The Grand Mesa Visitor Center plans several special Saturday events during the month of August.

On Friday, Aug. 9, join the U.S. Forest Service in celebrating Smokey Bear's birthday. Birthday cake will be available while it lasts.

On Aug. 17, experience birdology. Using study skins, a simple guide, and a bit of avian psychology, visitors can learn basic bird identification, a first step in becoming part of one of the fastest growing sports in America. The event is presented by Sheryl Radovich with the Black Canyon Audubon Society.

"Wildlife and Management Actions on the Grand Mesa and the Boreal Forest Ecosystem" will be presented Aug. 24. Join in on a discussion about the various wildlife species that are found in the boreal forest ecosystem found on the Grand Mesa and how the Forest Service works to maintain habitat for these species with their management actions. The event is presented by Eric Freels, District Wildlife Biologist for the Grand Valley Ranger District.

On Aug. 31, learn how insects pollinate the flowers on the Grand Mesa. The event is presented by Susan Carter, horticulture and natural resources agent with the Colorado State University Extension Office.

All programs are held from 2-3 p.m. Saturdays at the Grand Mesa Visitor Center, 20900 Baron Lake Drive on Highway 65 and Forest Road 121. For more information, call 970-856-4153

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