March Hikes and Programs

 

Birds of Prey Driving Tour

Saturday, March 7; 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. We will carpool from meeting place searching for raptors, learning about habitat, and working on our observation and identification skills. Participants should bring lunch, drinking water, binoculars, a spotting scope, and a bird field guide if you have them. The tour is geared for adults and older children. Register by emailing lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org, or by calling 303-678-6214 by the Thursday before the tour.

 

 

The Hidden World of Bird Nests

Saturday, March 14; 10 a.m.-noon

Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat; 75th Street between Valmont Road and Jay Road (meet at the group picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)

Bird nests range from a scrape on the ground to intricately woven hanging nests. Join volunteer naturalists for an easy end of winter walk in search of some of these diverse structures created by amazing avian architects. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them.

 

 

On the Wing: A Birds-Eye View of Boulder County Weather

Tuesday, March 17; 7-8:30 p.m.

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

Join volunteer naturalist Phil Ecklund for a look at Boulder County’s unique weather from the perspective of a glider pilot. From soaring thunderheads to “flying saucer” clouds, the weather is anything but predictable along the Front Range of Colorado. Phil will share his years of experience in observing and flying through Colorado’s changeable weather with in-flight and time-lapse images.

 

 

Spring Has Sprung!

Saturday, March 21; 10 a.m.-noon

Heil Valley Ranch Open Space (south trailhead); north of Boulder off Lefthand Canyon Drive; meet at group picnic shelter

What’s blooming? Who’s singing? Who’s having babies? Join volunteer naturalists on a leisurely 2-mile hike and celebrate the beginning of spring by looking and listening for signs of new life along the trail. Learn the importance of the sun at equinox in linking and timing these vibrant displays of new beginnings.

 

 

Birds of Prey Driving Tour

Saturday, March 7; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, March 21; 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. We will carpool from meeting place searching for raptors, learning about habitat, and working on our observation and identification skills. Participants should bring lunch, drinking water, binoculars, a spotting scope, and a bird field guide if you have them. The tour is geared for adults and older children. Register by emailing lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org, or by calling 303-678-6214 by the Thursday before the tour.

 

 

Whoo are the Owls?

Monday, March 23; 7-8:30 p.m.

Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street, Louisville

Owls have been regarded with fascination and awe throughout recorded history and across many cultures. Over half of the owls recorded in the U.S. have been seen in Boulder County, and most of those owls nest here. Join volunteer naturalists to explore these fascinating and diverse creatures, and learn about the adaptations that make them such expert hunters.

 

 

Hike for Seniors

Thursday, March 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat (meet at the picnic shelter at Cottonwood Marsh)

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.

 

 

Spring Awakening — Bears in our Backyard

Saturday, March 28; 10-11:30 a.m.

Betasso Preserve; Boulder Canyon (Highway 119) to Sugarloaf Road; follow signs to Betasso Preserve; meet at group picnic shelter

Black bears are part of our landscape.  In spring, as daylight hours grow and temperatures warm, bears and their cubs emerge from winter dens. Join volunteer naturalists to explore how bears survive the winter and become active again in the spring. We’ll also learn how to live safely in bear country.

 

For information about these programs or to arrange a volunteer-led program for your group please contact:

Larry Colbenson, Natural History Program Coordinator, Boulder County Parks and Open Space

303-678-6214 or lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org

 

 

Visit the Agricultural Heritage Center

8348 Ute Highway 66 west of Longmont

Open to the public the first Saturday of each month November through March from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with tours starting at 11:00am. Groups may make special arrangements for tours.

Learn about the rich agricultural history of Boulder County. This site gives special focus to the years 1900 to 1925 when local families prospered as farmers and witnessed the coming of the Modern Age. The farm includes two barns, an outhouse, a milk house, a blacksmith shop, and a 1909 farmhouse furnished with items from the 1910s. There are also animals on site seasonally including chickens, pigs, and others.

For more information, call 303-776-8688 or send e-mail to jdrew@bouldercounty.org.

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