- Our celebration of the #YearOfTheBird
wraps up with the annual Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 29! Birders of all skill levels will go out in groups to document our feathered friends wintering in the forests and grasslands of Great Sand Dunes NPP. To participate in this free event, visit our News page:
This recent photo of a female white-breasted nuthatch shows that birds don't have to be large or showy to be beautiful. Nuthatches forage in winter for hidden insects or tasty berries such as wild rose hip (pictured) that are high in vitamin C.
Through our birding events, hikes, and posts this year, we've discovered that the 250 species of birds at Great Sand Dunes are incredibly diverse and fascinating. Nature would not be complete without them. Birds bring our ecosystems to life with their songs, courtship dances, antics, feather designs, and phenomenal adaptations to extreme conditions. Take time on your next visit to discover some of the birds that thrive here, from wetlands to forests to alpine tundra!
All the bird photos posted this year, and popular Great Sand Dunes landscape photos, are available for free viewing and downloading on the park's Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/greatsanddunesnpp
Photo: NPS/Patrick Myers
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