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Natural History Hike

 01/20/2024  |  09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
  Horsetooth Mountain Open Space  |  Registration Required

Public Program - Adults, 16+

What's happening in the natural world this time of year? It's all about winter, the season of food scarcity and lack of solar energy which makes animals choose to migrate, hibernate, or just deal with it. We'll talk about butterflies that hibernate as winged adults, bears that really don't hibernate, and even a bird that does hibernate! How about plants? Can they migrate, hibernate, or do they all just suffer through the winter? Discover the often quite amazing adaptations of local plants and animals in winter. We'll hike about 5.5 miles on various trails including Horsetooth Falls trail (moderate, dirt surface) and Horsetooth Rock trail (difficult, dirt surface), depending on weather conditions. Wear layers to accommodate changing wind and temperatures, good shoes, skin protection (if desired), water and snacks, binoculars, and a spirit of adventure. Participants should bring: Sun protection (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen) Wear comfortable hiking/walking shoes (closed-toe recommended) Water Insect repellant Lunch & Snacks Clothing appropriate for the weather Backpack (to carry it all) Weather dependent.

Minimum Participants: 4
Maximum Participants: 12

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ROBERT P - Naturalist

Former supervisor of gardeners and greenhouses at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, I've spent my adult life learning about the lush eastern deciduous forests of the Appalachians and leading monthly natural history hikes for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Moved to Fort Collins in 2019 and learning about this new dry habitat.


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