Nature Detectives in the Field: Twinkle, Twinkle, BIG Star

Friday January 8, 5-6:30 p.m.
Meeting location will be provided to registered participants
Explore our galaxy with hands-on activities and demonstrations. Join naturalists Deborah Price and Katherine Young to learn why stars twinkle, how big and far away things really are in space, find a few constellations, and view the evening sky through telescopes. This program is for elementary-age children accompanied by an adult. Register by calling 303-678-6215, or emailing dprice@bouldercounty.org by Wednesday, January 6.

 

Prairie Winter Hike

Saturday January 9, 10 a.m.-noon
Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm; Stearns Lake Trailhead
Learn how grassland and wetland wildlife respond and adapt to winter on the prairie along the Colorado Front Range. Volunteer naturalists will lead this easy walk to explore and learn about the different winter strategies employed by wildlife that migrate through or live year-round in prairie ecosystems of Boulder County.

 

Birds of Prey Slide Show

Wednesday January 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
Registration is limited; meeting location will be provided to registered participants.
Learn how to recognize birds of prey, or raptors — hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls — in the winter skies above Boulder County. During this slide presentation, you’ll observe and learn how to distinguish between different raptors by identifying common field marks. You will also learn about the habitat requirements, behavior, and ecology of these magnificent birds.

 

Birds of Prey Driving Tour

Saturday January 16, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Registration is limited; meeting location will be provided to registered participants.
Join volunteer naturalists for a driving tour of some of Boulder County’s best areas to view birds of prey, or raptors. We will carpool from our meeting place, searching for raptors, learning about habitat and behavior, and working on our observation and identification skills. Bring water, a snack, binoculars, spotting scopes, and a bird field guide if you have them. Older children are welcome. Register by calling 303-678-6214, or emailing lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org no later than the Thursday before the scheduled Saturday tour.

 

I Spy Wildlife in Winter

Tuesday January 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Longmont Public Library, Meeting Rooms A & B, 4th Avenue and Emery Street
Join volunteer naturalists to explore the many ways that wild animals survive winter. At this indoor program, we’ll learn about animals that hibernate, migrate, and are active during winter. We will also have hands-on wildlife resources and look for signs of wildlife in winter, including tracks, scat, nests, and more. This program is for elementary-age children accompanied by an adult. Younger siblings are welcome.

 

High Country Winter Ecology Hike

Saturday January 23, 10 a.m.-noon
Mud Lake Open Space; 2 miles north of Nederland on County Road 126; meet at parking lot kiosk
Join volunteer naturalists on a winter hike to explore the properties of snow, and learn how plants and animals adapt to life in the cold. Ski or hiking poles are recommended due to possible icy trail conditions.

 

Winter Heritage Day at the Walker Ranch Homestead

Sunday January 24, 1-3 p.m.
Walker Ranch Homestead; 8999 Flagstaff Road, approximately 7 miles west of Boulder on Flagstaff Road
Pioneer settlers had a lot to do preparing for and surviving Colorado’s long winters. Learn about typical winter chores when you explore the Walker Ranch Homestead. See a working demonstration in the blacksmith shop and smell food being prepared on the woodstove. Be prepared for cold, windy weather, and to walk in snow. For more information, contact Sheryl Kippen at skippen@bouldercounty.org or 303-776-8848. Please note: Dogs are not permitted at the site.

 

Nature Hike for Seniors

Thursday January 28, 10 a.m.-noon
Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm (Meet at the Stearns Lake Trailhead)
Enjoy a nature hike for seniors every month. Programs include information about an area’s history, wildlife and current resource management projects. No registration is necessary, however please call 303-678-6214 in advance if you plan to bring a group so we have enough naturalists at the program.

 

Birds of Prey Driving Tour

Saturday January 30, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (extended tour)
Registration is limited; meeting location will be provided to registered participants.
Join volunteer naturalists for a driving tour of some of Boulder County’s best areas to view birds of prey, or raptors. We will carpool from our meeting place, searching for raptors, learning about habitat and behavior, and working on our observation and identification skills. Bring water, a snack, binoculars, spotting scopes, and a bird field guide if you have them. Older children are welcome. Register by calling 303-678-6214, or emailing lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org no later than the Thursday before the scheduled Saturday tour.