Birding Field Trip to Prospect Park
thu16jun8:00 amthu11:00 amBirding Field Trip to Prospect ParkFamily friendly 3-hour birding outing observing the summer avian residents along the Wheat Ridge Green Belt in Prospect Park. Please plan to meet at the Youngfield entrance.8:00 am - 11:00 am 3862 Youngfield Service Rd.Event Type Field TripAdmissionFree Event
(Thursday) 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Wheat Ridge Greenbelt Youngfield Entrance
3862 Youngfield Service Rd.
PLEASE NOTE: You must register for this field trip (limit: 10 people) and complete the liability form when you register. Walk-up or impromptu participants will not be allowed. Other
PLEASE NOTE: You must register for this field trip (limit: 10 people) and complete the liability form when you register. Walk-up or impromptu participants will not be allowed. Other requirements are described below.
Travel along beautiful Clear Creek and adjacent areas for a 2-3 mile trip through a variety of riparian woods, lake, and marsh habitats where we might see woodpeckers, warblers, kingfishers, and waterfowl among others. We'll meet in the Wheat Ridge Greenbelt Youngfield Entrance at 3862 Youngfield Service Rd. where porta-potty restrooms will be available. We'll begin our trip on a wide asphalt trail, which we will share with bicyclers. After about a quarter of a mile, we'll turn onto a well maintained gravel trail. We'll continue along this trail for approximately 0.5 mile, which includes 100-200 yards of boardwalk.
At this point, if you wanted to go back to the parking lot, you could continue forward on the gravel path for about a quarter of a mile and rejoin the original asphalt path that we started on. Those wishing to continue will turn onto another well-maintained gravel path for an additional 0.5 mile. We'll cross a bridge over Clear Creek and then head back to the parking lot along an asphalt trail. It is 0.75-1 miles from the bridge back to the parking lot. The entire trip is relatively flat with only one gentle downslope where the asphalt path from the bridge crosses another bridge back over Clear Creek to return to the original asphalt section back to the parking lot. This trip is for all levels of birders, and beginners are especially welcome.
What to bring: binoculars, hat, appropriate outdoor clothing, sun screen, water, and a snack if desired. Scopes are optional.
Leader: Dale Campau, Audubon Master Birder candidate. For more information, please call Dale at 225-772-3043.
Note: Please plan to meet at the Youngfield entrance (the 44th Ave entrance is temporarily closed due to construction). Note also that this field trip is not accessible for those with mobility challenges.
By registering for and attending this field trip, you agree to the following:
Please self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms, even if you are vaccinated, and use common sense. DO NOT attend if you had recent exposure to an individual with symptoms or confirmation of COVID-19. If you have any symptoms or even suspect you could have COVID-19 symptoms, do not sign up for this trip.
-Masks Outdoors: Masks are not required outdoors. However, we encourage unvaccinated people to wear a mask when interacting with people outside their household when outdoors and maintain social distancing of six feet.
-Masks Indoors: We strongly recommend everyone, including fully vaccinated persons, wear a mask in all public indoor spaces and maintain social distancing of six feet when interacting with people outside their household.
Photo credit: Dale Campau.