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Field Camp Survey and July Seminars with the Rocky Mountain Nature Association

From: Greg W.
Sent on: Thursday, June 27, 2013 3:00 PM

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We need your help!  The Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars Program is considering the possibility of providing a field camp experience to seminar participants within Rocky Mountian National Park and need to know if you would attend.  A field camp experience would include rustic lodging, meals, and an educational component.  Please click on the blue link below to take a short survey which will inform our decision on this exciting new prospect!
Exciting educational adventures for adults coming in July include...
Summer Birding with a Naturalist    Jeff Maugans     July 4, 11, 18, 25 
Spend the morning discussing the migration, nesting, habitat, conservation, natural history and ecology of mountain birds. Have fun in the field while learning to identify, enjoy and appreciate birds. Participants will learn to identify as many species as possible both by sight and by songs/calls. By learning to identify birds by sound, you can develop a good sense of what birds are nearby.  
The Art & Science of Flower Photography    W. Perry Conway    July 6-7   
With more than 200 species of visual ornamentation, the wildflowers of Rocky Mountain National Park add a rainbow of color and reflect with elegance and charm the Park’s wonderful biodiversity.  How to capture these jewels of the mountains and meadows with a variety of highly creative photographic approaches will be the artistic objective of the class.  Equipment selection, lighting, depth of field and effective shutter speeds are the science component.  Professional classroom and field instruction plus a helpful critique of past images will provide participants with an opportunity to gain and enjoy a much higher level of photographic proficiency. 
  Plant & Wildflower Identification with a Naturalist    Kevin J. Cook     July 10, 17, 24, 31  
Join naturalist Kevin Cook as he explores the diversity of Rocky Mountain National Park’s wildflowers.  Each week will focus on a different family, learning identification skills, unique characteristics, life cycles, and interesting facts about common and not-so-common species found in the area. 
NEW!   Small Mammals Research: A Service Learning Seminar    
Apryle Craig     July 12-13 (second day optional)    
Mice, voles, shrews and other small mammals play a vital, often overlooked, role in ecosystems.  We’ll explore the physiology of these little critters, their contributions to ecosystem function, and the factors that may contribute to the quantity and types of small mammals present in an ecosystem.  Next, we’ll take to the field and spend the evening baiting small mammal live-traps.   The following morning (optional), we’ll check the traps, record data on captured animals, and release them.  
Mountain Ecology: Unique Interactions in Nature    
Dr. John Emerick    July 12-14   
Besides having a spectacular landscape, Rocky Mountain National Park is home to many ecosystems typical of the Southern Rocky Mountains. In this seminar, we will explore some of these ecosystems, examining their dominant plants and typical wildlife species. We will also discuss key biological, geological, and climatic processes that, over time, have formed and characterize each ecosystem type. We will visit sunny mountain meadows and shrublands, moist riparian ecosystems, and a variety of forest habitats. Trail Ridge Road makes some of the best examples of alpine tundra in the Southern Rocky Mountains easily accessible, and we will explore this ecosystem as well.
NEW!  They Wrote It Here: A Field Trip to Sites in Rocky Described by Historical Writers    Mary Taylor Young     July 13     
How have various writers described particular sites in the Park? From flowery Victorian prose to popular fiction to memoir filtered by the author’s eyes, each writer has captured the Park in a unique way. We will visit various locations and view-sites described by Isabella Bird, James Michener, Milton Estes, Albert Sprague, Enos Mills, William Allen White and others in journals, books and letters.  We’ll read their descriptions, discuss them, then write a piece or journal entry of our own describing this place today or reacting to the historical passage. How has this site changed? In what ways is it the same? How do I feel about it?
Be ready for a fun day exploring the actual places in the Park that have influenced literature! (Note: We may not be able to visit a site by every writer listed.)
This seminar is NOT limited to writers. Lovers of history and books are welcome too! (And you don’t have to write anything.) 
