Wetlands are well known to provide some of the best habitat for a variety of wildlife, and at Navajo State Park that makes for great opportunities for the bird watchers in the area. This weekend’s events feature both the wonderful wetlands and the bounty of birds found at Navajo.
Saturday morning, July 9, begins with Walking the Wetlands at 9 a.m. Join the park naturalist on the Sambrito Wetlands trail to learn about and explore some of the unique aspects of the area — from its plant life to its wildlife. Bring binoculars and be prepared to get your feet wet during this 1.5-hour easy to moderate walk. Meet at the Sambrito Wetlands trailhead at the end of County Road 988 off of Highway 151.
The afternoon Kids’ Corner program, “Wetland Wonders,” highlights wetland functions and wildlife adaptations. Children ages four and older can participate in activities that help them understand the importance of these special places. This 45-minute program starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center Pavilion. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.
Then at 7 p.m. at the amphitheatre, Navajo welcomes special guest Becky Gillette, director of the Weminuche Audubon Society. Becky’s talk will cover the most commonly seen birds of Navajo State Park and will focus on their nesting and feeding habits, their family dynamics and other fun tidbits of information. While geared toward the beginning birder, adults and children alike will surely enjoy Becky’s easy manner and gain insight into their own backyard birds. In the event of rain, this program will move to the Visitor Center Conference Room.
The following morning at 9 a.m., Sunday, July 10, put your new-found birding skills that you learned from the previous night into practice on the Nature Trail along Navajo Lake. Join the park naturalist to identify and discuss some of the spectacular feathered wild ones who flit, dart, sing, warble, nibble, perch, hover and sally amidst the trees and shrubbery. Bring binoculars and meet at the Visitor Center for this 1.5-hour program.
All events in the park are free with a Colorado State Parks pass. Call 883-2208 for more information or log on to the park’s website at www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/Navajo.