Environmental Actions Weekly Round-Up

Events, Conferences, & Opportunities:

  • 9/13 Boulder – Honeybee Hootenanny. Let’s gather together for an evening of good food, live music, and award-winning honey tastings in a beautiful garden setting and toast our collective efforts to help make Colorado a sanctuary for the bees, birds, and butterflies upon which we all depend. People & Pollinators Action Network
  • 9/13 Boulder – Walk in the Lunar Light. Enjoy an easy one-mile walk on open space under the light of the moon and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human lunar landing! Meet at the picnic shelter. Boulder County Parks & Open Space
  • 9/14 Lyons – Rattlesnake Hike. Enjoy a moderate 2-mile hike to learn about this fascinating reptile found in the plains and foothills. Volunteer naturalists will share information about the prairie rattlesnake, including habitat, ecology, behavior, and how to be safe in rattlesnake country. Boulder County Parks & Open Space
  • 9/14 Anywhere – Sierra Club’s Third Annual Backyard Day. A holiday that we invented ourselves to celebrate the outdoor spaces we call home. Your “backyard” can be steps outside your door, or it can be a favorite park, pond, or picnic grove that’s special to you. On Backyard Day, Team Sierra members from all over the country will be getting outside to take part in our ‘virtual race’ — run a 5K, walk your favorite loop, or swim across the bay — get out and get active in your special spot. Sierra Club
  • 9/16 Boulder – Boulder Rights of Nature Film Series: The American Chestnut. There were once almost 4 billion American chestnuts and they were among the largest, tallest, and fastest-growing trees in the eastern forest. The wood was long-lasting and straight-grained; the nuts fed billions of birds and other forest animals. It was almost a perfect tree – that is, until it was virtually wiped out in 40 years by a blight that started just over a century ago. That blight has been called the greatest ecological disaster to strike the world’s forests in all of history. Boulder Rights of Nature
  • 9/17 Boulder – CPW Eldorado Canyon State Park Visitor Use Management Plan Open House. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is developing a visitor use management plan (VUMP) for the Eldorado Canyon State Park. Boulder County Nature Association (BCNA) is involved in the planning process by representing the conservation community on the VUMP task force. The public will have several opportunities to participate in plan development, including two public engagement open houses in September and an online survey. At this point in the process, CPW is seeking public input on defining community and park issues, and identifying strategies to resolve them. Later, CPW will assemble strategies into a few viable alternatives for evaluation. You need to participate in only one open house or the survey to provide your input. Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • 9/18 Frisco – Join us for a morning in the field to learn more about Summit County Safe Passages and the effort to reconnect Vail Pass. We will hear from agency and organizational partners about the importance of the area and accompany biologists from Rocky Mountain Wild and Denver Zoo to their field research site. Here, we will check a wildlife camera and learn about an on-going citizen science project that aims to understand how roads, specifically I-70, act as a barrier for wildlife. We will explore what it takes to build a wildlife overpass near this spot, learn about the collaborators in this special project and you can ask all your wildest wildlife questions. Rocky Mountain Wild
  • 9/19 Frisco – Join us for a morning in the field to learn more about Summit County Safe Passages and the effort to reconnect Vail Pass. We will hear from agency and organizational partners about the importance of the area and accompany biologists from Rocky Mountain Wild and Denver Zoo to their field research site. Here, we will check a wildlife camera and learn about an on-going citizen science project that aims to understand how roads, specifically I-70, act as a barrier for wildlife. We will explore what it takes to build a wildlife overpass near this spot, learn about the collaborators in this special project and you can ask all your wildest wildlife questions. Rocky Mountain Wild
  • 9/19 Denver – Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event. The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment is hosting an Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event which will feature a vehicle showcase of EV owners and electric vehicles available to test drive from a variety of local dealerships. Denver Environmental Quality
  • 9/19 Centennial – Native Plant Garden Tour. John Murgel’s bold changes have transformed this suburban property in west Centennial. He has piqued the neighborhood’s patient curiosity and broadened the awareness and appreciation of ecologically sound methods as the garden delivers more interest every year. Come enjoy his garden and learn about his process. Plants lists, raffle and refreshments
    provided to registered attendees. Wild Ones – Front Range Chapter
  • 9/19 Denver – CAEE’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. CAEE has come a long way in 30 years! What’s your first memory of CAEE? What should the next 30 years look like? Join us to celebrate 30 years of collaboration and excellence in EE, as well as all the members, volunteers, and supporters who have been working to advance environmental education in Colorado! CAEE
  • 9/20 Anywhere – Global Climate Strike. On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Millions of us will take the streets to demand a right to a future, and we’re inviting you to #strikewithus. Find a strike near you to attend on September 20 on the map below. If you don’t see an event in your area, organize one! We’ll provide everything you need to get started in planning something in your community so no experience is necessary. Whether you’re 7 or 77, you’re invited to join the movement. Strike with Us
  • 9/20 Denver – Colorado Climate Strike – Denver. Begin outside of Union Station. March down 16th Street Mall to the Colorado State Capitol. Climate Strike
  • 9/20 Golden – Colorado Climate Strike – Golden. Colorado School of Mines. Climate Strike
  • 9/20 Boulder – Colorado Climate Strike – Boulder. Outside patio at the Pearl and 28th St Starbucks. Climate Strike
