In August 2015 Bill Schmoker embarked on the US Arctic GEOTRACES Expedition as a PolarTREC teacher. For 65 days, this polar icebreaker was home to the Coast Guard crew, 49 scientists, and Bill as they transited the Bering and Chukchi Seas en route to deep water basins of the Arctic Ocean and ultimately the Geographic North Pole. Join us to hear Bill recount his unusual birding and wildlife encounters, as well as the natural phenomena he experienced curing this cutting-edge physical geography expedition.
We will also have a potluck dinner. Please bring a main dish, side dish, salad or dessert to share. Also, bring your own drinks, table service and utensils.
The new classes for 2017 have just been announced, and they are exciting! We are offering a wide range of topics this year, from gulls to grasslands, hummingbirds to pollinators, prairie dogs to hungry birds, and Front Range geology to mushrooms. After reading about the classes this coming year, you can read BCNA class policies and sign up for the ones that interest you.
Next BCNA board meeting: Wednesday, March 1st, at 6 pm. Boulder Open Space offices, Cherryvale Road
NOTE: Board meetings have been changed to 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.
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.
Join us for an exciting day delving into Citizen Science. Is it really science? How do we set up projects to get useful information and to give all participants a rewarding experience? Come hear Dr. Waleed Abdelati, director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and professor of geography at the University of Colorado Boulder, talk about Citizens and Science: The Power of Personal Perspective. Chris Wood, the Assistant Director of Information Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will talk about eBird and the Elephant's Child. Steve Jones, Sue Cass and Michelle Durant will bring us up-to-date on local citizen science projects. And in the afternoon, a panel led by Dr. Greg Newman, founder and director of CitSci.org and a research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, will lead a panel discussion on ways to maximize the value of local citizen science projects.
During the lunch break, you will have time to talk to people managing various citizen science projects.
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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.