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Robert Michael Pyle, ecologist, naturalist and author (courtesy photo).

Noted ecologist, naturalist, butterfly expert and author Robert Michael Pyle will be the featured speaker at the Central Colorado Conservancy’s annual fundraising event Friday, Nov. 9, at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds.

Pyle is a writer and Guggenheim Fellow with a Ph.D. in ecology and environmental studies from Yale University.
His 20 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,” from which he will read 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, a cash bar, silent and live auctions, an art show and sale, and updates on the Conservancy’s strategic goals, programs and initiatives are all part of the annual event.

The auctions will feature ski gear, 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 the Central Colorado Conservancy’s website, call 539-7700, or purchase tickets in person at the Conservancy office, 128 E. First St. in Salida.

The Central Colorado Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that 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 2001.

submitted by Central Colorado Conservancy