Listen to Ruth Carol Cushman and Scott Severs in the KGNU Nature Almanac for October as they talk about the current unusual eruption of painted ladies, which may be the result of a big year for them in our area and across the west. You can submit sighting and get more information about red admiral and painted lady butterflies at the University of Iowa reporting site. To get an idea of the extent of the migration this year, look at the pictures of a 110-mile blob observed on weather radar above Denver.
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.
New BCNA classes for 2018 will be announced shortly! To see the types of classes offered by BCNA, please look at the class offering for 2017 and 2016. If you would like to help plan classes for 2018, please contact BCNA using the contact form link at the bottom of the page.
Next BCNA board meeting: Wednesday, November 1st, 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 is BCNA's email forum for announcements of classes and trips and discussions of many topics relating to Boulder County's natural environment. Nature-Net subscription information.
Windy.com is an interactive site that shows global weather patterns. You can watch wind, temperature, clouds, waves, pressure patterns changing over a ten-day period at a global to local scale. The patterns are fascinating!
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.
Coming soon: a new volunteer opportunity to help catalog photos caught on wildlife cameras in Boulder County. This project will be hosted by the Zooniverse Project.