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Backyard BioBlitz

May 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm MDT

Saturday, May 16th at 9 am, 1 pm and 4 pm

Join natural resource experts and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ staff as you investigate the biodiversity in your own backyard! This year, due to COVID-19, social distancing and safer-at-home orders it will look a little different, but it won’t stop us from enjoying nature from our own doorsteps. We will give you the tips & tools to identify the flora & fauna in your own backyard or nearby space!

Join us at 9 am via Zoom for a welcome and kick-off to the day, and learn how to use “iNaturalist”. Then you can check back in at 1 pm & 4 pm to ask us any questions that may have come up, share your findings and hear from the experts on our panel! This event is free but please register below.

Venue

Online/Virtual Program

Organizer

Stacey Monahan, Camp and Family Programs Coordinator
Phone:
(303) 659-4348 x18
Email:
stacey.monahan@birdconservancy.org

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