Jennifer Frazer will lead class participants on a search for some of the thousands of species of mushrooms that lurk in the woods and yards of Colorado. This class will cover basic mushroom biology, important mushroom toxins, Common Colorado mushrooms, how mushrooms make a living and how to recognize major mushroom families. We’ll also learn how to make beautiful spore prints that can be vital to identification. In the field you get hands-on experience finding and identifying mushrooms, learn how not to get lost on forays, and be trained in the uncommon art of the mushroom Hoot.
More information about BCNA classes.
Rabbit Mountain Elk Management Plan Public comments are being accepted on a proposed plan that will allow limited hunting at Rabbit Mountain Open Space. For more information: Boulder County proposed management plan; Daily Camera article on proposed elk management plan
Southwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Colorado Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation will hold a joint annual meeting in Denver on June 1-4. Save the date!Volunteer opportunities for those interested in the local natural world:
Coming in late April: a new volunteer opportunity to help catalog photos caught on wildlife cameras in Boulder County. This project will be hosted by the Zooniverse Project.
The new classes for 2017 have just been announced, and they are exciting! We are offering a wide range of topics this year, from gulls to grasslands, hummingbirds to pollinators, prairie dogs to hungry birds, and Front Range geology to mushrooms. After reading about the classes this coming year, you can read BCNA class policies and sign up for the ones that interest you.
Next BCNA board meeting: Wednesday, July 5th, at 6 pm. Boulder Open Space offices, Cherryvale Road
NOTE: Board meetings are generally the first Wednesday of odd numbered months at 6 pm.
Classes: The Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute in Rocky Mountain National Park offers a broad array of outdoor classes on a broad range of topics including fly fishing , butterflies and bugs, plants, wildlife, geology, hikes with naturalists, and photography. Boulder Audubon Society has field trips planned throughout migration and after. There are many classes for children at the Thorne Nature Experience and the Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center in Nederland. City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks has regular, free nature programs and hikes as does Boulder County.
Nature-Net subscription information.
Listen to Scott Severs and Ruth Carol Cushman as they walk along the White Rocks trail searching for bright sparks or jewels, otherwise known as tiger beetles. in the the KGNU Nature Almanac for July. They also talk about some fascinating facts about tiger beetles.
These short nature almanacs are broadcast on KGNU Radio, 88.5 FM, 1390 AM on the first Friday of every month at 8:06 am. BCNA maintains an index to all the previous nature almanacs.
Photo of a tiger beetle by Scott Severs.
Have you been noticing amid the lush spring greens and flowers the numerous multicolored butterflies? To help you identify these butterflies and learn more about each type of butterfly that lives on Colorado's Front Range, BCNA has worked with Cathy Cook to update Butterflies of the Colorado Front Range, a website developed by Cathy Cook, Joe Kreig, and Donn Cook. Jeff Danielsen of FloydDogDesign re-designed the website for WordPress and moved it from its home for the last decade to BCNA. Please visit the site and see all that is there: http://coloradofrontrangebutterflies.com/
We look forward to working with all of you to add pictures and information to the site as we continue to improve it.