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Trail River Ranch

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Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Lake, 80447

July 2020

Hummingbirds: Field Research (adults ages 16 and older)

July 17 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm MDT
Trail River Ranch, Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Lake, 80447
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$60

Learn about Rocky’s hummingbird populations and their habitat while observing field ornithologists as they safely capture and band these remarkable birds. Marking individual birds remains essential to determine population size, migration corridors, and survivorship. Genetic and statistical analyses are complementing and expanding understanding of these important migratory pollinators. Class members will visit typical habitat, observe and identify types of food sources, and learn about factors influencing hummingbird survival. A classroom session following the field site visit will describe the hummingbird…

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Drawing for Painters (adults ages 16 and older)

July 18 @ 8:30 am - July 19 @ 4:00 pm MDT
Trail River Ranch, Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Lake, 80447
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$160

A strong drawing is the backbone of a good painting. Early summer is a great time to brush up on your drawing skills to make your paintings stronger and better. Practice your skills and try something new! Relationships of shapes, values and perspective in painting, which determine the strength or weakness of the composition in your work, will be discussed and explored. With plenty of practice time, you will become more confident in drawing and experimenting with edges, shapes, values,…

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August 2020

Wild Mushrooms & Fungi of RMNP (adults ages 16 and older)

August 8 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm MDT
Trail River Ranch, Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Lake, 80447
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$80

Often thought of as something to be avoided, fungi (including mushrooms) represent a vast and diverse group of organisms that play a critical role in virtually every terrestrial environment on the planet. Formerly thought of as plants, it is now known that fungi represent their own kingdom, along with plants and animals. Exemplified by prevalent, and often colorful, mushrooms, Rocky Mountain National Park has a bountiful and diverse fungal flora. Learn the basics of mushroom identification, their important role in…

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The History of Moose in RMNP (adults ages 16 and older)

August 15 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm MDT
Trail River Ranch, Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Lake, 80447
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$80

The present-day story of moose in Rocky Mountain National Park started in 1978. Before 1978, there is some debate if moose were considered residents of the park. We will discuss the debate and learn where the present population came from. We will spend our day exploring various topics such as moose diet, seasonal behavior, predation, impact on willow communities, and radio collaring. We will also discuss the moose’s relationship to other wildlife (such as elk and birds) and why willow…

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September 2020

Rocky Mountain National Park Butterflies (adults ages 16 and older)

September 4 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm MDT
Trail River Ranch, Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Lake, 80447
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$80

Butterflies fly in every life zone of Rocky Mountain National Park. This class will begin with an indoor introduction to basic butterfly biology, butterfly behavior, and butterfly diversity. In the field, we will visit several different habitats on the west side of the Park to search for late summer species, such as Rocky Mountain parnassian, Scudder’s sulphur, silver-bordered fritillary, mourning cloak and dark wood-nymph. We will learn to identify these species while discussing their life histories, ecology, host-plant associations, conservation…

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