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The 2019 Bird Banding program begins on Saturday, 9/14/19 at the HPEC Visitor's Center!

Fall Community Lecture Series

The High Plains Environmental Center & Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will be hosting a Community Lecture Series this Fall, starting on September 24th, 2019!

Registration Required.

See Below for More Details!


RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP AT HPEC!
 

A group of students from Front Range Community College conducted a Bio-Blitz at HPEC on April 26th. The students gathered a lot of great information about our wildlife and also raised concerns about the number of dogs off leash.
 
“Preliminary review of camera traps from February through April were very disappointing. Human tampering and significant dogs off leash were a major problem…it is clear that the intense human use and significant dogs off leash issue will greatly reduce all wildlife use.”
 
Pet owners need to know that some people are afraid of dogs or may have health issues where even very friendly dogs approaching or jumping up on them can be extremely distressing. Dogs off leash are a threat to wildlife and can reduce the number of species in our open space.     
 
In order to protect the rights of everyone at HPEC (wildlife included) TRAILS WILL BE PATROLLED RANDOMLY BY A PRIVATE SECURITY COMPANY.
 
Trails users should be advised that the City of Loveland leash laws (Loveland Ordinance 6.20.010 & 6.20.050) apply to all parts of the City, including HPEC, and violators can be fined up to $1000.

 

                            


Bird Banding Program

Join us bi-weekly, beginning on Saturday, 9/14/2019 for a Bird Banding program with Scott Rashid, Director of Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute.

Scott will talk to the group about what bird banding is, which birds we may expect to see/band, and why bird banding is vital for collecting data on avian specie in addition to catching and banding live song birds, waterfowl, raptors, and other types of birds at HPEC!

2019 Dates:
9/14
9/28
10/12
10/26
11/9


All Ages Welcome!

No Registration Required.

Suggested Donation: $5-$10

Please email pygmyowl@frii.com for questions about the presentation, banding program, or other bird-related programs in Northern Colorado.


Fall Community Lecture Series

The High Plains Environmental Center & Grimm Brothers Brewhouse will be hosting a Community Lecture Series this Fall, starting on September 24th, 2019!

Attendees may also enjoy $1 off of their Pints that evening!

Topics include Worm Composting, Rainbarrels, Open Lands Stewardship, Fall & Winter Puning Techniques, and a lecture on Owls.

The Lecture Series is Free, but REGISTRATION is REQUIRED.

REGISTER HERE

*** Please note that the Lecture on 11/5/2019, Fall & Winter Pruning Techniques, will take place at the High Plains Environmental Center at 2698 Bluestem Willow Dr. in Loveland, CO. The time of the event will remain the same.***


Dates:

9/24
Lauren Sadowsky: Vermicomposting
This event will be an introduction into the world of liquid gold (worm castings): which worms are best for compost, what kinds of organic waste can go into a worm compost, how worms turn rotting organics into nutrient rich soil, what soil types worms prefer, why worm compost over regular compost, and those looking for tips on how to start their own worm bin at home.

10/8
Jessica Thrasher: Rain barrels
Join us on October 8th with Jessica Thrasher, Director of the Headwaters Institute, to learn all about rainwater harvesting! This seminar will give you an introduction to the benefits of rainwater harvesting, best practices, a cost breakdown, and how to install a rain barrel at your home.

10/22
Scott Rashid: Barn Owls & Great Horned Owls
Scott Rashid, Director of the Colorado Avian Research and Rehabilitation Institute, will present on October 22nd about Barn Owls & Great Horned Owls. He will discuss feeding, mating, & migratory habits of these amazing creatures, as well as talk about preferred habitats, conservation methods, and how to create habitat in your own yard!

11/5
Sara Harris: Fall & Winter Pruning Techniques
Sara Harris, HPEC's Nursery Manager and Horticulturalist will present Pruning for the Fall & Winter. She will discuss dormant season pruning methods for various woody and herbaceous species used in landscapes throughout the region
*** Please Note that this Lecture will take place at the High Plains Environmental Center at 2698 Bluestem Willow Dr. in Loveland, CO. The time of the event will remain the same.***

11/19
Kristin Oles: Stewarding Natural Areas in the Winter
During the winter, natural areas may look dead, but most of the plants are actually only dormant. Additionally, rodents, insects, and other wildlife utilize various parts of the landscape to hibernate. That means natural areas are still very vulnerable to disturbance from human impacts. Outdoor activities (and potential negative impacts) continue even when the temperature drops, so this class will provide tips on continuing to be a good natural areas steward into the fall and winter.


