Audubon Rockies River Trips:
The Audubon Rockies Grand Canyon trip April 30 – May 7, 2018 is full! If you are still interested in floating with us, we are taking names for the waitlist. Contact Abby Burk, Western Rivers Program Lead for Audubon Rockies at email@example.com for trip details and to be placed on the waitlist.
Audubon Rockies – Wildlands Restoration Volunteers Upcoming Riparian and Wetland Restoration Projects:
Native riparian and wetland vegetation is critical in supporting thriving bird populations, ecosystem services, and for sustaining people. Built off of overwhelming success in 2016, Audubon Rockies and Wildland Restoration Volunteers (WRV) are teaming up again in 2017 to enhance and restore riparian and wetland areas across Colorado. Project days are full of “how to” education, community friendships, and environmental therapy for the soul. Sign up early for projects directly through the links provided. Early registration helps us to forecast volunteer meals and needed labor. We cannot do this without you. If you cannot donate your time, please consider a financial donation to Audubon Rockies to support these vital projects. Together we are making a difference!
Sep 6-9 – Upper Gunnison Basin Habitat Restoration
Wet meadows and riparian areas in sagebrush shrublands provide important brood-rearing habitat for the Gunnison sage-grouse, listed as threatened by US Fish and Wildlife Service. These habitats are also important for numerous other species, including neo-tropical migratory birds, elk and mule deer, as well as to ranchers for livestock grazing. A number of wet meadows and riparian areas, already compromised by erosion and lower water tables, are likely to be further altered from drought and high intensity rainstorms associated with a changing climate. These habitats are among the most at risk in the Gunnison Basin.
To address these challenges, we will be working with Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, US Forest Service and others to restore riparian and wet meadow habitats in sagebrush shrublands in the Upper Gunnison Basin. We will use innovative, yet simple, restoration methods-small rock structures-to raise the water table to support plants and insects needed by wildlife. We will apply the approach of restoration expert Bill Zeedyk, author of Let the Water do the Work: Induced Meandering, An Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels (2012). Volunteers will be constructing multiple rock structures on small streams and drainages in the watershed.
Sep 30 - National Forest Flood Restoration, Come join us to celebrate WRV’s 1000th project on National Public Lands Day!
WRV and Audubon Rockies volunteers have been breathing life back into our flood damaged watersheds. This project will take place at either Left Hand Creek, Little Thompson, or James Creek; we'll update you when we have more information. Your efforts will help protect our water supply by revegetating scoured stream banks, and make a difference for the returning river otter, greenback cutthroat trout and the Preble's meadow jumping mouse. Activities will include native seeding, diverse plantings of native trees and shrubs, and soil healing amendments and mulch application.
Sep 29-Oct 1 – Dolores River Riparian Restoration and Tamarisk Removal
Take a volunteer vacation with Audubon Rockies and WRV! Join us on National Public Lands Day for this camp-out trip on our fourth year working to restore a native ecosystem inside the absolutely stunning Dolores River Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Volunteers will remove invasive Tamarisk trees and seed and plant native vegetation in "resource islands" throughout the area. This is a rare opportunity to camp with your Audubon Rockies and WRV community and work in this truly scenic and historic area - once the stomping grounds of the infamous rimrockers and notable characters such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! We'll be working with the Tamarisk Coalition and the Dolores River Restoration Partnership on this one, and we can't wait!
Oct 28 – St Vrain Creek Tamarisk Removal – Peschel Open Space
Tamarisk (Salt Cedar) grows aggressively, choking out native vegetation. In the aftermath of the September 2013 flood, many thousands of tamarisk have germinated along St Vrain Creek, east of Longmont. These tamarisk seedlings are intermixed with many cottonwoods, willows and other native seedlings that are naturally growing in response to the flood. Come enjoy panoramic views of the Front Range and help us remove tamarisk through hand pulling the small seedlings, pulling with weed wrenches on the medium sized plants, and possible "cut and stump" treatment on the larger plants that can't be pulled. This treatment involves judicious dabbing of a small quantity of herbicide to the stump. You'll be rewarded for your efforts with access to one of the premier wildlife locations near Longmont, normally closed to the public, and will likely see circling eagles as we work.