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Today's Sports

  • Four more hummingbirds...

    Last week I wrote about the two most common hummingbirds seen locally, the broad-tailed and the rufous.

    Broad-tailed hummingbirds usually arrive in April and nest here. Rufous hummingbirds, which have gone north along the Pacific coast in early spring, have nested as far north as southern Alaska and return south along the mountains where there are still wildflowers.

  • July is a good time to learn...

    Many people have reported to me that the ruby-throated hummingbirds have returned.

    Still others tell me rufous hummingbirds are back and not as feisty as usual. All of these people mean well, but they are somewhat confused about our fascinating hummingbirds.

  • Kids take the bait at Outdoor...

    Young people experienced the joy and frustration of fishing at the annual Outdoor Skills Day at Evergreen Lake recently.

    Children tall and small received rods and reels from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and got help with attaching bait and bobbers. The kids stood along the bank of the lake near the Evergreen Nature Center, flocked by parents, Evergreen Trout Unlimited members and rangers, who helped them with casting and reeling in their lines.

  • Rare and interesting ferns grow...

    Ferns are not what one could call abundant in Colorado, but we have a few, including some that are rare and interesting.

    The large stands of tall ferns found in the moist, rich eastern woodlands are not to be found in our dry climate, but we do have some rock and cliff dwellers as well as a few that grow in the sub-alpine bogs and meadows.

    The most common fern in the Evergreen area is the delicate brittle fern, Cystoperis fragilis. The stipe or stem of this fern is dark brown to black at the base, shading to straw color or green.

  • Warblers’ beautiful songs fill...

    I can hear what I believe to be a yellow warbler singing, but I haven’t seen it yet, so I am not positive of my identification because I don’t trust my ears. Unfortunately, my hearing is not what it used to be.

  • Volunteers improve Saddleback...

    After hiking up a steep slope with two heavy containers of water, crew leader Lauren Riegler of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado coordinated efforts to develop a trail on Saddleback Mountain on Friday.

    Divided into four groups, 49 volunteers cleared overgrown sections of the trail leading to the summit and installed steps to divert water away from the path and make hiking easier. During the seven hours they worked, volunteers placed 88 check steps and worked on more than 1,000 feet of trail on the mountain, Riegler said.

  • June’s showers bring July’s...

    There is an old saying in this area: “When it rains in June, the mariposa lilies will bloom in July.” Well, it certainly has rained in June, so now we can look forward to seeing mariposa lilies in July.

  • Vireos common but not abundant...

    How many of you have seen a warbling vireo? Probably not very many of you. Although they are relatively common, they are not very abundant. Only a single pair is ordinarily found in one breeding area.

    They are not brilliantly colored or birds that you might see walking about in your yard like the American robin. They usually defend their nesting territory with song, and an established pair will keep any other pair from nesting nearby.

  • Vireos common but not abundant...

    How many of you have seen a warbling vireo? Probably not very many of you. Although they are relatively common, they are not very abundant. Only a single pair is ordinarily found in one breeding area.

    They are not brilliantly colored or birds that you might see walking about in your yard like the American robin. They usually defend their nesting territory with song, and an established pair will keep any other pair from nesting nearby.

  • This time, EHS trio closes out...

    ALAMOSA — It was mere minutes into the game, yet the vociferous crowd voiced its approval when recent Evergreen graduate Greysen Lincoln, like he was prone to do his entire high school career, made a bone-crunching tackle.