October 2016
Naturally Yours
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Make a Difference For Nature in Your Neighborhood


The Nature in the City program is looking for ideas that would make a positive difference for nature in your neighborhood!  Project partnerships are sought that protect and restore important wildlife habitat, give all residents of Fort Collins access to nature within a ten minute walk, or shift neighborhood landscapes to more diverse forms. Projects don’t have to be big to be impactful -- small, creative, and unique projects are encouraged to apply. Unlike a typical grant-funding program, Nature in the City wants to partner with you in your neighborhood to make the greatest impact. There is over $50,000 available for on-the-ground projects across the community for 2017. For more information and to submit your project, go to www.fcgov.com/natureinthecity. Interested people are invited to an informational meeting, Tuesday, November 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Natural Areas Department’s offices, Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Road, Fort Collins. Nature in the City representatives will give a short presentation and be available to discuss project ideas and answer questions. Applications are due Friday, November 18.

Project Outdoors: Plug in to Nature in NW Fort Collins


Do you live in northwest Fort Collins? A new initative seeks to better connect this neighborhood to the outdoors through places, career pathways, and programs.  Residents are invited to a Community Listening Event, Wednesday, October 19, 6-7:30 p.m. Fort Collins Boys and Girls Club, 1608 Lancer Drive, Fort Collins, 80521. Free! Drop by anytime between 6-7:30 p.m.  Free dinner, childcare, door prizes, family outdoor activities, friendly staff, and Spanish interpretation make this an event not to miss! The focus area for the project is bounded by Irish Elementary to the west, Shields Street to the east, North Shields Ponds Natural Area to the north and Laporte Street to the south.

Make a Difference Day Painting Project


City of Fort Collins Natural Areas is seeking volunteers to help paint the maintenance facility, called "the Roman House" at majestic Soapstone Prairie Natural Area as part of United Way's Make a Difference Day. Soapstone Prairie is extraordinary with over 28 square miles of wide open vistas, nearly pristine grasslands, miles of trails and world-renowned cultural resources. There are bison, pronghorn and endangered black-footed ferrets on site. It is truly a place to treasure! Transportation from Fort Collins provided. Join the fun, Friday, October 21, 9 a.m.- 12 noon. Sign up here.

Goats Lend a Helpful Hoof


Did you see about 400 goats at Kingfisher Point Natural Area  in September?  They were there to reduce weeds such as kochia and prickly lettuce, recycle nutrients, and lightly break up the soil.  Temporary fences were used to move the goats to get just the right amount of grazing at a particular spot.  Goat grazing alone will not completely eradicate weeds, however, in combination with herbicides or bio-control, grazing can help to reduce the overall use of herbicides. The grazed areas will be monitored to determine if more goat grazing might be beneficial. 

Bobcat Ridge Management Plan: Please Comment


It is time to consider how Bobcat Ridge Natural Area will be managed for the next ten years! We want to hear from you about proposals for trails, parking and hunting/elk.

Please learn more, read the recommendations and then share your thoughts here by October 14.

Upcoming Free Activities


Nature Photography for Teens, Tuesday, October 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Discover how to take incredible photos of nature using simply the camera on your cellphone! Learn techniques and spend time outside taking photos. Bring a cellphone with camera capacity. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Science Behind the Scenery- Prairie Dogs, Plague, and Black-Footed Ferrets, Thursday, October 6, 7-8 p.m. Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd. These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. Learn about the dynamic relationships on Soapstone Prairie, as well as an update on the ferrets’ first year, with Natural Areas Department Land and Water Manager Daylan Figgs, Colorado Parks & Wildlife Disease Researcher Dan Tripp, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist John Hughes. Parking is limited—please carpool, bike or walk. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Wild by Wild, Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Court. Stop by and view the gallery of the latest wild animal “selfies” taken by remote cameras. New fun family activities include checking a camera, finding wildlife signs, guessing animal sounds, and voting for best image of 2016. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at naturetracker.fcgov.com

Science Behind the Scenery- Bio-Engineering: Harnessing the Resiliency of Nature, Thursday, October 27, 7-8 p.m. Nix Farm, 1745 Hoffman Mill Rd. These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. How can we mimic nature to create stronger, more resilient communities? CSUs Dr. Hussam Mahmoud works at the intersection of biology and structural engineering and will share his research, including how the structure of bird nests serves as a model for better buildings. Parking is limited—please carpool, bike or walk. Free, registration required at naturetracker.fcgov.com


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 Shark, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Community Relations Manager, 970-221-6311 or zshark@fcgov.com.

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