Earth Briefs

New moon night hike to be held Monday

A new moon night hike and astronomy talk will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Durango Nature Center.

The event is free for Durango Nature Center members and $10 for nonmembers.

To register, call 769-1800 or email

Bird walk to be held along Animas River

Durango Nature Studies will partner with For the Birds to offer a bird walk along the Animas River trail every third Wednesday of the month.

The next walk will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at For the Birds, 1560 East Second Ave.

A naturalist will guide participants in discovering the birds that make their home along the river. No registration necessary.

For more information, call 769-1800 or 382-9396.

Assessment about fish barriers available

The San Juan National Forest Columbine Ranger District has released a decision and final Environmental Assessment for the Hermosa Creek and East Fork Hermosa Creek Fish Barriers project.

The decision approves installation of two fish barriers to help recover native Colorado River cutthroat trout in the Hermosa Creek watershed. Recovery efforts are aimed at preventing the federal listing of the species as threatened or endangered.

Construction is expected to begin in summer 2013. The second barrier may be built in a later year, depending on funding.

A copy of the assessment and the Forest Service Decision Notice are available at

For more information, call Clay Kampf at 385-1220.

Herald Staff