A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water by Dr. Patty Limerick
Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water by Dr. Patty Limerick

  • Buena Vista Community Center

Tracing the origins and growth of the Denver Water Department, A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water places this case study in the big picture of regional and national history. Written in a lively style and enriched with photographs and maps, this book raises questions of consequence about the complex relationship among cities, suburbs, and rural areas, the crucial role of engineering in shaping the West, the unexpectedly entrancing workings of governmental agencies and bureaucracies, and the varying roles of contention and cooperation, litigation and negotiation in the control of the West’s water. 

Wild Things: Coexisting with North America's Native Carnivores by Camilla H. Fox, MA
Jul
27
7:00 pm19:00

Wild Things: Coexisting with North America's Native Carnivores by Camilla H. Fox, MA

  • Buena Vista Community Center

Come learn about why native carnivores matter, and how they keep ecosystems healthy. America’s war against predators is costly, brutal, and often ineffective. Highlighting Project Coyote’s national programs aimed at stopping the mistreatment and mismanagement of carnivores through education, science and advocacy, Camilla will show that educated coexistence is the way forward.

Camilla H. Fox is the founder and Executive Director of Project Coyote (http://www.projectcoyote.org), - a national coalition of scientists and educators promoting compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy. She has served in leadership positions with the Animal Protection Institute, Fur-Bearer Defenders, and Rainforest Action Network and has spearheaded national, state and local campaigns aimed at protecting native carnivores and fostering humane and ecologically sound solutions to human-wildlife conflicts.

The Upside of Fear: How and Why We Enjoy Thrills and Chills by Dr. Margee Kerr
Sep
21
7:00 pm19:00

The Upside of Fear: How and Why We Enjoy Thrills and Chills by Dr. Margee Kerr

  • Colorado Mountain College Climax Molybdenum Leadership Center

Fear is a universal human experience, but do we really understand it? If we’re so terrified of monsters and serial killers, why do we flock to the theaters to see them? Why do people avoid thinking about death, but jump out of planes and swim with sharks? This lecture will not only cover the science of fear, but explain why some of us love the thrill of a rollercoaster while others detest it. Dr. Kerr will explain fear from a physiological, psychological, and sociological perspective to show how fear is not all bad, and can even be good for us.

Colorado's Changing Climate: Updates & Outlooks for the Upper Arkansas River Basin by Dr. Nolan Doesken
Oct
19
7:00 pm19:00

Colorado's Changing Climate: Updates & Outlooks for the Upper Arkansas River Basin by Dr. Nolan Doesken

  • Buena Vista Community Center

Nolan Doesken, Colorado State Climatologist, will discuss how scientists observe and monitor climate—primarily temperature and precipitation. Colorado has data going back to 1890 (125 years) to help scientists understand where we’ve been and help predict where we are going. With a focus on Arkansas River Basin data, this lecture is sure to be enlightening for those interested in the weather. Discover our state’s long-term monitoring and climate trends particularly focused on floods and drought.


Ghost Grizzlies: Does the Great Bear Still Haunt Colorado? by David Petersen
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Ghost Grizzlies: Does the Great Bear Still Haunt Colorado? by David Petersen

  • Salida Steam Plant Theater

By 1952 it was thought the grizzly had been wiped out in Colorado, pushed to oblivion by predator-phobic sheep ranchers and government trappers. Even so, through the mid-1900s, ghostly stories of grizzly sightings continued to haunt remote corners of the dark-timbered San Juan Mountains. Then, one September evening in 1979, a flesh-and-blood grizzly sow was surprised on its daybed in the South San Juans by a bowhunter ... and the rest, as they say, is history. Or is it? As author and veteran outdoorsman Petersen takes us along on his quest for evidence of ‘“the next ‘last’ Colorado grizzly.”

Revealing Jupiter's Interior NASA's Juno Mission: What's Inside the Giant Planet by Dr. Fran Bagenal
Mar
16
7:00 pm19:00

Revealing Jupiter's Interior NASA's Juno Mission: What's Inside the Giant Planet by Dr. Fran Bagenal

  • Buena Vista Community Center

The Juno Mission began orbiting over Jupiter’s poles on July 14, 2016, Dr. Bagenal will share NASA’s findings and more. Juno’s principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter. Underneath its dense cloud cover, Jupiter safeguards secrets to the fundamental processes and conditions that governed our solar system during its formation. As our primary example of a giant planet, Jupiter can also provide critical knowledge for understanding the planetary systems being discovered around other stars. 

Trans Himalayan Trek: Stories of My Journey and Rebuilding Syaphru Bensi by Mr. Sunil Tamang
Jan
12
7:00 pm19:00

Trans Himalayan Trek: Stories of My Journey and Rebuilding Syaphru Bensi by Mr. Sunil Tamang

  • Congregational United Church of Christ

Trek for change – beginning on his 20th birthday Sunil Tamang roamed solo across Nepal’s Himalaya, walking for 128 days from east Nepal’s Kanchenjunga region, to Rara Lake in the west.  He will share stories and photos from this trek. In addition, Sunil will also share his experience helping to rebuild the village of Syaphru Bensi after the 2015 earthquake.Learn more at this FREE lecture.