Micro-Safari: Bugs & Butterflies at Arapaho Ranch

  • July 22, 2018 09:30am - 02:00pm
  • Arapaho Ranch

DATE:  Sunday, July 22, 2018, 9:30-2:00




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Join three naturalists on a bug safari to the stunning and private Arapaho Ranch in Nederland.  We will ratchet down our focal points to observe the arthropods; truly a window into a different universe.  You will be amazed at the beauty, diversity, behaviors and we hope, come to understand the complex relationships of insects and their vital importance in the food chain.

Arapaho Ranch, along Middle Boulder Creek, has several different habitats we will explore, including riparian, grassy meadows and rocky outcrops. You will learn of high elevation adaptations, while developing an environmental awareness of how important their roles are as pollinators, recyclers and as meals for birds, bats and other mammals, and other insects.

The butterflies we shall see are varied and colorful as will be the flowers on which we find them nectaring.  Learn of the specificity of the needs of their caterpillars and overwintering strategies.   The ranch also hosts Coyote, Moose, Bear, Elk and small mammals.

We will meet for a continental breakfast at 9:30 and then, as the day warms head out for exploration.  Bring cameras, sturdy shoes and a sense of awe.

Scott Severs works as a biologist and is a great all-round naturalist and educator.  Jan Chu is a retired science teacher and the Butterfly Queen of Boulder County.  Pam Piombino is President of Boulder County Audubon and a birder gone bad for insects!

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