2013 Yampa Valley Crane Festival

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The program for this popular four-day event includes nature and bird walks, films, an art show, workshops and loads of activities. The keynote speaker at the 2013 Yampa Valley Crane Festival will be internationally renowned nature photographer Michael Forsberg. For more information visit coloradocranes.org

Date: 6-9 September 2013
Venue: Steamboat Springs
State: Colorado
Country: United States

Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival 2013

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Taking place on 8-13 May the Ute Mountain Mesa Verde Birding Festival 2013 includes tours, lectures and a banquet with the keynote speaker Mark Obmascik sharing his vast knowledge. A silent auction and artshow, as well as personalized tours by birding experts are other features of the event. For more information visit www.mesaverdecountry.com/

Dates: 8-12 May 2013
Venue: Cortez Cultural Center
City: Cortez
State: Colorado
Country: USA

ABA Young Birder Camp 2012

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Exploring Colorado from grasslands to glaciers, the ABA Young Birder Camp offers birding adventures in the diverse terrain of the Rocky Mountain National Park, Pawnee National Grassland, Phantom Canyon Preserve and Boulder County foothills. For more information on this exciting opportunity contact Jennie Duberstein at jbuberstein@aba.org

Dates: 8-13 July 2012
Venue: Estes Park
State: Colorado
Country: USA

2011 ABA Young Birder’s Camp in Colorado

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The 2011 ABA Young Birder’s Camp in Colorado is set to be an exciting event for birders aged 13 to 18. Based in the Woodland Park area, participants will learn about birds in a variety of habitats, from wetlands to prairies. The schedule will include a field trip to the where the 50 000 acre Hayman Fire took place in 2001, so that young birders can learn about the effects of fire on the bird communities as well as assist with gathering data for the Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas. Other trips will take participants to the Arkansas River Valley and Pueblo Reservoir, San Luis Valley and Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado’s Eastern Planes, Hoosier Pass, and Garden of the Gods Park.

The event is truly a great adventure and educational experience for teens. Booking is essential. Contact the ABA for pricing and reservations.

Date: 25 June to 2 July 2011
Location: Woodland Park
State: Colorado
Country: United States of America

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

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As the name might suggest, the American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is predominantly white in color with black plumage on its wings, and is approximately 60 inches in length with a 110 inch wingspan. They have very long, orange bills with pouches on their lower mandibles, and short legs with large webbed feet. Another very unique characteristic of the American White Pelican’s beak is that males develop a fibrous plate on the upper part of their beaks during the mating season.

The American White Pelican is an extremely social bird, and is always found in colonies, or in the company of a friend. They are also family orientated, and therefore they will breed and rear their families in the safety of the colony. They tend to nest on islands and quiet areas, where the female can lay two to four white eggs, with a one month incubation period. Nests are built on the ground, using grass, reeds and sticks. Both parents take an active role in the rearing of their young, as both male and female pelicans will participate in feeding. The adult birds are very quiet, with the exception of the occasional grunt. The young however, will make themselves heard by squealing noisily.

As the American White Pelican feeds on fish, they are found in coastal areas, near lakes and even in marshes. That includes areas such as Utah, northern California, southwestern Minnesota, northeastern South Dakota and Colorado. Occasionally, the pelicans can be seen on the coast of Texas. During the winter months, they are known to migrate to the Pacific Coast.

It might seem to be impossible for birds of their size to float on top of the water, but the American White Pelican has the advantage of air-filled bones and air sacs that are located in their bodies. In contrast to other pelican species that dive from great heights to catch food, the White Pelican simply glides around, scooping fish out the water with its immense pouch. As the pelican is bound to scoop as much water as he does fish, the pouch is able to hold about 3 gallons of water. And instead of swallowing gallons of water with his meal, he bends his bill downward to drain the water, and then lifts his head up, to let his catch slide down his throat. An adult American White Pelican can eat approximately four pounds of fish a day, with preferred choices being that of jackfish, shiners, catfish, carp and yellow perch.