Walk the Wetlands
sun05dec9:00 amsun12:30 pmWalk the WetlandsJoin Audubon Master Birders for a leisurely 3-mile walk along the South Platte River and surrounding ponds and marshes.9:00 am - 12:30 pm(GMT+00:00) Event Type Field TripAdmissionFree Event
(Sunday) 9:00 am - 12:30 pm(GMT+00:00)
Denver Audubon Nature Center
PLEASE NOTE: You must register for this field trip (limit: 20 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: 20 people) and complete the liability form when you register. Walk-up or impromptu participants will not be allowed. Other requirements are described below.
The Walk the Wetlands event begins at the Denver Audubon Nature Center. The group ventures along the South Platte River through open fields and deciduous woodland, and by ponds and marshes. The walk itself is about 3 miles and takes about 3.5 hours, the time varying mostly due to weather conditions. Over the past winter months over the years have afforded the opportunity to see our many resident birds as well as both late and interruptive migrants from the north. Among the resident birds that winter here are many species of ducks, both Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, White-crowned and American Tree Sparrows, White-breasted Nuthatches, Northern Flickers, Townsend Solitaires, and Cedar Waxwings. As for late migrants, anything* can show up.
The walk is led by Audubon Master Birders, two to each group of ten registrants. Please note that this field trip is not accessible for those with mobility challenges.
*Audubon Center & Trails is listed as a Hotspot on eBird under ‘Explore Hotspots.’ Check out the link to eBird to see the chart detailing specific birds seen along the trails here over the past four years in any particular month of the year: Chatfield SP–Audubon Center & Trails, Jefferson County, CO, US – eBird Hotspot
If you have registered and discover that you will not be able to attend the walk, you must contact either the Denver Audubon Office (Rhonda Shank 303-973-9530) or the trip Leader (Bill Schreitz 410-533-1720) as soon as possible. There is a waiting list for those wanting to join the walk!
By registering for and attending this field trip, you agree to the following:
-You will self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms, even if you are vaccinated, and use common sense. DO NOT attend if you 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 6 feet.
-Masks Indoors: Jefferson County strongly recommends that all residents ages 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, return to wearing a mask in indoor public spaces to minimize risk and maximize protection.
Photo credit: Bill Schreitz.