Vividly creating a “sense of place” draws readers into a story and engages them powerfully. The techniques used in nature writing to capture "place" can be used in creative writing of all sorts—to create setting and place for fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, essay and even expository articles. Learn how to look closely at the world around you, use all your senses, find universal themes in what you see, use metaphor and other techniques.  Class will include exercises and writing practice in the field.
This course provides basic identification and biology of the insects most commonly encountered in freshwater habitats. Emphasis is placed on identification of aquatic insects and other insects often associated with streamside vegetation and important aspects of their biology such as life cycles, habitat preferences, feeding habits, adaptations to environments, and functions in ecosystems.
Introduction to Outdoor Digital Photography    Lee Kline      July 19-21      
Photography as we knew it – films, processing labs, ordering prints, etc. – has raced into a whole new world!  The “digital revolution” has overtaken all things photographic.  Digital cameras are now the norm and have become increasingly feature-rich, user-friendly and affordable.  They can also be intimidating and confusing to beginning photographers.  Learn how to get the best pictures possible with your digital camera, and what to look for in new digital cameras to meet your photography needs.  This is a hands-on, interactive workshop emphasizing digital photography in the field, not on the computer.  If you are new to digital photography, or are planning to take the plunge, this workshop is for you. 
Rocky Mountain Flora    Karin Edwards     July 22-24     
Besides columbine, chokecherry, and blue spruce, hundreds of interesting plants live in the Rocky Mountains!  Do you want to know how to identify flowers, shrubs, and trees?  This course includes short classroom sessions followed by field excursions to the montane, sub-alpine, and alpine life zones in Rocky Mountain National Park to learn about plants and their families.  We will look at plants and use hand lenses to reveal structural details and identify specific plants.  Field trips include hikes from 7,500 to 12,000 feet above sea level in variable weather conditions.  If you want to know more about plants and develop techniques to identify them, this class is for you. 
NEW! Rocks & Minerals: The Foundation of RMNP    Dr. David Lindsey     July 25  Learn to identify common rocks and minerals, and discover what they can tell us about the geologic past. After an introduction in the classroom, we journey to the Lawn Lake fan to identify minerals in boulders that have been scrubbed clean by the flood (Bring a hand lens or magnifying glass!). Then we crawl over rock outcrops (knee pads if you have arthritis!) at Horseshoe Park Overlook to see how rocks and minerals form over geologic time. This class is for teachers, families, and aspiring rockhounds; it can bring you up-to-speed for other geology classes. 
Digital Photography in RMNP: Advanced Techniques    Lee Kline        July 26-28  
The “digital revolution” has overtaken all things photographic.  Digital cameras have replaced their film counterparts and have become increasingly sophisticated, feature-laden and user-friendly.  Although the technology has seriously limited or eliminated some “old-school” in-camera creative techniques, such as multiple exposures on one frame and lengthy timed exposures (star trails), digital photography has kicked open many new doors to some amazing photographic creativity and techniques heretofore not possible with film (and, all the old-school techniques can still be accomplished – just not always in-camera!).  This is an interactive, hands-on workshop emphasizing advanced digital photography techniques in the field, from macro to telephoto.  Regardless of what type of digital camera you have, this course will increase your digital knowledge and help you take your photography to new levels while making compelling images in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Dr. John Emerick    July 27   
This seminar will give you the opportunity to take a leisurely hike with a skilled naturalist on one of the most popular trails on the Park’s west side, the Green Mountain Trail. At various stops along the way he will describe aspects of the ecology; he will point out numerous clues that tell us of the history of the landscape and how the area that you see as you climb the trail has changed over time. During the hike, you will learn about moist riparian habitats and cool spruce-fir forests. You will visit lodgepole pine forests, mountain meadows, and ancient wetlands. If you have not been on the Green Mountain Trail before, this seminar provides a great introduction to the ecology of the Park’s west side. If you are an “old hat” at hiking the trail, this seminar is sure to change the way you view the trailside landscape. 


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