Environmental Actions Weekly Round-Up

Events, Conferences, & Opportunities:

  • Through Dec 2019 Denver – Big Birding Year – a competition among birders, attempting to identify as many species as possible by sight or sound, within a single calendar year and within a specific geographic area. Denver Audubon invites birders of all levels to join in the fun, win prizes, and explore the great birding sites in Denver’s six counties. Audubon Society of Greater Denver
  • 7/19-21 Denver – Slow Food Nations Festival. Get ready to experience Slow Food Nations, an international food festival hosted by Slow Food USA in Denver, Colorado from July 19-21! Connect with farmers, foodies and families over three days packed with events, pop-ups, food and fun centered around our 2019 festival theme, Where Tradition Meets Innovation. With free and open festival grounds full of delicious and interactive activities as well as ticketed events, there’s something at Slow Food Nations for everyone. Come join the fun! Slow Food Nations
  • 7/20 Rifle – Celebrate Latino Conservation Week. Come join us as we celebrate Latino Conservation Week with free food, drinks, music, and activities in Davidson Park in Rifle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. Bring the whole family as you enjoy a day in the park with opportunities to learn about conservation efforts to protect Colorado’s great outdoors. Ven con toda tu familia y disfruta de un día en el parque en el que tendrás la oportunidad de aprender sobre diferentes formas de conservar los recursos naturales de nuestro bello Estado. Wilderness Workshop
  • 7/22 Telluride – Happy Hour for Public Lands: Comment Writing Workshop. Do you want to speak up for public lands protection? Come play with maps and learn how you can be involved in decision-making about the future of four million acres in your backyard, and tell the Forest Service about the places you care about. Sheep Mountain Alliance
  • 7/23 Fort Collins – An Evening With Christopher Ketcham author of This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption are Ruining the American West. The public lands of the Western United States comprise some 450 million acres of grassland, steppe land, canyons, forests, and mountains. It’s an American commons, and it is under assault as never before. Journalist Christopher Ketcham has been documenting the confluence of commercial exploitation and governmental misconduct in this region for more than a decade. His revelatory book takes the reader on a journey across these last wild places to see how capitalism is killing our great commons. Colorado State University
  • 7/23 Telluride – Town Talk “Getting to Zero: How fast can we reduce carbon emissions?” 2019 R. Stephen Berry Lecture. Telluride Science Research Center
  • 7/23 Anywhere – Join the Organize for the Wild: Next Steps to Protect Wolves and Stop Extinction call. Together we submitted a record breaking number of public comments against the proposal to strip wolves of their Endangered Species Act protections. Join this call to learn about what’s next in the fight to save our wolves and stop extinction. Center for Biological Diversity
  • 7/23 Anywhere – Public Lands Defense Webinar. Over the next six months, we’ll be teaching a new group of leaders how to stop Trump’s dirty fuel agenda in their own communities. If you’re new to organizing, don’t worry — you’ll have lots of support. The program will involve one-on-one coaching, online trainings, and plenty of digital resources. Sierra Club
  • 7/27 Colorado Springs – Sustain-A-Fest. You’re invited to Sustain-a-Fest 2019 at Acacia Park.  This 3rd Annual event is a community celebration of “Earth Day Every Day” with sustainability exhibits & activities, along with local food trucks, live music, demonstrations, and family friendly activities. Sustain-A-Fest
  • 7/27 Lyons – Journey to the Dark Side: Moths and Night Flying Insects. Scott Severs and Pam Piombino will set up special lights whose wave lengths attract these insects working the graveyard shift. There will be many types of other creatures drawn to the lights as well. Expect to see beetles (Coleoptera), spiders (Araneae), ant lions (Myrmeleonidae), interesting members of the fly family (Diptera), crane flys (Tipulidae), true bugs (Heteroptera), tiger beetles (Cicindela) and most likely, other surprises. Frogs, spiders and mice are often drawn to the lights to feast on the bounty. Boulder County Audubon Society
  • 8/1-4 Boulder – Milkweed and Monarch Magic. In addition to hosting more than 100 million breeding monarch butterflies, milkweeds support a dizzying array of insect life, from day-glo aphids and lime-green mantids to milkweed beetles, jumping spiders, and 30 or more dragonfly species. Yet milkweeds are among the most toxic plants growing in our area. Visit blooming milkweed plants in the South Boulder Creek State Natural Area and search for monarchs while exploring the mysteries of milkweeds and their associated insect populations. Boulder County Nature Association
  • 8/3 Longmont – Be a Habitat Hero Seminar: Plant it and They Will Come. The seminar will feature presentations by three native gardening experts. Our goal is to educate thoughtful gardeners to create appropriate habitat that enhances regional natural systems.  Not only will you be saving precious water in your landscapes, you will also help prevent the collapse of the food web. Boulder County Audubon Society
  • 8/5 Denver – Western Resource Advocates Protect the West Celebration. Join us to celebrate our 30th year protecting the West’s land, air, and water and to honor Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for her Leadership in Conservation. Western Resource Advocates
  • 8/14 and 8/18 Boulder – Extraordinary Odonata – Dragonflies! This fun course introduces beginners to the Odonata – better known as dragonflies and damselflies, and often considered the masters of flight in the insect world. We will search for flashy bugs like Calico Pennants, Wandering Gliders, and Vivid Dancers to name but a few of the nearly 60 species in Boulder County. We will learn about their nymph life phase as fierce aquatic predators, and how to best approach these jumpy fliers for photography and observation. Boulder County Nature Association
  • 8/16 Your Area – Sign up for the Stop the Extinction Challenge. This August, the Endangered Species Coalition is organizing meetings at the offices of U.S. Senators around the country. The Senate can and should pass important legislation that would address these threats and save species. Join the Stop Extinction Challenge and we will connect you with other activists in your area to attend a meeting on August 16th. Endangered Species Coalition
  • 8/23 Nederland – Beavers in the Gloaming: Architects of the Landscape. Back for 2019 by popular demand! Join our beaver adventure and explore the glorious Arapaho Ranch.  This riparian corridor has it all; birds, insects and mammals, including moose! The trip will begin with a leisurely walk to explore this private nature preserve and as the gloaming heralds the dark, quietly sitting by the pond to watch beaver activity. Boulder County Audubon Society
  • 9/5 Fort Collins – Wine, Wolves, Art. Join W.O.L.F. Sanctuary at Northern Colorado’s new winery and vineyard hot spot, Blendings at the Preserve, on September 5th for an evening of art, wine and philanthropy! The night will consist of an intimate experience as guests will have the opportunity to taste Wild Hearts at Home wine—Blendings’ unique flavor, and bid on inspirational art, supporting W.O.L.F. Sanctuary’s relocation to their new forever home, 160-acres near Red Feather Lakes, CO. W.O.L.F. Sanctuary
  • 10/8-10 Avon – 2019 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference. The 2019 conference will explore the influence of The Human Element on water and watersheds in Colorado and the West. Our growing human presence and resulting impacts on watersheds is undeniable. At the same time, our human experiences and social/emotional connections to watersheds are integral components to be considered in the work to preserve, protect and restore our watersheds. Together we will delve into our impacts and connections. We will look for ways our influence can be fostered and mitigated to avoid loving our home to death. Colorado Watershed Assembly
  • 11/13-16 Denver – State Environmental Leaders Conference. This year’s State Environmental Leaders Conference is shaping up to be a great event, and we hope you’ll attend. Join environmental advocates from across the country to share skills and strategies, network, and get inspired. State Environmental Leaders Conference

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