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Great-horned Owl Fledglings

The Birds of Pawnee

Bird Colorado's largest protected grassland


Colorado has more to offer than just mountains. In fact, about one third of Colorado's land area is shortgrass prairie. This rapidly disappearing ecosystem is best experienced in Pawnee National Grassland, a 193,000 acre expanse of protected open space in northeastern Colorado. Here we will search for some of Colorado's most iconic grassland bird species: Mountain Plover, Chestnut-collared and Thick-billed Longspurs, Long-billed Curlew, Cassin's, Grasshopper, and Brewer's Sparrows, Ferruginous and Swainson's Hawks, and the Colorado state bird, the Lark Bunting. A visit to Crow Valley will provide opportunities for migrant passerines..         


7 am - 5 pm

Meeting Point

Hotel pickup and drop off available within most Denver and Boulder metro locations. If outside of pickup radius, contact us to arrange convenient meeting location

Skill Level

Beginner to Advanced

Group Size

1-4 guests

What's Included

Private door to door transportation, professional guide, lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available upon request), snacks, water, binoculars, spotting scope



What People are Saying

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We highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in seeing birds in Colorado. Ryan researched where birds were being seen to plan a good route, picked us up at our hotel, took us to hotspots where we had some great opportunities to view and photograph birds (7 lifer species for us!), kept checklists , took photos, and packed a delicious, healthy lunch that we enjoyed midday. It was a great pleasure to spend two days of amazing birding with Ryan. We would definitely go birding with Ryan again, and would be interested in joining one of his upcoming birding trips, such as his Colorado Grouse Tour or Ecuador Tour.


-Carol Ann G., California

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