Lesser-Known Wildlife Series offers educational opportunities that will peak curiosity about nature
Join us for the next in a series of fun and exciting events about our area’s lesser-known wildlife. Upcoming presentations include snakes, reptiles and birds:
Spiders of Central Colorado — Sept. 15, 2015
Are you afraid of spiders? Nathrop resident Denny Radabaugh says there’s no reason to be. During his Tuesday, Sept. 15, presentation, “Spiders of Central Colorado,” Denny will explain why spiders have a bad reputation that is almost completely undeserved. “Our culture is one of the few in the world in which there is widespread fear of spiders,” Denny says. “I think I will surprise people about where some of the misinformation comes from.” The former zoology professor who taught at Ohio Wesleyan University for nearly four decades also will share interesting and lesser-known facts about spiders, such as high-tech applications for their venom and the quality of their silk, which is stronger than steel. Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 15, for an in-depth look at this crawly species, and maybe your opinion of them will be transformed, from creepy to cuddly.
Reptiles and Amphibians — Oct. 2, 2015
There are surprisingly few cold-blooded animals that live in our region — only three species of snake, three types of frog, one toad, a lizard and a salamander. Besides the cold climate, why do so few of these animals exist in Central Colorado? During her presentation, “Reptiles and Amphibians,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist April Estep will shed light on each of these little-known critters, including the Colorado Checkered Whiptail lizard. The entire local population of this lizard is female — they don’t need males to reproduce — and instead make genetic copies of themselves so the species survives. Join us Friday, Oct. 2, and hear much more about local reptiles and amphibians.
A Birdseye Perspective — Nov. 16, 2015
Join Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas Executive Director, Andrew Mackie, on Monday, Nov. 16, during “A Birdseye Perspective,” to learn more about our feathered friends living and migrating though our area. Birds are a great indicator of our environmental health. Andrew will talk about bird species that are declining and what is needed to reverse these trends. Also find out how the Land Trust is using national and regional bird conservation plans to protect natural and agricultural areas in Central Colorado helping to save our bird species.
Presentations take place at the Salida Community Center, 305 F Street, from 7-8:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas members and $10 for non-members. Advanced registration is required and participation may be limited. To sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 719-539-7700. Programs are geared toward adult-learners, restricted to ages 15 and older.