Fall Agenda
September-December 2016

 
Daytime: Coffee, Tea, Water 9:30 a.m.
Program 10:00 a.m. (promptly) until 11:30 a.m.
Optional Lunch ($25) 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Regular Evening:Optional Dinner ($60) 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Program 7:30 p.m. (promptly) until 9:00 p.m.
 
 


Friday, September 9, 2016 Morning Program
Denver Eclectics “KICK-OFF” Event
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

ULTIMATE AMBITION: THE LIFE OF CATHERINE THE GREAT:
PRESENTED BY, NANCY CAIN.

Catherine the Great’s stunning rise from German obscurity to European power was fueled by coldblooded murder, enormous political skill, and infamous sexual intrigue. Yet her legacy to Russia was one of social enlightenment, economic progress, and a passionate dedication to art and culture. In the tumultuous era of a vast nation on the cusp of modernity, Catherine revealed herself as an absolute master of 18th-century statecraft. Her story represents one remarkable woman’s voracious drive for political survival, romantic conquest and military supremacy. Fearless in war, passionate in love, and ruthless to her enemies, Catherine the Great created an empire that made Russia the envy of Europe.

THOSE WHO HEARD NANCY SPEAK ABOUT THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII AND ELIZABETH I, KNOW THIS WILL BE AN INCREDIBLE PRESENTATION.

 
 
 

Friday, September 16, 2016| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP: ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES: PRESENTED BY, SHANNON BLOCK.

Shannon will present a brief overview of her personal leadership path and style. She will share how she has advanced in her career while balancing home, family and career. She will share tools and approaches she has found to be successful in navigating issues and opportunities for women leaders in our community.

Shannon Block is the President and CEO of The Denver Zoo, the most popular cultural destination in Colorado that attracts more than two million visitors a year. Block manages a staff of 300-plus employees, nearly 650 volunteers, and over 4,300 animals representing 600 species on an 85-acre campus. Denver Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which assures the highest standards of animal care; and has been recognized as the greenest zoo in North America. In addition to her executive duties at Denver Zoo, Block serves as the executive director of the Colorado Zoological Trust. Block’s past experience includes CEO of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers; Chief Development Officer at Denver Health Hospital Authority; Senior Manager of Global Innovation at Deloitte; and high-level responsibilities at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

 
 
 
 

Monday, September 19, 2016| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
NO LUNCH | NO GUESTS PERMITTED

John Hickenlooper: The Opposite of Woe.

We are honored to have Governor John Hickenlooper join us to talk about his new book, The Opposite of Woe; My Life in Beer and Politics. The maverick (and very funny) governor of Colorado tells his story, from early loss to college on the ten-year plan, to remarkable business and political success. In just over a decade, John Hickenlooper has gone from brew pub entrepreneur to governor of Colorado, hailed by political analysts and media alike as a solid contender to be the next vice president. In The Opposite of Woe, Hickenlooper tells his own story of unlikely success in his singularly sharp and often hilarious voice. On display throughout the book is the rare candidness that has made Hickenlooper not only wildly popular but also remarkably successful. Co-written with journalist and former speechwriter Maximillian Potter, The Opposite of Woe is a fresh­ and refreshing­ angle on our political landscape from one of its brightest rising stars. This book will be available at the program and he will sign books after his presentation.

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | FIELD TRIP - LIMITED SPACE
Meet at The Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys at 9:45 am
1880 Gaylord St. | Denver, CO 80206
Meet on the Front Porch (Weather Dependent)
Time: 9:45 am - 11:15 am
COST: $10 - All proceeds go to the museum
LIMIT 50 ATTENDEES (NO GUESTS PERMITTED)

MORE THAN JUST FUN: CULTURE THROUGH THE DENVER MUSEUM OF MINIATURES, DOLLS, AND TOYS: PRESENTED BY, WENDY LITTLEPAGE.

Join Director Wendy Littlepage and her staff for a tour of one of Denver's hidden cultural gems. The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys is home to over 20,000 objects that range from vintage Barbies to artisan dollhouses and from exquisite antique dolls to well-loved toy soldiers. Collected from generations of Coloradoans, these objects serve as a excellent stepping stone to art, history and the stories we share with the next generation.

