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.
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.
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.
Boulder County continues to work on recovery from the flooding of September, 2013. Building more resilient infrastructure and ecosystems are overarching goals as the County, cities, and other stakeholder groups work on plans to identify and recommend projects to restore and stabilize the watershed. There are separate groups working in each of the following watersheds:
A BCNA member is on the St. Vrain Creek Coalition as the conservation representative.
If you wish to get emails about the progress of the various projects, you can sign up with Boulder County.
Next BCNA board meeting: Wednesday, January 11th, 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.
Bioneers conference: Bioneers, an international gathering of leading innovators and visionaries who offer practical solutions to the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time, are holding a conference, Front Range Eco-Social Solutions, at the University of Colorado on February 3-4, 2017.