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Instructor examines climate change in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Have you ever wondered how various birds, plants, and mammals have and will be affected by the changing climate of the Rocky Mountains? Join the Rocky Mountain Conservancy for a day-long educational adventure about how this change in the climate has affected Rocky Mountain National Park, and the ecosystems that it is composed of.

On Sept. 5 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., instructor Dr. Timothy Kittel will delve into ecosystems from the montane all the way up to the alpine tundra where he will discuss the vulnerabilities, ecology, and inhabitants of these various landscapes.

Dr. Kittel received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in ecology and has over 30 years of experience working in global change science. Currently working at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research out of University of Colorado Boulder, Dr. Kittel is primarily focusing on the effects of climate change in Rocky Mountain biodiversity, and the uncertainties that it brings.

Climate Change in the Rockies will begin at the Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute Building – located at 1895 Fall River Road – with a brief safety overview and introduction by Dr. Kittel. A majority of the course will be spent in the field, discovering and discussing the changes and uncertainties that are evident among the life zones. With these experiential learning opportunities, participants will be immersed in the content of this course while obtaining vast amounts of knowledge from an experienced instructor. This exploration will include a few short distance walks in order to reach the destinations that reflect the content of the course, and provide unforgettable experiences with incredible views.

If you are interested in learning about the uncertainty, vulnerability, and change we see or may see for the Rocky Mountains, or wish to find out more about other classes that are offered, contact the Rocky Mountain Conservancy Field Institute at 970-586-3262 or visit rmconservancy.org.


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