Colorado Birding Adventures is focused on providing a comfortable and enjoyable birding experience for birders of any level. Colorado's scenery AND bird life are equally spectacular and our friendly, relaxed, and knowledgeable approach to field trips will make sure your birding adventure is productive and memorable.
Our trips are led by Carl Bendorf, a native Iowan and recent Colorado transplant, who is a national leader in helping young birders, families, and individuals discover the joys and benefits of birding. Carl is an experienced birding guide, past president of the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union and a current member of the American Birding Association Board of Directors.
Carl encountered his spark bird at age 12 when he rigged a toy parabolic reflector to a small reel-to-reel tape recorder and captured the song of an Eastern Bluebird near his home in small-town Iowa. You can read Carl's post "Of Spark Birds AND People" on the American Birding Association blog.
In 2011, Carl founded Iowa Young Birders and served as Executive Director until 2015 and remains a member of the board. In 2015, Carl shared his passion for encouraging new birders in Iowa Young Birders: Story of a Startup, published by the American Birding Association.
In July 2016, Carl volunteered to work with Iowa Young Birders to guide field trips for a special family weekend birding event for 25 young birders, parents and grandparents in Colorado. You can read the report on that trip here.
In 2015, Carl and his wife, Linda (Director of Blue Sage Writing) moved to the Front Range.