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Wildness Series – Wildlife: Winter Range Habitat

February 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Why are we seeing declines in elk, deer and other wildlife populations on our public lands? Join Salida Ranger District, USFS wildlife biologist, Stephanie Shively, on a hike/snowshoe above Deadhorse Gulch, as she sheds light on Winter Range Habitat and human impacts on wildlife. This field trip builds on Stephanie’s Sunday Science program for the Central Colorado Humanists on Sunday, February 4, but is open to anyone.

Wildlife, such as mule deer and elk, are more vulnerable in the winter due to poor forage quality and quantity. Grasses and shrubs are lower in protein during winter months so animals tend to lose weight. Snow levels restricting available forage can also create problems for these species and potentially death. Seasonal trail and road closures are one way to “give wildlife a break” during the winter months. The Beasway Trail seasonal closure is one local example of this.

Stephanie has worked as a district wildlife biologist for over 20 years; 5 of them at the Salida Ranger District.

There will be a carpool from Salida to the hike location. Meeting information will be provided to registered participants. Deadhorse Gulch is up CR 175 (Ute Trail) at CR 181 near the Beasway Trailhead.

The cost of the program is $5 for GARNA members and $7 for non-members; kids are free. Fees support coordination and promotion of GARNA programs.

The registration for this program is now closed. Please call Dominique at 719-221-4711 for further information.


February 17, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Many GARNA programs require a liability release form be filled out each calendar year.

Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.