District wildlife manager to talk at Weminuche Audubon meeting

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    By Jean Zirnhelt
    Weminuche Audubon Society

    Please join members of the Weminuche Audubon Society for our monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. We will welcome speaker Douglas Purcell, district wildlife manager with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). 

    Purcell is a Colorado native and a resident of Pagosa Springs for 20 years who has worked for CPW for 29 years. With an education in biology, his love and appreciation of wildlife led him to a career in wildlife management.

    CPW is charged with managing 42 state parks, over 300 state wildlife areas and all of the state’s wildlife. 

    Purcell’s presentation will cover a wide range of topics of interest to those who share his love of wildlife. For the bird lovers among us, he will talk about the forest accipiter species that live in our area, the northern goshawk, and Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks. We will also have an opportunity to learn about areas of concern in regional wildlife species, including elk, deer and mountain sheep populations.

    Weminuche Audubon will be conducting the third year of our citizen science forest bird monitoring project in May and June. This study surveys bird populations in three ponderosa pine forest areas that have been subjected to different fire prevention treatments. Information on this study is under the Projects tab on our website, weminucheaudubon.org. Contact us to volunteer in this study.

    Chapter meetings are currently being held remotely via Zoom and open to anyone with an appreciation of our natural environment. Find the link to join our meeting on the Events tab of our website, weminucheaudubon.org.