The 193,060-acre Pawnee National Grassland lies 35 miles east of Fort Collins and 25 miles northeast of Greeley in Weld County.
Facilities are limited on the grassland, recreation opportunities are not. The Pawnee is an internationally known birding area. It supports many bird species, especially during migration. The Colorado State Bird, the lark bunting, is very common on the grassland in spring and summer. The grassland also has many unique high plains bird species such as the mountain plover, burrowing owl and many birds of prey.
I plan on taking you to a known Mountain Plover location as well as Crow Valley Campground (well-known and excellent migrant trap), Weld CR 124 pond and drive the Pawnee Birding Driving Tour route. We can have lunch at Crow Valley Campground.
Participants should plan to meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Ault parking lot on NE corner of Hwy 14 and Hwy 85.
The trip is free and no pre-registration is required. If you are a member of ColoradoBirder.club you can also RSVP by clicking the JOIN button (right side of page) of this event. Anyone with an interest is welcome to come along regardless of their birding skills.
For more information or to check on possible weather cancellations, contact the trip leader, Gary Lefko at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone should dress appropriately for the prevailing weather conditions and bring along water, lunch, snacks, etc.