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.
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. North Trail Study Area Draft Plan by the City of Boulder
The City of Boulder has released the North Trail Study Area Draft Plan based on hearings and direction from the Open Space Board of Trustees. The plan does include a trail through the HCA west of Highway 36. This plan must still go before the Boulder City Council for final approval. Please watch the City website for announcements of upcoming hearings or sign up to be notified of these hearings.
We are offering nine fascinating classes for 2016!
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.
Listen to Ruth Carol Cushman and Steve Jones as they walk up Skunk Canyon in late April snow looking for early early migrating birds on KGNU Nature Almanac for May. These short nature almanacs are broadcast on KGNU Radio, 88.5 FM, 1390 AM on the first Friday of every month at 8:06 am. Photo of ruby-throated hummingbird in Skunk Canyon.
Next BCNA board meeting: Tentatively scheduled for July 10th
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. The Colorado Native Plant Society Summer Field Seminars Catalogue for 2016 includes classes on plant identification, designing gardens, pollinators, dendrochronology and more. 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.
If you missed some of the talks or want to look up information, we have it all! There are pdfs and videos on youtube of the talks here for you!