January 2023   Dear Colleague,   Happy New Year from Wild Connections!   Here are our headlines for this month: • Wild Connections welcomes Doug Krieger to the board!
 • Dark Sky Award at Browns Canyon National Monument ◦ Florissant Fossil Beds offers a monthly evening Night Sky program • Special Thanks to our Donors! ◦ Ramp Up Restoration Donor Report
 Read on for more info!   Wild Connections welcomes Doug Krieger to our board of directors!  There’s a man who knows a great deal about Colorado’s wild waters, their aquatic animals and habitats.  His name is Doug Krieger. He recently joined the Wild Connections Board. We are extremely grateful to have him.   Doug grew up in Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan. His degrees, both in aquatic biology, came from Michigan State, undergraduate, and Colorado State, graduate.   He started his career with the Colorado Division of Wildlife (now the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, CPW) as an aquatic biologist. He spent 25 years as senior fishery biologist in the Arkansas River Basin, working out of the Colorado Springs office. His last five years at CPW were spent as Aquatic Section Manager (AKA, the Fish Chief) and he retired in 2018.   In his retired time, Doug spends his time assisting other non-profit groups, hiking, and, of course, fishing.   Browns Canyon receives Colorado Dark Sky award  On December 20, 2022, Friends of Browns Canyon, on behalf of Browns Canyon National Monument, was selected as one of four recipients of the Colorado Dark Sky Certification Mentor Program awards!   This is the first year of the Colorado based program, in efforts to help achieve International Dark Sky Place certification. The recipients receive 50 hours of free consulting from the International Dark-Sky Association Colorado Chapter to implement activities that reduce light pollution and protect access to Colorado's incredible night skies.   The other three recipients were Ridgway State Park, San Luis Valley Great Outdoors for the Sangre de Cristo Dark Sky Reserve, and Visit Durango for the City of Durango.   Wild Connections was happy to write a letter of support for Dark Sky certification at Browns Canyon National Monument, in a very successful effort led by our colleagues at the Friends of Browns Canyon.     The Colorado Tourism Office has more info available here.   Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument offers a monthly evening Night Sky program  Speaking of Dark Skies, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (FFBNM) hosts a monthly evening Night Sky Program at the monument.  FFBNM received International Dark Sky Park certification from the International Dark Sky Association in 2021.   Their 2023 programming has not yet been released, however more info, including the eventual upcoming schedule, can be found at nps.gov/flfo/night-sky-programs.htm. FFBNM Night Sky Program. Photo Shell Bieker via NPS.gov    Special Thanks to Our Donors! Thank you donors!   Our Ramp Up Restoration appeal brought in nearly $35,000 from 167 donations!   Here's the breakdown: Colorado Gives Day at $7,098, Pikes Peak region Give! at $5,933, $10,550 for the Keep It Wild future staff fund and $10,915 by mail and other online sources led to this excellent finish.    With gratitude and cheers from all of us, Jean, Alison, John, Claude, John, Jim, Kristin and Doug  Wild Connections Board and staff Our Contact Information
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