Durango High School student leads birding’s next generation

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Durango High School student leads birding’s next generation

Martin Cuntz to give bird-watching tour for ages 12 to 17
The movie “The Big Year” inspired Martin Cuntz to take up bird-watching. On May 14, the 15-year-old freshman at Durango High School will lead a birding tour for teens at the Mesa Verde Ute Mountain Birding Festival.
Courtesy of Cuntz family

For the past four years, Martin Cuntz, a member of the Durango Bird Club, has volunteered for the bird-banding project at Oxbow Preserve, which seeks to help understand populations and habitats of birds using the nature preserve. On May 14, the 15-year-old Cuntz will lead a birding tour for teens at the Mesa Verde Ute Mountain Birding Festival.
Baby grey horned owls and their mother, mostly hidden in the middle, were spotted during the Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival in 2016. On May 14, Martin Cuntz, a 15-year-old freshman at Durango High School, will lead the first birding tour specifically for teens.
A red tail hawk passes by the Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival raptor tour in 2016. On May 14, Martin Cuntz, a 15-year-old freshman at Durango High School, will lead the first birding tour for specifically for teens.
A bright orange Bullock’s oriole was spotted during the Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival. On May 14, Martin Cuntz, a 15-year-old freshman at Durango High School, will lead the first birding tour for specifically for teens.

Durango High School student leads birding’s next generation

The movie “The Big Year” inspired Martin Cuntz to take up bird-watching. On May 14, the 15-year-old freshman at Durango High School will lead a birding tour for teens at the Mesa Verde Ute Mountain Birding Festival.
Courtesy of Cuntz family

For the past four years, Martin Cuntz, a member of the Durango Bird Club, has volunteered for the bird-banding project at Oxbow Preserve, which seeks to help understand populations and habitats of birds using the nature preserve. On May 14, the 15-year-old Cuntz will lead a birding tour for teens at the Mesa Verde Ute Mountain Birding Festival.
Baby grey horned owls and their mother, mostly hidden in the middle, were spotted during the Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival in 2016. On May 14, Martin Cuntz, a 15-year-old freshman at Durango High School, will lead the first birding tour specifically for teens.
A red tail hawk passes by the Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival raptor tour in 2016. On May 14, Martin Cuntz, a 15-year-old freshman at Durango High School, will lead the first birding tour for specifically for teens.
A bright orange Bullock’s oriole was spotted during the Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival. On May 14, Martin Cuntz, a 15-year-old freshman at Durango High School, will lead the first birding tour for specifically for teens.
If you go

The 13th annual Ute Mountain-Mesa Verde Birding Festival will be held May 10-14. Hosted by the Cortez Cultural Center, the festival attracts regional wildlife specialists who volunteer as tour guides and guest lecturers.
For more information about the festival and a schedule of events, visit http://cortezculturalcenter.org/birding-festival.

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