Bird Fest Flies into Mesa Verde, Colo.

Join the flock for the sixth annual Ute Mountain — Mesa Verde Birding Festival

By: By Janeen Christoff

Mesa Verde Birding Festival // (c) 2009

Mesa Verde Birding Festival

Southwestern Colorado's Mesa Verde Country is home to a fascinating variety of raptors, seasonal migrants and year-round residents. Each year the region's natural diversity is celebrated during the Ute Mountain — Mesa Verde Birding Festival. This year’s festival will run from May 12 to May 16.

The festival opens with a reception for participants and a free Beginning Birding lecture. Registration also begins Wednesday afternoon and is available throughout the festival.

During the festival, guided tours will be taken to such diverse ecosystems as McElmo Canyon, Mesa Verde National Park, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Upper Dolores River and the Mancos River Valley. Participants may expect to see a wide variety of native and migratory species. This year's field trips include a tour to the only place in Colorado where nesting Lucy's Warblers have been documented and a special tour to view the wild horses in Disappointment Valley, about 90 minutes outside of Cortez. Unique birding tours via raft and horseback are also scheduled, as well as a birding and rock art trip into San Juan County, New Mexico.

Mesa Verde Birding Festival
www.utemountainmesaverdebirdingfestival.com

 

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