The Manitou Experimental Forest (MEF) is part of the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station. Established in 1936, its early research focused on range and watershed management. Currently, the site is home to several meteorological, ecological and biological research initiatives. Our collaborators include the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado College, Colorado School of Mines, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, University of California, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the US Geological Survey. Currently, the site is home to several meteorological, ecological and biological research initiatives, including the BEACHON project, an NADP monitoring site, and a long-term Flammulated Owl study to name a few.