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From May 16 to 22, Rocky Mountain Wild (RMW) will host Colorado Endangered Species week with Endangered Species Day falling on May 21. For each day of the week, RMW will host online events and activities. This week is dedicated to providing educational events to the public and advocacy opportunities to protect the plant and animal species that are at risk here in Colorado.

Typically during this week, Rocky Mountain Wild and their partners organize speakers, fundraisers, and other activities along the Front Range, with major events occurring in Boulder and Denver. This year, to stay Safe at Home, they will be offering a suite of online activities each day.

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The organization will also host an online auction dubbed The Most Awesome Environmental Online Auction in the Front Range! All items in this auction come from a member of a green coalition which consists of one Percent for the Planet, Certifiably Green Denver, Certified Green Lafayette, The Conservation Alliance, Green America or the item itself may replace a less environmental one.

May 16 — Tal-us About Pikas event

From 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, the Wild Bear Nature Center and the Sheep Mountain Alliance has scheduled the Tal-us About Pikas event. The American pika has adapted to thrive in environments that are harshly cold for most of the year, but they also make the American pika vulnerable to a warming climate. Learn more about pikas and see what you can do to help protect them. Click here to join the event.

May 17 — Day of Service

Rocky Mountain Wild invites the public to join in a May 17 day of service and do a good deed for the wildlife, wildlands, and historic sites. Participants are encouraged to join via social media. Rocky Mountain Wild will be working with El Laboratorio to check wildlife cameras for the field season and to transfer the cameras to their program so that they can monitor wildlife along the South Platte River in Denver. Click here to learn more.

Colorado imperiled species include: American pika, courtesy of makieni777, Gunnison sage-grouse, courtesy of Carlos H. Pacheco, Canada lynx, courtesy of Eric Kilby, and Monarch butterfly, courtesy of stanbalik

 May 18 — Gunnison Sage-Grouse

Learn more about Gunnison sage-grouse and see what you can do to help protect them on May 18. Attend the live webinar, presented by Defenders of Wildlife, about the National Biodiversity Strategy resolution, looking at Gunnison sage- grouse as an example of how the strategy would benefit imperiled species in Colorado.

Registration will be open soon, click here to learn more.

May 19 — Canadian Lynx

From 12:00 noon till 1:00 p.m. on May 19 join the Wild Connections live webinar to learn more about the elusive Canadian lynx. The event will be hosted by connected landscape experts.

To learn more and register to save a seat, click here.

May 20 — Monarch Butterflies

On May 20 learn about Monarch butterflies and their slow journey to extinction. This event will be hosted by RMW and the Endangered Species Coalition. More information to come. Click here to learn more.

On May 21 celebrate Colorado Endangered Species Week with an informal online happy hour and trivia. Rocky Mountain Wild staff will discuss their current work and achievements, interspersed with fun trivia questions about the species and places we protect. Participants will have the opportunity to win fun prizes like plush pikas and bats, as well as sweet energy treats from Honey Stinger, reusable steel straws, and more. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. and pre-registration is required. Click here to preregister.

From May 21 to 23 participate in the nationwide chalk art competition.

This event will help raise awareness of the importance of endangered wildlife, and RMW will be giving away a variety of prizes, including a $250 Grand Prize for the best artwork and a number of small prizes just for participating. To be eligible for a prize, art must feature at least one threatened or endangered plant or animal species, and it must be created with chalk. The artwork must also be new. There are no other restrictions and participants  are encouraged to be creative.

To enter the contest, post a photo of the chalk art on Instagram between 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, May 21st and 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday, May 23rd. Click here to learn more.