Colorado Parks and Wildlife to host guided bird-watching walks at Yampa River State Park

A Colorado Parks and Wildlife Ranger friends via binoculars in quest of birds. (Courtesy Photograph / Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

Eyeing a solution to interact the neighborhood and supply an academic alternative, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Ranger Tim Abt appears to the sky.

Abt will host a guided bird-watching stroll beginning at 9 a.m every Saturday in Could at Yampa River State Park simply exterior of Hayden alongside U.S. Freeway 40.

“I’ve been a reasonably avid chook watcher my complete life,” Abt stated. “This time of 12 months you’re in a position to see so many species out right here, so we’re on the level the place now we have to get interpretive applications on the books earlier earlier than the summer time will get too busy and we are able to’t have them.

The guided walks are comparatively straightforward, Abt stated, and gained’t require a lot effort across the Yampa River State Park path, which traverses via the cottonwood bushes within the space and travels down in the direction of the Yampa River shores.

“It’s positively a leisure stroll on a gravel path that goes across the exterior of the park,” Abt stated. “It’s a few mile-long loop; an easy-going path. There’s virtually no up or down, simply extra of a stroll.“

Very like the snowshoe hikes that CPW and the Craig Parks and Recreation Division hosted in February, group sizes are restricted for the guided walks, with 9 folks being the max in every group.

Abt says that CPW is asking people who find themselves to contact the state park to enroll, or electronic mail Abt at or name the park at 970-276-2061.

On the guided walks, there’s the potential to see quite a lot of species within the space, together with ospreys, kestrels (commonest falcon in North America), a nest of nice horned owls, wooden geese, crimson wing black birds, sandhill cranes and extra.

“A part of the enjoyable of it’s you don’t know what you’re going to see,” Abt stated. “You possibly can see two dozen species in about an hour.”

House is restricted for every stroll, with the primary guided stroll that includes six folks signed up to date.

These can find out about chook habits in addition to methods to determine species each visually and audibly. All ages are welcome, Abt stated, and participation is free so long as contributors have an annual or day by day parks move displayed on their car.

The park has a restricted provide of binoculars and subject guides to mortgage out to contributors. When you’ve got your personal binoculars or subject information, CPW recommends you deliver them alongside, and likewise recommends bringing water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Following the success of the snowshoe hikes, Abt is wanting ahead to passing alongside some data about birds and interacting extra with the neighborhood.

“As an company that’s intertwined with the neighborhood, it’s a possibility to have interaction with the neighborhood and interact with one another,” Abt stated. “At Yampa River and Elkhead [Reservoir], now we have hassle placing collectively interpretive applications and are seen extra as regulation enforcement somewhat than rangers, so these are alternatives to assist folks get educated and present them we’re not simply regulation enforcement.”

For extra info on the guided walks, electronic mail Abt at or name the park at 970-276-2061.

Managing Editor Joshua Carney might be reached at 970-875-1790 or

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