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Navajo State Park has gone to the birds

With the presence of its large lake and its location on the Central Flyway, Navajo State Park is a haven for migratory and resident birds.

This Saturday, Aug. 6, Navajo celebrates its winged residents with programs that highlight who they are and what makes them special to us.?

One can never be too young to learn about the beauty and uniqueness of birds.? At 4:30 p.m., children ages four and older can join the park naturalist at the weekly Kids’ Corner program. “All About Birds” will teach the children about bird song and other adaptations through fun games such as Birdsong Bingo and Pin the Beak on the Bird. Meet at the Navajo Lake State Park Visitor Center Pavilion for this 45-minute program. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult.

At 7 p.m., Navajo welcomes special guest Becky Gillette, Southwest Regional Director of Audubon Colorado. Gain new birding skills and learn about the most commonly seen birds of Navajo State Park as Becky focuses on their nesting and feeding habits, their family dynamics and other interesting and fun facts. Although geared toward the beginning birder, adults and children alike will surely enjoy Becky’s warmth and humor while gaining insight into the feathered creatures around us. This program will be held at the park amphitheatre, but in the event of rain it will move to the visitor center conference room.

If you would like to practice your birding skills with a little assistance, Navajo continues to offer its new service of scheduling your own personal guided hike with the park naturalist. From bird watching to wildlife tracking to plant discoveries or other topics, the park naturalist will be happy to provide a guided experience that is tailored to your special interests and activity level. This service will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon through Labor Day. Twenty-four hour advance notice is required. Naturalist-led hikes on other days of the week can be scheduled at your convenience, as well, with more advanced notice.

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 webpage at www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/Navajo.

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