Bird Conservancy of the Rockies - Barr Banding Report, 9/20/23

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meredith

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Sep 20, 2023, 7:47:58 PM9/20/23
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Not a lot of birds but a pretty nice variety today.  Added another young, rarish warbler - a Tennessee - to this year's list.  Here's the breakdown of the 22 new birds (there were also 9 recaps):

Downy Woodpecker 1
Warbling Vireo 1
House Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Tennessee Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon's 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler, unidentified 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Wilson's Warbler 8
Green-tailed Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 1

Thanks to all those who are participating in the effort to maintain some habitat for songbirds at Barr Lake. 

If you would like to visit our station, we have one-hour slots (up to 15 visitors at a time) from 7:30-8:30 most weekday mornings (Tues-Fri, we are closed on Mon) and 8, 9 , and 10 a.m. one-hour time slots on the weekends.  Click here to make a reservation.

Meredith McBurney
Bander, Barr Lake Station
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies   

Lauren Hyde

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Sep 20, 2023, 9:08:03 PM9/20/23
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I really don’t think there is anything we can do. From what I understand, the destruction will go from somewhere along the dam through the banding station. I don’t think it will go through the nature preserve though. Let’s hope so. 

Given that part of the trail is along the railroad track and that 3 miles or more will be demolished, only half of the perimeter will remain. What a sad ending to Barr Lake. And it really is. 

When I was a teenager, I had a job in through the Youth Conservation Corps. We were employed through the Colorado State Parks. We worked 30 hours per week improving our state parks (eg, building picnic areas, camp sites, etc) The other ten hours were spent learning about conservation practices and park maintenance. 

It was one of, if not the best, job I ever had. We actually learned how Barr Lake was constructed. At that time-1975 to be precise-we took a trip to learn about the dam‘s construction and to observe the park‘s wildlife. Seeing the park evolve over time has been an interest of mine over the years. 

For nearly 50 years I have been a regular visitor to Barr Lake. I have seen things over the years that I don’t agree with, but this one is horrendous! It is so ugly now!  

On Sep 20, 2023, at 5:48 PM, meredith <meredith...@msn.com> wrote:

Not a lot of birds but a pretty nice variety today.  Added another young, rarish warbler - a Tennessee - to this year's list.  Here's the breakdown of the 22 new birds (there were also 9 recaps):
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Preston Sowell

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Sep 21, 2023, 12:36:40 PM9/21/23
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I would encourage folks to take before and after photos of the destruction. Perhaps at several stations around the area and be sure to mark/GPS the location. It may be too late to save Barr Lake, but those images could be a powerful tool for future conservation efforts. It can be hard for the public to visualize the aftermath when projects are proposed/implemented.

Preston
Boulder County



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Susan Rosine

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Sep 21, 2023, 1:25:22 PM9/21/23
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I have been taking photos of the area that's visible from the Barr Lake banding station. I'm too heartbroken to take photos of the carnage that's already happened. 
If we do band here next year, we can scientifically compare our bird data (or lack thereof) to previous decades of data here. That may be useful in the future to show the impact. 

Susan Rosine
Brighton 


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