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Outdoors

  • Dark blue Steller’s jay easily discernible from blue jay

    Friday, Sept. 12, was a truly cold fall day. I awoke to falling snow, but it never was cold enough for it to accumulate to cover the ground because the temperature hovered just above the freezing point all day. It was dark and gloomy all day and just cold enough to require my heavy sweater.

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    Preschool Nature Nuts: Insects vs. Spiders

  • Goldfinches check out feeders as fall weather arrives

    Friday, Sept. 5, had been a wet, cloudy day that finally turned into rain about 5:30 p.m. It feels much too cold for September, but so be it. Our summer is over because by the time you read this, it will be Wednesday, Sept. 10. I just hope we will still have some nice fall weather in September and October.

    Many people have asked what they can bring me, to which I have had to respond that there’s nothing that I really need. I am grateful for their kindness and desire to be good friends by their offers to bring me some tokens of their friendship.

  • First pine siskin heralds beginning of fall migration

    Looking out my window early this morning, I saw a pine siskin at my feeder. The feeder is empty since I am all out of seed, so the bird did not stay long. However, pine siskins are frequent visitors to our winter feeders in this area.

  • Gentians bloom in the area as summer days come to end

    August days have been hot summer days, much like they are in the East, but the nights here are usually quite cool. Clear skies and our altitude bring us start-spangled nights, but often temperatures drop in the low 40s. August is a rich, full month, as near to being full summer as it gets in Colorado. But it also brings the first signs of fall.

  • Denver Mountain Parks stepping up enforcement of no-shooting rule

    Rangers are stepping up enforcement against recreational shooters on Denver Mountain Parks land near Squaw Pass Road.

    Nearby residents have complained that the Denver Mountain Parks conservation area has become more attractive to shooters in recent months. In response, Clear Creek sheriff’s deputies contacted the Denver Mountain Parks system for help, since they don’t typically enforce rules on city of Denver land.

  • A variety of avian life outside my window
  • Haying operation under way at Elk Meadow

    Elk Meadow Open Space is getting a trim — a contractor is mowing and baling the hay to help keep native plants growing strong, according to a Jeffco Open Space spokesperson.

    It’s the first time such an operation has been done in at least 15 years, said Alicia Doran, Jefferson County weed and pest management specialist. Open Space administrators previously held controlled burns to manage plant life on the meadow, Doran said.

  • Gentians, bugling elk signal end of summer

    Reprinted from Aug. 3, 2011

    The full rich days of August bring the flowering of fringed gentians, the departure of some summer birds and gangly teenage elk enjoying their first taste of independence. The incredibly beautiful fringed gentians are the dominant wildflower in South Park in August.

  • Blue mist penstemons are abundant near Echo Lake

    Just a week ago, a dear friend of mine took me for an outing to Echo Lake. What a real treat it was for me to get out and see the blooms along the way and to have brunch at the Echo Lake Lodge.

    Wildflowers were in bloom along the road, especially the brilliant blue of the blue mist penstemon.