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Beginner Birding by Habitat: Montane to Subalpine

  • 3450 Fall River Road, Estes Park, CO 80517
  • Phone: (970) 586-3262
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Join us for an introductory birding course on the unique species found in a range of Rocky Mountain habitats! Ideal for novice birders.

Interested in getting into birding, but feeling overwhelmed and not sure how to get started? This program is for you!

In this full day course, experienced instructor Debbie Bangs will begin with a brief talk about why birds are so specific to various habitats within the biomes of Rocky Mountain National Park in late spring and early summer. The group will then explore the breeding season bird populations found in various montane and subalpine habitats around Rocky Mountain National Park. Birding by habitat at this time of year can help beginning birders narrow down the possible species they can expect to see, simplifying the identification process. You'll build essential skills needed to become a strong beginning birder.

Who: Participants ages 16 and up. Expect short-distance walks throughout the day, primarily on level terrain.

Where: Meet at the Fall River Visitor Center and travel together to various locations within RMNP in Conservancy vehicles. Required park fees and permits are included in your registration.

What to Bring: Lunch, 10 Essentials for Field Institute Courses, Binoculars, your favorite birding field guide!

About your instructor: Debbie has spent a lifetime observing birds in Rocky Mountain National Park. Her primary mentor in her early study of birds was Dr. Richard Beidleman, with whom she spent many hours out in the field in the mid 1970's and 1980's. From 1982 to 1992, Debbie worked in conjunction with Dr. Ron Ryder from Colorado State University on a scientific bird census study after the Lawn Lake Flood, monitoring the damaged site from the Alluvial Fan to Horseshoe Park for Rocky Mountain National Park. In the last eight years, Debbie has participated in owl research in Rocky Mountain National Park with Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute, of which she is the secretary.

Conservancy members get 15% off individual registration when you use the discount code in your membership email! Limit 2 per membership.

Not a member of the Conservancy? Learn more and join here: Conservancy Membership

If you have questions about this course, please contact the Field Institute by email at or by phone at 970-586-3262.