Birding Walden Ponds Through the Seasons

Birding Walden Ponds Through the Seasons

Photo courtesy of Sue Coffee.

If you visit Boulder County’s Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat only now and then, you will never know the throbbing pulse of its incredible variety of birds. Many of the species that may be found here come and go throughout the year, including the occasional exciting vagrant, in an ever-changing array of life writ large against the backdrop of Walden Ponds’ many moods and faces. And it’s right in your own back yard! 

Also on display here is a miraculous recovery. Nature’s ability to heal, strengthened by human support, has transformed Walden Ponds from industrial gravel pits first mined in 1958 into a flourishing wetland habitat that yields superb year-round wildlife watching opportunities.

In a two-hour indoor session, we will focus on what makes Walden Ponds so special to birders. We’ll also look at how migration and bird ranges affect what you will find there during different seasons of the year. Which one should be around, and when? You may then join us for just one, or all, of the five separate field trips to this area to look for and identify what we find there in every season.

Check out eBird’s annual bar chart for Walden Ponds (includes Sawhill Ponds):

 Indoor Class: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm, Longmont

Spring Field Classes: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6:30 am – 9:30 am OR 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Walden Ponds      and Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:30 am – 9:30 am, Walden Ponds

Summer Field Class: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 6:00 am – 9:00 am, Walden Ponds and Sunday, June 30, 2019, 6:00 am – 9:00 am, Walden Ponds

Fall Field Class: Saturday, September 28, 2019, 7:30 am – 10:30 am, Walden Ponds and Sunday, September 29, 2019, 7:30 am – 10:30 am, Walden Ponds

Winter Field Class: Saturday, November 30, 20190, 7:30 am – 10:30 am, Walden Ponds

Tuition: $20.00 for each class session. Limited to 12 participants. Registration for all the dates opens on February 6, 2019 at 8:00 am. 

Instructor Sue Riffe began her birding career visiting St. Marks NWR in Florida with some friends. After seeing an American Kestrel in a scope, she was hooked! Having lived in Ohio and Florida, she now calls Colorado home. Sue has actively birded in all 64 counties in the Rocky Mountain state and sees over 300 species annually. She’s the owner and tour leader of She Flew Birding Tours, and offers trips in Colorado, Florida, Arizona, Maine, migration hotspots, and international destinations. She has been a professional music educator for over 20 years and enjoys sharing her love of birds and bird songs with all ages.


 Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Our classes are geared toward adult learners. The minimum suggested age for attendance is 18.

 What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Class locations are provided to registrants about two weeks before the class starts in a “Welcome” email from the Instructor. Come directly to the location of the class or field trip and Sue will meet you there. 

If you wish to carpool on the field trips, you can make your own arrangements. BCNA does not organize or participate in any carpool arrangements. If you carpool, please discuss and agree on your cost sharing and travel plans in advance.

 What can I bring to the event?

You will want paper and pen/pencil on both days. The instructor will let you know if there is anything specific that you should bring to the field session. Otherwise be prepared for time outdoors, away from the car. You might bring a daypack with water and food for snacks. Wear hiking clothes and footwear adequate for conditions. Bring sun protection (sun lotion, sun glasses, hat, long sleeves), bug dope, and any field guides, binoculars, spotting scopes, trekking poles, or other personal items and extra clothing you might want.

 How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email We do not check this account every day, but will try to get back to you within four business days.

What’s the refund policy?

We will open registration for all of the classes in this series six weeks before the first class begins. You may sign up for any, or all, of the different dates that will span eight months of 2019. While we realize that your availability may change during that time, we apologize, but refunds are not available for any of the separate sessions you are unable to attend. Most of the proceeds from classes go to our instructors. The remainder helps support our education program, research grants, publications, seminars, and conservation efforts. If you must cancel, we hope you’ll consider your payment as a donation to the Boulder County Nature Association. Of course, if we must cancel a class, your payment will be fully refunded.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Just log on to your account, go to “Tickets,” select your order, and then choose “Edit.” Change the name and email address to the new attendee’s information. Be sure to check the box and we will send them a confirmation email with all the ticket/registration information they’ll need. Once you’re done, select “Save” to save your changes.

Demand for our classes is high and participation is limited. Classes usually fill up early, and we maintain a waiting list. If you cannot attend or find a substitute, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may offer your spot to someone else.

Can I update my registration information?


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, your name will be on our registration list. You may print your Confirmation Email if you want a record.