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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • There’s more to see outdoors in...

    (Reprinted from Feb. 10, 2015)

    It often seems like there is not much to see in the outdoors in winter, but if you look around, you will be surprised at how much activity there is. Tracks in the snow will inform you about the animals that have been visiting your area, and weeds that last summer were stalks standing above the snow will inform you about what grew in your yard last summer.

  • Kinnikinnick provides green...

    (Reprinted from Jan. 23, 2013)

    Green is not a color you expect to see this time of year when you look out the window. Ponderosa pines are nearly totally dormant and give an appearance of being black when seen against the snow.

  • January brings new beginnings,...

    (Reprinted from Jan. 16, 2013)

    Janus was the god of new beginnings and doorways and gates. The early Greek and Roman people had two replicas of Janus hung at every city gate, one looking in each direction to protect them from their enemies from the outside as well as those within.

  • Jeffco Open Space establishes...

    From North Table Mountain Park in Golden to Cathedral Spires Park in Pine, growing numbers of climbers scale high rocky outcrops using fixed hardware. Jeffco Open Space staff has developed rules and regulations to minimize climbing’s impacts on natural areas.