Birding trail near Connected Lakes opens opportunity for everyone

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

— football coach Lou Holtz

The Grand Valley Audubon Society this week opens its “Birding Trail for Everyone,” a nature trail specially designed for people with visual or physical disabilities.

A ceremony marking the official opening of the trail will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the trail head on Dike Road across from the Grand Valley Audubon Society Nature Sanctuary and just east of Connected Lakes State Park.

The trail, which winds through the Lucy Ferril Ela Sanctuary, is covered with a special hard-packed gravel surface suitable for wheelchairs and walkers.

At several locations, motion-activated speakers play descriptions and songs of birds found in the area.

If you go

WHAT: Opening of the Grand Valley Audubon Society’s “Birding Trail for Everyone”

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Dike Road, just east of Connected Lakes State Park

HOW: Funding from Grand Junction Lions Club


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