Shotgun Clinic

If you are interested in attending or helping as a volunteer, any of these will be good training opportunities. If you have any questions and or would like to sign up please contact Dean Titterington; SMPF Outreach Chair directly at dlt2737@aol.com or call 303-981-4642.

Oxy Volunteers Team for Two Barr Lake Projects

On Thursday, August 19, PF and Occidental volunteers teamed with Barr Lake staff to complete the next stages of 2 projects.  The first project, an exciting project that will continue for the next month, is the mural project.  The first step was to build the fencing structure needed as the surface for the mural. The team measured, dug holes, measured again, widened the holes, and finally cemented in the upright structure beams for the fence.  It was hard work, and created many laughs as the structure took shape! 

The next steps on the mural will take place in September as the fence is finished and the mural sketched in for the final painting stage on National Public Land day, the 25th of September.  At the same time as the posts were being planted, additional planting was taking place in the Pollinator Plot.  More rabbitbrush, coneflowers, and others joined the growing plot. 

The additional plants were gently placed by the Oxy team as the PF team helped with both projects!  

It was a great team day.  Thanks Oxy!!

Shotgun Clinic

If you are interested in attending or helping as a volunteer, any of these will be good training opportunities. If you have any questions and or would like to sign up please contact Dean Titterington; SMPF Outreach Chair directly at dlt2737@aol.com or call 303-981-4642.

Pollinator Project

The Barr Lake State Park Pollinator Plot Project takes another step ahead on August 19 when Oxy and PF join teams to increase plantings and begin the build of the mural project. Additionally, the team will be removing some of the weeds that have come to share habitat with the sunflowers. Join us from 8:00-11:00 am with your gloves and sunscreen!

If you are interested in attending or helping as a volunteer, any of these will be good training opportunities. If you have any questions and or would like to sign up please contact Mel Wernimont, drmjwernimont@gmail.com, 303-358-5559.

Mentor Day

If you are interested in attending or helping as a volunteer, any of these will be good training opportunities. If you have any questions and or would like to sign up please contact Dean Titterington; SMPF Outreach Chair directly at dlt2737@aol.com or call 303-981-4642.

South Metro Denver Chapter of Pheasants Forever and Occidental announce a project partnership!

The purpose of this partnership is to support, with both financial and volunteer resources, South Metro’s habitat and pollinator projects at Barr Lake State Park. Oxy is committed to community projects that help wildlife habitat and education of their communities regarding the importance of wildlife in our ecosystems. Barr Lake, another of SMPF’s partners, excels in wildlife husbandry and community outreach/education on the importance of protecting wildlife.

This is a great alliance for wildlife, SMPF, Barr Lake and Occidental. Welcome to the team!!

Telbe Storbeck, Occidental Denver’s Advocacy Advisor (at left); Michelle Seubert, Head Ranger at Barr Lake State Park; and Mel Wernimont, South Metro PF Habitat chair; met June 12 at Barr Lake Pollinator plot. Michelle and Mel showed Telbe the progress to date and reviewed plans for the next steps. Exciting to see the sunflowers growing and the new plants beginning to flower. More planting in July!!

Leave No Trace

South Metro Pheasants is honored to help support Barr Lake State Park in obtaining their Leave No Trace Gold Standard site designation. This gold standard designation was achieved by implementing and enhancing education outreach, signage and messaging for encouraging people to care for their public lands.

Watch Park Manager and SMPF Member Michelle Seubert tell this story!

Click here to download The Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Pollinator Project at Barr Lake State Park – May 22, 2021

Pheasants Forever and Barr Lake Expand Pollinator Plot

On Saturday, May 22, a consortium of Barr Lake State Park, Pheasants Forever, Occidental Petroleum and Wildland Restoration Volunteers hosted the Black to Nature Book Club at Barr Lake for a three-hour event.

The focus of this event was twofold: First, the group, guided by PF and Wildland volunteers, and taught by Michelle Seubert, the head park ranger, learned the importance of and the technique of planting pollinator plants. The second focus was getting the job done! Serviceberries, goldenrod, and sunflowers—LOTS of sunflowers. The planting was fun and exciting. The pictures are worth a thousand words! Those displayed here show the group learning the importance of the pollinators and their habitat, getting hands-on training in planting, and gathering to celebrate their success.

A special thanks to the team of planters, the training and guidance of Wildland Restoration volunteers, the expertise of Michelle and the Barr Lake staff, and the financial support of Occidental Petroleum!! What a great day.