 
 
  SCHEDULE:
Meet on the Front Porch of the Museum (Weather Dependent)
9:45 am -10:00 am: Coffee/Pastries
10:00 am - 10:15 am: Introduction by Wendy Littlepage
Break into 3 Groups
10:15 pm - 11:15 am: Guided tour of Museum
 
 
 
 

Friday, September 23, 2016 | Morning Program | Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

AUTHENTICITY, BANALITY, AND CIVILITY: THE ABC’S OF THE 2016 ELECTION: PRESENTED BY, DR. BUIE SEAWELL.

This election year is one for the record books. Both political parties in disarray; both presidential candidates with higher negatives than positives; historically profane debates; unruly crowds; confused pollsters and commentators — what the hell are we to make of this election and the state of our Republic? By looking back to the pivotal election of 1800 (Which not only gave us President Thomas Jefferson, but also our two party system.), this presentation seeks to put in perspective the General Election of 2016 and the future of the Republic. Is this nation of more than 300 million citizens even governable within the Jefferson/Madison model? Much evidence can be offered to suggest it is not (Just as the Anti-federalist Brutus I (Justice Robert Yates) feared!) Citizens clearly long for the authentic as opposed to the politically correct; but citizens also shudder at the raw banality of the jibes and tweets of 21st Century electioneering (I cannot find record of any presidential election in our history where the size of a candidate’s penis was a matter of prominent public comment!) and while decrying the lack of civility, we citizens seem also to be enjoying politics as a blood sport. There may be all hell to pay. Reduced to its raw essentials, this is a unvarnished look at the ABC’s of American Politics circa 2016.

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 | FIELD TRIP – LIMITED SPACE
MEET AT 9:00 AM SHARP: DENVER COUNTRY CLUB
1700 E. 1ST AVE., | DENVER, CO 80218
COST: $10
TIME: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
LIMIT 55 ATTENDEES (NO GUESTS PERMITTED)

THE POSNER CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

We have the special opportunity to get an inside look at The Posner Center for International Development , who aims to build a community of innovators who grow lasting solutions to global poverty. Colorado alone is home to more than 200 organizations and social ventures focusing on international development and various other fields. We share similar goals, serve similar populations, and confront similar financial challenges. Yet most organizations operate in isolation from one another. The Posner Center brings together over 60 development-oriented businesses and organizations in a 25,000 square-foot shared space in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood to spur innovation by enabling groups to cross-pollinate through the exchange of ideas. We will hear from 3 businesses: Denver Urban Gardens, AfricAid, and Building Bridges who share the space and learn more about what they do both locally and internationally.

 
 

SCHEDULE:

9:00 am – 9:15 am: Load Bus
9:30 am – 10:00 am: Coffee/Pastries/Fruit
10:00 am – 11:15 am: Presentation
BREAK INTO 3 GROUPS FOR TOUR
11:15 am – 12:00 pm: Tour Posner Center
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm: Load Bus Return to Denver Country Club

 
 
 
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Friday, September 30, 2016 | Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

THE ROSE A. ANDOM CENTER: PRESENTED BY, MAGGIE & MITCH MORRISSEY.

Rose Andom Center is a family justice center: a “wrap around” service delivery model providing domestic violence victims with a central location for coordinated services. In 2013 Mitch and Maggie presented the idea of building such a center to the Eclectics – and it is now a reality with a ribbon-cutting date of June 28, 2016. Although Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey is known internationally for his work with DNA in prosecutions and exonerations, he also has fought for critical civic projects in Denver such as the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, one of the signature achievements of the Hickenlooper administration. Mitch also campaigned tirelessly for the amazing Denver Crime Lab, which the Eclectics toured. Now term limited and in his final months as Denver District Attorney, Mitch wants to celebrate with us the completion of this wonderful new facility to confront the terrible scourge of domestic violence. The Rose Andom Center is the ten-year dream of a private/public partnership of criminal justice and community agencies dedicated to the belief that everyone deserves a path out of domestic violence. Mitch’s wife, Maggie, will join us in telling you about their goal of a community that will not tolerate domestic violence. It is important for us as women to support this effort. While there are a few abused men, most of the victims are women who are afraid to come forward or overwhelmed by the system. Denver Eclectics is definitely interested in supporting women, let’s show how much we care by attending to hear more about this project!

 
 
 
 

CHANDRA ALEXANDRE

BETTINA CRUZ

Friday, October 7, 2016 | Morning Program | Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

CLIMATE CHANGE AND LAND RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA: PRESENTED BY, CHANDRA ALEXANDRE AND BETTINA CRUZ.

