Leader: John Parker, 586-5863 (TRIP FULL)
(5 hour trip; moderately strenuous walking on forest trail, with several hundred foot elevation gain)
This trip follows Spanish Creek through the Flying D Ranch, to the edge of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. At the trailhead there is an interesting juxtaposition of habitats. In one direction the trail borders the wet willow riparian area along Spanish Creek, where Willow Flycatchers and Lincoln's Sparrows nest. While going in the other direction, the trail climbs through dry open slopes where you can expect to see Green-tailed Towhees, Brewer's Sparrows, and Lazuli Buntings. 12 person limit.
Participants in all trips will meet at the front parking lot of the Museum of the Rockies at 6:45 a.m., and depart at 7:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Car pools will be arranged at the museum; an offer to help with gas to the driver is always appreciated but not mandatory. Dress for the weather; good footwear is a must as field trip conditions are not always dry. Turn off your cell phones and keep unnecessary conversations to a minimum. Some field trips are limited to a certain number of participants. Contact the trip leader for more details about any trip, and to sign up for the trip. We encourage beginning birders to participate. Come have a good time and learn something new.