Upcoming Events

Help us report Lewis’s Woodpecker sightings

The Central Colorado Conservancy has launched a new project in conjunction with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to record Lewis’s Woodpecker sightings in Central Colorado. The Lewis’s Woodpecker is a species of conservation priority that is unique to the Western U.S., yet uses old-growth cottonwood woodlands prevalent in the region for nesting.

We will host two public workshops to begin this project, by asking residents for help reporting sightings. Attendees will learn more about the woodpecker from wildlife biologist Cindy Lawrence, and receive instruction on how to enter sightings into an online database. The Conservancy will use this data to help identify critical habitat to create priorities for conservation work.

Join us for one of these workshops and get involved!

  • Salida: Wednesday, June 28, from 7-7:45 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd.
  • Buena Vista: Thursday, June 29, 6-6:45 p.m. at the Buena Vista Library meeting room.

Conservancy hosts Salida Art Walk weekend event

The Conservancy participates in the 25th annual Salida Art Walk June 22-25 with a storefront at the former Junque Drawer shop, located at 243 F Street across from Moonlight Pizza. “Artwalk for Conservation” features multiple regional artists, many of whom do nature-inspired landscapes of Chaffee County and local wildlife. Artists include Laura Barton, whose work is depicted above, and Nora Bushong Larimer, the owner of Rock Run Gallery in the South Main neighborhood in Buena Vista.

Bushong’s style is Impressionistic Realism, and she works in both watercolor and oil. More realistic from a distance, it invites the viewer to take a closer look and examine the loose mix of color and brushwork.

Barton says she loves to paint and loves being outside. “Combine the two, and you get an ‘en plein air’ painter,” she says.

Salida Art Walk features the best local and regional artists exhibiting their dynamic works, musicians both on the streets and at participating venues, a variety of unique street performers, and artist demos in many different locations.

Sales of all the “Artwalk for Conservation” artists’ work will benefit Central Colorado Conservancy. Additional artists include Gary White of Salida, Paul Kethley of Buena Vista, and Virginia Byrd of Pueblo. Hours for the Conservancy’s Art Walk storefront are Friday, June 23,  from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat., June 24, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sun., June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for light refreshments and music by the band River’s Edge on both Friday and Saturday from 3-9 p.m. Rivers Edge combines Christine Gydesen’s remarkable voice, honed in theatre and musicals, with heart-felt songwriting and her musician friend River’s passion for electric Blues and Rock & Roll. The result is an eclectic mix of gospel, country, smoky jazz, Americana and Blues and Rock, richly delivered by two guitars and two soulful voices.

One of the highlights of the Salida Art Walk is the Mini-Masterpiece Auction. Both professional and amateur artists from throughout the region donate their small works in a wide range of media for the benefit of the event. Four Winds Gallery owner Linda Frances donated a nature-inspired art piece to the silent auction.

Connecting the Conservancy with artistic depictions of the nature that surrounds us through this fabulous event seems a perfect fit.

Interested in Art Walk? Volunteers are needed for two-hour time slots during the event to help with a membership booth and art sales. Please contact Development Director Pam Nelson at pam@centralcoloradoconservancy.org to sign up.

Remove old fence line at a new state wildlife area with the Conservation Stewards

Conservancy Watershed Restoration Specialist Buffy Lenth, left, works with two Conservancy volunteers to plant sedges and cottonwoods at a wetland restoration site north of Buena Vista on June 5. Conservation Stewards have worked to restore this wet meadow, improve wildlife habitat at multiple sites, and helped local ranchers prepare for irrigation season since the team’s inception in April. The next work day is set for July 11.

The Conservancy’s volunteer land stewardship team, the Conservation Stewards, is teaming up with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) on Tuesday, July 11, to improve wildlife habitat west of Salida.

This is the Conservancy’s third recent volunteer work day completed in association with CPW. Volunteers on July 11 will remove an old fence line, which can be dangerous as birds and large mammals attempt to cross them, at a new state wildlife area near Franz Lake. The area represents an important parcel to help protect an open wildlife corridor along the Arkansas River, according to CPW.

“There is something symbolic about removing old fences and the barriers they pose to wildlife, and of opening a greater stretch of the green ribbon that the river and its floodplain create for wildlife to more freely use this region,” said Conservancy Watershed Restoration Specialist Buffy Lenth, who coordinates the Conservation Stewards’ activities.

The work day takes place from 8:30-11 a.m. Contact buffy@centralcoloradoconservancy.org to sign up and receive more details.

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