Nature & Wildlife
Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
Celebrate Earth Day:
¡°Water Comes First¡± Conference
Celebrate Earth Day by celebrating the Gift
of Water. Water Comes First is a one day
convergence of people to honor the gift
of water, on Saturday, April 20th, at the
Avalon theatre in Grand Junction. Starting
at 9a (Arrive early to register, doors open
at 8a) until 5:30p. Authors Eliot Cowan
and Charles Eisenstein will speak on the
sacredness of water, sacred economics, the
elemental aspect of water, connection to
land and place.
This Convergence includes an opening
ceremony by Kenny Frost, Ute Elder, and
will feature Leila Bruno of Pachamama Al-
liance, active audience participation to
The Road Report
New Fruita Trail Grand Opening
The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail As-
sociation (COPMOBA), in partnership with the
BLM¡¯s Grand Junction Field Office, the City of
Fruita and a variety of businesses and organiza-
tions, will host a Grand Opening launch event
for an exciting new trail in the N. Fruita Desert.
For just over two years, COPMOBA has worked
with the Grand Junction Field Office of the BLM,
the City of Fruita, a variety of supporting orga-
nization and more than 50 volunteers to build an
exciting new trail in the bicycle emphasis area of
18 Road in the North Fruita Desert.
This unique trail project will showcase an excit-
ing new riding style pioneered in the 18 Road
trail system with the popular PBR trail built
spring of 2012. Featuring multiple built features
integrated into the flowing natural terrain that
makes Fruita riding so special, the new trail fea-
tures rollers, berms and jumps that are targeted
toward an intermediate or advanced rider that
is looking to ride a fun, fast, exciting trail filled
with fast corners and exciting jumps.
COPMOBA and project partners will have a
brief ceremony where the trail will be officially
named, a ribbon will be cut, and the first offical
rides will happen on the new trail. The ceremony
and ribbon cutting will take place at 12p, Mar 17,
the 18 Road Parking Lot in the N. Fruita Desert.
Interview opportunities, action footage shoots
and more will be available during the event.
Members of the media may contact Kris Cox of
COPMOBA at 970.216.2075 or Dave Grossman of
(Reports ¡®from the road¡¯ on some of the wild and
exciting animals that cross our path each month)
The Road Report: March 2013:
2013-1-Mar: Spotted 6 healthy, mature Rocky
Mountain Bighorn Sheep, grazing without a
care about 10-15 feet North of I-70 in Glenwood
Canyon, near No Name exit. Big majestic horns
on them all. Very cool.
2013-3-Mar: A large herd of Elk meanders at ease
through Illium, near Telluride, on a cold and
2013-20-Mar: First day of Spring, just outside of
Norwood to the East, in a large cottonwood tree
South of the highway, a large Bald Eagle perches
at the top. He is there as we head out and he is
there to greet us upon our return. Happy Spring!
awaken our awareness to the natural world.
Don¡¯t miss the live music, films and a special
photo show of the land and water we live with
and depend on.
For cost, schedule and more information on this
exciting event go to www.watercomesfirst.org,
or call Deanna at 970.210.9520.
the Grand Valley Trails Alliance at 970.270.3133.
COPMOBA is a group of mountain bikers dedicated
to the development and maintenance of regional
mountain bike trails on the Colorado Plateau. Our
main trails include Kokopelli¡¯s, Tabequache, and
Paradox, and we also work on all mountain bike
trails in the area and are always working to get new
The mission of the Grand Valley Trails Alliance is to
support, enhance and sustain a world-class multi-
ple-use trail network in western Colorado¡¯s Grand
Valley by facilitating trail planning, education, con-
struction, maintenance and management between
trail user groups, communities, and land managers.
Top-bar hives have
a long history as
the concept is be-
lieved to be several
thousand years old.
5th Annual Palisade International
Honey Bee Festival
Apr 12-13, Reception at the Blue Pig Gallery on
Friday from 5-8p and the Festival is Saturday
from 11a-4p in downtown Palisade.
Join us for two fun-filled and educational days of
celebrating the industrious honeybee. The out-
door festival celebration features street vendors,
children¡¯s events, educational exhibits and live
The Palisade International Honeybee Festival is
a non-profit organization. The festival was cre-
ated by a group of business owners in Palisade,
Colorado wanting to gather the community in
celebration of it¡¯s agricultural roots and to bring
attention to the threatened honey bee population.
Beginning and Intermediate
Bee Guardianship Workshops
using Top Bar Bee Hives
Corwin Bell is coming back to the North Fork Val-
ley for bee workshops:
*April 26: Basic Discussion on Top Bar Bee
For those wanting to find out some basics on
beekeeping vs. bee guardianship, the use of top
bar hives and natural, organic and treatment free
beekeeping, this general discussion will focus on
why it is imperative to help prevent the decline
of the honeybee. Everything you need to know to
make a decision if you¡¯re ready to get started with
your own hive.
Location: Old River Road Trading Post, 15495
Black Bridge Rd, Paonia. $5 donation. No Regis-
tration, Just Come on Down!
*April 27-28: Bee Guardianship with Corwin Bell
Corwin Bell promotes a ¡°backyard¡± hive method
and philosophy using top bar bee hives in which
he encourages and inspires interested and will-
ing individuals to connect with bees through an
altruistic Guardianship that goes beyond hobbyist
beekeeping. Bell travels widely giving lectures
and workshops to raise awareness of honeybee
genetic biodiversity and to promote alternatives to
conventional beekeeping practices. He is current-
ly working on a book The Bee Guardian, which
delves into this approach.
Sat & Sun lunch Potluck! Location: Vive la Vida
Ranch, 41725 O Rd, Paonia. Sat, 10a-4p: Begin-
ning Beekeeping - $100; Sun, 10a-4p: Intermediate
Beekeeping - $100; Sat & Sun 10a-4p: Beginning &
Intermediate - $175.
For registration call
970.319.9434 or visit:
Exciting Water Event
Colorado Parks & Wildlife hunting and fishing
licenses are on sale now for the 2013-14 seasons at
retail outlets, parks and wildlife offices and on-line.
Anglers are reminded that they must have a new
license by April 1.
Lion hunters also now have an extra month,
through April, for hunting, but they must buy a
new license on or after April 1. That license will be
valid through March 31, 2014.
License buyers between the ages of 18-64 also must
buy a $10 Colorado Habitat Stamp. Money collected
from stamp purchases is used to preserve and pro-
tect wildlife habitat throughout the state.
A resident annual fishing license costs $26. Youths
15 and under are not required to purchase an an-
nual license; however, if they plan to fish with a
second line, they must buy a 2nd-rod stamp for $5.
Senior annual licenses for those 64 or older cost $1.
A combination fishing-small game license is avail-
able for $41. A small-game license costs $21, but
only $1.75 for those under 18.
Turkey season starts April 13. A resident license is
$21 and just $11 for youths under 18. Remember
that the deadline for applying for big game limited
licenses is April 2.
Purchase of any hunting or fishing license also in-
cludes a search and rescue fee. Anglers should pick
up a 2013-14 fishing brochure to check regulations
and to see what¡¯s new. You must know the regula-
tions for the waters you are fishing.
2013-14 Licenses On Sale