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May Seminars with the Rocky Mountain Nature Association

From: Greg W.
Sent on: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 2:57 PM
 
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Spring is here and there is no better way to explore Rocky Mountain National Park during this time of year than on one of the fun and educational outdoor classes offered through the Rocky Mountain Nature Association Field Seminars Program.  Due to overwhelming popularity, RMNA is offering a second date of the Mysterious Owls class so don't miss out on this rare opportunity to learn about the many owl species that call the Rocky Mountains their home.  Read on to see what educational opportunities are available in May and a hear about a few of the premier offerings coming up later this year.  For more information or to register please call[masked] or visit www.rmna.org and click on the seminars tab.
 
This course will investigate the six species of owls that inhabit RMNP and the Estes Valley. These species include the great horned, long-eared, boreal, northern saw-whet, northern pygmy, and the flammulated owls.  A Power Point presentation, covering the natural history of each species, will begin this class; then participants will travel into the field in search of as many owls as possible starting with the northern pygmy owl and great horned owl. 
 
Have you ever wondered what it takes to run a park like Rocky?  Here is your chance to find out the secrets of how the employees of the Park do their jobs to keep Park operations running smoothly for visitors just like you.  Stroll along paved pathways to experience the “behind the scenes” functions of the backcountry office, fire management building, ranger operations station, Park greenhouse, and museum storage facility.  End your journey at the Rocky Mountain Nature Association building for lunch and to learn how you can help support your parks today! 
 
A swelling on a twig or a hole in a stem, a stray feather or a piece of eggshell, an abandoned nest or a mound of soil: so many different things tattle the comings and goings of secretive creatures that otherwise remain invisible.  This seminar will demonstrate how to acquire then develop the observation skills necessary to read wildlife signs as if they were a newspaper.
 
Beavers play an extremely important part in the Rocky Mountain ecosystem. Delve into their daily lives including social structure and building of dams and lodges. Follow in the footsteps of Enos Mills around Estes Park as we visit beaver colonies described in his book In Beaver World. Explore the interplay of the beaver with other species like aspens, willows, elk, trout, birds, and even wolves. Each species is in some way connected to the survival and health of the beaver in Rocky Mountain National Park. As the day wanes, observe beavers as they begin their evening’s activities. 
 
This seminar will introduce people to the mysterious world of the birds that begin their days at twilight — owls, poor-wills, nighthawks, and snipes. Learn about the nesting, habitat, conservation, natural history and ecology of these amazing and beautiful birds.  This seminar, which begins at 2:00 PM, will provide the best opportunity for viewing — from dusk until 9:00 PM.   
 
Don't forget to secure your seat to Poland with RMNA as we visit the Tatra Mountains National Park this fall.  The Tatra Mountains is the official sister park of Rocky Mountain National Park and, along with it's beautiful scenery, holds the key to uncovering the fascinating history, architechture, and culture of Europe. Click here for more information and options to register for this trip.
PO Box 3100 / 48 Alpine Circle | Estes Park, CO 80517 US

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