Birdwatchers flock to event

Yampatika's 10th annual Birdathon to be held Saturday

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— Birdwatchers are expected to flock to Yampatika on Saturday to take part in the organization's 10th annual birdathon.

Yampatika is an organization designed to help people get a better understanding of the natural and cultural resources of Northwestern Colorado.

The birdathon is co-sponsored by the Yampa Valley Birding Club and will run from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday, with a free breakfast at 6 a.m. and a lunch at 11 a.m. that will cost $5 per person.

Participants should meet at the Yampatika office, in the lobby of the Forest Service building on U.S. Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs,

The birdathon is an annual event that usually takes place on the first or second Saturday in May. Birdwatchers travel in small groups of six to eight people to several locations and count the number of species of migratory birds that they observe.

The locations are spread out across the county. One group travels to South Routt County, another goes up to Fish Creek Falls, while another goes up to Carpenter Ranch near Hayden, and another goes to North Routt County.

When the birds have been counted and the numbers have been recorded, the groups meet again at Yampatika to combine their lists and look up some of the different bird species they observed. The final calculated numbers are then sent to the state chapter in Denver.

Past participants say the birdathon is a great way to meet fellow birdwatchers and learn about the different species of birds that migrate to Colorado.

The birdathon is open to everyone, whether they are beginners, experts or anything in between. Experts are welcome to bring their bird books, and beginners can borrow books from the Yampatika office.

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