FRBC LOGO
The Meadowlark Times The Official Newsletter of The Front Range Birding Company
Winter 2011

Greetings!

  • February - National bird Feeding Month
  • The 2010 FRBC/Wildlife Photo Contest Complete
  • 1st Place - Burrowing Owl by Phil Lyon
  • 2nd Place - Red Fox with Pups by Gloria Verrastro
  • 3rd Place - Snow Faced Flicker by Darin Ziegler
  • Cooley Lake Walk with Mike Foster
  • Walk the Wetlands with the Audubon Society of Greater Denver
  • Chatfield State Park Tours with Joey Kellner
  • Rio Grande Valley Bird Photography Trip with Bill Schmoker
  • June 4-11 and June 11 to 17, 2011 Bird North Dakota and Boreal Forest of Minnesota
  • Brazil Birding Adventure with Bill Turner Tours
  • Hogback Honey - Available
  • Mark your calendar for May 7th and our 7th annual FRBC Open House and Dove Race

  • The 2010 FRBC/Wildlife Photo Contest Complete
    2010 photo contest winners

    Winners of the 2010 FRBC/Wild Delight Photo Contest.

    Pictured here Left to Right

    1. 3rd place Darin Ziegler
    2. 2nd place Gloria Verrastro
    3. 1st place Phil Lyon
    4. FRBC Owner Diane Bush


    1st Place - Burrowing Owl by Phil Lyon
    Burrowing owl 1st place

    On his way back from what must have been a terrific adventure in Mohab, Utah; Phil Lyon caught sight of an odd movement out of the corner of his eye in a roadside Prairie dog town. Phil knew that it was no rodent peeking out from a hole in the ground. Not being sure though he pulled over and waited for this very unique shot of a curious Burrowing Owl looking back at him. This small raptor of the plains is a real treat to see and a prize sought after by many avid wildlife watchers and photographers.

    Phil is a 4th Grade teacher at Red Rocks Elementary school in Morrison, Colorado. He loves to share his passion for nature with his students and maintains bird feeders outside the classroom windows for their continuing education and enjoyment. Many times they are amazed at what shows up and occasionally Mr. Lyon is politely interrupted from a lecture to learn a new or rare species has arrived at a feeder.

    We congratulate Phil Lyon for winning 1st place in the 2010 FRBC Photo Contest jointly sponsored with the Wild Delight Birdseed Company. Phil wins $200 worth of Wild Delight birdseed!


    2nd Place - Red Fox with Pups by Gloria Verrastro
    fox and pups 2nd place

    Gloria lives in the heart of Ken-Caryl Ranch - a lovely subdivision of single family homes largely jointly inhabited with the usual bird and squirrel suspects. Not so fast however as one morning when a neighbor was about to begin a remodeling project on his back deck, he noticed faint yelps and yips from under the old structure to be demolished. Straining to see what was causing the commotion he soon observed a Red Fox family on parade. Gloria joined the growing spectacle with her camera and got this shot of mom fox taking care of eight youngsters!

    Congratulations to Gloria for her 2nd place photo. Her effort is rewarded with $100 of Wild Delight birdseed.


    3rd Place - Snow Faced Flicker by Darin Ziegler
    snow Faced Flicker 3rd place

    Darin Ziegler lives is a north Colorado Springs neighborhood that backs to open space which always brings in a bounty of birds. Darin maintains an immaculate bird friendly front yard complete with native plants, water features, and multiple feeding stations. His efforts are routinely rewarded by an almost complete cross section of Front Range species. Darin is an avid wildlife photographer and is sometimes spotted laying in the yard at the ready with camera in hand. A recent Northern Flicker rewarded his patience with this pose after probing deep in the snow looking for treats.

    Thanks Darin, your photo wins 3rd Place and $75 worth of Wild Delight birdseed.

    Sport Birding with the Front Range Birding Company - Get out there!

    Check out all the trips, walks, and talks that we support and endorse below. We have done the research and these are the best!


    Cooley Lake Walk with Mike Foster
    Mike Foster

    photo by Bill Eden

    Walk with noted local author Mike Foster on Saturday February 5th from 8:45 till noon to Cooley Lake in the South Platte Park. This area is normally closed to the public and provides a great opportunity to observe wildlife in their natural, undisturbed habitat.

    Registration required. There is a $5 fee with all proceeds going to the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. Check here for details.


    Walk the Wetlands with the Audubon Society of Greater Denver
    birdwatchers

    WALK THE WETLANDS of Chatfield State. This very popular walk always is full of surprises.

