By: Chris Talbot-Heindl, Communications & Membership Manager
Tomorrow, I will gain the left corner of my office space back as Dana and I transport a mega-pile of silent auction items to Silver Vines Winery in Arvada for the annual Bites & Brews for Biodiversity event!
I’m sure by now, you’ve heard about all the amazing silent auction packages that we’ve acquired, you’ve seen that we are serving sustainable vegan and vegetarian tapas both savory and sweet from Mezcla Maggie’s, Silver Vines winery is serving their award-winning Chardonnay, Reisling, Grandview Reserve, and Merlot and a registration gets you two complimentary glasses. By now, you’ve heard that we are hosting our first ever wild trivia contest, that John Fielder’s Colorado has donated a beautiful framed photograph for a heads or tails raffle, and that we will feature an opportunity to take action to protect critical habitat for Gunnison sage-grouse!
You know the where, the when, the what, and that we want you! But what about the why?
Bites & Brews for Biodiversity is a celebration of biodiversity in our region and all of the people who protect it, but it is also our largest fundraising event of the year.
Rocky Mountain Wild has been on the forefront of many conservation projects throughout the years, including conserving the sagebrush habitat for the greater sage-grouse, working with the Denver Zoo on the Front Range Pika Project to study the habitat and activities of the American pika, working toward the development of the I-70 Wild Byway, and protecting Wolf Creek Pass from development.
We’ve been identifying, mapping, protecting, and restoring functioning and resilient habitats in our region including the Uinta Basin, Roan Plateau, sagebrush sea, and dozens of other smaller habitats on Forest Service and BLM lands. We’ve been mapping Lands with Wilderness Characteristics and we’ve monitored each and every oil and gas lease on public lands in our region. We’ve been part of the Western Wildway Network – working on wildlife habitat connectivity projects in our region, including the Wolf Creek Pass wildlife corridor, the Vail Pass wildlife corridor, and State Highway 9. We’ve identified and protected keystone and umbrella species in our region, resulting in the preservation of entire ecosystems, in the courtroom, through public comments, and using advocacy – including species such as greater sage-grouse, Canada lynx, and most recently Gunnison sage-grouse.
Our program staff members – Megan, Paige, Matt, and Alison – will be on-hand with posters about their most pressing work. These poster sessions are scheduled from 6:00-7:00 pm tomorrow, but they will gladly explain their work throughout the evening as well.
Bites & Brews for Biodiversity is a fundraiser designed to assist in the continuation of all this work and more, and we truly appreciate your support and generosity. We couldn’t do what we do for the southern Rockies without you.