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February 2014
Naturally Yours
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Free Nature Movies

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Get cozy, two free nature movies are on this month! 

The Natural Areas Department and Cable 14 just posted their 10-minute video about Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, watch it here on YouTube. It is a great introduction to the site and its many happenings.

You might also enjoy School's Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten, a movie about a completely outdoor kindergarten in Switzerland. This documentary explores how children develop their minds and social skills through outdoor play. The movie is 36 minutes, followed by snacks and a fun craft for kids.  Educators and families are especially encouraged to attend. Thursday, February 27, 10-11:30 a.m. at 215 North Mason Street, Community Room. Free, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED at https://naturetracker.fcgov.com/

Get Outdoors-Become a Master Naturalist Volunteer

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Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience while enjoying your natural areas? Become a volunteer Master Naturalist! City of Fort Collins Master Naturalists care about natural areas and have a passion for sharing their enthusiasm with others. Volunteering as a Master Naturalist means you will learn about ecology, public speaking skills, and lead a variety of programs (including school field trips) on the natural areas while sharing information about these special places. Master Naturalists also form lasting friendships while socializing with other volunteers with the same interests.

 Volunteer naturalists outreach opportunities are many and varied, and designed to fit all schedules. All the training is free (training is held on various dates, March 25-April 24, see job description). Class size is limited for this highly popular program. Application deadline is March 10, 2014.  Read the job description hereApply here >>>

Last Month of Eagle Watches

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The eagles are here! Join the fun with City of Fort Collins Master Naturalists at Fossil Creek Reservoir this winter. Bald eagles from the north make Fort Collins their winter home. They spend nights in communal roosts in cottonwood trees near the reservoir. Eagle Watch programs include a short walk along a paved trail to a viewing pier. Master Naturalists will explain their natural history and help visitors view them through spotting scopes and binoculars. Drop in anytime during the program; free, no registration required.
Saturday, Feb. 8 4:00-5:30
Sunday, Feb. 16 4:00-5:30
Friday, Feb. 21 4:00-5:30
Sunday, Feb. 23 4:00-5:30
Friday, Feb. 28 4:00-5:30

Poudre River Downtown Project Open House

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A Master Plan for the Cache la Poudre River cooridor from Shields Street to Mulberry Street is underway.  Everyone is invited to give input on preliminary concepts for improvements in recreation, habitat and flood protection at a Poudre River Downtown Project Open House.  It will be Thursday, February 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Lincoln Center's Columbine Room, 417 West Magnolia Street, Fort Collins. Drop-in anytime between 5:30—7:30 p.m. Free, no registration is required. Learn more on the Downtown Project website.

Natural Areas Master Plan

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What should the next ten years of your Natural Areas hold?  An Open House was held at the end of January to get public feedback on that question.  If you missed the Open House, the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department still wants to hear from you!  You can see the Open House materials and submit comments at fcgov.com/naturalareas/masterplan until March 3. A second Open House will be held in the spring (watch this newsletter for information), and the plan will be submitted for City Council approval this summer.

North Shields Ponds Natural Area Looks Different!

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An ecological restoration project is underway at North Shields Ponds Natural Area! Earth moving work is complete, so trails are now open. You can help the restoration be successful by staying on-trail which protects the plantings and prevents erosion. The project will create five acres of wetlands, and lower the steep and unnatural river banks. The abandoned Josh Ames diversion structure was removed from the river channel for safety, recreation and aquatic habitat. Learn more about the Natural Areas Department's projects along the Cache la Poudre River here.

 

naturalareaslogo.gif Natural Areas News is published on the first Tuesday of the month with occasional special editions. Newsletter comments are welcome. Please contact Zoe Whyman, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, 970-221-6311 or zwhyman@fcgov.com.

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