When: July 9, 2018 – 1pm to 3pm
Who: Adults and kids 15 and over

Do you like to hike above tree-line? Do you love birds? Are you interested in participating in citizen science projects?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to Beaver Ponds to find out how you can help monitor populations of brown-capped rosy finches here in Colorado!

Brown-capped rosy finches are Colorado natives. If you live in the mountains you may have seen them at your feeders in the winter. In the summer, they move to even higher elevations above tree line to mate and nest in rocky crevices and talus fields. It is believed their numbers have declined drastically in the last 50 years, possibly due to reduced mountain snow pack. Dr. Luke George from the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies has been studying and banding the birds to try to determine why their populations are dwindling. He will provide a lecture about these fascinating little creatures and explain how you can assist in his monitoring efforts.

Dr. Luke George has spent a lifetime studying birds across North America. His research has focused on songbird ecology, demography, habitat selection, and conservation working with a variety of species. He has authored more than 75 scientific papers and technical reports on wildlife research and natural resource conservation.

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Registration closes July 6th. Limited to 30 participants. Cost: Free
To register: Contact Kristin Barrett at 719-836-0123 or fill out the form below.

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Events & Programs

Winters are wonderful at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Forest Camp at Beaver Ponds - March Friday Sessions
March 1, 8, 15, 22 - 9am to 1pm
COST: $150 per child for all 4 Fridays
AGES 4-7
A nature immersion camp awakening a sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world.
Forest exploration followed by lunch and nature-inspired art.
For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at or call (719) 838-0143,
visit our website here or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!

SnowSchool at Beaver Ponds
March 16, 2019 - 9:30am to NOON
Class Theme: Winter Survival
COST: $35 per child  AGES 8-12

A magical morning of snow science and games while enjoying a snowshoe hike!

For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at or call (719) 838-0143, visit our website here
or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!

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