This newsletter was originally sent on Feb 2, 2010.

February 2010

Naturally Yours

Explore: Trail Recommendations for the Shortest Month

Don't let the winter blues get you down! Get outdoors and explore a new place or an old favorite. Here are three suggestions, use the Natural Areas Map to find your way to the trailhead.

Learn: See Bald Eagles in the Wild

The eagles are still roosting at Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space!  You can see them before they head north.  Enjoy the beauty and outstanding birding at Fossil Creek Reservoir Regional Open Space with six free programs in February. Read the eagle watch flyer here.

Eagle Watch Dates
Saturday, February 6, 10 am -12 noon
Sunday, February 7, 3 pm -5 pm
Tuesday, February 16, 3 pm -5 pm
Saturday, February 20, 10 am -12 noon
Thursday, February 25, 9 am -11 am
Saturday, February 27, 9 am -11 am
Before you head out, remember to check the natural areas website for possible cancellation information.

Give Back: Become a Master Naturalist

Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience while enjoying your natural areas? Master Naturalists are volunteers trained in local ecology and public speaking skills. You will welcome visitors to natural areas, provide programs and share practical stewardship tips for these special places.
Short on time? Consider becoming a Master Naturalist Assistant. You will assist with group management, props and activities, while having a fun outing on the natural areas.
All training for Master Naturalists and Master Naturalist Assistants is FREE, educational and fun! Applications are due February 26 and training begins March 10, training details and applications are available on-line.  To have application materials mailed to you or for more information, call 970-224-6118, or email 

Closures and Cancellations: Know Before You Go

'Tis the season for muddy trails which means trail closures at some natural areas.  Don't drive all the way to a trail to find it closed!  Trail closures are posted on-line and are updated daily. 
In addition, sometimes educational programs are canceled due to weather, volunteer availability or other reasons, so check the Natural Areas Program homepage before setting out.

Thanks for reading!  If you have questions or comments, please contact Natural Areas Program Community Relations Manager, Zoe Whyman, 970-221-6311 or email

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