This newsletter was originally sent on Jul 5, 2011.

july 2011

  Naturally Yours

Trails that Beat the Heat

July brings hot weather to Fort Collins.  Try these trails nearby which are shady or near water.  You'll get the coolest temperatures if you visit in the early morning or near sunset. 

Spot Wildlife at Night

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and its wildlife will be in the spotlight- literally! You might get to see the "eye shine" of a wild creature!  Join an U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist to learn about prairie wildlife and search for nocturnal animals using a spotlight on Thursday, July 21 or Tuesday, July 26, both at 7:30 p.m. 1-2 miles, easy.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Go to (registration code 79902-01), email or call 970-416-2815.

Carp Fishing Derby

The Natural Areas Program is hosting a Carp Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m. to noon, at Arapaho Bend Natural Area.  Prizes for the most fish and the biggest fish plus door prizes.  You will be helping reduce the population of carp, an invasive fish.  Bring your own fishing gear, license and bait.  Don't have gear?  Rods and bait provided.  Fun for all ages and experience levels!  REGISTRATION REQUIRED and limited to 100 people, go to (79907-01), email or call 970-416-2815.

Help the Poudre River

The high water in the Poudre River deposited a lot of debris and trash, so your help is needed to clean it up for wildlife and people.  Volunteers will be pitching in to remove litter on Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. to noon at Nix Natural Area.  Volunteers are also needed with bikes and trailers to haul trash. Registration required, or 970-416-2815.

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