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'Science Saturdays' scheduled

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Grand Mesa Visitor Center is hosting "Science Saturdays" from 2 to 3 p.m. through Color Sunday. The visitor center is located near the intersection of Highway 65 and Forest Road 121. Programs are free and open to the public.

June 30 -- Birds on the Grand Mesa and Beyond. Come learn about our feathered friends from Cary Atwood, president of the Grand Valley Audubon Society.

July 7 -- The Awesome Night Sky. This special evening under the stars begins at 8:15 p.m. in the visitor center. At about 9 p.m., participants will adjourn outside to view the night sky with Art Trevena and members of the Black Canyon Astronomical Society.

July 14 -- Black Bears on the Mesa. Learn some interesting facts and safety tips about black bears from Bob Morris of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

July 21 -- Murder Mystery on the Grand Mesa. Discover the colorful history of Grand Mesa. Presented by Jim Wetzel, author and recently retired curator of the Delta Museum.

July 28 -- Grand Mesa Moose Day. Learn about the local moose population with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and U.S. Forest Service. Family activities are planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Aug. 4 -- The Making of the Mesa: The Geologic Story Behind the Scenery. Build your knowledge of geology with Rex Cole, PhD, geology professor at Colorado Mesa University.

Aug. 9 -- Smokey Bear's Birthday. Celebrate Smokey's 74th birthday with birthday cake, available while it lasts.

Aug. 18 -- Invasive and Noxious Weeds on Grand Mesa. Learn about the impacts of noxious weeds and how you can help. Presented by Mark Tabor, weed management specialist, retired Bureau of Land Management.

Aug. 25 -- Native Peoples of Southwest Colorado. Sally Crum, retired U.S. Forest Service archeologist, will talk about the Native American people who lived in this area. See the tools and plants they relied on for their lifestyle.

Sept. 1 -- The Nature Connection Way. A presentation for kids and their parents by Matt Spencer from The Nature Connection, Delta County Schools' outdoor education organization and partner of the U.S. Forest Service.

Sept. 8 -- Insect Pollination, with Emphasis on Honey Bees and Native Bees. Presented by Richard Nunamaker, who conducted research with USDA for 23 years while a professor at the University of Wyoming.

Sept. 29 -- Color Sunday. Come and enjoy the changing fall colors on the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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