By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager
Years ago, two of Colorado’s most trusted and effective conservation organizations recognized the need to stop losses of native species and habitat that both aimed to protect, and merged to become Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW).
Today, RMW works in the southern Rocky Mountain region, protecting the most imperiled species and their habitats from a myriad of threats including unfettered development, habitat fragmentation, deforestation, and human-induced climate change.
To protect our region, a sustained and active presence is needed, and RMW is up to the task. This year, for example, RMW and our partners won two Court challenges to our decades-long year battle to protect Wolf Creek Pass from a commercial development thoughtlessly proposed in a critical wildlife corridor between two Wilderness areas. And since our foundation, we’ve protected over 2 million acres of species habitat from oil and gas leasing.
But, there is always more to be done. Red McCombs will likely challenge the Court’s ruling and try to get his Village built; current challenges to the Endangered Species Act will need our undivided attention; and species like Gunnison sage-grouse will need us to advocate for their protection.
Bites & Brews for Biodiversity is RMW’s largest fundraising event of the year, providing a lot of our operational funds for the following year and helping us to do the work that needs to be done. But it is also an evening of celebration – not only of the conservation work that RMW and our partners were able to accomplish throughout the year, but of the people who make it possible. You.
Our supporters are a diverse group of unicorns without whom we couldn’t do what we do. Some of us are computer nerds who use our skills to advocate online and raise awareness, others are more hands-on in the field type folks who use their skills for citizen science and hands-on conservation. But there is one thing we all have in common – we care about the environment with a fervent passion!
So, this year, we have changed our silent auction to reflect that and have built what we hope will be the most awesome environmental silent auction in the Front Range. Here’s what we have for you:
Once in a Lifetime Expeditions
Last year, Chris Ray generously offered her time and expertise to take one of our hands-on type supporters on a day in the field researching American pika. Terri Slivka was the winner of that bidding war and she had a wonderful time in the field in the Indian Peaks Wilderness studying pika.
This year, we’ve asked some more of our friends if they would be willing to do the same – lead an expedition to show one lucky bidder their world. This year, Chris Ray is offering her Pika Expedition, Katrina Loewy is offering a Dragonfly Expedition, Aron Ralston is offering a Choose Your Own Adventure Expedition, WOLF Sanctuary is offering a Group Excursion Day for a group of 5, and Christina Avena is offering a Night with a Bat Biologist.
And to fuel your expedition, we have gift cards from Backcountry Delicatessen – a deli that focuses on the durability of your provisions as well as providing the freshest and most natural ingredients!
As Green As We Can Find
For those who aren’t much into the hands-on experience and prefer to green their space and lives instead, we have found so many green gems in Colorado!
For the foodies, we have a farm dinner for two at Three Leaf Farm – a farm committed to the idea of self-sustaining agriculture and an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
For the nesters, we have a one-hour consultation with sustainable interior designers Associates III. They take everything into consideration with their green product criteria approach, including reduced, recycled, and renewable materials, sustainable manufacturing, reduced toxic emissions, low impact materials, locally manufactured materials, and more!
For the fur parents, we have a collection of dog food and treats from I and Love and You, a company that loves pets and the planet and the founding members of the Pet Industry Sustainability Coalition. In fact, their corporate headquarters in Boulder is 100% wind powered!
Get Your Tickets
These are just a few highlights of what will be in the silent auction this year. A complete list of auction donors (to date; we are still adding more) along with links to their sites can be found below.
Be sure to get your tickets early to take advantage of the advance discount!
Admission tickets are $50 in advance, $40 in advance for members at the Supporting Level and above, and $60 at the door. And new this year, we are offering $30 advance tickets for students or young professionals (under age 35)!
We will be offering Pay It Forward tickets again this year – where you can help pay for the cost of someone who may not otherwise be able to afford it.
Ark Valley High Rollers
Arvada Center for the Arts
Associates III Interior Design
Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Boulder Rock Club
Browns Canyon Adventure Park
Chad Bonaker – Light and Ink
Chris Ray, Biologist
Christina Avena, Biologist
Colorado Anime Fest
Denver Art Museum
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Dohm Headwear USA
Flat Track Furies
High City Derby Divas
Hooked on Colfax
I and Love and You
Iron Mountain Hot Springs
Kicking Horse Coffee
Mezcla Maggie Catering
Molly McCormick Photo
Monster Mini Golf
Nerd Nite Denver
Only Natural Pet
Peace of Mind Massage
Savory Spice Shop
Swallow Hill Music Association
Sweet Action Ice Cream
The Little Piney Glass Shop
The Talbot-Heindl Experience, LLC
Three Leaf Farm
Wild Women Winery
Wildlife and Landscape
Wonderbound Dance Company