Informational meeting planned in Steamboat for Colorado Birding Trail

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— The Colorado Birding Trail is spreading into Northwest Colorado, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is inviting residents to a Steamboat meeting about its progress.

According to its website, the Colorado Birding Trail is a "major nature tourism initiative to promote non-consumptive outdoor recreation, conservation of resources by private landowners and a diversified income for rural economies."

Along with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Parks and Wildlife will host a gathering for residents and landowners to learn more about the trail at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at its Steamboat office, 925 Weiss Drive.

According to a news release, the southwest and southeast portions of the Colorado Birding Trail are complete. Work is under way on the northwest portion, with June as the expected completion date.

Local landowners still can participate in the trails and will receive information at the meeting.

"If you are a landowner looking for a way to diversify your property and share the excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities on your land, we invite you to attend," Trina Romero, watchable wildlife coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said in a news release. "Partnering with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory gives you a great opportunity to see how ecotourism benefits a landowner and wildlife."

To attend the event, RSVP to Jeff Birek, with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, at 970-482-1707, ext. 25, or email jeff.birek@rmbo.org.

The full text of the news release is below:

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory are inviting the public to an informational presentation to learn more about the northwest portion of the new, statewide Colorado Birding Trail, Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Steamboat Springs office.

The Colorado Birding Trail features a series of driving loops providing the public with a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities across large portions of the state.

The presentation will also include details about how landowners can participate by allowing their property to be part of the trail.

"If you are a landowner looking for a way to diversify your property and share the excellent wildlife viewing opportunities on your land, we invite you to attend," said Trina Romero, Watchable Wildlife Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "Partnering with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory gives you a great opportunity to see how ecotourism benefits a landowner and wildlife."

The trails in the southwest and southeast portions of the state are complete, and the northwestern phase of the birding trail is underway and scheduled for completion in June 2013.

To participate in this fun event, and also enjoy refreshments and dinner, please RSVP to Jeff Birek with Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory at 970-482-1707 ext. 25, or by email to: jeff.birek@rmbo.org

For more information about the Colorado Birding Trail, please go to: www.coloradobirdingtrail.com

Who: Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

What: Colorado Birding Trail Informational meeting for local residents and landowners

When: Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m.

Where: Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Steamboat Springs Office - 925 Weiss Drive

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