiking boots.
The trail goes west and around one of the enormous
red rocks behind the shop. It winds into a small
forest of Cottonwood trees and Scrub Oak. There I
saw a Lazuli Bunting (beautiful blue feathers with red
upper breast), Spotted Towhee, American Robin,
Scrub Jay and Swallows flying overhead.
The birds I saw this day do not even come close to
the number of species to be found in this area.
Opportunities abound here for sighting rare birds. The
Trading Post is located at the south end of the
|THE 2006 DOVE RACE WINNERS
Pictured from left to right at the Perfect Landing
Sue Chandler- Littleton Public Schools Board of
Education member; Diana Holland- Co-chairman of
The Greater Littleton Youth Initiative; Diane Bush;
Dan Hatlestad- President of The Captain Jason Dahl
Scholarship Foundation; Lisa Hatlestad; Terry
Hubbard- 1st Place "Peoples Division" winner; Jim
Carter- 1st Place "Corporate Division" winner and
owner of The Perfect Landing Restaurant; Tom Bush
2006 SUMMER SEMINAR SERIES TAKES FLIGHT
THE FRONT RANGE BIRDING COMPANY AND SUSIE
Who Lives In Your Backyard?
(An Introduction to Nature Journaling and Field
You can join Susie Mottashed, author of the
winning nature journaling book "Who Lives In
Backyard?," for a wonder filled 2 day lecture
field trip in spectacular Red Rocks Park!
Creating your own nature journal is just plain fun!
Instructor and author Susie Mottashed teaches how
easy it is to observe, sketch and record what's going
in your own backyard.
You will learn that sketching is fun, quick and easy.
You will experience first hand the joy in keeping an
ongoing nature journal. Your observation skills will
improve and you will have the confidence to do quick
sketches that capture a moment.
In addition to learning how to set up your journal,
you will learn several observation techniques.
Sketching techniques will be discussed and
demonstrated. This introductory class is for beginners
but all are welcomed.
Previous drawing skills are not required!
need to bring an 8 1/2 x 11 blank hardback journal,
pens and pencils. There will be instruction in both the
classroom and in the field.
Classroom session meets at the Front Range Birding
Company store from 6:30PM till 8:30PM on August
3rd. A field trip will take place at Red Rocks Park.
Participants will meet at the Red Rocks Park Trading
Post at the base of the Amphitheater on August 5th
at 8AM for a 2 hour 1 mile trail hike to practice their
new journaling and sketching skills.
This seminar and field trip is truly an inspiring
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL OUTDOOR
Classroom Session: August 3, 2006
(Thursday evening) 6:30pm-8:30pm
Field Trip: August 5, 2006
(Saturday morning) 8:00am- 10:00am
Cost: $45 per person.
Preregister at The Front Range Birding Company
reserve a spot.
Susie has been keeping nature journals since 1997.
She is the author of the award-winning
Who Lives In Your Backyard?
Visit her website at www.sketchesfromtheheart.com
visit Susie at www.sketchesfromtheheart.com
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