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Outdoors

  • Black-headed grosbeak makes summer appearance

    I looked out at the bird feeder yesterday to see what might be there, getting a last meal just before dark. Much to my surprise, there was a colorful male black-headed grosbeak there, enjoying the black sunflower seeds. This is the 15th bird species I have seen from the windows here at Elk Run.

    Actually, this was the first black-headed grosbeak I have seen this year. I have them every year at my feeder at home, but I have already left there by the time they returned this year.

  • Forest Service: Closing areas to shooting is sound recreational management

    A plan to close a 400,000-acre zone of land in the foothills to recreational shooting would help the U.S. Forest Service manage the sport the way it does other recreation on public lands, according to an official.

  • A really cool hike around an alpine lake

    Heading up the mountain to Echo Lake Park, the temperature begins dropping and the scenery becomes magnificent. Sweeping views of snow-capped mountains come into view as you travel along Highway 103 from Bergen Park to your hiking destination around a natural alpine lake.

  • Early wildflowers, tall grass a result of warm, wet weather

    On a brief ride around the Evergreen area last week, I was surprised to see so many wildflowers blooming. Many seemed a bit earlier than usual. I believe this is due to the exceptionally warm weather and rain in early June.

    Late June had very little rain, but the Fourth of July brought a late-afternoon torrential shower, so it is once more hot and humid. This is not my favorite weather as it leaves me feeling hot, sticky and short of breath.

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    Sounds in the night

  • Bald eagles near Evergreen Lake cause a stir

    Everyone in Evergreen has been excited about the two bald eagles that have been hanging out in a dead tree near Evergreen Lake for the past week. I have had several people call me, and others have brought me photographs of the birds. They are apparently two adult bald eagles, easily recognized by their size, dark bodies, white head and tail.

  • Forest Service considering ban on recreational shooting

    U.S. Forest Service officials are considering closing all public land to recreational shooting in a zone called the “wildland-urban interface.”

    The 400,000-acre wildfire zone — mostly along Colorado's Front Range and Interstate 70 — is an area where homes and other manmade improvements are close to natural terrain and flammable vegetation, according to information on a Colorado State University website.

  • Red-winged blackbirds are earliest spring arrivals

    Below my window is the roof of two buildings and two large paved parking lots that were scraped flat out of the hillside. Because of our hard rains, these are drained away to prevent puddling.

  • Open Space committee looks at potential properties for acquisition

    The Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee explored the potential of two properties offered by private landowners during a field trip last Thursday afternoon.

    Traveling to a field near Boulder and to Douglas Mountain near Gilpin County, OSAC members and Jeffco Open Space staff walked the properties and learned about the owners’ interest in selling them.

  • Summer's warmth brings golden banner

    June is such a beautiful month. It is so great to see the outdoors green again. The black-and-white beauty of winter is stark and often exceptional, but the fresh green of June is full of promise of a few months of warm weather.

    I am still at Elk Run Assisted Living, trying to get my back and right leg strong enough to go back home, at least for a little while.
    Looking out my window this morning, it was a delight to see so many spring flowers blooming. The ponderosa pine forest behind this building is where the greatest number of wildflowers grow.