Mesa trail after the flood
Last fall's floods moved rocks and carried away vegetation along the hogbacks and steep slopes in the Boulder area. Listen to this month's program, December Flood Streambed, on KGNU as Steve Jones and Ruth Carol Cushman talk about the changes since then along Shanahan Ridge. KGNU features a short program with Steve Jones and Ruth Carol Cushman on the first Friday of every month. For each program, they visit a Boulder County nature site to record sounds there and discuss topics of interest. They are also the authors of Wild Boulder County: A Seasonal Guide to the Natural World.

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Upcoming Events

December seasonal events

Sunday, December 14th: 73rd Boulder Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Beginners are welcome to join teams on the CBC, following the leaders around and contributing their spotting skills, if not their identification skills. More experienced folks are urged to join and lead a small crew to cover an area within the circle. Anything can happen (both weather and wildlife) and it usually does. If you prefer, you can also stay at home and count at your feeder, while sipping mulled wine and munching toasties. Following a day in the field (for most of us), we celebrate together with a warm and jolly compilation supper --- some provided and some pot-lucked. If you participated in 2013, you will be contacted by your circle leader with details. If this is your first count contact Bill Schmoker (, the count organizer, and he will direct you to a group you can join. Check out why this count is not only fun but important for conservation:

Coming mid-December: Winter and spring class announcements

Watch for the schedule and registration procedures in the upcoming December newsletter.

Sunday, December 21st, 7 am, Winter Solstice Celebration Hike.
Note change in date and time from the newsletter.

One of Audubon’s most cherished chapter traditions is the annual Solstice Hike with Boulder County Nature Association. We gather at the White Rocks trailhead (on south side of Valmont east of 75th St.), and after greeting and meeting with many puffs of frosty air, we walk down to the creek crossing to view the sunrise, admire whatever winter is bringing our way, and share readings, poetry and a song or two. Warm up afterwards with breakfast in Niwot. Let Steve know if you are coming in order to advise the restaurant. Steve Jones, 303-494-2468.

Saturday, February 7, 2015: Grant proposals for BCNA grants due. See the REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS.

Sunday, March 1: Winter Tree and Shrub ID hike, 9:00-11:30 at OSMP's Enchanted Mesa/McClintock Trailhead (just south of Chautauqua Auditorium, at end of 12th St.)

Join Megan Bowes on a hike to closely examine woody plants—without their more readily identifiable leaves and flowers! We will focus on the structure of buds, twigs and bark that are visible during the winter and uncover any supplementary characteristics like seeds, fruit, nuts or dried leaves that may persist on the plant or on the ground beneath. To register, contact Megan Bowes at 303-561-4883 or

Saturday, March 14, 2015: BCNA Ecosystem Symposium -- “Recovery and Resiliency!  Preparing for the Future”

The 2015 Boulder County Ecosymposium will be held on Saturday, March 14 between 9 am and 2:30 pm at the Boulder County Parks and Open Space offices (5201 St Vrain Rd in Longmont). As usual, registration will begin at 8:30 and a complimentary lunch will be provided. Donations will be accepted in support of BCNA’s Research Grants program. Following on the heels of the last Ecosymposium which examined extinctions and species in peril, the 2015 symposium will feature success stories of species recovery and habitat restoration. Come learn about Colorado’s lynx reintroduction program, the change in bald eagle populations, the conservation of greenback cutthroat trout, Front Range grassland restoration and much more. The Boulder County Ecosymposium is supported by BCNA, Boulder Audubon, the Colorado Native Plant Society, and city and county open space departments. Contact Megan Bowes at or 303-561-4883 with questions.

For more events, please see the listing in the Newsletter.


Just in time for winter book readers and gift givers!

Ann's Cooper's exquisite guide to Colorado Front Range dragonflies, along with our new CD, Sandhills Serenade, are now available at the Boulder Wild Bird Center on the west side of 28th St. between Canyon and Arapahoe. You can also purchase BCNA field guides at Boulder's Harlequin's Gardens; Wild Bear Science Center, in Nederland; Wild Birds Unlimited, in Arvada and Denver; the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster; Front Range Birding Company in Littleton; McDonald’s Bookshop in Estes Park; and other discerning retailers in our area.

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