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Posted on: April 5, 2016

Upcoming education programs teach about Castle Rock’s wild side

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What do you do if you see a bear in your neighborhood? How can you protect small pets from coyotes? Are there really rattlesnakes on the trails? Get the answers to these questions, and learn about the best ways to coexist with the animals that call Castle Rock home, at one of the Town’s upcoming wildlife educational classes.

The Town’s natural resource specialist is hosting two programs this spring to help residents learn about wildlife.

First is the Town’s annual Wild in Our Town program. Learn about Castle Rock wildlife such as coyotes, bobcats, bears, beavers, rattlesnakes and deer. The class is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.

Natural resource staff and law enforcement representatives from the Town will provide interesting facts and answer questions about wildlife in Castle Rock and throughout the state. The program is open to all ages.

Also, learn about birds native to Town with a two-part bird watching class. The first class, Basics of Bird Watching, is for beginners and is happening from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St. If you’re new to bird watching in Castle Rock, this class is for you. This indoor program will teach bird identification, how to choose and use binoculars and field guides, and where to find the best birding spots.

Part two of the class, Guided Bird Watching Walk, is scheduled for 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, May 21, at Festival Park – Second and Perry streets. Participants will take to East Plum Creek Trail in search of migratory songbirds and birds of prey. This two-hour walk is designed to advance birding skills learned during part one, but attendance to part one is not required for this class. Remember to bring your own binoculars.

The two-part birding classes are not recommended for children under 8 years old.

All programs are free. Registration for Wild in Our Town is not necessary. To preregister for the bird watching classes, contact Natural Resource Specialist Barbara Spagnuolo, bspagnuolo@CRgov.com or 720-733-2294.

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