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Today's Sports

  • Goshawks again nesting in the...

    (Reprinted from March 23, 2009)

    While I was visiting Bosque del Apache, an exceptionally fine photograph of a northern goshawk was printed in the Community Eye feature of the Canyon Courier. It was taken by Richard Gristak on Bear Mountain. I was pleased to see this beautiful bird’s photo for two reasons: one, because I have not seen a goshawk in the area for some time, and secondly, because I had been wondering what hawk was making the birds at my feeder so antsy.

  • Rock squirrels are rarely found...

    (Reprinted from March 20, 2010)

    It was shortly after we moved to Colorado that my late husband and I were birding one morning in Red Rocks Park, and we saw our first rock squirrel.

    Rock squirrels are the biggest of all the many ground-squirrel clan, and despite the fact that they are ground squirrels, they are quite capable of climbing over rocks and boulders and even well into trees as if they thought they were tree squirrels.

  • Ducks will arrive soon at...

    (Reprinted from March 7, 2012)

    Soon the ice will break up on Evergreen Lake, and migrating ducks will begin to appear. Usually blue-winged teal are the first to arrive. It is interesting to keep track of the large variety of ducks that can be seen on this little lake.

    Ducks are usually divided into two main groups. The so-called tip-up ducks or puddle ducks are those that tip their tail up into the air, and their necks and heads down into the water to feed in relatively shallow water. There are 16 species of puddle ducks in four genera.

  • Residents challenge closure of...

    Evergreen residents are asking the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to remove restrictions at the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area that prohibit hiking and other recreational use from mid-September until November.

    “We’re asking the commission to go back to historical usage,” said Peter Jacobson, an area resident who enjoys hiking in the Mount Evans area.

  • Nest boxes for sale; bluebirds a...

    (Reprinted from March 5, 2014)

    Once more Evergreen Audubon has some bluebird and chickadee nest boxes for sale.

    The boxes are made of cedar and don’t need painting unless you so desire. Nest boxes seem to become more and more expensive, but these Audubon boxes are the best prices I have seen anywhere. Lumber keeps going up in price, but since club members volunteer their time to help build the boxes, they can still be sold at a reasonable price and make a little money for other club activities.

  • Dry winter brings mule deer to...

    (Reprinted from Feb. 27, 2013)

    Winter is now deeply entrenched in spite of some exceptionally warm days and spring-like temperatures. We still need snow, but selfishly, I am pleased not to have it.

    We need the moisture right now for we had a long, dry summer. However, we will need rain badly by the time spring and more tourists return to the mountains because the large amount of dry grass will present a wildfire problem this spring.

  • Rare wintering northern flicker...

    (Reprinted from Feb. 25, 2009)

    It was 8 degrees above zero when I went out this morning, and Our Evergreen World was shimmering with hoarfrost.

    Every, twig, stem and pine needle was encrusted with diamonds. Our entire landscape shimmered like Tiffany’s window. Backlit by the rising sun, each tree and shrub was a scintillating piece of jewelry.

  • Storksbill blooms may be seen in...

    (Reprinted from Feb. 25, 2015)

    Once more, a fine snow is drifting down on the meadows that surround me. Elk Run Assisted Living is located in an offshoot of the Elk Meadow Open Space area. I watched the fog move across the meadow and as usual this time of year, it brought another snowstorm with it. The grasses in the meadow are dry, tan or yellow, with nary a sign of spring green.

  • Quick Hits

    Postponed hoops, again

    For the second time, Class 4A Jeffco League boys basketball game — D’Evelyn at Evergreen — was postponed. A power outage at Evergreen High School on Jan. 22 forced the game to be rescheduled to Feb. 1. Jeffco Schools cancelled all after-school activities Feb. 1 because of the snowstorm that ultimately cancelled schools and athletic events district wide on Feb. 2. The game will be rescheduled to a third date before the conclusion of the regular season.

  • Defense carries Evergreen to...

    By Craig Harper — For the Courier

    EVERGREEN — Watching Evergreen’s girls basketball team is like reading a John Grisham novel: the defense never rests.

    The Cougars completed a week of stifling three Class 4A Jeffco League opponents’ offenses with arguably their best defensive effort of the season. Evergreen forced 39 turnovers and held Littleton to 13 percent shooting to complete a perfect 3-0 week with a 39-16 home victory Jan. 30.