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Plants and Birds of Green Mountain - Sun., May 12, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 3:30 PM

Join us for an entry level exploration of Green Mountain in west Lakewood.  We will look at spring wildflowers, shrubs, and trees that are along the trail and learn how to identify plants using Janet Wingate's book that offers an easy introduction to keying.  In addition, we will identify bird species that we see and hear on our hike and discuss the different habitats on Green Mountain.  We could see resident grassland birds as well as birds from the nearby neighborhoods, and some hawk species. Trainer:  Celia Greenman is a Native Plant Master and has been leading plant hikes on Green Mountain since 2011.  She is also a Master Birder, as designated by Audubon Society of Greater Denver.   Required Textbook/Reference: Text 1, Rocky Mountain Flower Finder (wildflowers below treeline) by Janet Wingate.  Text 2, a wildflower guide with photos.  Possible texts would be Meet the Natives by Pesman and Johnson or Wildflowers of Red Rocks Park by Jan and Charlie Turner.  Purchase through the Colorado Native Plant Society bookstore www.conps.org/bookstore or any local bookstore or park gift shop.   Optional Textbook: Text 1, Colorado Flora Eastern Slope, 4th Edition by Weber and Wittman.  Text 2, Colorado Flora by Jennifer Ackerfield.  Text 3, bird identification book.  Examples would be The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America by David Sibley;  Birds of North America  by National Geographic.  Purchase through the Colorado Native Plant Society bookstore www.conps.org/bookstore or any local bookstore or park gift shop.   When and Where to meet:  Meet at 8:15 a.m. as the class begins at 8:30 sharp at Hayden/Green Mountain Park trailhead/Florida parking lot on Alameda Parkway in Lakewood.  Please make note of directions now as they will not be reprinted on your confirmation ticket:  If coming from west 6th Ave., take the Simms-Union Blvd exit and go south about 1 mile to Alameda Parkway.  Turn right (SW) on Alameda Parkway and go approximately 1.7 miles to the Hayden trailhead parking lot (on the right, just past a rise in the road and across from West Florida Drive).  If coming from C470, take the Alameda Parkway exit and go east on Alameda Parkway about 1.5 miles to the intersection of South Bear Creek Blvd (traffic light), then turn left and continue northeast on Alameda Parkway about .7 mile to the Hayden trailhead parking lot on your left (the Hayden parking lot is past a smaller parking lot). What to bring:  Required textbooks; a hand lens with 10x magnification (available through Conps bookstore or local science stores or museum gift shops); a pencil; daypack with water,  and sun/wind/rain protection, snacks; a clipboard is handy; a camera, binoculars and notebook/sketchbook are useful.  There are no restrooms past the parking lot. What to wear:  Layered clothing for changing and/or severe weather conditions, sturdy footwear, hat, etc.  Please come prepared for moderately strenuous walking on hot, cold, windy, rainy or snowy days.     Native Plant Master:  This class does not count towards Colorado Flora Certificate or certification as a Native Plant Master. To learn more, click here.   Carpooling:  Carpooling is strongly encouraged.  Contact npmassistant@jeffco.us if you would like to carpool and your contact information will be shared with others interested in carpooling.  Any liability arising from such arrangements are the participants' sole responsibility.  Inclement Weather/Illness:  In the rare circumstance that a class must be canceled, you will be notified by phone and/or email message as soon as possible by the trainer.  You will be informed of a possible make-up date. Pets: To promote the group learning environment, no pets are allowed in NPM offerings. If you have a service animal, please contact the NPM Assistant at npmassistant@jeffco.us or call (303) 271-6620.

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