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.

2022 Fall Speaker Series: 

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September 28, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. (Virtual)
“Wildfires in Colorado” with Dana Coelho

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Wildfires are a natural part of Colorado’s forests. If you live in the wildland-urban interface in Colorado, where homes and other structures intermingle with wildland vegetation, you are at risk of being affected by wildfire. The Colorado State Forest Service recently updated the Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) Guide, an important resource for protecting homes and properties from wildfire, and is in the process of updating the Front Range Recommended Trees List and Vegetation List in collaboration with numerous partners. 

Dana Coelho is the Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager for Colorado State Forest Service. Based out of the Broomfield Field Office, she works with colleagues and partners to sustain healthy and resilient forests that are integrated with and contribute to the wellbeing of all Colorado communities. She is an active board member of the Colorado Tree Coalition, ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter, and Metro Denver Nature Alliance. A huge tree nerd, Dana enjoys time outside with family and friends, exploring new places near and far, and live music and theater.

October 19, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. (Virtual)
“The W.O.L.F. Sanctuary Story” with Shelley Coldiron

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Shelley Coldiron has been the Executive Director of W.O.L.F. Sanctuary since July 2012. She has served on the W.O.L.F. Board of Directors since late 2011. The Sanctuary’s mission is to improve the quality of life for wolves and wolf dogs through: 1) saving captive-born wolves and wolf dogs in need to find placement for them at a sanctuary; 2) providing a lifelong home at W.O.L.F. in a natural habitat that considers each animal’s needs; and 3) providing the public with education about the plight of captive-born wolves and wolf dogs to foster greater understanding about their value.  Dr. Coldiron will share information about the exciting work going on at W.O.L.F. Sanctuary and their current efforts to relocate the organization to the Red Feathers Lake area before the end of the year. At the new location, the organization will be open to the public with state-of-the-art facilities.

Dr. Coldiron has B.S. and MS’s degrees from Wright State University. She received her Ph.D. in 1993 in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University where she also taught analytical chemistry.  She has published numerous scientific articles and holds several patents in chemistry, devices and nanotechnology.

For over 30 years, Dr. Coldiron has been intimately involved with the rescue, sanctuary and rehabilitation of both shelter and wildlife animals namely canids, felines and birds of prey. If she finds any down time, she can be spotted enjoying the company of her four rescue dogs, hiking, bouldering, and rock climbing.

November 9, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. (Virtual)
“The Black-footed Ferret; Demise, Recovery, and Continuing Challenges” with Tyler Tretten

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Get introduced to the black-footed ferret- what it is, where it lives (and used to live), what led to its near extinction, what the National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center has done for the past 40 years to prevent extinction, and what they are looking to do in the future to accomplish recovery.

Tyler Tretten is a Colorado native that graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Wildlife Biology. He is currently a Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and has been with the Black-footed Ferret Recovery Program for 10 years. Previously, he also served with the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, working with a variety of other species and conservation efforts.

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