Located near Centura Health in Avon right off of I-70. An innovative natural science learning campus for residents and visitors of the Eagle Valley. Free and open to the public.

318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO 81620

Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain out of Lionshead Village, Vail. All visitors must have a pass to ride the gondola. Free and open to the public with valid gondola pass.
Nestled along Gore Creek near the Betty Ford Alpine Garden and Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail Village.
601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657

Explore Your Curious Nature

Martha, the Last of the Passenger Pigeons

Posted by Haley Baker on Sep 4, 2018 3:21:09 AM
On September 1st, 1914, a legend passed in the aviary at the Cincinnati Zoo. That legend was a single pigeon, named Martha, after George Washington’s wife. Martha was the last of her kind, and..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

100 years of protecting birds, but has it been enough?

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Aug 27, 2018 3:09:08 AM
I have a confession to make. Like all domestic cats, my indoor cat, Ryu, is a killer. That’s right. He escaped onto the patio one day in July and took out two birds. Did he eat them? No. He simply..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

What is a Grebe?

Posted by Haley Baker on Jul 9, 2018 3:17:24 AM
You’re out enjoying an evening on the lake when you notice a strange bird floating along the surface of the water. It’s not quite a duck, too small for a goose, and more awkward than a graceful..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

Wonderful Waterfowl Colorado Duck

Posted by Jen Prusse on May 21, 2018 3:07:06 AM
Imagine this, you see a medium-sized, black-and-white waterfowl with a white crescent on its face, bobbing on the surface of Heart Lake (Flat Tops). Suddenly, it dives. What species was that?
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

Are You My Mother? The Brown Headed Cowbird

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on May 14, 2018 3:36:00 AM
“Are you my mother?” the little bird appeared to say, looking up at the larger bird feeding him small seeds and delicious insects. At this point, the baby bird was naked as a jaybird, so to speak,..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

Bird Nests

Posted by Jaymee Squires on Mar 19, 2018 3:03:36 AM
There’s an old folktale I remember from my childhood, about the magpie building its nest. According to the story, the magpie was the only bird at the time who knew how to build a nest. The..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

Peregrine Falcons, the Bird of Many Contradictions

Posted by Hannah Irwin on Mar 12, 2018 3:23:51 AM
The peregrine falcon is a bird of many contradictions. Officially designated Falco peregrinus, or “wandering falcon,” they are known for exceptionally long migrations, yet have been held captive..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

The Black-crowned Night-Heron in Colorado

Posted by Jaymee Squires on Jul 24, 2017 3:59:56 AM
The community is bustling as herons, egrets, and ibises come and go from the large cottonwood tree. While most birds nest in mated pairs, a few nest communally, sharing the warmth and protection..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

Spotting Yellow Warblers

Posted by Jaymee Squires on Jun 26, 2017 2:41:13 AM
Birdwatching isn’t always easy. Birds don’t sit still for long, and they certainly don’t come close and spin around so we can see all their markings. And when you start looking up little yellow..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

Romance is in the Air for Ravens

Posted by Hannah Irwin on Feb 13, 2017 1:28:31 AM
“Romantic” and “affectionate” are not typically terms used to describe ravens, which are commonly associated with mystery and death. However, as we learn more about the lives of these intelligent..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

These ‘Bird Brains’ Are Anything But!

Posted by Walking Mountains on Oct 3, 2016 2:05:51 AM
A local high-mountain dweller has evolved an ingenious way to beat the empty belly blues during long Colorado winters. It’s the Clark’s Nutcracker: a tiny-brained individual bird in the jay family..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

Swallow Your Pride: About the Swallow bird in Colorado

Posted by Walking Mountains on Aug 29, 2016 2:15:17 AM
Throughout the spring and summer, you may see Swallows darting and sailing overhead while singing out their favorite songs. The beauty of their flight and harmonious sounds are a treasure in the..
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Topics: Curious Nature, Birding

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