April brings spring break, starry skies and Earth Day activities which are all great ways to discover and celebrate your natural areas. Details are listed below. To learn more call 970-416-2815 or email bmF0dXJhbGFyZWFzQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==
Spring Break Wildlife Birthday Party
Wednesday, April 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.
Help wildlife celebrate the 150th birthday of Fort Collins. Families are invited to take part in traditional birthday games with a wildlife twist, like pin the tail on the bobcat and Tic Track Toe. All activities are in the barn and shelter area near the parking lot. Arrive anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to participate. An optional 2-mile, round-trip hike to the pioneer cabin begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes pioneer activities at the cabin. Hike participants should bring along a sack lunch, water to drink, and a jacket. Free. No registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at engage.fcgov.com
Beauty of Birds
Thursday, April 3, 10-11 a.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area.
Meet at the program shelter near the parking lot off Carpenter Road.
Join a Master Naturalist for fun activities and information about birds, and then take a walk to the pier to look for birds with binoculars and a spotting scope. Free. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at engage.fcgov.com
“Give a Yip” for Prairie Dogs
Friday, April 4, 10-11 a.m., Pineridge Natural Area.
Meet at the parking lot by Dixon Reservoir off CR 42C.
Learn about the fascinating communication system of prairie dogs and the meaning of some of their behaviors. Observe prairie dogs in action with binoculars. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at engage.fcgov.com
Skygazing at Fossil Creek
Saturday, April 5, 7:30-10 p.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area.
Meet at the parking lot off Carpenter Road.
Join volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society to view Jupiter, Mars and the spring skies with telescopes. Dress warmly and bring a chair to sit on. No registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at engage.fcgov.com
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Earth Day Restoration Volunteer Project
Saturday, April 12, 9 a.m.-noon
Celebrate Earth Day along the beautiful Poudre River! Volunteers will be mulching, weeding, planting and clearing vegetation in Springer Natural Area. No experience necessary. Natural Areas will supply volunteers with gloves, project materials and yummy snacks. All volunteers under the age of 18 must be with an adult.
Registration Required; visit https://engage.fcgov.com/d/na/
Meeting location and project details will be emailed to registered participants. Contact Cate Dillon for more information: Y2RpbGxvbkBmY2dvdi5jb20=
View the Total Lunar Eclipse
Monday, April 14-Tuesday, April 15; 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m., Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area.
Meet at the parking lot off Carpenter Road.
The Northern Colorado Astronomical Society will have telescopes available to view the total lunar eclipse. The total eclipse occurs between 1:07 and 2:25 a.m. Dress warmly. To get updates, check the NCAS website at ncastro.org.
Astronomy at Bobcat Ridge: The Whole Eclipse
Saturday, April 19, 7:15-10 p.m., Bobcat Ridge Natural Area.
Meet at the picnic shelter, 1/8 mile from the parking lot.
Two total lunar eclipses and one partial solar eclipse are visible from North America in 2014. A brief program will explain what causes an eclipse, why we don’t see eclipses all the time, and when to see upcoming eclipses. Afterwards, enjoy viewing the night skies through telescopes provided by the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society. Please arrive on time—the entrance gate closes shortly after the program begins and parking is not allowed on the road outside the gate. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at engage.fcgov.com
Volunteer Restoration Corps: Application Deadline
Thursday, April 24
Volunteers are invited to assist in restoration activities at natural areas along the Poudre River. Volunteers will weed, plant, mulch, water, pick up rocks, hand-seed, and help with fence maintenance. Projects will be offered weekly, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and occasional Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., May – August. If selected, volunteers must attend a 3-hour mandatory training on Saturday, April 26 and participate in at least 2 projects. Benefits include access to restoration areas that are closed to the public, on-site training, and working with a team of like-minded volunteers. Volunteers will gain valuable experience in restoration techniques. Apply at fcgov.com/naturalareas