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Outdoors

  • Jeffco Open Space master plan draft sets goals for preservation, stewardship

    After months of review and revisions, the draft of the updated master plan for Jefferson County Open Space is complete and waiting for final approval.

    “We’ve created a vision,” said Amy Ito, manager of park planning and construction for Jeffco Open Space, who has worked on the plan with other staff members. Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee members also have played a key role in developing the draft as they critiqued and refined it during their monthly meetings.

  • Annual Christmas Bird Count adds children’s event

    Once more, ‘tis the season for the Christmas Bird Count. The CBC is more than 100 years old. It was the custom for sportsmen to go out on Christmas Day to see how many birds they could shoot.

  • Winter birds coming to feeders in wake of arctic blast

    November brought us some variable weather. Not unexpectedly, we received our first measurable snow and a few brief snow squalls. November also brought us some fine spring-like days with temperatures in the foothills in the high 60s and Denver even reached 71 one day.

     

  • Steps to serenity: EPRD hiking group provides members a weekly getaway to the wilderness

    It’s 28 degrees at 8 a.m. on a recent November Thursday morning. Eight hikers pile out of a van at Staunton State Park, ready for an 8-mile hike, ready to view spectacular scenery, and ready to spend a beautiful fall day with friends.

    The eight are part of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District’s hiking group, which meets every Thursday. Most of the year, they hike; the remainder of the year they snowshoe and cross-country ski.

  • Repairs in progress to flood-ravaged Open Space parks

    “We’ve made some significant progress at Lair O’ the Bear,” said Stanton LaBreche, Jeffco parks operations manager, while speaking to the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee on Nov. 7.

    With help from volunteers, the popular open-space park through which Bear Creek flows reopened on Saturday. One bridge that is considered unsafe is still closed in the park near Evergreen, LeBreche noted.

  • Boisterous pygmy nuthatches visiting feeders

    November arrived with a few nice days, but it is definitely autumn with a real chill in the air. We have had so many nice autumns in recent years that I have become spoiled. I don’t like to see the cold weather come so early.
    There were a few warblers drifting through in October, but things have dwindled down now to little more than the local resident birds coming to the feeders.

  • Campers should watch out for gray jays

    While my family was here to celebrate my birthday, I had the opportunity to visit Echo Lake. We drove up for one last trip before snow puts an end to our mountain driving in hopes of showing my family the beautiful aspen gold of our autumn.

  • Students, dignitaries dedicate completed NEAT trail

    Bergen Valley students and faculty, along with a couple dozen local, county and state dignitaries, celebrated on Oct. 9 the completion of the NEAT trail, a 10-year project that helps children get to school more safely.

    NEAT — North Evergreen Activity Trails — is a nonprofit that set out in 2002 to find the money to build a sidewalk that links Evergreen Middle School and Bergen Meadow Elementary with the Bergen Park shopping area and Bergen Valley. The 2-mile project has been built in five segments since 2006 and cost nearly $950,000.

  • Birders hope winter will be good for finch sightings

    As autumn arrives, all birders across the northern states begin to wonder if it will be a good finch winter. This is not just wishful thinking. It is based on the fact that for many years, some winters have produced large numbers of northern finches in the northern states, and some years, they have extended much further south along the Appalachian Mountains.

  • Reminiscing about first snowfalls

    Last Friday, Oct. 4, we all awoke to find a cold wet snow had covered our evergreens and golden aspen with inches of white. It was beautiful but brought an abrupt end to summer. It also brought back memories to me of other first snows.