  • 9/20 Longmont – Colorado Climate Strike – Longmont. Meet at 6th and Main St. Climate Strike
  • 9/20 Boulder – Free screening of Canis Lupus Colorado. Canis Lupus Colorado is the story of the past, present, and future of Colorado’s now extinct native wolf population. In the short documentary, wolf experts join a photojournalist, hunter, and rancher from Colorado to share their perspectives on the complex relationships between people and predators in the 21st century. Following the film, Mike Phillips, Montana State Senator and legendary wolf restoration expert, will be speaking about the effort to reintroduce wolves to Colorado and how you can add your signature to the cause! Defenders of Wildlife
  • 9/20 Breckenridge – See Front Range Change: The Story of the Transition Away from Coal Toward Natural Gas and Renewable Energy in Colorado at Breck Film Festival. Breck Film Festival
  • 9/21 Littleton – Join Denver Audubon for the largest family event of the year and the only owl festival in the Denver-Metro area – HOOTenanny Owl & Music Festival! There will be live owl demonstrations with Nature’s Educators, a hidden owl scavenger hunt in their Native Plant Gardens, owl pellet dissections, educational owl booths, owl crafts, live folk music from local Denver band Nearly There, delicious eats from Migration Taco food truck, and owl merchandise from local vendors. Denver Audubon
  • 9/21 Boulder – Rockies to Reefs: A Fundraiser to Support Ocean Conservation, Education, & Research. Ocean First Institute is proud to announce our third annual fundraiser, Rockies to Reefs, taking place on September 21st at the Boulder Municipal Airport. The event brings together local ocean supporters for a wonderful evening of music (featuring By the Lee), food and drinks, auctions, and incredible guest speakers (including scientist, mountaineer, and explorer Dr. Ulyana N. Horodyskyj; and champion freediver, conservationist, and tv personality Mehgan Heaney-Grier), all benefiting the work of Ocean First Institute. Ocean First Institute
  • 9/21 Boulder – Bears in Our Backyard Hike. As fall approaches, Boulder County’s black bears are busy gorging on berries and other food in preparation for their long winter sleep. Join volunteer naturalists on a moderate one-mile hike to learn about the natural history of our local bruin and how people and bears can share our wild places. Boulder County Parks & Open Space
  • 9/21 Nederland – John Fielder Photography Workshop. In honor of Wild Bear volunteer and photography enthusiast Chuck Edelstein, this is a perfect opportunity to learn landscape photography directly from John Fielder. Wild Bear Nature Center
  • 9/22 Lafayette – 6th Annual Celebrating Migratory Birds Festival. Explore the wonderful world of birds in a beautiful place! See a live Golden Eagle and other birds of prey up close and view birds in the wild through spotting scopes and binoculars. Learn about migration, marshes and the role avian friends play in our lives. Enjoy games, art projects and a scavenger hunt. These and other activities provided by almost 20 organizations (see below) will be featured at the 6rd Annual “Celebrating Bird Migration” at Lafayette’s Waneka Lake and Greenlee Wildlife Preserve Open Space. City of Lafayette Open Space
  • 9/24 Boulder – Nature Detectives in the Field: Beetles Recycle! People aren’t the only species that recycle—some beetles perform all sorts of favors for nature by recycling or reusing things like poop and dead animals. Discover the antics of these hard-working little insects and find out how being gross can lead to something great. For children ages 5-10 with adult chaperones. Boulder County Parks & Open Space
  • 9/24 Superior – iNaturalist for Youth. Youth ages 10-18 and parents will take a short hike at Superior Community Park to increase observational skills and learn how to use the iNaturalist app to capture what you see. Discover how to be part of the Boulder County Wildlife project on iNaturalist and help record wildlife sightings. Boulder County Parks & Open Space
  • 9/24 Boulder – Free Evening Wildlife Photography Program with Award-winning Photographer Cheryl Opperman. Stop by FRBC Boulder for an informative and inspirational evening with award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman as she shares her images from around the world, provides tips for traveling with camera gear, and highlights her upcoming photo workshops and tours. Front Range Birding Company
  • 10/1 Denver – Climate + Social Movements. Please join us at The Alliance Center on Tuesday, October 1st from 6:00-8:30pm for a casual and open discussion at the intersection of the environmental, social justice and civil rights movements. We will discuss the unintended consequences of privilege and its effects on work to combat climate change. As we gather from various backgrounds, let’s paint a vision for the future and produce tangible steps for our communities! The Alliance Center
  • 10/3 Denver – Business + Climate Action. Join us at The Alliance Center on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM for a business-centered conversation and networking opportunity on the “why” and “how” to lead the fight against climate change. Listen to testimonies and hear about local initiatives happening now. The Alliance Center
  • 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
  • 10/17 Denver – Bites & Brews for Biodiversity. Join us for the Rocky Mountain Wild Experience — our annual “UnGala” and 20-year anniversary! No banquet tables and forced conversation. No longwinded speeches and dry chicken or beef entrees. Instead, come be part of the Rocky Mountain Wild team and experience our work! Use technology to “fly over” the habitats we protect. Join our biologists in activities to save imperiled species. And, get a special sneak-peek at what we have planned for the next 20 years, all while watching the sunset over the Rocky Mountains from the 32nd floor of a downtown skyscraper. Rocky Mountain Wild
  • 10/24 Denver – Expanding Protection, Crowd-Sourcing Conservation. Join us at the annual Wildlife Protection Solutions fundraising event to celebrate wildlife! We will be highlighting many of our conservation success stories across Africa, Indonesia, and beyond, including the results of our wpsWatch poaching detections and captures for the past year. Wildlife Protection Solutions
  • 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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