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Date(s) - May 8, 2021
8:30 am - 10:30 am


Are you interested in discovering more about birding? Join Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) Executive Director, Dominique Naccarato for a fun, experiential introduction to birding in the Upper Arkansas Valley on Saturday, May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 Sands Lake. Because you can engage in birding from the car, while hiking or biking, or even alongside serious birders who keep a birding “life list,” it’s the ideal hobby for nature-lovers of all ages and abilities.

Dominique will uncover the basics of birding, including how to identify flight patterns, body and beak shape and function, and bird sounds. Out in the field you will also get instruction and practice using binoculars and discovering how bird behavior can provide insight into what’s going on in our neighborhood or ecosystem.

Dominique has been GARNA’s director for the past three years, but she began learning about birding under the mentorship of GARNA Birding Club leaders Andrew Mackie, Denny Arter and Sally Waterhouse when she first began working at GARNA in 2013. Birding continues to teach GARNA’s Director to take a system’s level view and to value a sit-spot for viewing birds and habitat.

Pre-registration for this exciting hike is required.  Go to to register. Program tickets are $5 for GARNA members and $10 for non-members. For more information, contact GARNA at or 719-539-5106.

Through community collaboration, GARNA inspires a conservation ethic by providing educational opportunities and experiences so that those who live, work and play in the Upper Arkansas Valley are motivated to take care of the natural resources and leave a legacy of responsible use of the natural environment. GARNA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental organization based in Salida, Colorado. 

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