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Outdoors

  • Western red squirrel antics are a comical sight to behold

    If you have a resident western red squirrel in your yard, you are in for daily episodes of enjoyment and laughter.
    I have lived in this house for a little over 48 years, and when we arrived in April of 1965, a pair of golden-mantled ground squirrels and a pair of gray-and-white tassel-eared squirrels thought they owned our patio.

  • Final segment of NEAT trail being built

    It’s a “pinch-me” moment for the president of North Evergreen Activity Trails, as construction began last week on the final leg of 1.8 miles of sidewalk connecting Evergreen Middle School to Bergen Park to Bergen Valley Elementary School.

  • All plants big and small

    When you begin to study wildflowers, you, out of necessity, begin to learn about the development of plants, learning that plants range from microscopic algae and mosses to giant and thousands-of-years-old trees.

  • The tale of a 41-year-old ponderosa pine

    After an unusually hot spell during the first two weeks of June, the weather has returned to the June normal of hot sunny days and cold nights. However, I am glad to be able to keep my windows closed for it keeps out a bit of the pine pollen.

  • June’s wildflowers let us all walk in fields of gold

    One of the most beautiful flowers in June is golden banner. It is in full bloom in my yard, but it starts blooming as early as April and May on the high plains. There are large yellow patches of golden banner now blooming throughout the foothills.

    Soon it will march even higher with its yellow banners sparkling until it is blooming at Echo Lake in July and occasionally a bit higher above timberline in August.

  • Masters swimmers can train at Evergreen Lake

    Masters swimmers can train in Evergreen Lake

     

    The Evergreen Park and Recreation District is expanding its Masters Swimming program to include open-water swimming in Evergreen Lake this summer.

    Beginning June 18 and continuing through mid-September, the park district will permit swimming in the lake for registered members of the Colorado Masters Swimming Association during designated open swim times on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

  • Colorful wildflowers highlight glorious June

     

    As the song says, “June is bustin’ out all over,” and as usual, it is a glorious month. I believe it to be the most beautiful month of the year.

     

  • Groups teach Watershed 101 to educate community

    By Devan Filchak

    For the Courier

    Ten local residents learned about ways to preserve and protect the Bear Creek Watershed in a course offered by the Evergreen Metro District and the watershed association.

    The class, at the Evergreen Metro District facility on Stagecoach Drive, covered a variety of topics, including hydrology of Bear Creek, pollution, wildlife impacts and potential citizen monitoring.

    In the past, Evergreen High students took the class and then embarked on a beautification project at the school.

  • Bird sightings enhance a simple outdoor chore

    The old adage “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it,” came to mind today when the spring weather I have been wishing for came with some gusty winds with temperatures in the 80s. That’s not spring; it’s even warmer than most of our summer weather. I was out cleaning up the yard a bit and sweeping the patio, and I thought I would melt in the process.

  • Spring’s arrival brings new growth to aspen, alder trees

    It is so nice to have some warm spring days, and now we are promised summer temperatures this week. Just to go out in my yard and see green fields and robins looking for worms, and hear green-tailed towhees and house wrens singing is a tonic for my winter-shriveled soul.