In this issue: Eagles, Grants and Wildflowers
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Carter Lake
NR News Issue 13 | August 2015
Golden Eagle Nest

Golden Eagles make their nests on cliffs and escarpments. Photo by Dale Erickson.

Eaglets Fledge from Aptly Named Open Space

Success! This summer, a pair of Golden Eagles fledged from a nest at Eagle's Nest Open Space near Livermore. Volunteer Lou Hegedus, rangers and resource managers watched the two eaglets closely during the breeding season until they successfully left the nest.

Larimer County Natural Resources monitors raptor nests across county open spaces and easements annually to ensure productivity and protect wildlife. The two eaglets are the fourth and fifth Golden Eagles to fledge from Eagle's Nest Open Space since the County began monitoring nests on the property in 2005.

Thank you to Lou and all of our volunteers for monitoring nests! Want to help? Contact Pam Mayhew at 970-619-4552 or

Small Grant Project Recipient

A school group enjoys the outdoor classroom at Soaring Eagle Ecology Center, funded through Larimer County Natural Resources' small grants program. Photo by Judy Viola.

Got a Community Project? Apply for a Small Grant!

Receive up to $2,000 of Help Preserve Open Spaces funds to support a project in your community that helps connect people to the land. The deadline to apply for this year's grant cycle is Sept. 4, 2015.

Get more information and apply for a small grant »

Firewood Program

People can collect free firewood from trees cut down during a forest health thinning project at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Photo by Charlie Gindler.

Prep for Frigid Winter Weather with Free Firewood Now

With temperatures in the 90s, wintry Colorado weather sure feels a long way off. Prepare for the cold now and stock up on firewood during Larimer County's firewood collection program starting Aug. 22.

Free firewood is available at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Reservations are required.

Get more information and sign up for a time slot »

Wildflower Guide

This guide is a compact, user-friendly resource to identify wildflowers and other native, common, showy plants of Larimer County at elevations between 5,000 and 8,000 feet.  

Pick Up the New Guide to Showy Flora of Larimer County

Have you ever seen a beautiful wildflower on a hike in Larimer County and wondered what it is? If so, get our new guide and identify wildflowers and other showy plants in the county with photos, tips and more.

The guide is for sale at Fort Collins Nursery, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and the Loveland Museum. Or visit the Colorado Native Plant Society's online bookstore at

Purchase a copy of the new wildflower guide »

Volunteer Project

Service projects allow citizens to be a part of conservation in Larimer County. Photo of Russian Olive removal project by Jeff Andersen.

Volunteers Needed for Russian Olive Removal

Sat., Aug. 29, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Stack and feed Russian Olive trees into the chipper at a scenic conservation easement property along the Poudre River near Windsor. Lunch provided.

Sign up or get info: Pam Mayhew, 970-619-4552,

Nature's Harvest Fest

Volunteer at Nature's Harvest Fest on Sept. 12

The event brings together the NoCo Nature Fest and Harvest Festival in a one-day celebration of all things nature and harvest in our community.

The festival will be Sat., Sept. 12 at The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins. We need volunteers to help welcome guests, assist with workshops, talk with attendees and more!

Sign up to volunteer at the festival »

Chimney Hollow

Chimney Hollow is an open space not currently accessible to the public. Participants of the tours here will learn about recreation planned for the property. Photo by Gregory Mayse.

Sign Up for Special Birding Experience & Field Tours

Birding Tour at Three Bells, Sept. 19, 7-11 a.m.
Join Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory biologist Jeff Birek for a tour of the Three Bells conservation easement in Windsor. This beautiful conserved area boasts a lovely section of the Poudre River and is home to many bird species.

Get info and sign up for the Three Bells birding tour »

Chimney Hollow Open Space Tour, Sept. 24 & Oct. 7, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
See this open space not typically accessible to the public and learn about its history and recreational amenities planned for the property. The field trip will be hosted by Larimer County Natural Resources and Northern Water.

Get info and sign up for the Chimney Hollow tour »

Hikes and Programs

Get wolf kisses! WolfWood Refuge will be at Hermit Park Open Space on Aug. 8-9.

Upcoming Guided Hikes and Programs

WolfWood Refuge at Hermit Park - Aug. 8 (Sat.) and Aug. 9 (Sun.), 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. both days (talks at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.), Hermit Park Open Space

Junior Ranger Hike - Aug. 11 (Tues.), 5 p.m., River Bluffs Open Space (only 2 spots left!)

Night Sky Over the Backbone - Aug. 19 (Wed.), 8 p.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Junior Ranger Hike - Aug. 28 (Fri.), 5 p.m., Horsetooth Mountain Open Space

Summer Plant Walk - Aug. 29 (Sat.), 8:30 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Tiny Trekkers - Sept. 1 (Tues.), 10 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

History Walk at Devil's Backbone - Sept. 9 (Wed.), 5 p.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Geology Underfoot at Devil's Backbone - Sept. 18 (Fri.), 10 a.m., Devil's Backbone Open Space

Registration is required for all programs except WolfWood at Hermit Park.

Information and registration:, or Zach Schierl at (970) 619-4565 or

Registration to open soon for September programs.

Masthead photo: Carter Lake by Linda Wilson
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