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Castle Rock residents have the joy of living in a diverse and interesting habitat. The species of wildlife that call our community home are almost endless. Come learn from local nature experts about how to enjoy the wildlife in the Town’s backyard.
The Town’s natural resource specialist is hosting several programs this spring to help residents learn about wildlife – Wild in Our Town and the Basics of Bird Watching.
The Wild in Our Town program teaches residents about Castle Rock’s wild side. Explore animals such as coyotes, bobcats, bears, beavers, rattlesnakes and deer. The presentation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St.
Natural resource staff and law enforcement representatives from the Town, along with staff from Douglas County and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will provide interesting facts and answer questions about wildlife in Castle Rock and throughout the County. The program is open to all ages and preregistration is not necessary.
Also, learn about birds native to Town with a two-part bird watching class. The first class, Basics of Bird Watching, is happening from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St. This indoor program for beginners will teach bird identification, how to choose and use binoculars and field guides, and where to find the best birding spots.
Part two of the class, Guided Bird Watching Walk, is scheduled for 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18. Participants will search for migratory songbirds and birds of prey. This two-hour walk is designed to advance birding skills learned during part one, but attendance to part one is not required for this class. Remember to bring your own binoculars. The location for this walk will be determined in April in order to select the location with the best concentration of birds. Look for updates on Crgov.com/events.
The two-part birding classes are not recommended for children under 8 years old.
All programs are free. To preregister for the bird watching classes, visit CRgov.com/registration. For questions, please contact Natural Resource Specialist Barbara Spagnuolo, bspagnuolo@CRgov.com or 720-733-2294.
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