Steamboat briefs: Courthouse/annex offices to be closed Monday
All the offices in the Historic Routt County Courthouse and Annex will be closed for business Monday due to the USA Pro Challenge events. There will be no access to our parking lot and limited access to the streets around the Courthouse and downtown area. County offices will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday.
Library presents screening of sage grouse documentary
Bud Werner Memorial Library, Conservation Colorado and Audubon Rockies will present a free screening of the new documentary film “Sagebrush Sea” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, in Library Hall, along with a discussion about greater sage grouse and the landscape in Northwest Colorado that continues to support these iconic birds. The film follows this increasingly rare bird with an otherworldly display through a year on the North America’s iconic sagebrush steppe, a vast wilderness spanning 250,000 square miles brimming with hardy life.
Following the screening, a discussion will focus on the film, the science around this iconic bird and the issues that have brought so many parties into the discussion about this species’ future. There will also be a question-and-answer session with Matt Holloran, chief scientist for the research nonprofit Wildlife Management Research Support and co-principal and senior ecologist for Wyoming Wildlife Consultants, LLC, a specialist in the long-term research of sagebrush-obligate wildlife species and the effects of human activity on sage-grouse populations.
Displays and outreach booths will be provided by Conservation Colorado, Audubon Rockies, Yampa Valley Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Yampa Valley Birding Club, Yampa Valley Crane Festival, Yampatika and other organizations and will be on display at 6 p.m. before the showing of the film. Visit steamboatlibrary.org/events for more information.
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