Promoting Outdoor Recreation
Winner of the Innovation in Conservation Award
The Colorado Birding Trail is the 2015 winner of the Innovation in Conservation Award presented by Palmer Land Trust. The Colorado Birding Trail is a major nature tourism initiative to promote outdoor recreation, conservation of resources by private landowners, and a diversified income for rural economies. One of the most unique features of the trail is the private lands that have been opened to visitation only through their participation as sites on the trail.
What is the Birding Trail?
The Colorado Birding Trail is a major nature tourism initiative to promote non-consumptive outdoor recreation, conservation of resources by private landowners, and a diversified income for rural economies. The Birding Trail will link outdoor recreation sites, both public and private, into a network of sites where visitors can observe birds and other wildlife, often in addition to archaeological and paleontological treasures.
Who is building the Trail?
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Audubon, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Colorado Field Ornithologists, Colorado State Parks, and Playa Lakes Joint Venture are pleased to announce this strategic partnership. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has provided funding for the development of a birding trail which will be developed in 4 phases. The Southeast and Southwest are completed, and we are currently working on the Northwest portion of the state. Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will culminate its outreach to private landowners in a series of meetings. Colorado Field Ornithologists has agreed to integrate into this project the work of its volunteer authors on the Colorado County Birding Website.