February Hikes and Events

Birds of Prey Driving Tour

Saturday, February 7 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, February 21 – 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, lunch or 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 each scheduled Saturday tour.

 

Signs of Life – Wildlife in Winter Hike

Sunday, February 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Caribou Ranch Open Space, 2 miles north of Nederland on County Road 126, meet at parking lot kiosk

Join volunteer naturalists for a hike in the high country to learn how wildlife survives winter. We’ll talk about hibernation, dormancy, migration, and strategies for animals that are active all winter long. We will also look for signs of wildlife activity, including tracks, scat, and browse marks on trees. Be prepared for a slow-paced hike of about 2 miles. Ski or hiking poles are also recommended due to icy trail conditions.

 

Birds of Prey Slide Show

Thursday, February 12, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Lafayette Public Library, 775 west Baseline Road, Lafayette

Learn how to recognize birds of prey, — hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls — in the winter skies. During this slide presentation, you’ll 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.

 

Trickster Tales

Saturday, February 14, 10 a.m.-noon

Carolyn Holmberg Preserve at Rock Creek Farm, Stearns Lake Trailhead, South 104th Street, ½ mile south of Dillon Road, Louisville

Coyotes live throughout most of North America and coyote tales are found in many native cultures. Join volunteer naturalists for a moderate 2-mile hike to learn more about this clever, adaptable character.

 

Where the Wild Things Live!

Wednesday, February 18, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Longmont Public Library, 4th Avenue and Emery Street, Longmont, Meeting Rooms A & B

Wild animals live everywhere! Come join volunteer naturalists and hike across a HUGE map of Boulder County, from the grassy plains to the highest peaks, looking for signs of wildlife. Everyone will be a nature detective and help discover where different animals find the food, water, shelter, and space they need to survive. This program is for preschool to early elementary-age children accompanied by an adult.

 

The Crusty Rocks of Rabbit Mountain

Saturday, February 21; 9:30 a.m.-noon

Rabbit Mountain Open Space; NE of Lyons on north 55th Street; meet at group picnic shelter

Join volunteer naturalists Megan Bowes, Roger Myers, and Linda Boley for a moderate 2-mile hike to discover the geology and lichens of Rabbit Mountain. We’ll learn about the unique location and orientation of the rock layers, as well as what lichens are made of and how the sandstone and other resistant rocks support their growth.

 

Birds of Prey Driving Tour

Saturday, February 21; 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, lunch or 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 each scheduled Saturday tour.

 

Nature Hike for Seniors

February 26, 10 a.m. – noon

Hall Ranch Open Space (Meet at the group picnic shelter near the upper parking lot)

The last Thursday of every month, Boulder County Parks and Open Space hosts a nature hike for seniors at a county park. Programs include information about an area’s history, wildlife and current resource management projects, unless specified otherwise. NO REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY. For more information and directions to open space properties, please call 303-678-6214.

 

Junior Ranger Adventures

Saturday, February 28; 11 am.-1 p.m.

Mud Lake Open Space; 2 miles north of Nederland on County Road 126; meet at parking lot kiosk

Calling all Junior Rangers! Have you ever wondered what rangers do when the snow arrives? Just like wildlife, a ranger stays busy during the wintertime. Join us for a day of winter fun as you learn what it takes for rangers and their forest friends to thrive during the winter months. The Boulder County Parks and Open Space Rangers will also have a fire and s’more building station for you to make a toasty treat.

Junior Ranger Adventures is perfect for kids aged 6-12, but all family members are welcome. A parent or guardian must be present. Pre-registration is required. To register, please visit www.bouldercountyopenspace.org/register.

Be prepared for the winter weather by wearing warm clothing, boots, hat and gloves. Sunscreen, water and snacks are also recommended. Contact Ranger Erin Hartnett at 720-352-7041 or ehartnett@bouldercounty.org for more information.

Previous articleLife-Skills Cooking 101: Six Steps to Teaching This Key Skill to Those with Special Needs
Next articleThe Shortlist: 5 Things to Do in Boulder from 2/19-2/22