There's a story where the foothills meet the plains. You can read it in the landscape, if you know what you are seeing. Let an expert, Dr. Pete Palmer, show you the evidence that unlocks this story. You'll learn about the pieces of our local geologic history, and how to use them to interpret other regions as well. We'll discuss the meaning of "deep time," and travel from the black shales and fossiliferous limestone near Neva Road to the ancient granite in El Dorado Canyon. Touch an unconformity where 1.5 billion years of strata have gone missing, and see a 60-million-year-old oyster reef.
More information about BCNA classes.
Coming soon: a new volunteer opportunity to help catalog photos caught on wildlife cameras in Boulder County. This project will be hosted by the Zooniverse Project.
Take a look at the BCNA classes for fall. We offered 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, September 6th, at 6 pm. Boulder Open Space offices, Cherryvale Road
NOTE: Board meetings are generally 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.
Nature-Net subscription information.
Listen to Steve Jones and Scott Severs in the KGNU Nature Almanac for September as they search for migrants along Dowdy Draw, a prime place to find fall migrants because it is moist and full of insects.
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. BCNA maintains an index to all the previous nature almanacs.
Photo of the gnatcatcher by Scott Severs.
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.