Cordilleran flycatcher. Photo by Marion Stelts
One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds one sees and hears every day.
The community is invited to join longtime Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 for a hike along the Cañada Bonita and Nordic Ski Trails.
The high-elevation trek winds through mixed conifer forest and offers breathtaking views. This is the perfect opportunity for adults and children who can hike up to five miles to get outside and admire local species of birds. Sightings may include the Dusky Grouse and the American Three-toed Woodpecker. This program is made possible by support from the Wild Birds Unlimited of Santa Fe.
Joe Fitzgibbon has always been passionate about the outdoors and the history of Los Alamos. Aside from working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory until 2013, he holds the first and only sighting of a California Condor in Los Alamos.
The group will meet at the trailhead located at the west end of the parking area at Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill. This quiet hike is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited of Santa Fe. Because it is limited to 12 people, register now to save a spot! Admission costs $0/member and $5/non-member.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.
The Sept. 10 walk is made possible by support from Wild Birds Unlimited of Santa Fe. Courtesy image