Open Space Speaker Series

Show your support for Broomfield Open Space and learn more about trends, local wildlife, and opportunities to increase your enjoyment of open space. This event is sponsored by the Broomfield Open Space Foundation and the City and County of Broomfield Open Space and Trails Department. These programs are free to attend and no registration is required.


Fall 2020

Wednesdays, 7 - 8 p.m.
All of the presentations will be held as a Zoom Webinar, 

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passcode 913802


Dial-in Information: 877 853 5247
Webinar ID: 979 9266 8460
Passcode: 913802


OCTOBER 7
"Living with Urban Wildlife" with Jack Murphy of Urban Wildlife Rescue


We love our open spaces in Broomfield, but living close to these natural areas can also bring in unwanted conflict with wildlife. Woodpeckers drill into siding, skunks make their dens underneath porches, and rabbits wreak havoc on gardens. Jack Murphy is the founder of Urban Wildlife Rescue, a non-profit promoting humane wildlife solutions. In this talk, Jack will show you when to call a wildlife rescue team, and how you can take your own actions around the house to safely evict, exclude, and deter unwanted wildlife from your yard and humanely coexist with the urban critters that also call Broomfield home. 



NOVEMBER 4
"Why Birds Matter, and Why I Study Them" with Scott A. Taylor of University of Colorado

Birds are widespread, familiar creatures and are extremely important ecologically, economically, and culturally. They are, perhaps, the vertebrates we are most familiar with in our day-to-day lives, aside from other humans and our pets. Pigeons and house sparrows join us in cites, while chickadees and other forest species make their homes in our backyards. Assistant Professor Taylor studies birds to gain insights into the impacts that humans are having on where animals live and how they interact. From Taylor’s work on a number of common backyard species, we are gaining a better understanding of the pace at which birds can respond to warmer winters, and are just beginning to understand how cities alter the way closely related species of birds interact.



DECEMBER 2 (Rescheduled from April 1, 2020)
"Self-Drive Safaris in South Africa" - with Chris "Boomer" Petrizzo 


Have you dreamed of going on an African safari, but been intimidated by the prices posted by the tour companies, or overwhelmed with decisions about locations, accommodations, and getting around? You can have your own grand adventure that is a rewarding, enjoyable experience, and a lot cheaper than you might think! South Africa has a well-developed infrastructure and some of the best bird and wildlife viewing on the continent. Chris’ photos will take you to Kruger, Kgalagadi, the Garden Route, and many other national parks and reserves, as he covers the practicalities of flights, local transport, sightseeing, and lodging. Chris Petrizzo has photographed wildlife around the world, and probably has a little too much experience arranging his own travel – especially in South Africa. Chris pays for his wildlife habit by helping organizations develop and deliver great training.

The full season flyer is available here


Previous Talks...

MARCH 4, 2020
"The Dark Sky Movement in Broomfield" with George Wolf

When you look up at the sky at night from Broomfield, can you see the Milky Way? If not, why not? George Wolf, an emeritus professor of Astronomy, long-time member of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and local Broomfield resident, will discuss the problem of light pollution, its major causes and costs, and its possible solutions. Learn what other Colorado towns and cities are doing to tackle this issue and how Broomfield could take similar steps to strengthen its protections of our starry skies. View the full presentation slides as a PDF.