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tional air travel arrangements from your home and return. Please feel free to call the VENT office to confirm your air arrangements.
COLORADO HABITAT STAMP REQUIREMENT: The state of Colorado recently implemented a conser- vation program which requires individuals between the ages of 18 and 65 to obtain and be prepared to present a Colorado Habitat Stamp in order to enter designated state wildlife areas and state trust lands. IMPORTANT: Since we will visit several of these areas, each tour participant within this age group must acquire this stamp prior to and carry it during the tour. Since these stamps will not be available for purchase upon entry at state wildlife areas and state trust lands, not having one would result in significant inconvenience for the group. These are available for purchase from the Colorado Division of Wildlife by phone (800-244-5613), via their website (http://wildlife.state.co.us/ShopDOW/AppsAndLicenses/HabitatStamp/) or at certain hunting and fishing stores. As of July 2008, the cost is $10.25 per person.
BAGGAGE: As space in the vehicles is limited, please restrict your luggage to one medium-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag.
CLIMATE: Temperatures will range from very warm in the lowland prairies to very cold in the mountains. Daytime highs in the plains could reach the mid 80s, while nighttime lows in the mountains may dip into the 20s. Temperatures ranging from the low 30s to mid 60s would be closer to the norm. Wintry storms are not un- common in Colorado in April, so be prepared.
CLOTHING: We suggest lightweight field clothing, a warm jacket (possibly down), thermal underwear, hat, and gloves. You should bring a comfortable pair of walking shoes or hiking boots and a second pair of light shoes. Dress will be casual throughout. Sitting in vans on the leks in pre-dawn darkness can at times be chilly, so be prepared with layers of warm clothing.
EQUIPMENT: Pack a pair of binoculars in good repair, along with a belt pack or day pack (good for carrying books, sunscreen, extra film or digital storage media, etc.). As a precaution, it is a good idea to pack your bin- oculars, a change of clothing, toiletry items, medications, and travel documents in your airline carry-on bag. Your leaders will have a spotting scope; but if you have one and wish to bring it, please feel free to do so. Other items should include an alarm clock, as well as a good flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries.
If you are taking prescription medication or over-the-counter medicine, be sure to bring an ample supply that will allow you to get through the tour safely. Please consult your physician as necessary. Remember to pack all medication in your carry-on baggage, preferably in original containers or packaging. As airline baggage restric- tions can change without warning, please check with your airline for procedures for packing medication.
As standard travel precautions, you should always be up to date with tetanus shots, and strongly consider inocu- lations against Hepatitis types A and B.
In addition to your physician, a good source of general health information for travelers is the U.S. Centers for
Travelers’ Information Line (877) FYI-TRIP. You can check the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/travel. Canadian citizens should check the website of the Public Health Agency of Canada: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/new_e.html (click on travel health).
SUGGESTED READING: Our website at www.ventbird.com offers an affiliated online store that carries a wide variety of items for birding and nature lovers, including over 6,000 books. A portion of the sales from the store benefits the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. You might also want to visit such other online stores as www.amazon.com, and for those out-of-print and hard-to-find titles, www.abebooks.com, or www.buteobooks.com, which specializes in ornithology books.