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The next Roaring Fork Audubon Field Trip will be held Saturday, June 7, with favorite birding spots of the late Jack Merchant from Eagle. Hardscrabble Mt./Third Gulch area near Eagle and along Brush Creek. Moderate hiking and possible sightings of a Long-eared Owl, Coopers Hawk and various warblers. Contact Pat Hammon at 970-390-4686 or Anne Esson at 970-476-7859.Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Visitors Center/Historical Museum parking lot south of I-70 in Eagle.

A 5K Walk/Run will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7, at Stoney Ridge ball field in Silt to benefit the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation. Register before June 6 by calling Sandy at 876-2081 or Ted at 625-2164.

Join plant biologist Lisa Tasker, from E.M. Ecological LLC, and staff from Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and Roaring Fork Conservancy on June 11 for a look at the Roaring Fork Watershed from the Brush Creek Valley. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Seven Star Wildflower Walk will offer participants the opportunity to learn about local native plants, wildlife migration and watershed ecology. Please dress appropriately with pants, hiking shoes, rain gear and water. The hike is over steep uneven terrain and will happen rain or shine. This walk is free and open to the public, however, space is limited and registration is required.Please visit http://www.roaringfork.org/events or call 927-1290 to register. Sponsored by Pitkin County Open Space & Trails, Roaring Fork Conservancy, and E.M. Ecological LLC.



The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers are preparing to spruce up the Maroon Lake and Scenic Loop Trails, which are near Aspen, on Saturday, June 21.Maroon Lake and its magnificent views of the Maroon Creek Valley and the Maroon Bells, is the most heavily visited site in the White River National Forest.

Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers group will provide on-the-trail training, including a reference manual designed to keep with you on each project. The location will be Thompson Creek Trail near Carbondale. RFOVs crew-leader training also includes classroom training. Learn to build and maintain sustainable trails in different types of terrain. Safely use a variety of tools and techniques. Lead a crew of five to eight volunteers to complete a portion of a project. Ensure that your crews work is completed to the highest standard. Ensure that your crew enjoys a quality experience and has a great time.



Sign up for the 11th Annual Rifle Moose Round-Up Horseback Poker Ride. Participants will take off at 8 a.m. June 14 from the JQS. Trail in Rifle. A Western style barbecue dinner may be purchased after the trail ride. Water will be available. No racing or dogs allowed during the ride. This is an annual fundraiser for Rifle Moose Lodge #1345 benefiting Moose charities. Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun. You can bring your own horse or rent one. To sign up, to reserve a horse, or for further information, call 625-5508. The deadline for signing up is June 9.

Tomorrows Voices, a valley educational nonprofit, will host summer Call of the Wild wilderness seminars for middle and high school students. The seminars include wilderness hikes near Aspen, two nights at a remote mountain hut (meals provided), and a notebook of assigned readings for discussions.The middle school seminar will be held July 6-8 for sixth- through ninth-grade students. The second seminar will be held Aug. 6-8 for students still remaining in high school for the 2008-09 school year and middle school students unable to attend the first seminar. Enrollment for these seminars is limited to 14 students per seminar. Contact Paul Andersen at 927-4018 or Willard Clapper at 927-3502.

What did you do this weekend? Be it anything having to do with outdoor activities in general, we want to see the proof.It doesnt even have to be an activity in Garfield County or Colorado for that matter. If you went on a fishing trip to Arkansas, 4-wheeling in the Flat Tops Wilderness, or a kayaking trip to southeastern Alaska, send in the photos and we will publish it. Two requirements: No indoor pictures, outdoors is a must. And preferably with people in the photo.Send submitted photos of you enjoying the outdoors to Post Independent Outdoors Writer, John Gardner at jgardner@postindependent.com. Or drop them off or mail them to the Post Independent c/o John Gardner at 2014 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601. We will publish it in the Thursday edition of the Post Independent in the Outdoors section.Information including where you were, what you were doing and who you were with (whos in the photo) and a contact phone number to verify information is greatly appreciated. If no information is included, dont be surprised if the photo doesnt make the cut.


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