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April classes with the Rocky Mountain Nature Association

From: Greg W.
Sent on: Monday, March 26, 2012 2:08 PM
Good afternoon Denver Trail Heads,

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association sponsors the Denver Trail Heads.

Here is an email regarding their upcoming seminars. Looks like some great opportunities.

Thanks,
Greg

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April is just around the corner and so are a few exciting educational adventures sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars Program.  Join us as we discuss springtime plant and animal ecology in Rocky Mountain National Park or on an outing to look for bird migrants, including large raptors that breed in this area. 
 
These and many other classes are available for both BOCES teacher relicensure or college level continuing education credits.  Remember, these and any of our other regularly scheduled classes can be customized for a family or group by calling[masked]-3262.
 
The transition from winter to spring offers insights into the natural history of organisms and function of ecosystems that are not often appreciated in summer visits to the field.  Spring Ecology is a survey of physical and biological processes as snow-covered environments rapidly change to summer conditions.  We will spend a day in the field exploring the ecology of Rocky Mountain National Park’s upper montane and subalpine landscapes during this transition.  We will study plant, vertebrate and microbial cold-season adaptations and consider how spring processes play a role in ecosystem “growing season” dynamics, shape landscapes, and are important factors in conservation and management of natural resources of the Rocky Mountains. 
 
The diversity of raptors in Rocky Mountain National Park is high, particularly around Lumpy Ridge and Deer Ridge during spring migration through the Park. One can usually see in a day’s time golden eagle, northern goshawk, prairie falcon, redtailed hawk, Cooper's hawk, osprey, peregrine falcon, Swainson’s hawk, American kestrel and, at times, the bald eagle along with other migrating species such as white-faced ibis, pelican, American avocet, and a variety of waterfowl.  Participants will learn about the ecology of these birds and acquire identification skills.  Jeff will also discuss why and how climbing closures are placed on certain cliffs to protect nesting raptors. 
 
Don't forget to reserve your seat now for our summer Tundra Bus Tours.  These tours are a fun and educational way to introduce yourself, family or other guests to the beautiful scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park from the comfort of a spacious passenger vehicle.   Click Here for more details! 
 
 
PO Box 3100 / 48 Alpine Circle | Estes Park, CO 80517 US



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