Earth Briefs

Botanical Society to host nursery tours

Durango Botanical Society will host two nursery tours Saturday.

The “What’s New in Plant Selection” tour will start at Native Roots at 8:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., the group will travel to Durango Nursery and Supply, where Rod Cook with the La Plata County Weed Office will discuss nuisance and noxious weeds, followed by a talk about plant selection at the nursery from noon to 1 p.m. Both tours will be led and hosted by Jeff Wagner and Lisa Bourey.

For more information, call Wagner at 382-1221.

Botanical Society to lead garden tour

The Durango Botanical Society will lead a tour of gardens in and around the Denver metro area June 6 to 9.

In addition to multiple private gardens, there also will be expert-led tours at Denver Botanical and other gardens. Space is limited to 25 attendees. Registration is $150, and participants will need to find their own accommodations, dinners, gas and two lunches. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard Marriott in Denver, and a carpool is planned.

For more information, visit, call Lisa Bourey at 759-0318 or email

Bear Aware seminars coming to For the Birds

For the Birds and Colorado Parks and Wildlife will present Bear Aware seminars this spring and summer to promote clean bird feeding. The first presentations will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday and May 30 at For the Birds, 1560 East Second Ave.

Participants will learn more about bears and their behavior in the area and tips on how to help keep bears safe while still enjoying birds in their yard.

For more information, call 382-9396.

Loan program available for energy efficiency

The Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado has established a regional loan program for businesses wanting to reduce operational costs and resource consumption to improve energy efficiency.

Region 9 is working with the Four Corners Office of Resource Efficiency, or 4CORE, which is providing businesses information on energy assessments and possible tax credits, as well as helping to calculate the financial benefits for making any energy efficiency improvements.

For more information, call Jenny Stollar at 247-9621 or email

Nature Center will open to public Saturday

The Durango Nature Center will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from May 19 to Oct. 27 at its location in Bondad.

The cost is $5 per person and free for members and children 12 and younger. The Welcome Center provides a self-guided interpretive trail, a junior naturalist program where kids can complete a booklet and earn a badge, and more.

For directions or more information, visit

Herald Staff