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

Curious Nature

Little Brown Birds: Pine siskin, Dark-eyed Junco & the House Sparrow

Posted by Walking Mountains on May 9, 2016 2:46:38 AM
Birding is a great hobby that everyone can take part in, but most birders (myself included) tend to be drawn to the flashy or colorful species because they can be easier to identify, and they seem..
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Migration Madness: Swainson’s Hawk, Rufous Hummingbird, Warblers, Red-naped Sap Sucker

Posted by Walking Mountains on Mar 21, 2016 1:56:54 AM
Winter is on its way out and spring is on its way in! It’s time for budding aspens, rushing rivers, bare feet, and clear highway conditions. This time of year can go by in the blink of an eye, and..
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Crazy Corvids

Posted by Walking Mountains on Mar 7, 2016 1:49:47 AM
As a naturalist up at the Nature Discovery Center on Vail Mountain, I am commonly asked about the large black and white bird they see hopping around town. Perhaps to a local, this bird has lost..
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Food for Thought: What to Feed Birds in the Winter

Posted by Walking Mountains on Nov 30, 2015 1:48:46 AM
Winter oh winter, you’re almost here, let’s raise up our glasses for a frosty Colorado cheer! We cheer to skiing, mittens, cocoa and more, but one more thing we cannot ignore…. Our birds that stay..
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Birding, Listing, and Embracing Your Inner Nature Nerd

Posted by Walking Mountains on Nov 23, 2015 1:33:21 AM
As years go by, birding, or bird watching as a hobby, is becoming more familiar and popular among the non-birding world. In fact, what some might formerly have considered to be a “nerdy” hobby,..
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Baby Birds in Colorado

Posted by Walking Mountains on Jun 1, 2015 4:53:45 PM
Spring in Colorado is here and I am sure most of you would agree that it doesn’t seem as though summer is right around the corner! Despite the gloomy, rainy weather, this is the time of year when..
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Migration Madness: The Rufus Hummingbird in Colorado

Posted by Walking Mountains on May 25, 2015 9:54:06 AM
Migration is one of the key strategies animals use to cope with Colorado’s harsh winters. When we think of animals that migrate, many of us think of flying creatures. The return of the..
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Northern Flicker: An Exception to the Rule

Posted by Walking Mountains on May 11, 2015 4:30:56 PM
If you have heard the drumming in the past month or seen the swooping flight of this brown and red woodpecker, you know it’s true: the Northern Flicker has returned to the Vail Valley! Northern..
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Reintroduction of the Canada Goose

Posted by Walking Mountains on Mar 23, 2015 9:30:01 AM
HONK HONK HONK! Is it a car? Is it a bus? Nope, it’s just the famous horn of the Canada Goose. This familiar loud honk may be considered just as annoying as that of any automobile, but it should..
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Bird Songs in Vail

Posted by Walking Mountains Science Center on Mar 2, 2015 1:02:42 PM
There are many beautiful aspects of winter. Some love the blanket of white strewn across the mountains. Others enjoy recreation that celebrates the unique qualities of snow. I think the part I..
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Believing the Benefits of Birdsong

Posted by Walking Mountains on Feb 25, 2014 1:00:03 PM
Have you ever stopped to think of the importance of birdsong? Humans are cued in to bird calls more than you might realize. We know that when we hear a chorus of birdsong as we hike, we are..
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A Robin Revolution in Vail Colorado!

Posted by Jaymee Squires on Feb 12, 2014 10:26:10 AM
If you’ve noticed a lot of robins around this winter, you’re not alone. Journey North, an online network where citizen scientists report bird activity, has had more than 400 reports of unusual..
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