REGISTRATION REQUIRED!


Please email Lauren@suburbitat.org if you have any questions.

Nature Journaling with Nancy Aley

3rd Saturday of Each Month June - September


Join Nancy Aley to have fun and support each other in beginning or adding to your nature journals. Everyone is welcome, beginners, children with their parents, wanna-be’s who always wished they could draw, and experienced artists as well. Now’s your chance to find your inner child who was delighted to draw easily and naturally, because there was no inner critique. The walk will be playful, and you will look for little things; an interesting leaf, an insect, a tree, a duck on the water, or even the mountains beyond Loveland. You get to choose.

Bring your own sketchbook and drawing or painting materials (pencils, pens, colored pencils, watercolors, etc.) in your day pack, as well as water, hat, a snack if you choose, and perhaps something small to sit on. We’ll gather on 3rd Saturdays at 10am at HPEC’s Visitors Center.


2019 Nature Journaling Dates:

Saturday, June 15

Saturday, July 20

Saturday, August 17

Saturday, September 21


Please email Lauren@suburbitat.org if you have any questions.

Monthly Bird Walks with Sheila Webber

Whether you’re a seasoned birder or an amateur, join Sheila Webber for a bird walk around Equalizer on the First Saturday of each month 8am-10am from February-October in 2019. Walking will be at a slow pace on approximately 2 miles of level walking paths. Consider bringing binoculars and a field guide to enhance your birding experience.The Bird Walk group will meet in front of the HPEC Visitor's Center to begin the walk.
The event will be cancelled in the event of severe weather or muddy conditions.

 

Bird Walk Dates:

February 2nd

CANCELED- March 2nd

April 6th

May 4th

June 1st

July 6th

August 3rd

September 7th

October 5th

November 2nd

Children’s Event: Scavenger Hunt & Nature Walk

When: Second Saturday of Every Month (May-September, except August)
Time: Varies- See Individual Events

Join us at the High Plains Environmental Center for a Scavenger Hunt and Nature Walk each month! A Scavenger Hunt Bingo board will be provided to guide the walk. Wander the trails, scout for wildlife, and be with the wildflowers. Journey with us as we look, listen, smell, feel, and even taste all that nature has to offer.

This event is free, and open to the community. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event.

Second Saturday of Each Month:

5/11/2019, 11am-1pm

6/8/2019, 11am-1pm

7/13/2019, 10:30am-12:30pm

8/24/2019, 10:30am-12:30pm *4th Saturday of the Month!*

9/14/2019, 10:30am-12:30pm

Please email Lauren@suburbitat.org or call 970.622.9676 with any questions.

Fall Pumpkin Festival

Join us at the High Plains Environmental Center for our Fall Pumpkin Festival on October 19th from 11am - 2pm, and celebrate the Autumn Harvest with food, drink, and fun for the whole family!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
MORE DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS!


This event is Free and Open to the community!

 

PLANT SELECT SHOWCASE GARDEN AWARD WINNERS

HPEC received the Showcase Garden Award for Chapungu Sculpture Park at the annual Plant Select meeting at Denver Botanic Gardens on June 11th.


Volunteer With HPEC!

HPEC hosts groups & individuals throughout the week- No Experience Required! We support ongoing stewardship projects, court-appointed community service, and groups looking to make a difference.

Areas of Opportunity include:

Restoration
Native Plants Nursery
Landscaping
Events, Education, & Outreach

Looking for a set volunteer schedule each week? Check out our Volunteer Application HERE.

Looking to set up a volunteer project for a group or your personal volunteer schedule? Please email Lauren@suburbitat.org.

 
Native Plant of the Month

We have started a Native Plant of the Month section for our e-newsletters. Every month we will feature a different native plant based on what's in bloom and what's valuable for wildlife - and we'll let you know if we sell it at our native plant nursery!

This month we are featuring
Helianthus maximiliani, or Maximilian Sunflower...

       


   

  
                                 
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