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Outdoors

  • Answers complex about why fewer birds come here

    Many readers of this column have asked me recently if something has happened to the birds that reduced their numbers because they have had fewer birds at their feeders than usual.

    I scratched my head to know how to answer their questions because this is a very involved question that takes more space than I can use every week, and few people are concerned enough to get that involved.

  • Summer birds making their way back to the foothills

    Once more, while spring hesitated in the doorway, winter pushed her aside and came back in.

    Cold and snowy would best describe most of last week’s weather, but it could have been much worse. Since the temperature hovered around freezing, at least some of the snow fell as rain. Today, the sun is back and between the snow drifts, brown squiggly earth makes fancy patterns on the mountains.

  • Friends, indeed: Nonprofit helps fund programs at Staunton State Park

    The nonprofit group Friends of Staunton State Park has been working with Colorado’s newest state park since before it opened last year, and now the group is starting to receive some recognition.

    Friends of Staunton recently was named Best Nonprofit of the Year by the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce.

    “It was a pleasant surprise,” said Wayne Parkinson, board president of Friends of Staunton. “Talk about a fantastic way to start 2014.”

  • March’s crazy weather brings spring birdsong to foothills

    I started this article four days ago. It was the vernal equinox, and the day was balmy and sunny. Since then, we have had new snow. It is cold, and winter has returned with just enough snow to make everything white and sparkly in the morning sunlight.

  • Subspecies of dark-eyed junco are complex but easily discernible

    For some time now, I have thought I should write a column on the juncos that we are seeing at our feeders, but something or another seemed to come up every week, and I put it off. No matter what juncos we have had all winter, there will be new ones coming in as many of them migrate in the early spring to more northern breeding grounds.
    Juncos are commonly known as “snow birds” in many areas because they arrive just before the first snow and leave in the early spring. They spend the winter or snow season with us and move northward to nest.

  • OUTDOOR BRIEFS

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    Fly-fishing for redfish
    Evergreen Trout Unlimited will host Fly-fishing for redfish in Louisiana from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, Beau Jo’s Pizza, 28186 Highway 74, Evergreen. The guest speaker will be Mike Kuberski. For more information, e-mail Mike McGinnis at president@evergreentrout.org ir visit http://evergreentrout.org.

     

  • Spring’s warmer weather brings scent of skunks

    Spring is certainly a confusing season in this area. March and April are supposedly spring months, but here in the foothills, it is a time of indecision.

  • New ranger seeking solutions to issues in Evergreen parks

    As the newly hired park ranger for the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, Jason Garner says he plans to work with community residents to find solutions to issues that trouble them.

    “My goal is getting out there, making my presence known, so people have somebody to go to,” Garner said.

    By involving the community, problems in the parks can be reduced, he said.

    “Complaining, having issues, will only get you so far,” Garner said.

  • Remote slash-collection sites announced

    The Jeffco Sheriff’s Office has announced its three remote slash drop-off dates for this summer. Jeffco again will team with mountain fire departments to host the sites.

    Slash disposal became more of a challenge when the Rooney Road Recycling Center stopped accepting organic material in 2012. Jefferson County has received a grant for an “air curtain” burner for slash, but a location hasn’t been decided yet.

  • Nest boxes for sale; bluebirds a happy arrival

    Once more Evergreen Audubon has made some bluebird and chickadee nest boxes for sale. The sale this year will be held on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 9 a.m. at the King Soopers in Bergen Park and in Conifer. If you need bird boxes, this is the time to buy them. They will be available until they are all sold, so get there early. If no one is there selling boxes, they are sold out.