Outside briefs, Feb. 20, 2016
Plants, wildflower talk
Steven Stern, assistant professor of biology at Colorado Mesa University, will lead a discussion about the plants and wildflowers found in the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Stern will also provide details about the floristic inventory occurring in 2016.
The presentation will be March 1 from 6-7 p.m. at the Whitman Education Center at 462 Ute Avenue, downtown Grand Junction.
In another event, Bureau of Land Management ecologist John Toolen will speak about the variety of bird habitats found on the Western Slope and the many species in those habitats.
The presentation is good for experienced birders and anyone interested in birds.
The event will be at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta on March 3 from 6-7 p.m.
Go to http://www.coloradocanyonsassociation.org for more information.
Loppet on the mesa
The Grand Mesa Nordic Loppet will take place Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. at Skyway on Grand Mesa.
This is the second year of the event that features 21K and 42K races. Cost is $30 for the shorter race and $35 for the 42K. For GMNC members, cost is $25 and $30.
The course circumnavigates the entire Skyway and County Line Trail Systems. The course records set at last year’s races are 1:07:46 and 2:01:29.
The Skyway course has rolling terrain with an elevation gain of 663 feet per lap. The 42K race will go two laps.
The GMNC Loppet is a ‘freestyle’ type race, which means racers can use classic or skate skis. Competitors can also start with skate skis and switch to classic skis during the race.
Loppet is a Norwegian word meaning “a large, long-distance, cross-country skiing event.”
Bear workshop March 5
Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a bear hunting workshop March 5 at 9 a.m. in Montrose.
Bear populations are healthy in western Colorado, providing hunters a unique hunting opportunity.
The discussion will include bear biology, hunting tactics, field dressing, rules and regulations, and human-bear conflict issues.
The majority of the bear harvest takes place in September when the animals are foraging heavily for acorns and berries in preparation for their winter hibernation. Areas around Montrose offer ideal habitat for bears; so hunters’ chances of having a successful hunt are high — if they know where to look.
The class will be held at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Montrose, 2300 S. Townsend and is limited to 25 people. Registration is required. To register, call the Montrose Parks and Wildlife office at 970-252-6000.
Get licenses online
The online application period and secure-license application portal is open until April 5. Go to cpw.state.co.us for resources to complete the applications.
An approved hunter-education card or certificate is required to apply for or purchase a Colorado hunting license if you were born on or after Jan. 1, 1949.
Colorado honors hunter-education certifications from other states, countries and Canadian provinces. Read more or find a class at Parks and Wild-life’s Hunter Education page.
Customer-service representatives are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 303-297-1192, and specially trained Hunt Planners are available to assist hunters by phone at 303-291-7526.
Hunters can get personal assistance at Parks and Wildlife regional service centers in Denver, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs or Durango or any Parks and Wildlife office or state park.
Time for parks pass
Colorado Parks and Wildlife annual parks pass can be purchased at any time of the year and is valid for a full 12 months of use. The annual pass is $70 per vehicle and can be purchase online.
For vehicles in the same household, multiple passes can be purchased for $35 per vehicle after the purchase of the $70 annual pass.
The Aspen Leaf Pass, for Colorado residents 64 years or older, is $60 per vehicle.
Aspen Leaf multiple sass is $30 per vehicle after purchase of the annual pass. The senior must be in whole or part owner of additional vehicles to be eligible for a discounted multiple pass.
Go to cpw.state.co.us for more information or to purchase an annual pass.