Colorado Birding Trail a real treat for wild watchers

The popular Colorado Birding Trail has fledged its newest section in northwest Colorado.

The most recent addition to the 40 trails and more than 800 sites already established in the southeast and southwest areas of the state offers 13 trails and/or driving loops and 155 wildlife viewing sites.

“The Colorado Birding Trail offers a unique and fun way for the whole family to experience our rich and abundant wildlife resource,” said Trina Romero, Watchable Wildlife Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The Northwest Birding Trail sites traverse a broad swath of the Western Slope, from Browns Park to Rabbit Ears Pass and the Flattops to the Grand Valley, Grand Mesa, the Roaring Fork Valley and Summit County.

And it’s not just a birding trail, but a wildlife and birding trail. Parks and Wildife officials say there are many species of wildlife to be seen, often in unexpected places.

“There are a wide variety of species that some in the public have never seen,” Romero said. “We anticipate many people will take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and see what living in Colorado is all about.”

Work on the Colorado Birding Trail project began in 2000, about six years after Texas created its celebrated Great Texas Coastal Birding Trails program.

Made possible with Great Outdoors Colorado funds generated from the sales of lottery tickets, Parks and Wildlife anticpates the trails will draw wildlife enthusiasts from across the country to Colorado where they may encounter animals they have never seen before.

The trail also gives birders a chance to check-off a new species on their “life list,” said Romero.

Romero noted that along with hunting and fishing, the Colorado Birding Trail will benefit the local economies of many communities across the state that depend on revenue generated by outdoor recreation.

“Wildlife viewing is becoming increasingly popular and is a great way to introduce children to the outdoors,” she said. “The birding trail sites make our wildlife more accessible and brings people to parts of Colorado they may not consider visiting otherwise.”

To see the new Northwest Birding Trail Guide, and for more viewing tips, trail maps and information about a variety of species and where they can be seen, visit http://www.coloradobirdingtrail.com.

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