Slides from the talks and links with further information are now on the website! Please visit the program notes for the March 18th ecosymposium to refresh your memory about the talks or to follow-up on projects highlighted at the symposium.
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
BCNA has always prided itself on basing recommendations for ecosystem management on scientific evidence. On Earth Day, April 22nd, is the March for Science. Marches will be held across the country, including Denver. The March for Science mission statement is, "The March for Science champions publicly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest."
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!
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.