Noted ecologist, naturalist, butterfly expert and author Robert Michael Pyle will be the featured speaker at the Central Colorado Conservancy’s Annual Event and Fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.
Pyle is a writer and Guggenheim Fellow with a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Studies from Yale University.
His twenty books include **Wintergreen** (John Burroughs Medal), **Sky Time in Gray’s River** (National Outdoor Book Award), **Through a Green Lens**, and works on butterflies. His newest is **Magdalena Mountain**, which he will read from during his presentation.
During this keynote address, the Denver native will speak to his lifelong love of the central Rockies, why people need to do all they can to conserve them, and how his new novel relates to conservation in this region.
In addition, the local Kelly family will be recognized as recipients of the Conservancy’s 2018 Conservationist Award, for their generational impact in conserving their ranch lands and water, and helping the larger community appreciate our area’s ranching heritage.
Heavy appetizers by RustingRam Catering, cash bar, a silent and live auction, art show and sale, and updates on the nonprofit Conservancy’s strategic goals, programs and initiatives are all part of the annual event.
The popular auction will feature ski gear and lift tickets, guided outdoor adventures, regional wine and spirits, hot springs passes, gift certificates to local establishments and more.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds in Poncha Springs. Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Go to centralcoloradoconservancy.org, call 539-7700 or purchase tickets in-person at the Conservancy office located at 128 East 1st St. in Salida.
The Central Colorado Conservancy partners with landowners, agricultural producers and the community to conserve the region’s land, water and wildlife. As a land trust, the organization holds 36 conservation easements and has helped protect more than 12,500 acres in the region since its inception in 2001.