Science & Spirits Series - Three Cheers For the Pika: Past, Present and Future!
Thursday December 1st
Join us as we continue our series that pairs information and themed cocktails with a talk courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Conservancy focused an an elusive mountain animal: the pika.
Courtesy of the RMC: “ Anyone who's spent time high in Colorado's mountains has heard the squeak of the American pika, a climate-sensitive furball that thrives at high elevations. A local research team will regale you with recent and ongoing pika studies in Rocky Mountain National Park, offering insight into pika behavior and response to our changing climate.”
This talk will be a team effort, split among three experts: Alex Wells, Ashley Whipple, and Dr. Chris Ray.
About the lecturers:
As Denver Zoo's Community Conservation Coordinator, Alex Wells is Co-Director of the Colorado Pika Project. In 8th grade, he constructed a larger-than-life sculpture of an American pika for a school project, the start of a lifelong appreciation for this charismatic alpine dweller. Alex has a Bachelor's Degree in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College and has a background in coordinating community science projects. In his current role, he finds it deeply meaningful to help protect the species and landscape he grew up with.
Ashley Whipple completed her master's degree in 2019 under the guidance of Dr. Chris Ray at the University of Colorado - Boulder. Her thesis focused on understanding whether stress-associated hormone levels could be used to assess habitat quality in American pika. Now, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Ashley studies wildlife-habitat relationships and seeks to understand how to best manage wildlife in the face of multiple threats.
Chris Ray studies the dynamics of plant and animal populations threatened by climate change and habitat loss. Some of her recent projects include estimating bird trends in national parks, and her longest projects are focused on understanding the American pika. Chris has a PhD in Population Biology from the University of California, Davis, and leads several studies in the Front Range and elsewhere on the response of pikas and their habitat to changes in climate.
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
10th Anniversary Prohibition Repeal Party
Saturday December 3rd
Spirit Hound Distillers is turning 10 years old!
Come celebrate this milestone with us - we're hosting a 1920/30s costume party to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. We will have live music, a food truck, and specialty cocktails for the evening; there will be a costume contest and the prize is a bottle of Barrel #1 and its custom barrel stave holder, a $300 value.
Please join us for a Prohibition Repeal Day soiree, where you are invited to step back in time & dress to impress circa 1933.
DETAILS I 8-10:30pm MUSIC from Zizania I 8-11PM FOOD from Brazi Eats I 9:15PM COSTUME CONTEST - WIN A BOTTLE OF BARREL ONE ($300 VALUE)
*Free shuttle will run on a loop with stops in town and the distillery. You can hop on the shuttle to Spirit Hound and back to your neighborhood/car when you're ready. Zizania: https://www.zizaniamusic.com/
Brazi Eats: https://www.brazieats.com/
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday December 9th
Swap your favorite Holiday treats with your friends at Spirit Hound! We will be trading holiday sweets and treats while we enjoy a cocktail with our friends. We can't wait to celebrate the season with you!
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Saturday December 10th
Save the date for some comedy at The Hound. Multiple comics and no cover charge. Hosted by Zoe Rogers.
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Sunday December 11th
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Saturday December 17th
Local Music at Spirit Hound Distillers.
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Sunday December 25th
Happy Holidays from all of us to you! Join us with family and friends!
11:00 AM - 08:00 PM
New Year's Eve
Saturday December 31st
Celebrate the New Year with us and join us on New Year's Eve!