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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

Celebrating migration!

In spring, raptors like this Ferruginous Hawk and hundreds of other bird species migrate north along the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Some songbirds, such as the Bullock’s Oriole, stop to nest along the Cache La Poudre River as it flows through Fort Collins, Colorado. On May 11, 2013, the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) along the river in Fort Collins. Partners for the IMBD celebration include the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and Wild Birds Unlimited of Fort Collins. 

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Celebrate Bird Migration with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

By Todd Peterson

This is BirdNote.

[Wind where the high plains meet the Rocky Mountains]

Dinosaur Ridge in Colorado’s Dakota Hogback Natural Area may be the best place in the world to see Ferruginous Hawks during migration. 1/ 

[Cry of Ferruginous Hawk]

In spring, raptors and hundreds of species of other birds migrate north along the front range of the Rocky Mountains. The birds are coming from the Southwest, Mexico, and Central and South America. Some songbirds such as the brilliantly colored Bullock’s Oriole stop to nest along the Cache La Poudre River as it flows through Fort Collins, Colorado. 

[Song of Bullock’s Oriole]

On May 11th the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day along the river in Fort Collins. They’ll offer nature classes, bird banding and guided hikes.

The celebration complements the Observatory’s many programs available to the public throughout the year. For example, during the past 25 years, biologists and citizen scientists have banded more than 100,000 birds at stations in Colorado and Nebraska. At its Environmental Learning Center northeast of Denver, the Observatory operates summer camps that connect young people with birds and nature. 2/

[Return to song of Bullock’s Oriole]

The hawks passing over Dinosaur Ridge remind us of the marvelous vernal and autumnal journeys that birds make across the continents. To participate in the Observatory’s HawkWatch program begin at birdnote.org. 

[Cry of Ferruginous Hawk]

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Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Call of Ferruginous Hawk [59288] recorded by W.W.H. Gunn; song of Bullock’s Oriole [125388] by T.J. Sander

Windy day ambience and a stream descending from The Rockies recorded by Gordon Hempton of QuietPlanet.com

BirdNote's theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Chris Peterson

© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org  May 2013  Narrator: Michael Stein 

ID#  rmbo-01-2013-05-07 rmbo-01   

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