May 2021 Monthly Meeting

Our next monthly Zoom meeting is on Thursday, May 13th, starting at 7pm. Join a bit early to assure your connectivity and socialize. A link to the meeting will be sent in advance via email to members and interested non-members. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send an email to flatirons [at] [email protected] with the subject line ‘Mailing list’.

Dana Bove will be our speaker. Dana is a long time Boulder, Colorado resident and is President and founder of Front Range Nesting Bald Eagle Studies (FRNBES). Dana traded his love for research as a career geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for studies on nesting and winter roosting Bald Eagles and other raptors in the northern Colorado Front Range. A passion for photography, raptors, environmental conservation, and scientific research provide the foundation for his current studies of Bald Eagle and other raptors.

Dana will discuss general characteristics of the region’s Bald Eagles with a focus on breeding populations. In addition, he will share how photography has become one of the foundational tools for his research and related conservation and advocacy work. In the northern Colorado Front Range there are now about eighteen Bald Eagle nests, significantly more than existed several decades ago. Yet nest density appears to be leveling off: since 2014 the number of successful nests in our study area has only grown by two or perhaps three nests. Nesting Bald Eagles face many challenges that will make it much more difficult for them to sustain their large near-nest territories, and which are already bringing Bald Eagles into more frequent conflict with agriculture, housing construction and oil and gas development.

The second half of the meeting will be a member critique. Members may submit up to 2 images. Use the naming protocols outlined on in our submittal guidelines: This month the special topic is “animals in any environment”. Here is a link to our regular categories and additional information about the monthly competitions:

We encourage all members to participate. It’s a great opportunity to learn from our accomplished presenter. And as always, if you wish to share images, you must have paid your dues.  Smile