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Outdoors

  • Local fawn makes national news

    Evergreen has a new celebrity. Unfortunately, though, she has not been seen since making her debut, which was covered by Buzzfeed and news outlets across the country.

    The little four-legged star made local news after she wandered into a Kittredge family's yard on June 15.

  • Cottonwoods, aspen grace landscape on midsummer’s eve

    (Reprinted from June 20, 2012)

    Today, June 20, is the summer solstice, the day that people of many races and cultures around the world celebrate as midsummer night’s eve, the longest day of the year and thereby the shortest night of the year.

  • Born to be wild — but riding to be safe

    Memorial Day is cloudy and cool, with a bit of wind out of the north. People on the boardwalk along Main Street in Evergreen watch as a motorcycle tools by every few minutes. Sometimes the bike is accompanied by others; sometimes it’s alone; sometimes it’s playing music through a speaker; sometimes it’s moving to the tune of its own melodious engine.

    This scene is a staple of summer weekends. And with summer fast approaching, more motorcyclists will frequent Jefferson County’s canyon roads to enjoy the mountain scenery.

  • Participation grows as volunteers begin planting at community garden

    Volunteers breathed life into the Buffalo Park Community Garden on Sunday, planting miniature pumpkins and other crops in some of the beds earmarked for educational use.

    “Now it has its own heart, it breathes, it’s alive thanks to the wonderful people of Evergreen,” Shawn Hamam, coordinator for construction at the garden, called out to the volunteers.

    While neighbor Pat Brewer painted the toolshed a color called "riesling grape," several families from Wilmot Elementary School gathered to plant seeds.

  • Colorful wildflowers highlight a glorious June

    (Reprinted from June 12, 2013)

    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.

     After the fickle weather of April and May when we begin to think summer will never come, June arrives in all her glory. Overnight, everything is green. Nothing can equal the lush growth of June.

  • White pelicans make an appearance at Evergreen Lake

    (Reprinted from June 23, 2010)

    There have been several reports of white pelicans this spring, most on the reservoirs east of Denver and even a small flock on Evergreen Lake for part of one morning.

    White pelicans are regular migrants through the area and nesting summer residents on the prairie reservoirs in eastern and northeastern Colorado. White pelicans can be seen in both spring and fall at Barr Lake and other reservoirs. They nest at Riverside Reservoir and on prairie lakes northward into the prairie provinces of Canada.

  • House wrens working their way into the foothills

    (Reprinted from May 30, 2012)

    The little brown house wren has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. They always nested in a box in our yard on the farm where I grew up, and they were common nesting birds in most every yard in the village.

  • Looking forward to International Migratory Bird Day

    (Reprinted from May 12, 2010)

    Editor’s note: The 2016 International Migratory Bird Day is May 14.

    This coming Saturday, May 8, is International Migratory Bird Day, which will be celebrated locally at the Evergreen Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Finches bring springtime joy to the Rockies

    (Reprinted from May 6, 2009)

    The big snow has come and gone. It was not quite as much as we had a few years ago, but it was more than we needed at one time. I measured 3½ feet at our house, but it was so warm that much of it melted as it fell, and it weighed so much that it compacted what had already fallen. So, measurements were less than accurate. I decided that the actual depth didn’t much matter. After you pass 2 feet of wet heavy snow, most of the roads are closed and the damage to power lines has been done.

  • At Evergreen Lake, a love affair with the planet

    A large banner with a photo of the planet Earth hung over the entrance to the Evergreen Lake House on Saturday, waving in the wind above those who came to the 27th annual Mountain Area Earth Day Fair.

    “The people in Evergreen absolutely love nature, and they’re dedicated to making sure we always have nature. That’s been kind of exciting to see,” said Colleen Kulesza, the new director of the Evergreen Nature Center, which opened for the season on Saturday.