“I’ve got one of your target birds in the scope.”
Thus began the 2015 “meeting” of the ATLA Birding Passion Group. It was a milestone of sorts. Twenty years ago, almost to the day—in fact, it was the last time that Denver hosted the ATLA conference—a local birder had taken Lynn Berg and me on a tour of Red Rocks Park. Lynn saw her first Black-billed Magpie, and I saw my first Virginia’s Warbler.
The bird in the scope turned out to be a Western Scrub-Jay, and it was a “lifer” for most of us. The “us” being Lynn Berg, Karla Grafton, Ann Heinrichs, Myka Kennedy Stephens, Ondrea Murphy, Bethany O’Shea, and I. We were birding Castlewood Canyon State Park, which lies 28 miles south of Denver. Our hosts were Karen Metz a retired academic librarian and the owner of the telescope; Amy Cervene, a public librarian and the point person of the hosting group; and Norm Lewis, a retired real estate agent who leads birding tours throughout the state. I’d previously “met”—all of them through the “Cobirds” discussion list.
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