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Central Colorado Conservancy and Bird Conservation in Central Colorado

On Monday night, November 16th I will be conducting a program on bird conservation in Central Colorado and how Central Colorado Conservancy is working to protect at risk species. I will look at national and regional bird conservation plans and specific bird species found in the area. Join me in exploring this important topic.

A Birdseye Perspective  – Program of Central Colorado Conservancy
November 16, 2015 – 7 – 8:30 pm
Salida Community Center, 305 F Street, Salida
Cost: $5 for Conservancy members; $10 non-members
Register: 719-539-7700 or email Julie at
Ages: 15 years of age or older

Central Colorado Conservancy earns GOCO Riparian Program Grant

Central Colorado Conservancy was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by the GOCO Riparian Program to continue work on the South Arkansas River. This funding will help us complete another 1,200 linear feet of restoration work. We still need to raise another $10,000 to have all the funding in place but we are off to a good start.

Central Colorado Conservancy and partners work to plant 130 trees

In June of this year, Central Colorado Conservancy in partnership with Southwest Conservation Corps, SPOT, GARNA, City of Salida, and Chaffee County planted 130 small trees and shrubs along the Monarch Spur Trail in Salida.

The Southwest Conservation Corps crew did a great job getting everything in the ground before an afternoon thunder and lightning storm. Hopefully, most of the trees and shrubs will take hold and grow providing habitat for songbirds and other wildlife.

LTUA trees

Join us for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival

The Festival is a benefit for the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association. We have to venues this year: March 5th in Salida and March 13th in Buena Vista. Each night we will show different films so I suggest buying tickets for both nights.

In Buena Vista, one of our feature films will be Spine of the Continent made by students at Colorado College as part of the State of the Rockies Projects. Watch the trailer on Vimeo.

I had the chance to see a rough cut of the film at Colorado College during a talk on large landscape conservation. This is a pressing issue for all of us in the Rockies. How do we keep some of the things we cherish most – wide open vistas, area dependent animals such as bears and mountain lions, large herds of elk and pronghorn, ranching heritage, and healthy watersheds – in the face of some many additional pressures on our limited resources. This film follows Colorado College students as they try to understand the issues and maybe find some answers.

To find out more about tickets and other film details go to our Wild and Scenic page.

Ad Wild and Scenic

Restoration work in the South Arkansas River

In partnership, the Land Trust and Trout Unlimited started restoration work in the South Arkansas River in Poncha Springs. We are restoring a section of River by removing old car bodies and concrete, creating fish habitat and planting native trees and shrubs. We are looking for volunteers to help with the plantings on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 8 am to Noon. If interested please call or email Andrew Mackie at 719-539-7700 or


$445,000 GOCO grant awarded to LTUA

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) has awarded the Land Trust and The Trust for Public Land a $445,000 grant for the purchase of the third phase of a conservation easement on Headwaters Ranch northeast of Leadville, CO.

When completed this 175-acre conservation easement will be added to the two phases already completed bringing our total to 550-acres, including several miles of the Arkansas River. The Ranch is habitat to elk, bear, lynx and beaver.

We are very grateful to GOCO and the Colorado Lottery for supporting the conservation of our natural resources in the State.

Central Colorado Nature-a-thon

On May 23rd I was joined by Land Trust Board Member, Gary Mason, and Land Trust supporter, Denny Arter, in our first Central Colorado Nature-a-thon. The day started at 6:30 am and ended at 10:00 pm. It was an amazing day documenting how much wildlife we have in the region. During the day we found 124 species consisting of 110 birds, 11 mammals, one reptile, one amphibian, and one fish. Of course birds are the easiest to see and find.

We did all of this to raise money for the Land Trust’s efforts to protect wildlife habitat in Central Colorado. It was also a great way to appreciate how much wildlife is dependent upon our pastures, wetlands, forests, rivers, lakes, and mountains. We can really use your help. You can make a donation to the Nature-a-thon on the website or send a check to the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas, PO Box 942, Salida, CO 81201. Any amount will help!

My thanks to Gary and Denny for all their help and support of the Land Trust!

