Heather Swanson, a senior wildlife ecologist with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, will teach Little Dogs of the Prairie on June 8th and 10th. Few species elicit intense emotions from us like prairie dogs. Love them or hate them, we share a long, complicated history. These fascinating rodents have an intricate social system and complex relationships with many other species. Our native prairie and many of its plants and animals depend on these charismatic little burrowers. We ’ll learn the biology, behavior, and ecological importance of these small ground squirrels, as well as many species that share close ecological relationships with them. We will also explore the complexity of our coexistence with them, especially along the urban Front Range.
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, May 3rd, at 6 pm. Boulder Open Space offices, Cherryvale Road
NOTE: Board meetings have been changed to 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.
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.