Join us at the 11th annual

BBQ for the Birds:

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory's Annual Picnic

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory logo Celebrate fall colors, harvest and migration with RMBO as we mark our 25th anniversary in 2013. Join us at the Old Stone House on Oct. 5 for the BBQ for the Birds, RMBO's annual picnic. It's always a fun, birdy event! There's something for everybody: bird banding, bird walks, kids' activities, live raptors, live music, workshops, exhibitors, silent and live auctions, and a delicious harvest-themed lunch. RMBO's Old Stone House is located on the shores of beautiful Barr Lake, one of the top birding spots in the Rockies and a great place to explore during fall migration.

Greg MillerPlus, Greg Miller, whose participation in a birding competition was portrayed in the book and film The Big Year, will lead a walk at 7 a.m. (bright and early!) and share funny, poignant stories during a special presentation titled "My Big Year." After lunch, Greg will hold a workshop on using eBird with RMBO biologist Jeff Birek.

Noppadol PaothongWe're also excited to announce a unique opportunity to brush up on your photography skills with award-winning photographer Noppadol Paothong, whose work is featured in the book Save the Last Dance: A Story of North American Grassland Grouse. Noppadol will present a photo workshop at 9 a.m. and be on hand to judge our 2013 Photo Contest. No pressure to those who've entered the contest!


Saturday October 5, 2013 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM MDT

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RMBO's Old Stone House 
14500 Lark Bunting Lane
Brighton, CO 80601

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Teddy Parker-Renga 
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory 
970-482-1707 ext. 30 

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Register online or by phone, 970-482-1707 ext. 30, through Oct. 3,
or at the door on Oct. 5 (cash, check, MasterCard, Visa or Discover).

Admission includes lunch and all activities! Register by Sept. 27 and save $1 off per person. 
- $11 RMBO members
- $13 non-members
- $6 ages 5 - 12
- under 5 free

Proceeds benefit RMBO's environmental education and conservation programs! 

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11th Annual BBQ for the Birds Schedule

picnic food 2011We're continuing to add activities. Here's what we've got in store so far!

7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Bird Banding Station Open
7 a.m. - Bird Walk with Greg Miller
8 a.m. - Bird Walk with RMBO biologist 
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Silent Auction Open 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Live Raptors, Exhibitors, and Kids' Games and Crafts
9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Photography Workshop with Noppadol Paothong
9:30 a.m. - History Walk of Barr Lake and Old Stone House with Jim Welsh and Dale Jones 
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Live Music 
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Face Painting
10:20 a.m. - Presentations by RMBO Biologists:
     - Mountain Plover Conservation
     - Western Tanager Migration Study  
11:10 a.m. - Welcome and Awards
11:30 a.m. - "My Big Year" Presentation by Greg Miller 
12 p.m. - Harvest-Themed Lunch and More Live Music
12:45 p.m. - Live Auction
1 p.m. - 25th Bricks for Birds Dedication Ceremony 
1:15 p.m. - eBird Workshop with Greg Miller and biologist Jeff Birek to discuss this citizen science portal and how RMBO contributes its data 
1:15 p.m. - Outdoor Restroom "Toilet Paper Cutting" Ceremony

Win Field Experiences at the Auctions! 

RMBO biologists are putting special field experiences up for bid, giving winners the unique chance to see rare birds, learn about them from the experts and contribute to their conservation.

Research wintering grassland birds in Chihuahua, Mexico
Includes stay on TNC ranch Dec. 3-9, 2013. Limited off-site live bidding available. Contact Erin Strasser at 970-482-1707 ext. 27 or

Protect Mountain Plovers in western Nebraska
Includes stay on working farm any day June 10-25, 2014.

Search for the elusive Yellow-billed Cuckoo in western Colorado