The Boreal Owl

By: Scott Rashid The Boreal Owl is so named because it is found in the boreal forests throughout the northern hemisphere. We are fortunate to have these owls living within RMNP. They are most often heard but not seen. Many a birder has placed this species on their life list as "heard only" due to the owls ability to remain out of sight when vocalizing after dark. Within RMNP the Boreal Owl prefers the old growth forest near the Hidden Valley. I found my first Boreal Owl there in 1994 and most years since then I have been able to see one of these beautiful birds. The interesting thing about this species is that since 1994 I had never A beautiful juvenile Boreal Owl photographed just before being captured in a mist net. Photos by Scott Rashid heard more than a single calling bird within that area. In 2011, with the assistance of Gary C. Miller of RMNP we began setting up a series of nets to trap and band these owls to determine the number of individuals that live in the Hidden Valley area. Having only heard a single bird at one time, I figured that we would catch one lone male and that would be all. Well, much to our surprise, last year we caught four owls, three young birds and one adult female. So far this year, we have caught three young birds, all of which were born this year. Therefore, there are apparently many, many more Boreal Owls in RMNP than anyone had ever thought. That same owl, note the well feathered feet to keep the bird insulated during the winter

National Philanthropy Day In Estes Park

Nominations to recognize philanthropists Would you like to see someone special recognized for their generous support of nonprofits? The Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center and the YMCA of the Rockies are joining forces to recognize the individuals and businesses that make a significant impact in our community. You are invited to nominate individuals or businesses for: 1) individual philanthropist of the year and/or 2) business philanthropist of the year. Included can be donors, grantmakers, and volunteers who support the Estes Park community through their generosity, time and/or talent to nonprofits. These individuals and businesses will be recognized during the National Philanthropy Day in Estes Park event on November 15, 2012, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. This event is being co-hosted by the YMCA of the Rockies and the Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center. National Philanthropy Day is the special day set aside to recognize and celebratephilanthropists, volunteers, staff and nonprofits who have made a difference in our lives, our communities, our nation and our world through their support. The nomination process is simple. Complete the nomination form by Friday, October 26. Electronic submission is preferred to director@epnonprofit.org. Paper copies can be mailed to EPNRC, P.O. Box 4221, Estes Park CO 80517. Nomination forms can be found on the EPNRC's website or obtained by contacting the EPRNC at director@epnonprofit.org. Receipts of nominations will be confirmed by an email message. Awardees will be selected by a committee representing the community. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Friday, October 19, 2012

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