Taking a course in first aid a good idea before winter

With fall outdoor activities at their peak and cold-weather outings not far off, several opportunities are approaching for anyone interested in developing or refreshing his or her outdoor first aid skills.

Whether you are a full- or part-time outdoor guide or simply someone who gets out and wants to be sure of coming back, taking a first-aid course designed for backcountry travelers might some day save your life or that of someone with you.

Remote Medical International, a Seattle,Wash.-based company that specializes in remote-area medicine, is offering two courses at the Kendall Mountain Recreation Center in Silverton

Both courses are sponsored by the Silverton Avalanche School.

The first course is Wilderness First Aid, a 16-hour course providing elementary skills in remote care. It is suitable for muscle- and motor-powered outdoor recreationists, remote-site workers and others who venture away from regular medical facilities. Dates are Oct. 27–28 and cost is $205.

The second course is the 80-hour Wilderness First Responder, the standard training expected of professional guides and outdoor leaders as well as anyone traveling in remote areas for lengthy periods of time. Dates are Nov. 9–18, and cost is $650.

More information and registration is available online at http://www.remotemedical.com or by calling 206-686-4878.

Also, the Apex Mountain School in Avon is offering the Wilderness First Responder training, both the entire course and the two-day refresher for those already holding a current WFR certification.

The first responder course is Nov. 4–11, and the refresher course is Nov. 17–18. Other WFR and refresher courses will be offered in 2013.

Space is limited for both courses. For more information call 888-686-7685 or visit the website, http://www.apexmountainschool.com.

Water Center seminars continue

The weekly series of water and climate seminars presented by the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University continues Monday with a presentation titled “Drought and Climate Change: What Can We Expect?”

This week’s seminar, by Jeff Lukas of the University of Colorado’s Western Water Assessment research program, is from 4–5:30 p.m. at the Saccomanno Lecture Hall in the Wubben Science Building.

The entire series of seminars is titled “Natural Resources of the West: Water and Drought,” and earlier presentations included talks on planning for the West’s water future, drought as disaster, and managing the West’s dams in times of drought.

The end (of migration) is near

A recent note from Coen Dexter and Brenda Wright in Nucla was titled “The end is near,” but a closer look revealed not a coming apocalypse but rather the end of the fall migration.

Most songbirds (passerine neotropical songbirds, to birders) have passed through western Colorado on their trip south, although there still are a lot of White-crowned Sparrows around here to entertain us. Some are year-round residents, while others have come down after cold weather pushed them out of the high country.

During the recent bird-banding project at Connected Lakes State Park, certified bander Amber Carver reported that out of 148 individual birds caught and banded, more than half (78) were White-crowned Sparrows.

The next most-common species were robins (15), Wilson’s warblers (10, all of which should have been well on their way to winter homes in southern Mexico and Central America) and Ruby-crowned Kinglets (9, headed to the southern U.S. and Mexico).

On Nov. 3, the Grand Valley Audubon Society and the Western Writers Forum are hosting author Craig Childs, who will discuss his latest book, “Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Never-ending Earth.”

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom. For more information, go to http://www.audubongv.org.


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