Boulder Parks November Programs

Rachel Gehr, Boulder County Parks and Open Space.

Here is a list of November programs hosted by Boulder County Parks and Open Space. We have several programs that focus on birds of prey and other wildlife, as well as learning how wildlife survives during a long winter, among others. All the details of these and other programs are below – read on for more information and have a great month!

Story in the Rocks – Our Changing Landscape. Saturday, November 1, 10 a.m.-noon. Heil Valley Ranch Open Space; North of Boulder off Lefthand Canyon Drive; meet at group picnic shelter.
Join volunteer naturalists for a 1.3-mile moderate hike to learn how this scenic landscape has changed over time. The stories in the rocks span over 200 million years, from ancient sand dunes to tidal flats to riverbeds where dinosaurs roamed. The rocks also determine the landforms and ecology of the present landscape, including the plants and wildlife we find here.

Snoods and Caruncles – The Wild Turkeys of Boulder County. Saturday, November 1, 10-11:30a.m. Sandstone Ranch Open Space; the Visitor Center is located south of Highway 119, one mile east of Weld County Road 1. Take the east entrance to the Sandstone Ranch area, turning south on Sandstone Drive. Follow the directional signs to the Visitor Center parking lot.
Did you know there are wild turkeys in Boulder County? Join volunteer naturalists Sharon Bokan and Gene Kraning as they share information about identification, ecology, and behavior of these iconic birds. Find out why Benjamin Franklin thought the wild turkey should be our national bird instead of the bald eagle.

Birding Boulder County through the Seasons. Tuesday, November 4, 7-8:30 p.m. Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce Street, Louisville.
Join volunteer naturalists Vicki Braunagel and Leslie Larson to learn about birding through the seasons in Boulder County.  This program will explore where to find and how to identify some of our local and migratory birds, and also introduce you to an amazing range of ecosystems and habitats.

Wildlife and Winter Hike. Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m.-noon. Mud Lake Open Space; 2 miles north of Nederland on County Road 126; meet at parking lot kiosk.
Join volunteer naturalists for an easy one-mile hike to learn about the many ways that animals prepare for and survive winter in the high country. We’ll talk about different wintering strategies including migration, hibernation, and other adaptations. We will also look for signs of wildlife activity, including tracks, scat, and browse marks on trees and shrubs.

Birds of Prey Slide Program. Monday, November 17, 6-7:30 p.m. Lafayette Public Library, 775 west Baseline Road, Lafayette.
Join volunteer naturalists and learn how to recognize birds of prey –  hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls – in the skies above Boulder County. During this slide presentation, you’ll observe and learn how to distinguish between different raptors by identifying field marks, behavior, location, and time of year. You will also learn about the habitat requirements and ecology of these magnificent birds.

Nature Hike for Seniors. Thursday, November 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat Area (meet at Cottonwood Marsh).
Boulder County Parks and Open Space hosts a nature hike for seniors every month. Programs include information about an area’s history, wildlife and current resource management projects. No registration is necessary however; please call in advance if you plan to bring a group so we have enough naturalists at the program.

Birds of Prey Driving Tour. Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration is limited; meeting location will be provided to registered participants.
Join volunteer naturalists for a driving tour of some of Boulder County’s best areas to view birds of prey, or raptors. We will carpool from our meeting place searching for raptors, learning about habitat, and working on our observation and identification skills. Please bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. The tour is geared to adults and older children. Register by emailing lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org, or by calling 303-678-6214 by Thursday, November 20.

For information about these programs or to arrange a volunteer-led program for your group please contact Larry Colbenson, Natural History Program Coordinator, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, 303-678-6214 or lcolbenson@bouldercounty.org.  Enjoy our programs? Maybe you would enjoy leading one – we are now accepting applications for volunteer naturalists. Contact Larry Colbenson , above.

Museums

Visit the Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Highway 66 west of Longmont.
Open to the public the first Saturday of each month November through March from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with tours starting at 11:00am. Groups may make special arrangements for tours.
Learn about the rich agricultural history of Boulder County. This site gives special focus to the years 1900 to 1925 when local families prospered as farmers and witnessed the coming of the Modern Age. The farm includes two barns, an outhouse, a milk house, a blacksmith shop, and a 1909 farmhouse furnished with items from the 1910s. There are also animals on site seasonally including chickens, pigs, and others.
For more information, call 303-776-8688 or send e-mail to jdrew@bouldercounty.org.