Workshop: Navigate Like a Lion
Oct
26
8:00 AM08:00

Workshop: Navigate Like a Lion

Join Colorado wildlife videographer and conservationist David Neils for a deep dive on the habits and habitat of mountain lions.

You'll learn how to map the hunting and travel routes of these apex predators using four natural factors to view the landscape like a mountain lion, and capture weekly video of these elusive predators.

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Iron Mountain Hike - Neota Wilderness
Oct
5
6:00 AM06:00

Iron Mountain Hike - Neota Wilderness

July 27th - Iron Mountain - Neota Wilderness 
This hike starts in the beautiful Trap Creek valley and then climbs up through apline fir to a wildflower graced ridge that offers some of the best views in the entire wilderness area. From there we navigate a slight ascent toward Iron Mountain, circling to the south for the final climb. The view in this picture is near the top of Iron Mountain looking west toward the Never Summer Wilderness, one of four wilderness areas you can see from the top.

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Sep
7
7:30 AM07:30

Water for Wildlife - September 7th - 7:30 a.m. Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Water for Wildlife

Where: Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch (www.sylvandale.com)

What: Hauling 120 gallons of water one mile up a trail to a natural basin. The goal is keeping black bears in the gulch and out of trouble this fall. The basin is currently dry.

We need 10 more water haulers. To confirm, send an email to davidneils@gmail.com or call 970-481-9795

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Our Wild Colorado: Living with Black Bears
Jun
29
6:30 PM18:30

Our Wild Colorado: Living with Black Bears

Registration: https://coloradoblackbears.eventbrite.com

Presented by: Wild Nature Media, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Alliance and Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The Colorado black bear is an incredible animal. The largest predator in the state, and also the most vulnerable as its calorie requirements skyrocket prior to denning for the winter. An omnivore, hibernator, and an opportunistic forager are just a few characteristics that make this bruin worth leaning into and learning about.

In this presentation you'll learn about Black Bear Ecology, tips for understanding Black Bears and avoiding conflicts in your own neighborhood, bear management in the state, and their unique habits and habitat requirements.

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WILD Wildlife Presentation (Optional Hike - limited to 20)
May
25
10:30 AM10:30

WILD Wildlife Presentation (Optional Hike - limited to 20)

An optional hike (moderate to difficult) will explore to the top of Sulzer Gulch and back on the ridge toward Alexander will be available for those in great shape. The hike will start at 10:00 a.m. and wrap around 5:30 p.m., just in time for the evening presentation. The hike is limited to 20 hikers in great shape. Cost for the hike is $10.00.

The presentation will be from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the beautiful Heritage Room at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and include:

  • Incredible WILD wildlife footage of many species in Colorado, from kestrels to bobcats

  • How to radically increase your chances of seeing truly WILD wildlife

  • Several places to go in Northern Colorado that are wildlife rich with few people

  • How to navigate off-trail safely, successfully while maximizing your fun in the outdoors

Refreshments and snack food will be provided by the ranch. Seating is limited to 80.

Cost is $20.00 per person.

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WILD Hike: Mount Margaret
May
18
8:00 AM08:00

WILD Hike: Mount Margaret

Hike the main trail to Mt. Margaret and then hike off-trail back to the main trail on the way back, practicing navigation skills.

The focus of the hike will be:

  1. Creating a route, on and off trail

  2. Ten essentials and how to use them, including having contacts for your hike

  3. Navigating with a map and compass and using Gaiagps.com

  4. Using a SPOT unit (www.findmespot.com)

  5. Where to look for wildlife activity, including mountain lion activity

  6. Becoming more BOLD about exploring all public land, on and off trail

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Durango - Mountain Lion Photography Workshop
May
10
8:15 AM08:15

Durango - Mountain Lion Photography Workshop

Cost: $100

Registration: https://mountainlionworkshop.eventbrite.com

Join local wildlife videographer and conservationist David Neils for a deep dive on the habits and habitat of mountain lions in Colorado. You'll learn how to map the hunting and travel routes of these apex predators using four natural factors to view the landscape like a mountain lion, and capture weekly video or images of these elusive predators. 

This workshop will take place near Durango where mountain lions are active. You’ll learn about scrapes, the difference between hunting and simply navigation, the time of day when lions are most active and how to safely recreate and live in lion country. You’ll also receive many tips for safely hiking on and off trail in Colorado.

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