Dusky Grouse. Photo by Hari Viswanathan
One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds typically seen and heard every day.
Join long-time Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 1, for a hike along the Cañada Bonita and the Nordic Ski Trails. This 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.
Fitzgibbon has always been passionate about the outdoors and the history of Los Alamos. Aside from working at 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 on the west end of the parking area at Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill. 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.