Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10 a.m.-12ish
Limited to 12, reservations: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arapaho-ranch-nederland-tree-swallow-and-blue-bird-box-clean-out-tickets-36987477541
1:00 or so, Buffet Lunch on BCAS at the Himalayas Restaurant in Nederland
Leader: Pam Piombino
For many years, Dr. Robert Cohen’s lifetime work revolved around monitoring all facets of high elevation Tree Swallow and bluebird nests, with the emphasis on the swallows. He had a fatal accident several years ago and left approximately 100 boxes on the gorgeous Arapaho Ranch without a caretaker.
The owner of Arapaho Ranch has asked BCAS if we will step in and help maintain these important and heavily used nest boxes. This is the land along the valley to the north of Eldora Ski area, and east of the Eldora town site, on Middle Boulder Creek. It is a haven for wildlife with almost no public access. Moose, beaver, bear, elk, deer and coyote thrive, along with many bird and insect species. It is truly a privilege to be invited onto this property. Meet at Eben Fine Park at the west end of Arapahoe Avenue at 9:20 to carpool.
Here is a wonderful article that Dr. Cohen wrote, “Tree Swallows on the Trail”:
BCAS will provide gloves, masks, garbage bags, water and snacks. If anyone has an electric screwdriver, please bring one as it is most helpful to remove the tops for access to the interior of the nests. As a thank-you, we would like to take the crew out to the lovely buffet at the Himalayas Restaurant in Nederland afterwards. If you fall in love with the project, we would love to talk to one or more folks about being the permanent monitors of these boxes.