Check Rosy-finch bands!
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, along with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, UC Santa Cruz, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, has colorbanded over 300 Brown-capped Rosy-Finches to gain a better understanding of their movements within Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. Look for colorbanded rosy finches in the high country this summer. We are especially interested in sightings of birds from June 15 – August 15, but sightings at any time of year would be helpful. Resightings can be reported on eBird (in comments) or with the Brown-capped Rosy-Finch app at CitSci.org. Learn more about the study here.
June 16 – 17
Blodgett Peak Bioblitz
EVER HEAR OF A BIOBLITZ? A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. As part of Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS), we have rallied our partners to provide opportunities to the public on Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17.
A list of events and registration are available on the website. Space is limited.
June 23 – 25
Audubon Rockies Annual Bioblitz
Biologists, the public, 24 hours and a ranch full of plants and animals. These describe the elements of the upcoming Wyoming BioBlitz, this year held June 23-25 at The Nature Conservancy’s Peterson Ranch at the base of Casper Mountain. The event is open to the public, but registration is required.
A BioBlitz is a 24 hour period in which the public team up with biologists to search for and document as many plants, animals and insects as they can find within a certain location. In addition to searching for and tracking organisms, the BioBlitz offers a strong educational component. Biologists leading the activity (such as bird mist-netting or amphibian catching) describe the natural history, life cycle, identification and other fun facts about plants and animals they find. The event is highly hands-on with a diversity of activities and topics.
Participants of all ages and interests are welcome. Registration for the 2017 BioBlitz is required, and will open in May. The event is free, though space is limited. Learn more at www.wyomingbiodiversity.org/bioblitz.
The Nature Conservancy
Chico Basin Ranch Benefit Concert
It’s time for the annual Ranchlands Concert Series benefiting the Chico Basin Ranch Education Program. This concert is the main fundraiser helping the ranch provide thousands of students each year the opportunity to experience the bird banding station first-hand while learning about prairie ecology, ranching and conservation.
This year’s concert campout features alt-country artists Corb Lund and Slaid Cleaves plus a bonfire, prairie skies, jam sessions, food trucks… it’ll be a great time. Flier is below & attached, here’s the ticket link.