Join us to hear from human rights activist Bettina Cruz and Chandra Alexandre as they discuss the fight against climate change and land rights in Latin America. Throughout Latin America, women's organizations play a central role in the struggle for justice and basic human rights. As the region’s economy grows, countries are becoming more urbanized and investors and corporations are building on once-left alone remote areas where indigenous populations live. The environmental ramifications are huge as forests are cleared, canals and other industrial developments are constructed, rivers damned for electricity, and land drilled for oil. To make a living, indigenous communities depend on natural land resources-such as fishing and sustainably harvesting resources from the forests. The land and the rights of those living on it are in great peril. Indigenous activists courageously fight for their rights to preserve the environment while protecting their livelihood and entitlements. Learn about the Global Fund for Women’s work to advance women’s human rights and meet Bettina Cruz, a leading women’s human rights activist from Mexico, who fought corporations and the government to protect the rights of indigenous women in the region.

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
FIELD TRIP – LIMITED SPACE
MEET: Fairmount Cemetery
Meet in the Little Ivy Chapel (Quebec Entrance)
430 S Quebec St. | Denver, CO 80247
COST: FREE
TIME: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
LIMIT 60 ATTENDEES (NO GUESTS PERMITTED)

FAIRMOUNT CEMETERY: PRESENTED BY, TOM “DR. COLORADO” NOEL.

Get ready for Halloween! Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel inducts the eclectics tombstone tour of Colorado’s largest necropolis! Here you will meet Colorado’s most illustrious movers (6 feet deep) and shakers while strolling through the leaves of Colorado’s largest arboretum. Tom loves telling good stories so we will enjoy Colorado’s history and “true or not” great tales.

SCHEDULE:

10:00 am – 10:30 am: Lecture by Tom Noel in Little Ivy Chapel
10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Walking Tour of Cemetery

PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES – THIS IS NOT A HIGH HEEL GLAMOROUS SHOE DAY!

 
 
 
 

Friday, October 21, 2016 | Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

THE DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY, THEN AND NOW: PRESENTED BY, MICHELLE JESKE.

Have you wondered if libraries will continue to be around now that we have Google, Amazon and Netflix? Michelle Jeske is the Denver City Librarian, head of the 26-location urban library system which serves more than 4.4 million people annually. Michelle will share why the modern public library continues to thrive by focusing on its unique role of providing opportunities for all. She'll share the history and evolution of the Denver Public Library, which first opened its doors in 1889 and has grown to include the iconic Central Library, 25 branch libraries, 2 bookmobiles and 2 bicycles! Michelle has worked for the Denver Public Library since 2001, most recently serving on the executive team as the director of Collections, Technology and Innovation. She was appointed Denver City Librarian in February 2015.

 
 
 
 

Friday, October 28, 2018| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY IN COLORADO TURNS 50: PRESENTED BY, CARLOS FERNANDEZ.

This year The Nature Conservancy in Colorado turns 50! What started with the acquisition of one preserve has blossomed into an enormously successful state chapter with much to celebrate and much to look forward to. Carlos Fernandez, Colorado State Director, will enlighten us to how the conservancy has conserved 27 land preserves and properties across the state, they were instrumental in the establishment of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Great Outdoors Colorado. These successes and our continued work conserving important lands, protecting water, and restoring forests in Colorado, have helped us protect one million acres and one thousand river miles across the state. Our natural resources are at the heart of our quality of life in Colorado – from the fresh water we drink and the clean air we breathe to our economic prosperity and world-renowned recreational opportunities. But Colorado’s environment continues to face many challenges. These challenges require far-sighted solutions. Solutions that build on our track record of results and push us to incorporate new thinking, such as focusing on urban conservation, expanding our sustainable grazing work and leveraging natural solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change.

 
 
 
 

Friday, November 4, 2016| Morning Program | Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: WE ALL NEED A PLACE TO CALL HOME.

Denver is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. Even before this growth began, leading to a critical shortage of affordable housing, thousands of Metro Denver residents were without a place to call home. Losing a home can happen to anyone. Job loss, high housing costs, family break-ups, and illnesses are the top reasons people find themselves homeless. More than half of the people who are without homes in Metro Denver are families and children.

The Denver Foundation, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Homeless Out Loud, the Metro Mayors Caucus, and a grassroots network of leaders from the homeless community and local nonprofits, have joined together to create CLOSE TO HOME. This campaign is raising awareness, increasing understanding, and moving Coloradans to speak up and take actions that make a meaningful difference in addressing homelessness.
Our panel includes a leader from The Denver Foundation, a staff member from a front-line organization, and a veteran and engineering professional who experienced homelessness first hand.

