Save Chatfield State Park
The Army Corps of engineers plan to double Chatfield's water storage and flood over 500 acres of the park. The public has until September 6, 2012 to voice their concerns.

Those who enjoy Chatfield State Park ,or plan to in the future, will be denied the pristine beauty it currently provides if the Army Corps of Engineers has its way. If you like to boat, swim, fish, hike,or especially to bird there, much of that ability will disappear with plans to almost double Chatfield's water storage capacity.

The plan will simply wreak havoc on Chatfield State Park's wide and varied natural habitats of wetlands, Cottonwood trees, and shorelines. These are critical to many native and migrating species of water fowl and shorebirds - not to mention the reptiles, amphibians, and fish.

The plan would raise the lake level by 12 feet. This increased level is a maximum however, considered to only be reached 3 times each decade. This effectively leaves the lake resembling a oversized tub of water surrounded by a vast mudflat unfit for much of the current wildlife use.

Human recreational use will be greatly affected as well. The current marina is scheduled to be destroyed and replaced with long floating docks. Swim areas will need to be reached after crossing long mud flats. Quiet camp grounds close to the water will be relocated much closer to C-470.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife department has listed 15 anticipated negative recreational impacts and nine impacts detrimental to wildlife from the increased water storage levels. This environmental impact seems to be completely ignored by the proposal.

On the surface there seems to be lacking a true evaluation of alternatives to the Army's Chatfield Plan, even though several palatable ones do exist. There is no question the need for increased water reserves exists for Denver's Front Range. However the devastating result of this plan surely needs further scrutiny and vetting.

There are several great opportunities to gain a better appreciation of Chatfield State Park and its threatened natural resources. Contact the Audubon Society of Greater Denver and go on a "Walk the Wetlands Hike" this September 2nd from 8 AM till Noon. Pre-registration is NOT required. Meet in the parking lot at the Audubon Center at Chatfield. The Audubon Center is located on Waterton Road, 4.4 miles south of C-470 and Wadsworth.

Also the last Saturday of each month, this August 25, join with Master Birder Joey Kellner in Chatfield State Park. Joey's birdwalks are scheduled for 4 hours. Meet inside Chatfield State Park at the Platte River parking lot (just east of Kingfisher Bridge) at 7am. No reservations necessary, just show up! Bring binoculars and scope if you have. Please no pets or small children.

Get Informed! Please call us at Front Range Birding at 303-979-2473 for any questions.

To learn more about the proposal and environmental impact statement, go to www.chatfieldstudy.org or call 866-643-5821. Public comments can be sent to chatfieldstudy@usace.army.mil. The comment period will close Sept.6.

From all of us at Front Range Birding,

Have a great Summer Bird Walk


Tom, Diane, Shannon, Dave, Jennifer, Megan, Chuck, and Sara

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The Front Range Birding Company

phone: (303) 979-2473


Front Range Birding' in partnership with Hudson Gardens has secured additional tickets to the very popular summer concerts held on the lawns of Hudson Gardens.

We at Front Range Birding will hold a drawing on Friday, August 17 to give away 3 tickets to a lucky winner. The winner will have the opportunity to attend the Joe Walsh concert scheduled for Sunday August 19th from 6:30pm till 8:30pm.

All you need to do to enter the drawing is LIKE FRONT RANGE BIRDING ON FACEBOOK! We will place all those who like Front Range Birding in a drawing and let you know the results.

Check out Front Range Birding here on Facebook. Like us and be ready to Rock at Hudson Gardens this summer!

While at Hudson be sure to explore the various garden habitats found there. They make for rich habitat and breeding grounds for both migratory and resident species of ducks, songbirds, hawks and more! A special addition to Hudson visitors is the Hudson Gardens Bee Yard. The hives are alive with action this time of year!

Joe Walsh!

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Hudson Gardens is located at 6115 South Santa Fe Drive | Littleton, 80120. The entrance is on the west side of Santa Fe just south of Bowles.

Come on out to Hudson Gardens with me!

Northern California: September 9 to 14, 2012 Join FRBC and The Audubon Society for a GREAT Trip with expert guide Harry Fuller


This is a last chance to join our small group that will embark on the birding adventure of a lifetime traveling to the California birding hotspots of Lake Merced, Golden Gate Park, Land's End, Point Reyes National Seashore, Sierra Foothills, Big Sur, and Monterrey Bay

Northern California is one of the few places in the United States where mountains, marshland, deep forest, open ocean and arid grassland exist within a short drive of one another. Because of its location, you can find birds that nest above the Arctic Circle and migrate south in the same area as birds that breed in Mexico and migrate north!

The trip will be unforgettable. The expert guidance provided by Harry Fuller will make it especially enjoyable.

Harry Fuller has led numerous professional tours in Northern California and the United Kingdom. Harry is a long-time San Francisco resident and birder. He was a founding member of the San Francisco Field Ornithologists.

There will be a Pelagic Extension with Debbie Shearwater Adventures and more Extension Options as well. Check out all the details to include pricing here with our partnership with PIBird.com.

On all of our bird walks and trips be sure to dress appropriately (it might be chilly!) Be sure to bring

  1. Hat and sun lotion
  2. Gloves
  3. Sweater and outer coat
  4. Binoculars!
  5. Water and a snack

Call FRBC at 303-979-2473 or the ASGD at 303-973-9530 for details and to sign up.

See you There!


We at Front Range Birding will hold a drawing on Friday August 17 to give away 3 tickets to a lucky winner. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS LIKE FRBC ON FACEBOOK. The winner will have the opportunity to attend a JOE WALSH concert on Sunday August 19th from 6:30pm till 8:30pm.

Help the birds and enjoy them in the backyard. get 15% STOREWIDE CREDIT WITH THIS COUPON ALL AUGUST! See you at the store!