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Today's Sports

  • Migrating nighthawks fill the...

    (Reprinted from Aug. 22, 2012)

    There is a small order of birds known as goatsuckers. The scientific name is the Caprimulgiformes, which comes from the Latin Caprimulgus, a milker of goats and forma or form.

    This name comes from the old belief that these birds, which are often seen in low sweeping flight over meadows, were sucking the milk out of goats. There are not as many species in this order as there are in some other orders such as finches and warblers.

  • The art of birding requires...

    (Reprinted from Aug. 18, 2010)

    People often ask me how I happen to see so many more birds and animals than they do.

    They often say that they at least drive into downtown Evergreen every day, sometimes more than that, and they don’t see half as many things as I do.

  • Teen workers repair trails at...

    About 90 teenagers were working to repair trails at Elk Meadow Park throughout the day on Aug. 2.

    Jeffco Open Space’s Trail Stewardship Team, which is a paid summer job for 14- to 18-year-olds, works on trail maintenance projects Tuesdays through Thursdays for eight weeks in the summer.

  • Eastern fence lizards are...

    (Reprinted from Aug. 13, 2008)

    A few weeks ago a lady named Elizabeth phoned to tell me she had seen a lizard in her yard on Old Squaw Pass Road. She was delighted to have this new resident sharing her garden but wondered what kind it was and why she had never seen one before.

    The answer to what kind of lizard it is: It probably is an eastern fence lizard, since they are the only species likely to be seen here.

  • August brings late wildflowers,...

    (Reprinted from Aug. 5, 2009)

    July has been a great month. Most of the days have been blue and sunny, with cool mornings and warm afternoons with scattered showers. The summers of 1965 and 1969 were much like this, and I had very little need to water to have a bountiful garden. It seemed like we had moved to Camelot.

  • Brook Forest residents discuss...

    Fire. Trash. Increased traffic. Illegal parking. Unsafe camping.

    These were some of the issues Brook Forest residents and others cited during a meeting to discuss the Maxwell Falls Trail at the Brook Forest Inn on Wednesday evening.

    The meeting was hosted by Clean Trails, a nonprofit that organizes cleanups and educational efforts. Richard Solosky, a Clean Trails representative, said the same problems are being seen across the state.

  • Meet A Ranger: John Queen

    Name: John Queen, also known as Jeffco Open Space's "Ranger No. 5"

    Originally from: Beaumont, Texas

    Stationed at: White Ranch Open Space Park

    How long have you been a ranger?

    “Five years.”

    What’s one thing you do as a ranger that people would be surprised by?

    “Swift-water rescue.”

    What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen at a park?

  • Jeffco set for debut of ‘Up...

    This week, Jeffco Open Space will celebrate its first milestone in the broader statewide effort to promote outdoor recreation when it opens a newly constructed section of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek Canyon.

  • Cordilleran flycatchers have...

    (Reprinted from July 28, 2010)

    Although spring migration has long been over, we had a bit of excitement in the yard this week.

    The house wrens have long been nesting in a swallow box on the supporting post of the front porch. In fact, they are feeding young. Although it is supposed to be a swallow box, the swallows have never had a chance to use it because the wrens arrive earlier and have already taken it over. They usually have eggs in the box by the time the violet-green swallows arrive. That was the case this year.

  • Prematurely born twins ready to...

    They say that good things come to those that wait, but that’s never been the style for 12-year-old twins Max and Nate Footer.