    Walk the Wetlands are normally the first Sunday of every month. Winter walks are:

    1. Sunday February 6, 2011 9:00 AM - Noon
    2. Sunday March 6, 2011 9:00 AM - Noon

    LEADERS: Hugh & Urling Kingery (303-814-2723) and other Master Birders

    Pre-registration is NOT required. Meet in the parking lot at the Audubon Center at Chatfield. The Audubon Center is located on Waterton Road, 4.4 miles south of C-470 and Wadsworth.


    Chatfield State Park Tours with Joey Kellner
    joey kellner

    We now support master birder Joey Kellner with his Chatfield State Park walks the last Saturday of January, February and March from 8 am till noon.

    Joey Kellner began birding as a teenager (many years ago) and has served as president of the Denver Field Ornithologists (DFO), Joey is a naturalist, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm of not only birds, but reptiles, amphibians, mammals, butterflies, etc. Joey has been leading monthly bird walks at Chatfield State Park for over 13 years.

    Joey's Chatfiedl State Park bird walks are scheduled for 4 hours, but participants are welcome to leave whenever they need to. We will look for birds in a number of locations inside the park. Meet inside Chatfield State Park at the Platte River parking lot (just east of Kingfisher Bridge.) No reservations necessary, just show up! Bring binoculars and scope if you have. Please no pets or small children.


    Rio Grande Valley Bird Photography Trip with Bill Schmoker

    Don't forget to check out the Rio Grande Valley on line at http://www.pibird.com/.

    This is a great opportunity to enjoy birding and photography. Last chance to sign up and join me with Bill in the Rio Grand Valley

    There are many other trips offered through our Partnership with International Birding.


    June 4-11 and June 11 to 17, 2011 Bird North Dakota and Boreal Forest of Minnesota
    Northern Hawk Owl

    Northern Hawk Owl photo by Bill Schmoker

    This trip covers the prairie potholes habitat in North Dakota and the boreal forest in Minnesota. Numerous other habitats are visited with excellent opportunities to view many species to include as many as 20 nesting warblers and the pictured Northern Hawk Owl. We are offering two trips.

    For More Information or to Register for trips, call Charles at 888-203-7464 or Charles directly at 720-320-1974 or by email at info@PIBird.com.

    Visit www.pibirding.com for a full description on all trips.


    Brazil Birding Adventure with Bill Turner Tours
    Hyacinth_Macaw

    Hyacinth Macawę photo by Bill Eden, 2010

    This is an extraordinary opportunity July 31-August 15, 2011 with acclaimed naturalist Bill Turner

    Travel to the Amazon Basin, the Pantanal (the world's largest freshwater wetlands), and the scenic mesas and cerrado of Chapada dos Guimaraes. Cruise up a jungle river looking for the Amazonian umbrellabird, razor-billed curassow, sunbittern, king vulture, giant otter, Brazilian tapir, and anaconda.

    Our accommodations in the Amazon are at the comfortable Cristalino Lodge where we may see five species of macaw in one day. The lodge's 150 foot tower gives us a bird's eye view of rainforest canopy life such as red-fan parrots and white-whiskered spider monkeys.

    The Pantanal is a wildlife paradise. On the 2010 tour, we saw a mother puma and her two half-grown kittens. We'll be visiting a site where there is a good chance for a harpy eagle.

    Paulo Boute, an outstanding English-speaking birder/naturalist, will be our guide throughout the trip. Paulo has guided Roger Tory Peterson and ABA notables among his clients.

    For further information on trip costs and a detailed itinerary, please contact Bill Turner at (303) 795-5128 or e-mail: toursbyturner@aol.com


    Hogback Honey - Available
    Tom & His Hives

    Pure raw local honey.

    Great taste and a healthy choice from Colorado.

    This honey is all natural and straight from the hive.

    We are also in contact with other local beekeepers for access to their honey crops as well. Check with us for availability. Bee there!


    Mark your calendar for May 7th and our 7th annual FRBC Open House and Dove Race
    art and craft fair

    HawkQuest, the Art and Craft Fair, Food, Music, and of course over 100 doves all return! It promises to be a great Mother's Day treat. We hope you can make it.

    Enjoy all nature has to offer!

    Come in for our 20 percent off anything birds eat sale and celebrate February as National Bird Feeding Month.

    Tom, Sara, Diane, Shannon, Dave, and Jennifer





    February - National bird Feeding Month
    Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese in the Bosque

    photo provided by National Birdfeeding Society

    FRBC February Seed Sale is on for the entire month!

