November 2015 Hikes and Programs


Whoo are the Owls?

Thursday, November 5, 7-8:30 p.m.

Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street, Louisville

Owls have been regarded with fascination throughout history. Over half of the owls recorded in the U.S. have been seen in Boulder County. Join volunteer naturalists to explore these creatures and learn about the adaptations that make them such expert hunters.



Wildlife and Winter Hike

Saturday, November 7, 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 for an easy one-mile hike to learn about the many ways that animals prepare for and survive winter in the high country. We’ll talk about various wintering strategies including migration, hibernation, and other adaptations and look for signs of wildlife activity, including tracks, scat, and browse marks on trees and shrubs.


Snoods and Caruncles—Wild Turkeys of Boulder County

Saturday, November 14, 10-11:30 a.m.

Sandstone Ranch Open Space, the Visitor Center is located south of Highway 119, one mile east of Weld County Road 1. Take the east entrance to the Sandstone Ranch area, turning south on Sandstone Drive. Follow signs to the Visitor Center.

Did you know there are wild turkeys in Boulder County? Join volunteer naturalists to learn about the identification, ecology, and behavior of these iconic birds. Also, find out why Benjamin Franklin thought the wild turkey should be our national bird instead of the bald eagle!


Birds of Prey Slide Program

Tuesday, November 17, 7-8:30 p.m.

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

Join volunteer naturalists and learn how to recognize birds of prey in the skies above Boulder County. During this slide presentation, you’ll learn how to distinguish between different raptors by identifying field marks, behavior, location, and time of year. You will also learn about the habitat requirements and ecology of these magnificent birds.


Nature Hike for Seniors

Thursday, November 19, 10 a.m. – noon

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

Boulder County Parks and Open Space hosts a nature hike for seniors every month.


Birds of Prey Driving Tour

Saturday, November 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 Boulder County’s best areas to view birds of prey, or raptors. We will carpool from our meeting place and search for raptors, learn about habitat, and work on identification skills. Please bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. The tour is geared to adults and older children. Register by contacting Larry Colbenson at, or 303-678-6214 by Thursday, November 19.



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 at

303-678-6214 or

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