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Jun 10, 2010 10:18 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado birding trail routes on the web

Whether you're looking for mountain bluebirds, nesting bald eagles or rare sage grouse, the Colorado Birding Trail features 13 new routes and more than 200 sites that provide wildlife viewers and birders with outstanding opportunities to see unique species in Colorado's most spectacular environments.

"The web site provides valuable information for novice and experienced birders and wildlife watchers," said Jennifer Kleffner, watchable wildlife coordinator for the DOW's southwest region. "Our goals for the Birding Trail are to lead the public to locations where they can enjoy Colorado's natural resources, to economically link funds spent on wildlife watching to rural Colorado communities, and to increase awareness for species and conservation efforts with the general public and private landowners."

Bird watching makes a significant economic impact on Colorado. A 2008 study found that birders who traveled more than a mile from home to watch birds spent more than $700 million on their pastime in Colorado, which supported almost 13,000 jobs in the state.

The Colorado Birding Trail was launched in 2007 by the Colorado Division of Wildlife in partnership with Audubon Colorado, Colorado Field Ornithologists, Colorado Scenic Byways, Great Outdoors Colorado, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and several heritage tourism groups.

Free printed guides will be available in July at DOW offices and all Colorado State Welcome Centers.

For now, access The Colorado Birding Trail on the web.

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