Explore the Rivers & Wetlands at Buffalo Peaks Ranch

Join us at the Headwaters this month!

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This field course examines the chemistry, physical features, and biology of stream ecosystems. Principles of stream ecology will be used to sample the ranch’s local stream ecosystem. Participants will learn how to test the water’s chemistry, evaluate the habitat, and sample stream insects. We will also study the links between a stream and its watershed, floodplain, and riparian zone, and we’ll discuss the impacts we all have on streams.
Prepare to wade in the water and enhance your knowledge of streams!
Ashley Rust is an Aquatic Scientist at DiNatale Water Consultants, and is also a post-doctoral researcher on streams at the Colorado School of Mines.
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At first glance, South Park appears to be a never-ending expanse of shortgrass prairie. But the waters of this high mountain grassland are rich and varied.
We are thrilled to have Denise Culver back this summer to share much of what she has learned from a lifetime exploring wetland plants.
With a special focus on grasses, sedges and rushes, we will amble along the banks of South Park’s streams (including the South Platte River), and explore the ranch’s fen, a very special peatland environment with many globally rare plants.
Denise Culver is a botanist & ecologist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. She has been happily mucking across Colorado’s wetlands for over 20 years. Denise is also the co-author of the wonderfully comprehensive Field Guide to Colorado’s Wetland Plants.
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The Middle Fork of the South Platte River at Buffalo Peaks Ranch (last summer). photo by Samuel Bell

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