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Mesa Verde Birding Festival


The 2017 Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival’s “Beginning Birding” tour presents a unique opportunity for anyone interested in learning the basics of birdwatching or wanting to improve birding skills. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that approximately 50 million Americans identify themselves as “birdwatchers.”  Birdwatching ranks as one of Colorado’s top tourism attractions.  Jim Ramakka, a retired wildlife biologist, introduces the pleasures and techniques of birdwatching whether in the wild or at backyard feeders. A Power Point presentation at the Cortez Cultural Center (7 AM, Friday, May 12) focuses on various habitats, characteristics of bird families and species, selection and use of binoculars, and choices in field guides.  Following this informative session, the tour heads by van to a local wildlife preserve to practice identification skills in the field.  Participants can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while observing birds in trees, shrubs, grasses, and on the water. This fun, hands-on program, sponsored in part through a Colorado Parks and Wildlife grant, requires pre-registration. Tour cost is $10. The general public also can attend lectures and the Saturday evening keynote presentation, 200 Miles of Birding over 200 Years, for a nominal fee. For more information about the 13th Annual UMMV Birding Festival’s schedule, visit http://www.utemountainmesaverdebirdingfestival.com or call the Cortez Cultural Center, (970) 565-1151.


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