The Whys & Wherefores of Colorado's Birdlife Lecture

Join Editor of Birding magazine, author, and birder Ted Floyd as he shares stories and birding field craft tricks —with an emphasis on the “whole bird” approach that encourages us to watch birds in a broad ecological context. Birds are an essential component to in our native ecosystems, and learning how to identify them, and understand their important relationship to the diversity of our local wildlife enhances our search and enjoyment of these feathered friends. 

This evening presentation is a kick-off to the two-day field class on Thursday and Friday when you get to experience the birding field craft first hand. This evening program is STRONGLY encouraged for those participating in our two-day field workshop.

This class requires advance registration to ensure appropriate planning for the field experience. We STRONGLY encourage workshop participants to attend Wednesday evening’s Lecture.

About the Instructor:

Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, the award-winning flagship publication of the American Birding Association. He has written five bird books, including the Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America (HarperCollins, 2008) and How to Know the Birds (National Geographic, 2019). Ted is also the author of more than 200 popular articles, technical papers, and book chapters on birds and nature. A graduate of Princeton University (A.B., 1990) and Penn State University (Ph.D., 1995), Ted has taught biology, math, and statistics to everyone from second graders to advanced graduate students.

How To Get There:

Please bike or walk to ACES  whenever possible! We understand that you'll need to drive to ACES for certain classes - 6am birding classes, photo field trips, etc. However, when you can, make it a personal challenge and see if you can drive fewer times than last year! Parking at ACES is limited.





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  • Adults