Audubon Nature Center reaches out for Mother's Day

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“Give the gift of seeing songbirds up-close as they migrate through the South Platte River corridor” says the invitation from the Audubon Nature Center. Drop in between 9 and 11 a.m. May 12. (Reservations required.)

Local moms who are interested in nature can enjoy “a light continental breakfast and a leisurely spring hike to our bird-banding station,” it continues. Birds have tiny bands placed on their legs so they can be tracked, contributing to a national count of each species as ornithologists try to understand which ones are diminishing in numbers and which are holding steady as their habitats change.

The beautifully located center at the south end of Chatfield State Park is dedicated, as is the national Audubon Society, to protecting birds and habitat and educating adults and children. It has trails, a garden of native plants, classrooms and devoted volunteers.

The center offers programs; classes, including Little Fledglings; a preschool nature hour; and organized hikes and outings, traveling near and far. Tours include the Highlands Ranch Backcountry, Castlewood Canyon, Yellowstone, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and others.

Upcoming is the Audubon Society of Greater Denver Birdathon, a major fundraiser for the organization: Teams are formed and members get pledges from supporters for a given amount per bird spotted in a particular 24-hour period in May at a favorite birding spot. (Pledges are tax-deductible.) Children and families are encouraged to participate.

For information about these and other programs, including summer camps, visit denveraudubon.org or call 303-973-9530.

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