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|DOVES, HAWKS, EVEN HELICOPTERS WILL EXCITE CROWDS SATURDAY MAY 1 FROM 10 AM TILL 5 PM AT THE 2010 FRBC OPEN HOUSE
THE CAPTAIN JASON DAHL SCHOLARSHIP
FUNDRAISER HONORS 9/11 HEROES AT
The annual southwest Denver event offers something
for everyone in an all day community family fun festival
Saturday May 1 marks the 6th "Dove Race"
for the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund. The
event is part of an annual affair at The Front Range
Birding Company located in the Jefferson Village
Shopping Center in Littleton and is sponsored by
Colorado Credit Union. The backyard nature store
facilitates an open house art and craft fair complete
with barbeque, live country western music, live raptor
displays from HawkQuest, exhibits from The Butterfly
Pavilion, and the Dove Race fundraiser.
Attendees of all ages have the opportunity to visit with
the brave first responders of The West Metro Fire
Department and climb aboard one of their front
fire trucks. The Health ONE AIRLIFE helicopter
land at the event also and the Airlife team will be on
hand to talk about their mission and show off the Air
The event has grown in popularity as it supports local
businesses and local charities in a fun filled family
festival atmosphere. HawkQuest will bring
raptors, including a Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon,
Great Horned Owl, and a Barn Owl. At noon, the
HawkQuest volunteers will fly a Harris' Hawk in the
Just like the 2009 event, the art and craft fair
feature over 20 vendor booths specializing in local
handmade products. Included are photography,
watercolors, pottery feeders and baths, stained glass,
chained-sawed bears, and metal art. It is one of the
first craft fairs of the spring season and offers one-of-
a-kind gifts for Mother's Day and Father's Day. A
portion of all sales supports the Captain Jason Dahl
There will be interactive
informational booths from The Audubon Society of
Greater Denver, South Suburban Parks, Chatfield and
Roxborough State Parks, and The Division of Fish and
Wildlife. The Columbine Animal Hospital will
booth with giveaways, "Ask a Vet", and information on
how to accommodate injured wildlife that you may
encounter. Additionally the Kiwanis Club will
their annual Spring Ken-Caryl Garage Sale and have
maps available depicting the location and addresses
of over 75 participating garage sale homes in the Ken-
The Wild Coyotes country western band will
provide live music all during the event and attendees
can enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at Ole Vine
The highlight of the day is the Dove Race
charity event for The Captain Jason Dahl
Scholarship Fund. Captain Dahl was the pilot of
United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 and a Ken-
Caryl, Littleton resident. Captain Dahl, the crew, and
passengers of Flight 93 are true American heroes
who paid dearly with their lives preventing terrorists
from reaching their Washington, DC targets.
Those attending also have the opportunity to bid on
valuable items in a silent auction to include a
one hour flight experience in one of United
Airlines' advanced jet simulators, Denver Bronco's
football tickets, Colorado Rockies baseball
tickets, among other fine items. The winning bids
will be announced at 4:30 PM.
Schedule of events:
- 8AM-11AM Bird walks with the Audubon
Greater Denver (see schedule below and Call 303-
979-2473 for details)
- 10AM - 5PM Arts and Crafts Fair with food
music from "The Wild Coyotes Country and Western
- 11AM - 1PM HawkQuest
- 11AM - 1PM - The Butterfly Pavilion exibit
- 12 NOON Live flight of Harris Hawk
- 12 NOON - 2PM Book signings with Scott
author of Colorado Small Mountain Owls
- 1PM - 3PM - West Metro Fire Truck and
Life Helicopter Visit
- 2PM - Dove Race of 100 Homing
- 10AM - 4PM Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund
- 3PM- 6PM Colorado wine tasting at Old
|WALK & TALK SERIES A BIG PART OF THE OPEN HOUSE AND THE SPRING
Take a walk in the Park
The Audubon Society of Greater Denver The
Carson Nature Center and Roxborough State Park
join with FRBC offering free bird walks
The bird walks are space limited so sign up early.
|BEAR CREEK LAKE PARK
Saturday May 1 from 7:30 - 10:30 am before
festival begins enjoy a great opportunity to join Master
Birder Mike Henwood in Bear Creek Lake
to see nesting Great Horned Owls, Red-tailed
Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, American Kestrels, a
number of Swallows, House Wrens, Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers and American Dippers .The
Hawks should be back from Argentina and
their nest site. Meet at the entrance to BCLP(SE
corner of C470 and Morrison Road) at 7:30 a.m.
Limited space. Call 303-979-2473 to reserve a
|SOUTH PLATT PARK
Enjoy a free guided evening walk at South Platte Park
after the festival to seek spring birds. Saturday,
5 - 6 pm. Call 303-730-1022 x10 to RSVP as
are limited. The hike will be led by Phil Waltz,
Coordinator of the Carson Nature Center. Phil has
led birding tours throughout the Park, the western US,
and the world over the past 12 years and will share
tips on how to find and identify some of our colorful
spring arrivals including warblers, orioles, and a host
of water birds. Meet on the west deck of the Carson
Nature Center 3000 Carson Drive (behind Aspen
Grove Center Mineral and Santa Fe Drive.)
|ROXBOROUGH STATE PARK
The early spring wildflowers and returning migrant
birds are beginning to fill the majestic vistas of
Roxbouough State Park. You can get a first
accounting of it all by joining Roxborough Naturalist
Betty Timson and FRBC's Tom Bush
on Sunday, May
2 from 9 AM till 12 PM. The hike offers a great
to improve your wildflower and birding knowledge and
a wonderful photographic opportunity. Please call
979-2473 to reserve a spot as this popular hike
fast. Meet at the Park Visitor Center at 9 AM.
