Natural Resources


2014 San Miguel Basin Native Plant Education Field Trips

This will be our fourth year exploring  the area around the confluence of the Dolores and San Miguel Rivers. This section of the Dolores River Canyon, along the “River Road” is habitat for several unique species, including the rare Astragalus linifolius (Grand Junction Milkvetch) and the desert-steppe canyon Galium coloradoense  (Bedstraw). Last spring, we were so lucky as  mother nature provided the perfect blooming conditions for Sclerocatus parviflorus.  What different wildflower species will we add to our plant list this year?
During the lunch break there will be an opportunity to observe and ID the bird species which live year round or are migrating through the area.   Possibilities include:  Common Merganser, Says Phoebe, Golden and Bald Eagles, Canyon Wren, Flycatchers, Vireo’s, Hummingbirds, Grosbeaks…
FYI- It is approximately a 1 hr drive from Norwood to Uravan, CO.   Uravan is the meeting place,  NOT  at the “confluence” !
  Please register before May 10th

  July 11th:  ALTA LAKES-  Elevation 11,300’
A new field trip location and life zone for this year…  After exploring the shorelines and basin meadows around these pristine subalpine lakes , we’ll venture up to the high alpine.  Get out your hand lens and tread lightly . Slow down and look closely at some of tiniest and heartiest of species!
 With the abundant snowpack this season the July wildflower show should be fabulous!

Please register before July 4th

Field Trips are ALL DAY:  9AM til 4PM      COST: $25 per class
NOTE! The above classes can be moderately strenuous, requiring walking up steep inclines, covering up to 1 mile in distance in varying weather conditions. PLEASE COME PREPARED!
 To register call 970-327-4393 or E-mail
Instructors:   Yvette Henson -- SMB/CSU County Extension Director
Connie Colter -- Certified Native Plant Master

If you want to be a Native Plant Master or if you want to be on our email list, Email Mary or call our CSUE Office in norwood at 970-327-4393 for more information. Native Plant Master Program
Find out what's blooming and learn more about some of your favorite plants in Colorado with a handy new tool, the Colorado Plant Database. Also the Colorado Native Plant Master Program is found at:
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