You probably pass it a few times a week on your daily commute, but have you ever stopped to walk the Audubon Nature Trail or attend an event at the Audubon Society of Greater Denver (ASGD) Discovery Pavilion just east of Waterton Canyon?
ASGD was founded in 1969 and is an environmental conservation organization with more than 3,000 members whose goal is to protect birds and preserve habitats in the Denver region and beyond. It provides natural science education programs for all ages at the Audubon Center at Chatfield and throughout the greater Denver area. Events include local field trips, family programs, travel adventures in the U.S. and abroad, and other special events throughout the year.
One such event is HOOTenanny, which took place this past September and was attended by over 400 people, many of whom were from Roxborough. The event was focused on owls and featured live owls, owl pellet investigations, a pinecone owl craft, educational displays, and local bluegrass music.
The ASGD also hosts “Walk The Wetlands” on the first Sunday of every month where people can walk along the South Platte River exploring ponds and habitats for resident and migrant birds as the season dictates. Walk the Wetlands is great for beginners! Each spring is the very popular Bird Banding throughout the month of May.
You can also walk the Audubon Nature Trail anytime. Brochures are available that guide you along the trail as you pass Colorado native plants, a variety of birds and habitats, beaver dams and more.
ASGD has a special event coming up for homeschool families called “Habitats for Homeschoolers,” on November 18th from 10:00 a.m. – 12noon. Homeschool families will have an opportunity to learn all about the various habitats and exciting mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and fish that we have living at Chatfield State Park. They will also explore skins and skulls, hike to the beaver habitat, and learn how to identify all of the wild and lively critters around the nature center.
And, now through March 31, 2015 if you shop at the Whole Foods at Governor’s Ranch (5155 S. Wadsworth Blvd.) and bring your own bags, you can ask the cashier to donate the 10 cents for each bag to the Audubon Society of Greater Denver.
For more information about the ASGD and upcoming events, visit www.denveraudubon.org. While you are on the website, you will also find the Beaver Cam where you may see one of the local beavers in its natural habitat.