PANELISTS:

M. Julie Patiño:
Director of Basic Human Needs – The Denver Foundation
James Gillespie:
Community Impact and Government Relations Liaison – Mile High Behavioral Health Care and Comitis Crisis Center
Leanne Wheeler:
President – Wheeler Advisory Group

 
 
 
 

Monday, November 7, 2016
Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

THE SPOOFERS ARE BACK TO CHASE AWAY THOSE ELECTION BLUES!

TIS THE NIGHT BEFORE VOTING, AND ALL THROUGH THE NATION…

The voters have reached their campaign saturation.

Are you sick of the negative ads and the slander?

Does that ten thousandth robo-call get up your dander?

Do you wish for escape from the gossip and rumor?
Do you long for some songs and satirical humor?

Well, the Burden of Spoof is on hand for lampooning, and crooning, and gooning, and even harpooning.

This scandalous troop of attorneys and judges will give those politicos pinches and nudges.

AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND FUN IS WHAT THEY’RE AFTER—

Accompanied by our perennial favorite Hank Troy of the Queen City Jazz Band, the Burden of Spoof players will once again send up the people, issues, and events of the day with parody songs and skits.

 
 
 
 

Friday, November 11, 2016 | Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

LANGUAGE, FIRST PATRIOTS AND THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS: PRESENTED BY: DR. CHARLES HAMLIN.

None can discount the importance of intelligence codes in wartime. Because of security considerations, few know the real story of the Navajo in the Pacific theater in WWII. The complexity of Navajo linguistics allowed it to become an ideal choice to be used in code due to the lack of documentation made available for learning to speak the language and ability for the same words to mean multiple things based on sound. The legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers will continue as many documentary and stories have been shared about their journey since it’s declassification during Reagan’s Administration. Dr. Charles Hamlin started a pro-bono hand clinic in the four corners area and worked there for almost 25 years. He came to know many of the code talkers and cared for many of them. The history of this region, the Colorado Plateau, and it’s people create a compelling backdrop for a story of bravery and heroism that has become the stuff of myth.

We are all, in some way, connected.

 
 
 
 

Friday, November 18, 2016| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

ELECTION 2016: INSIDER VS. OUTSIDER: PRESENTED BY, FLOYD CIRULI.

The run-up to the 2016 election was dominated by polls, debates and anti-establishment rhetoric. Why was 2016 such a unique year? What is the source of so much discontent? Is our style of democracy working? Shortly after the November election, Floyd Ciruli, Colorado pollster and DU professor, will present his analysis of the results and what we can expect from the new Administration and Washington in 2017. Floyd Ciruli founded Ciruli Associates, a research and consulting firm specializing in public policy and research, in 1985. Mr. Ciruli is widely known to Colorado audiences as a pollster and political analyst for 9-KUSA TV, KOA Radio and The Denver Post. Most recently, he has appeared on Fox News with Neil Cavuto. He hosts the state’s leading blog for politics and trends at www.fciruli.blogspot.com.

 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | FIELD TRIP
MEET: Denver Art Museum
Meet in the Hamilton Building
100 W 14th Ave Pkwy. | Denver, CO 80204
COST: $20.00
TIME: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
LIMIT – 200 ATTENDEES - GUESTS ENCOURAGED!

FIELD TRIP: STAR WARS ™ AND THE POWER OF COSTUME AT THE DENVER ART MUSEUM.

Denver Eclectics gets a special opportunity to hear Stefania Van Dyke, Interpretive Specialist, to talk about the exhibition and from there we take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 60 original costumes. Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars™ series—from Princess Leia’s unforgettable bikini to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.

SCHEDULE:

7:30 – 8:00 am: Light Breakfast: Coffee/Pastries/Fruit
8:00 am – 8:45 am: Presentation by Stefania Van Dyke
BREAK INTO GROUPS FOR TOUR
8:45 am – 10:00 am: Private Tour w/audio

 
 
 
 

Friday, December 2, 2016| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

THE ROMANCE OF THE STEPPES: PRESENTED BY, PANAYOTI KELAIDIS.

