Central Colorado Nature-a-thon

Williamson's Sapsucker Male

Williamson’s Sapsucker ©Jim Burns

An Educational Program and Fundraiser of Central Colorado Conservancy.

Make a Nature-a-thon Donation on-line:

I am not sponsoring an individual, but want to make a donation for the Nature-a-thon

I would like to sponsor a specific Nature-a-thon team member

To join a team or start your own, contact us at

[email protected].

Purpose: To raise money for the protection of wildlife habitat in Central Colorado. Funds are raised by obtaining pledges or flat donations based on teams spending a maximum of a twenty-four hour period identifying as many species as possible in the following taxa: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish (or any combination of these).

Date: Any 24 hour period between May 14 – 22, 2016 (2017 dates to be announced).

Teams: Each team can consist of any number of team members. You are encouraged to come up with a fun name for your team. Recognition will be given to the team that raises the most money and identifies the most species. The most creative team name will be recognized by Central Colorado Conservancy.

What counts: Any wild species of mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian or fish. Teams can choose to focus on only one group, such as fly-fishing for the day, or if they are up for the challenge, try to see the most species possible across all taxa in a day. There are no restrictions on boundaries, only time. It is up to the team to determine its best route.

Education: In addition to raising funds for wildlife conservation, the Nature-a-thon is a great way to learn more about wildlife and get others more involved with wildlife conservation.

How to ask for money: Start with family and friends. Tell them about Central Colorado Conservancy and some of the projects that benefit wildlife. Ask if they will support your Nature-a-thon. Give them an idea of what you have planned for the day and hope to see. After the Nature-a-Thon is complete, consider sending a letter about the day to each of your sponsors. There is no minimum amount of money a team member needs to raise but, keep in mind, the more funding brought in the more we can do to protect wildlife and its habitat.

Collection of Money: Checks can be made out to Central Colorado Conservancy. Either mail (no cash) or drop off team donations to Central Colorado Conservancy, PO Box 942, Salida, CO 81201 or 128 East First Street, Salida.

Sign up: Email or call at [email protected] or 719-539-7700.

Teams: You can start your own team or join an existing team. To join a team, email [email protected] and let us know your availability during the Nature-a-thon week and what type of team you would like to join. Don’t worry, we can help you with any questions.

Central Colorado Conservancy: Central Colorado Conservancy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, registered charity in the State of Colorado, and a certified land trust. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. We are the leading on-the-ground, conservation organization in Central Colorado. To find out more visit: www.centralcoloradoconservancy.org.

Species found on the 2014 Central Colorado Nature-a-thon.

1    Eared Grebe
2    Pied-billed Grebe
3    Western Grebe
4    American White Pelican
5    Double-crested Cormorant
6    American Bittern
7    Great Blue Heron
8    Great Egret
9    Snowy Egret
10    White-faced Ibis
11    Canada Goose
12    Mallard
13    Gadwall
14    Northern Shoveler
15    Blue-winged Teal
16    Cinnamon Teal
17    Green-winged Teal
18    Lesser Scaup
19    Canvasback
20    Redhead
21    Common Goldeneye
22    Common Merganser
23    Ruddy Duck
24    Turkey Vulture
25    Northern Harrier
26    Red-tailed Hawk
27    Swainson’s Hawk
28    Osprey
29    Bald Eagle
30    American Kestrel
31    Peregrine Falcon
32    Sora
33    American Coot
34    Killdeer
35    Black-necked Stilt
36    American Avocet
37    Spotted Sandpiper
38    Willet
39    Wilson’s Phalarope
40    Ring-billed Gull
41    Black Tern
42    Forster’s Tern
43    Mourning Dove
44    Eurasian Collared-Dove
45    Belted Kingfisher
46    Broad-tailed Hummingbird
47    Northern Flicker
48    Lewis’s Woodpecker
49    Downy Woodpecker
50    Gray Flycatcher
51    Say’s Phoebe
52    Eastern Kingbird
53    Loggerhead Shrike
54    Steller’s Jay
55    Pinyon Jay
56    Black-billed Magpie
57    Common Raven
58    Horned Lark
59    Tree Swallow
60    Violet-green Swallow
61    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
62    Barn Swallow
63    Cliff Swallow
64    Black-capped Chickadee
65    White-breasted Nuthatch
66    Marsh Wren
67    House Wren
68    Rock Wren
69    American Dipper
70    Mountain Bluebird
71    Townsend’s Solitaire
72    American Robin
73    Gray Catbird
74    European Starling
75    Virginia’s Warbler
76    Yellow Warbler
77    Yellow-rumped Warbler
78    Northern Waterthrush
79    MacGillivray’s Warbler
80    Common Yellowthroat
81    Wilson’s Warbler
82    Western Tanager
83    Lazuli Bunting
84    Indigo Bunting
85    Black-headed Grosbeak
86    Spotted Towhee
87    Green-tailed Towhee
88    Chipping Sparrow
89    Lark Bunting
90    Vesper Sparrow
91    Lark Sparrow
92    Savannah Sparrow
93    Song Sparrow
94    Lincoln’s Sparrow
95    White-crowned Sparrow
96    Bullock’s Oriole
97    Western Meadowlark
98    Bobolink
99    Red-winged Blackbird
100    Yellow-headed Blackbird
101    Brewer’s Blackbird
102    Great-tailed Grackle
103    Common Grackle
104    Brown-headed Cowbird
105    Evening Grosbeak
106    House Finch
107    Cassin’s Finch
108    American Goldfinch
109    Pine Siskin
110    House Sparrow
111    Fox Squirrel
112    Gunnison’s Prairie Dog
113    Rock Squirrel
114    Wyoming Ground Squirrel
115    Least Chipmunk
116    Vole sp.
117    Coyote
118    Red Fox
119    Pronghorn
120    Elk
121    Mule Deer
122    Western Terrestrial Garter Snake
123    Western Chorus Frog
124    Rainbow Trout


Red Fox ©Mary Cuyler

Red Fox ©Mary Cuyler

Northern Leopard Frog ©Raquel Wertsbaugh

Northern Leopard Frog ©Raquel Wertsbaugh