A Broad-tailed Hummingbird drinks nectar from a red flower.
A Broad-tailed Hummingbird drinks nectar from a red flower.
Habitat Hero Resources

Habitat Hero Instructional Videos

Videos and webinars to help you become a bird-friendly gardener
Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Photo: Pete Arnold
Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Photo: Pete Arnold
Habitat Hero Resources

Habitat Hero Instructional Videos

Videos and webinars to help you become a bird-friendly gardener

How to Apply to Habitat Hero

Presenter: Jamie Weiss, Audubon Rockies’ Habitat Hero Coordinator 

Help us bring conservation home, one garden at a time and create a bird-friendly community!  Your wildscape could be recognized as a Habitat Hero garden and this presentation will look at the components that create a healthy living landscape.  We will also walk through the new application that allows room for growth with our gardeners by offering a tiered system.

It’s easy to apply, so start thinking about how you can show the greatest habitat diversity in providing food, shelter and water for wildlife.  Also think about creative solutions your wildscape can provide such as water savings through the use of regionally adapted plants.  As your gardens are in full bloom this summer, start snapping photos and consider what makes your wildscape special and how your garden may be a bone fide Habitat Hero garden. Watch here

Rain Barrels: A Useful Water Stewardship Tool. Now For Colorado Too!

Presenter: Abby Burk, Western Rivers Program Lead of Audubon Rockies

Colorado is mighty progressive on some issues, but up until now it has been the only state in the country with a ban on residential rain barrels. Come August 10th of 2016 rain barrels are out of the jail house in Colorado. Audubon Rockies was an official supporter of legalizing residential rain barrels. We believe rain barrels are useful tools to increase water stewardship, conservation, and for people to better understand the value of water. Want to know more about the two year story of rain barrel legalization in Colorado? And, how you too can own and operate residential rain barrels legally? Then join Abby Burk, Western Rivers Program Lead for Audubon Rockies, as she takes us through the hurdles and ultimate success story of rain barrels in Colorado. Watch here

Garden Photography: A Budding Floral Photographer’s Paradise

Guest Presenter: Jon Zusy, Proprietor of Rim River Farms & Gardens

Please join us for a unique look at gardening and amateur floral photography that can produce high-quality garden-based photographs that can be shared and displayed with pride.  This beginner-to-intermediate-level floral photography webinar explains the types of cameras, lenses, and simple techniques to use to capture exquisite garden photographs (including several of the local garden wildlife and pollinators), and which will focus on such topics as how to develop a keen eye for natural lighting effects, framing & composition, use of basic camera settings, and other do’s and don’ts. Watch here

Creating a Year-Round Habitat for Pollinators

Guest Presenter: Amy Yarger, Horticulture Director at Butterfly Pavilion

So many pollinators, so much time! A healthy pollinator habitat provides food, shelter and other resources in the summer…and the rest of the year, too. Learn about some of our most common (and underappreciated) native pollinators and how you can help them 365/24/7! Watch here

Water-wise landscaping – good for people, birds and rivers!

Presenter: Jamie Weiss, Audubon Rockies’ Habitat Hero Coordinator 

How can you create gardens that are designed to minimize water consumption and provide essential habitat for birds, pollinators and other wildlife, large and small? Learn from Jamie Weiss, Habitat Hero Coordinator for Audubon Rockies, how native landscaping and a network of engaged citizens taking on-the-ground action in their own yards are helping our Colorado rivers. Watch here

How To Plant: Planting Perennials, Everything you Need to Know!

Presenter: David Salaman, Founder & Chief Horticulturist for High Country Gardens 

Learn the best techniques for planting perennials from our partners at High County Gardens.  You’ll learn how to amend the soil, the right depth for planting, how frequently to water and how much light you'll need. You'll have all the skills you need to plant perennials the right way. Watch here

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Native Plant Lists
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Plant Lists

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