As far as we know, its never been done, says Marda Kirn of EcoArts about the birding-by-bus component. But she is confident that it could spread nationally. And why not? Birding, she explains, is not only one of the most rapidly growing leisure sports and a perfect excuse to be outside, but its also something you can do as easily in the city as in the wild, making Boulder, comfortably wedged against the foothills and oozing with liberal eco-consciousness, the perfect place to launch such a program. To that end, special JUMP stops are outfitted with signs offering birding tips for the specific area, and brochures are also available on board the buses.
Bird Shift, which explores subjects like the changing face of Boulders bird populations, birds that live inside big box stores and how the 2017 shutdown of the Valmont Power Plant will affect birds taking advantage of that facilitys cooling ponds, continues through December at the museum, 1030 Broadway in Boulder. Upcoming events of note include a hands-on look at local scientific research on swallows on August 28 and bird-inspired Family Day activities on Saturdays in September; imaginative programming combining the arts and sciences continues through the fall. For more information, including a complete schedule, go to http://busbird-ing.societyrne.net.
Aug. 22-Dec. 31, 2011