      Anything birds eat 20 % off All Month!

    FRBC celebrates National Bird Feeding Month with its February 20 percent off anything-birds-eat sale. We love this month long event sponsored by The National Bird Feeding Society>. As with the Society we at FRBC believe the bird feeding and watching hobby is both a great educational pass time and a superb way to aid in conservation. During the cold Front Range winter months many bird food sources are snow covered and wild birds become desperate for high fat and protein diets to keep their high paced metabolisms producing essential body heat. Your help with clean full feeders certainly helps to ensure a good avian survival rate.

    One highlight of the National Bird Feeding Month is The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a "citizen science" project by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. It will take place this year on February 18-21. All ages can participate in the the GBBC and it is a great way to spend time with friends and family. It is simple, enjoyed by beginner and expert alike, and only takes as little as 15 minutes on any single count day!

    The 2011 GBBC will help the Cornell Lab as it attempts to track and answer many questions regarding bird health and population trends. These questions include the timing of birds' migrations, affect of bird diseases, bird diversity in different habitats, cold weather influences, and any species decline.

    It is neat that the count can be done almost anywhere - a backyard, apartment balcony, any park, or on public land. The balcony at the Red Rocks Park Trading Post is one great place to do a GBBC. The bird feeders there supplied by us at Front Range Birding have drawn a variety of unique and rare birds to include all three species of Rosy Finch, a Curve Billed Thrasher, and Spotted Towhee. When you add daily January sightings of a Yellow Throated, Harris's, and Golden Crown Sparrow, the trip to scenic Red Rocks is a very special treat .

    Join us at FRBC as we also count the birds. Come in or call us with any questions you may have regarding the GBBC. To help with you decision to participate, if you bring us your GBBC count form afterwards, we will give you 25 percent off any bird feeder in stock at the store. If we don't have to one you want we will order it for you! This is a great opportunity to get a high quality, guaranteed Droll Yankee, Brome, Aspects, or Bird's Choice feeder at a great savings.

    Find out more about the GBBC by visiting http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc or give us a call at 303-979-2473. Learn more about The National Bird Feeding Society at http://www.birdfeeding.org/. Another great local source of birding information is the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. Give them a call at 303-973-9360.

    Thanks for helping feed the birds. We would love to hear what's going on in your natural habitat.

    Quick Links to Front Range Great Birding and Nature sites...

    Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    North American Bluebird Society

    Audubon Society of Greater Denver

    The Plains Conservation Center

    Audubon Colorado

    Colorado Field Ornithologist

    Denver field Ornithologists

    The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

    Red Rocks Park

    The Front Range Birding Blog

    The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund

    The American Birding Association

    Partnership for International Birding

    White Birds Unlimited

    South Platte Park on Facebook

    The National Audubon Society



    Join our mailing list!
    phone: (303) 979-2473
     
    -
    -
    15% FRBC COUPON

    15% OFF ANY NESTBOX OR FEEDER CUT OUT OR JUST MENTION THIS EMAIL PROMOTION FOR YOUR DISCOUNT! FORWARD TO A FRIEND AS WELL. OFFER EXPIRES March 30, 2011

    -
    Offer expires: March 30, 2011
    -
     
    -
    -
    $25 Gift Certificate Sale

    Can't think of a giftfor the nature lover in your life?

    Purchase a $25 or more FRBC Gift Certificate and recieve $5 off any storewide purchase. It makes great sense and quick work in your Mother's and Father's Day shopping!

    -
    Offer expires: March 30, 2011
    -
     
    -
    -
    Great Backyard Bird Counters Save 25%

    As mentioned in the feature article Feb is National Bird Feeding Month, if you bring us your GBBC count form afterwards, we will give you 25 percent off any bird feeder in stock at the store. If we don't have to one you want we will order it for you! This is a great opportunity to get a high quality, guaranteed Droll Yankee, Brome, Aspects, or Bird's Choice feeder at a great savings.

    Be a citizen scientist for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and save!

    -
    Offer Expires: March 30, 2011
    -
     
    -
    -
    Save 20% Off Anything Birds Eat All February!

    FEBRUARY SEED SALE 20% OFF ANYTHING BIRDS EAT ALL OF MONTH! USE OUR SEED VAULT PROGRAM AND SAVE. BUY AT SALE PRICE AND PICK IT UP ANYTIME-FRESH AT YOUR CONVENIENCE

    -
    Offer Expires: February 28, 2011
    -