Few Coloradoans realize that our native prairie grasslands are very similar to the grasslands of Central Asia, South America and South Africa. These are the four steppe climate regions where most of our best garden plants originate, and where human beings can trace our beginnings. Our peregrinations on the world’s steppes forged much of our character as a species: a recent book on this subject has shed some alluring light on this romantic and seminal subject! Panayoti Kelaidis is a plant explorer, gardener and public garden administrator associated with Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) where he is now Senior Curator and Director of Outreach. He has designed plantings for many of the gardens at DBG. He is particularly noted for the plantings of the Rock Alpine Garden. He has introduced hundreds of native ornamentals from throughout the Western United States to general horticulture. He has taken seven trips to Southern Africa researching the high mountain flora there, as well as travels to the Andes, the Himalaya (from both Pakistan and China), Central Asia (Kazakhstan and Mongolia) as well as travels throughout much of Europe, and Turkey.

 
 
 
 

Monday, December 5, 2016| Regular Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Program - 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

THERE IS SWEET MUSIC: PRESENTED BY, THE ST. MARTIN’S CHAMBER CHOIR WITH DIRECTOR TIMOTHY J. KRUEGER.

Join us for a whimsical evening as we hear how William Shakespeare inspired some of the most beautiful music ever written! This concert will present a cross-section of it, from settings that were contemporary to Shakespeare (and may have been used in early stagings of his plays – by Thomas Morley, among others) to very modern settings by living composers, and everything in between. Most of the program will be a cappella, but the featured work is Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, with words from The Merchant of Venice, originally written for 16 separate voices, and performed here by exactly that, with piano accompaniment.

 
 
 
 

Friday, December 9, 2016| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

PETS, PETS, PETS: PRESENTED BY, SUSAN MARIE FRONTCZAK.

Susan Marie Frontczak returns to Eclectics, this time, as herself to talk about our beloved animals. From familiar cats and dogs, to an eccentric parrot predicting the millennium, from mammal to bird to insect to reptile, experience the profound effect pets have on our lives and the thoughts they might be thinking as they do it. For over two decades Storysmith® Susan Marie Frontczak has brought literature and history to life, created stories from thin air, and honed personal experience into tales worth telling again and again. She performs in theatres, corporations, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally. To date she has presented programs in 38 of the United States, as well as Canada, Bermuda, New Zealand, and eight European countries. We are excited to have Susan Marie back and to hear her in a new format for Denver Eclectics!

 
 
 
 

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Monday, December 12, 2016| Evening Program
Denver Country Club
Optional Dinner - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Program - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

CHRISTMAS CITY COLORADO: PERFORMED BY, MARTA BURTON, HANK TROY & REX SPEASE.

A holiday concert rich with music and memories of growing up in Colorado over the last century. The show celebrates 101 years of holiday illumination in the Mile-High City telling the story of how Denver became the "Christmas Capitol of the World." Originally created for History Colorado in 2015. Producer, director, writer and performer, Marta Burton has held audiences spellbound in theaters and concert halls in the U.S. and abroad, and has starred with dozens of major orchestras including The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. We welcome back our favorite pianist Hank Troy, who has performed, composed and produced concerts and recordings in Denver, Colorado, since 1971, when he began presenting concerts of ragtime and accompanying silent films. Rex Spease Saxes, Clarinet & Flutes Rex studied music at The United States Navy School of Music and at the University of Kansas and has been playing big band music, classical, jazz, country, swing, and French cafe music in the Denver area since 1980.

 
 
 
 

Friday, December 16, 2016| Morning Program
Denver Country Club
Coffee 9:30 am - 10:00 am | Program 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Optional Lunch 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

THINK GLOBALLY, BIRD LOCALLY: PRESENTED BY BILL SCHMOKER.

About 10,000 species of birds have been described worldwide but you don't have to go far to enjoy their beauty, diversity, and fascinating behaviors. Birders in Colorado have recorded nearly 500 species within our borders, the highest tally for any US state not on a coast or international border. World-class birding localities and tantalizing species occur not only in the far-flung corners of Colorado but within the Denver metro area, attracting scores of visitors every year from the rest of the US and internationally. They seek what we can find in our proverbial back yard: Incredible scenery, important habitats, and amazing avian denizens. Our discussion will encompass examples of what birds can be seen nearby, where to see them, and what resources are available to be a better birder, whether totally new to the game or looking to expand one's life list. We will also discuss the mechanisms of migration and geography that make Colorado such a welcoming state for birds and bird watchers alike.

 
 
 
 
Happy Hanukkah - Merry Christmas - Eid Mubarak - Happy Kwanzaa