These informative talks are designed for adults to learn more about research and science related to natural areas. Parking is limited - please carpool, bike or walk. Bring a snack if you like. Accessible: Yes Program Topic: How Are the Birds? Ten years of bird research and conservation at Soapstone Prairie reveal exciting trends. Join Bird Conservancy of the Rockies Community and Outreach Biologist Erin Youngberg to learn more. *****Note: The activity location is different than the one advertised in the Natural Areas Explorer. The correct location is below!!***** Location: Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow Street, Eagle Rooms 1 and 2. Please note that Willow Street (in front of Northside Center) is one way eastbound only due to construction. Construction info is at https://www.fcgov.com/engineering/willowstreetMinimum Participants: 5
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Public Engagement Specialist
City of Fort Collins, Natural Areas
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I am a Public Engagement Specialist for the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, primarily mobilizing long term volunteers to perform critical work for the department. I started the City's FC Volunteer Services program, helping the City become a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award organization and certified as a Service Enterprise. I am a Certified Volunteer Administrator, Certified Interpretive Trainer, and have over ten years of experience in public engagement.
Erin has been monitoring the bird community for the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas since 2010. As the Community and Outreach Biologist at Bird Conservancy, her focus is on the birds in our urban landscape - our backyard, however big or small it is. Birds are all around us, and when we learn how to identify them, we notice them more, we create a connection to nature and gain an appreciation for nature that hopefully influences our decisions as citizens.
I have lived in Fort Collins since 1990, and fall more in love with it every year. I love exploring the Natural Areas with youngsters and the young at heart! I learn more with each step I take in the Natural Areas, and I look forward to continuing to explore it with you for years to come!
My husband and I have raised our five daughters in the FoCo community - enjoying countless library, museum, and outdoor adventures. As a home-schooler, teacher, traveler, and now a volunteer with FoCoMoD and the Natural Areas, I enjoy maintaining an enthusiastic curiosity and love of the world around me.
This photo is of me really getting into my work on the natural areas! I was the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Natural Areas Department from 1994--2019. I trained Master Naturalists, delivered Certified Interpretive Guide training, managed, wrote, and edited interpretive signs and brochures, and I even got out to lead some field trips! In retirement I volunteer with the Natural Areas Department doing a few programs and helping with the cameras at Bobcat R. Yes, I'm still having fun!