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PHENOLOGY

Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta)

Phenology is the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year. Researchers record when plants flower, insects hatch, and birds migrate, among other tasks.

Beaver Ponds works within the guidelines of the National Phenology Network, whose goal is to build a large database, which will link the timing of these changes to weather and climate. We use their Nature’s Notebook program to track four species: lodge-pole pine, quaking aspen, Engelmann spruce, and prickly rose. We track four specimens of each and are always looking for volunteers to help with this project.  Please click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Beaver Ponds.

Prickly rose (Rosa acicularis)

Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmanni)

Prickly rose (Rosa acicularis)

Nature’s Notebook is a national, online program, where amateur and professional naturalists regularly record observations of plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision-making.

Events & Programs

There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
September 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
October 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

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Penstemon Salve

The beautiful Penstemon is another plant that can be utilized topically in homemade salves.  The whole plant is used by chopping it into fine pieces, using a food processor, juicer, or a blender.  One recipe from herbalist, Michael Moore, suggests using equal parts...

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PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
info@beaverponds.org
719.838.0143

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