1    Eared Grebe
2    Pied-billed Grebe
3    Western Grebe
4    American White Pelican
5    Double-crested Cormorant
6    American Bittern
7    Great Blue Heron
8    Great Egret
9    Snowy Egret
10    White-faced Ibis
11    Canada Goose
12    Mallard
13    Gadwall
14    Northern Shoveler
15    Blue-winged Teal
16    Cinnamon Teal
17    Green-winged Teal
18    Lesser Scaup
19    Canvasback
20    Redhead
21    Common Goldeneye
22    Common Merganser
23    Ruddy Duck
24    Turkey Vulture
25    Northern Harrier
26    Red-tailed Hawk
27    Swainson’s Hawk
28    Osprey
29    Bald Eagle
30    American Kestrel
31    Peregrine Falcon
32    Sora
33    American Coot
34    Killdeer
35    Black-necked Stilt
36    American Avocet
37    Spotted Sandpiper
38    Willet
39    Wilson’s Phalarope
40    Ring-billed Gull
41    Black Tern
42    Forster’s Tern
43    Mourning Dove
44    Eurasian Collared-Dove
45    Belted Kingfisher
46    Broad-tailed Hummingbird
47    Northern Flicker
48    Lewis’s Woodpecker
49    Downy Woodpecker
50    Gray Flycatcher
51    Say’s Phoebe
52    Eastern Kingbird
53    Loggerhead Shrike
54    Steller’s Jay
55    Pinyon Jay
56    Black-billed Magpie
57    Common Raven
58    Horned Lark
59    Tree Swallow
60    Violet-green Swallow
61    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
62    Barn Swallow
63    Cliff Swallow
64    Black-capped Chickadee
65    White-breasted Nuthatch
66    Marsh Wren
67    House Wren
68    Rock Wren
69    American Dipper
70    Mountain Bluebird
71    Townsend’s Solitaire
72    American Robin
73    Gray Catbird
74    European Starling
75    Virginia’s Warbler
76    Yellow Warbler
77    Yellow-rumped Warbler
78    Northern Waterthrush
79    MacGillivray’s Warbler
80    Common Yellowthroat
81    Wilson’s Warbler
82    Western Tanager
83    Lazuli Bunting
84    Indigo Bunting
85    Black-headed Grosbeak
86    Spotted Towhee
87    Green-tailed Towhee
88    Chipping Sparrow
89    Lark Bunting
90    Vesper Sparrow
91    Lark Sparrow
92    Savannah Sparrow
93    Song Sparrow
94    Lincoln’s Sparrow
95    White-crowned Sparrow
96    Bullock’s Oriole
97    Western Meadowlark
98    Bobolink
99    Red-winged Blackbird
100    Yellow-headed Blackbird
101    Brewer’s Blackbird
102    Great-tailed Grackle
103    Common Grackle
104    Brown-headed Cowbird
105    Evening Grosbeak
106    House Finch
107    Cassin’s Finch
108    American Goldfinch
109    Pine Siskin
110    House Sparrow
111    Fox Squirrel
112    Gunnison’s Prairie Dog
113    Rock Squirrel
114    Wyoming Ground Squirrel
115    Least Chipmunk
116    Vole sp.
117    Coyote
118    Red Fox
119    Pronghorn
120    Elk
121    Mule Deer
122    Western Terrestrial Garter Snake
123    Western Chorus Frog
124    Rainbow Trout



Grant proposal to the Climax Area Community Investment Fund

Land Trust Supporters,

There is some good news on our grant proposal to the Climax Area Community Investment Fund, part of the Climax Molybdenum Company in Lake County. We submitted a proposal back in December to help cover a small percentage of the costs associated with our 200-acre conservation easement on Phase II of Headwaters Ranch and to help construct a public parking area for fishing access to the Arkansas River.

We were invited by the Community Investment Fund for an interview on April 8th! This is not a guarantee of funding but it gets us one step closer. Headwaters Ranch is an incredible mix of wetlands and forest surrounding over two miles of the East Fork of the Arkansas River. The Land Trust is hopeful we can protect all three phases of this property and provide exciting fishing opportunities. We should know more in the next month.

Andrew Mackie
Executive Director

Kids’ writing contest explores local, natural world

Kids in the Upper Arkansas Valley tend to be pretty outdoorsy, riding bikes to school, skiing at Monarch in winter, playing in the river’s play holes in summer and messing around at local parks. This time spent outdoors primes them to be our up-and-coming environmental stewards. If kids love this beautiful area, they will likely protect it.

To stoke these feelings, the Land Trust wants kids to write about their experiences outdoors. Middle- and high-school students are invited to participate in a writing contest as part of Voices of the Valley, a literary event to raise awareness about our conservation work. Students are asked to submit essays, poems or haikus inspired by the wildlife, natural landscape and water resources where locals live and play.

Selected winners will read their works with local literary luminaries at the Book Haven, 135 North F St., Salida, on Wed., March 19, 7 p.m. The glory of reading at this Land Trust event is the real prize but winners will receive T-shirts and hats.

The writing can be any length but must be read aloud in less than five minutes. The deadline is Thurs., Feb. 27. All submissions must be in the Land Trust office no later than 4:30 p.m. to be considered. No exceptions. Students must send two copies of their typed, printed work, one copy without a name, to:

Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas
Attn: Ann Marie Swan, literary contest
P.O. Box 942
Salida, CO 81201

Contestants must list their school and contact information, including an email address and phone number. For questions, (719) 539-7700 or