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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Birding tour offered at Chimney Rock National Monument

By Jean Zirnhelt | Weminuche Audubon Society

Chimney Rock National Monument and the Weminuche Audubon Society have partnered in offering summer bird walks. The final tour of the season will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20. 

These outings are designed to introduce you to the diverse community of birds that spend their summer at Chimney Rock National Monument. Birders of all skill levels are welcome to participate. 

Your guide will help you identify various species and explain the unique adaptations that allow these birds to survive here. Known for its rock spires which provide a nest site for peregrine falcons, the Chimney Rock area also provides habitats for birds attracted to dry, sage areas, juniper, oak and ponderosa pine forests. 

Participants will be walking slowly on uneven terrain in the lower area of Chimney Rock National Monument (no archaeological sites are included on this tour). Good walking shoes are advised, along with plenty of water and sun protection. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Tours last for two hours, beginning at 7:30 a.m. This is a Chimney Rock National Monument event and a fee is charged. Advance registration and further information is available at chimneyrockco.org. 

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