|CHATFIELD STATE PARK
Sunday May 2 from 8 AM till 1 PM Walk the
of Chatfield State Park with Hugh and Urling
This also is the opening of the Rocky Mountain Bird
Observatory (RMBO) Bird Banding Station hosted by
Meredith McBurney We will hike along the
River and look for new migrant arrivals and raptors,
ducks, and warblers. We always find surprises. A visit
to the banding station is a special treat. Bring water
and a snack Meet at the Audubon Center at Chatfield
on Waterton Road,. (Take Wadsworth 4.4 miles south
of C-470.) Call 303-979-2473 for details.
|SIGN UP FOR A FESTIVAL OR SPRING BIRD WALK OUTING
WALK THE WETLANDS
The first Sunday of every month from 8 AM till Noon
Join with the Audubon
Society of Greater Denver and
Hugh and Urling Kingery along with other Master
Birders with the ever popular "Walk the Wetlands"
series in Chatfield State Park. Easy walking. Meet
the Audubon Center at Chatfield on Waterton Road,.
(Take Wadsworth 4.4 miles south of C-470.) Call
979-2473 for details.
Creative Ways to Learn Bird Sounds with Alison
Saturday June 26th at Roxborough State Park
Center - 8am - 12:00pm - No fee - 8:00am to
One of the more difficult aspects of birding is learning
bird sounds. Luckily you don't have to rely on just your
auditory memory to "tune- in" to the songs and calls of
birds. This 4 hour program will teach you how to hear
with your eyes. Fun techniques including, ways to
observe the bird, visual clues, diagnostic sounds,
creative mnemonics, comparative ideas and
personalizing your interpretation. This class will start
indoors with a fantastic presentation, then go outside
to listen and observe the birds on an easy walk.
Novice to expert birders welcome! Must call the
pertaining number below to make a reservation.
Call 303-973-3959 for reservations. Space
is Limited. CO Parks Pass / Day Pass needed.
On all walks be sure to check the weather and dress
appropriately. Wear a hat, long pants, and dressing in
layers is always a good rule. Also be sure to bring
binoculars, water, and a
These free hikes are very educational and
popular. Call us at the store for details and directions.
Space is limited so call early to reserve your quick tour
of Front Range natural habitats.
|Our Partner - White Birds Unlimited
The good folks at White Birds Unlimited graciously
donated all 200 doves for the Jason Dahl fundraiser.
We cannot thank them enough.
If you have a special occasion that would be
with a dove release, your wishes will come to life with
their expert services.
|CHECK OUT THE FRONT RANGE BIRDING APPROVED TOURS
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography
with Bill Schmoker, as Guide
July 27 to August 2, 2010
Check out the SE Arizona trip here
Northern California Bird Watching
with Harry Fuller, as Guide
September 17 to 22,2010
Check out the Northern California trip here.
Coming soon. Bolivia in September 2011.
Photography and digiscoping tour with Bill Schmoker.
|We also like TOURS BY TURNER
Those in the know love the birding adventures offered
by Bill Turner. The two we are most fond of are:
Bird Brazil July 6-25,
and Bird Australia
October 22-November 9, 2010
Both trips are led by Bill Turner with expert
birder/naturalist guides. The Brazil trip
Cristalino Lodge (with a bird list of over 500 species)
in the southern Amazon and the Pantanal. Maximum
group size is ten. The land cost is $4895 per person
double occupancy and roundtrip airfare from Denver
is $l800, subject to change until ticketed.
The Australia tour will visit the renowned
locales of O'Reilly's at Lamington National Park,
Kakadu National Park, and the Atherton
Tablelands/Daintree areas in northeast Queensland.
The land cost is $5595 per person double occupancy
with airfare approximately $l800 from Denver.
Maximum group size is l6.
For complete itineraries and bird list, please contact
Bill Turner at (303) 795-5128 or e-mail him at
Be sure to sponsor a dove for The Captain Jason
Dahl Scholarship Fund. You might win a $200 pair of
|See you at the Flight For Life Landing!
From all the crew at Front Range Birding - Thanks for
your support of our nature store.
Tom, Diane, Shannon, Dave, Jennifer, and Sara.
HOGBACK HONEYBEES FIND COMMUNITY GARDEN
After bears have their way with our beehives a
move to Jared's Garden Center and the
Gardens there prove beneficial to all
This winter was a hard one for the fabulous Hogback
Honeybees. Their nemesis has been a pesky black
bear who seems to always invite them to not-so-
pleasant dinners before a winter's nap and again for
breakfast at first Spring. Enough is enough! We now
have the great fortune for Jared's Garden Center to
invite us to keep the bees at their nursery on Bowles
Ave in Littleton. It promises to be a great partnership
with the fruit trees and native plants they have on
A great program that Jared's has in place is their
community gardens. You can maintain a 12" by 12"
fully organic plot complete with composting sites and
water. A 10 percent discount card on gardening
purchases at Jared's is available for all community
gardeners. We think this is a fantastic opportunity to
produce your own fresh fruits and vegetables. Your
labor of love will be rewarded with the buzz of hogback
pollinators. This summer and fall you can boost of the
bounty from the garden and enjoy the very honey it
You will not be disappointed in the taste and healthy
attributes of pure raw local honey. Many proclaim the
anti-allergy aspects of local honey is the primary
reason they use this sweet natural organic substance
on oatmeal, toast, pancakes, waffles, in tea, in a
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