Promise…

Thank you to everyone who has donated to my campaign and has passed it on to their social circles. It means a lot.

In my campaign I promised to keep a blog discussing what I am doing for the Southern Plains Land Trust. I think I am going to do that here and post the updates on the campaign for you to see.

Right now we are gearing up for our yearly Celebration of the Prairie! This is our primary fundraising event for the year and a fabulous evening of dinner, wine, and a silent and live auction. We hold the Gala in the Historic Colorado building and have a fabulous time.

I have been gathering donation items for our silent auction. I am happy to report that there are many local companies who have agreed to generously donate items to this event. We will have a gift certificate from Nooch, Pilates Vita of Denver, Linger, Ophelia, and numerous others.

Thanks to these generous donors we will have some fabulous items to offer our guests at this event!

I am going to continue looking for donors so if you have a business you want to promote, a timeshare you want to donate, a vacation home in the Caymen Islands you think might be fun to visit, please shoot me an email at misty@southernplains.org!

Also, if you want to come to the event, you can do that too! I would love to meet you in person and chat with you about what we are doing to preserve Colorado’s amazing beauty.

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Donate and Enter to Win…

From now until October 31st each person who donates to my campaign will be entered to win this one of a kind pair of stunning silver earrings handmade by me:

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Any donation amount made between now and October 31st will enter the donor into the random prize drawing. On November 1st I will notify the winner and make arrangements to ship out the earrings!

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If you are not an earring wearer remember Christmas is on its way. These earrings will come in a lovely black velvet gift bag and gift box perfect for placing under the tree for a friend or loved one.

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Enter today at https://www.crowdrise.com/helpmesavecoloradose/fundraiser/mistyewegen  and pass this contest on to others through your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn feeds.

Week one of my campaign… Tarantula.

I have been touched and honored by the support I have gotten for my Crowdrise campaign. I really appreciate everyone’s efforts in sharing my message and donating to my cause. Please continue to pass along my request to as many people as you can and help me continue to make a difference in the world.

As part of the campaign I am going to feature Colorado wildlife posts each week. This week’s guest is the Colorado Tarantula.

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The Colorado Tarantula is about the size of a coffee cup and weighs between 1 and 3 ounces.

The Colorado Tarantula can live up to 30 years, though most males live only ten before reaching sexual maturity and wandering off to find their mate. (Who will most likely kill them as soon as they have fertilized their eggs. Hmph. Women.)

Each fall, during September, hundreds of these stunning male arachnids leave their burrows in search of mates and they do not care who gets in their way. During my last foray into the southeastern plains the fellow pictured above paid me no mind whatsoever as I took his picture. He just kept walking toward me as if to say “Looking for spider sex lady, don’t try to stop me.

The Colorado Tarantula has barbed venomous abdomen hair that specialists advise against getting in your nose or eyes as the hairs can cause serious damage to these delicate tissues. (Not sure why you are using a tarantula like a tissue but stop it, okay? Go find some cacti to blow your nose on or something.) The spider’s bite is less bothersome than a bee sting, making it a molehill of a mountain as far as poisonous spiders are concerned.

The Southern Plains Land Trust sees these handsome devils all over our preserves and we are pleased to offer them thousands of acres to live on in perpetuity.

Please take a moment to view my CrowdRise campaign and share it on your social network. Your support will help me keep the prairie open and free for the Colorado Tarantula.