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November 2016
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Updated Natural Areas Map

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About twice a year the Natural Areas Map brochure is updated.  Look on the back (lower left corner) to see when yours was printed. This edition includes new sites such as Tanglewood, Goose Hollow and Soaring Vista.  Online pdf version.

Learn to Give Powerful Presentations

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Does public speaking intimidate you? It is a common fear. Don't worry, you can learn to give effective presentations to any audience by taking the National Association for Interpretation's Certified Interpretive Guide course. This training is perfect for paid and volunteer staff who work with the public in settings such as museums, historic sites, natural areas, and parks. The course is taught by Natural Areas Department staff, December 12-15, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., cost is $380.00. Learn more >>>

Prescribed Burns for Habitat

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The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department, in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, will be conducting two prescribed fires within Soapstone Prairie Natural Area between October 2016 and March 2017. Some trails within the natural area will be closed for the day of the burn if not during Soapstone Prairie’s annual closure in December, January, and February. Closures and updates will be posted at http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/status.php

Prescribed burns accomplish management goals such as reducing weeds, improving habitat, or reducing hazardous fuels. This season’s efforts at Soapstone Prairie will focus on improving habitat for migrating birds and rare plants. The burn will support fire-adapted buffalo grass and blue grama grass to diversify the grassland habitat.

Two Sources of Nature Project Funding Available

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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. For more information and to submit your project, go to http://www.fcgov.com/natureinthecity. Applications are due Friday, November 18.

Natural Areas Enhancement Fund

Members of the Fort Collins community are invited to propose projects to the Natural Areas Enhancement Fund.  The Natural Areas Department encourages stewardship of all natural areas so financial assistance is available for projects to enhance or restore private or public natural areas in Fort Collins. There is $15,000 from the citizen-initiated Open Space Yes! sales tax available in 2016.  Applications are due by November 4.

IUCN Features Fort Collins Restoration Project

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The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has selected the City of Fort Collins’ 2014 Poudre River restoration projects as one of ten international restoration case studies employing “nature-based solutions”.  The report, “Nature-based Solutions to Address Global Societal Challenges” draws international attention to the City Natural Area Department’s river restoration projects at McMurry and North Shields Pond natural areas. Read the full report here. Natural Areas river restoration efforts are also highlighted in this fun short video. Way to go stewardship team!

November Free Activities

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Skygazing at Fossil Creek Reservoir
Friday, November 4, 7:30-9:30 p.m.Meet at the parking lot.
Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet in the parking lot. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com

Day Hike: Devil’s Backbone to Coyote Ridge
Saturday, November 5, 9a.m.-3 p.m.
Meet at the Devil’s Backbone Open Space parking lot.
Hike from Devil's Backbone Open Space through Coyote Ridge Natural Area with naturalists from Larimer County Natural Resources and Fort Collins Natural Areas. Please bring plenty of water, a lunch, and sun protection. This is a ~9 mile hike through rough terrain with little to no shade/cover. For safety reasons, those who are not prepared will be turned away. Transportation will be provided from the Coyote Ridge parking lot back to Devil's Backbone. Registration required through the Larimer County website: http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/registration/index.cfm

Family Nature Club
Saturday, November 12, 9-11 a.m. Magpie Meander Natural Area, meet at Soft Gold park, 520 Hickory St.
Calling all families with children 12 and under! Kids who spend more time outside have greater attention spans, are more creative, and tend to be healthier, but it can be difficult to get them out there! In the Natural Areas Family Nature Club, you’ll meet other families with similar interests and challenges. Monthly commitment encouraged but not required. Plan to be outside in all weather, get dirty, and have fun! Parents must actively participate in all sessions. Free, registration required at http://naturetracker.fcgov.com

Leonid Meteor Shower Skygazing at Fossil Creek Reservoir
Friday, November 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Meet at the parking lot.
Volunteers from the Northern Colorado Astronomical Society provide telescopes for your viewing pleasure and share their knowledge about stars, planets, galaxies, and more. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Meet in the parking lot. Free, no registration required but you can get a reminder and updates by signing up at http://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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