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What's Happening at the Fountain Creek

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit www.elpasocountyparks.com JULY ACTIVITIES Free Story Time with Puppets Saturday, July 14, 10:00 a.m. Join a staff member from the...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    July 11, 2018 

Birds of El Paso County

If you've played sports under the park lights at night, there a good chance you've seen Nighthawks gracefully flying around. The Nighthawk is mostly nocturnal. You can look for them flying around in t...

 

What's Happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit www.elpasocountyparks.com JULY ACTIVITIES Firefly Celebration and Night Hike Thursday and Friday, July 5 and 6, 7:30- 9 p.m. Yes,...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    July 4, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

Well, it's been a week of record-breaking heat. The wildlife and birds need you more than ever right now. Water, water, water! I can't stress enough about the need for water. One of my columns last...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 27, 2018

When to Rescue

With nestling season in full bloom and the recent hailstorm in our area, I found it most appropriate to write about when and how to rescue birds and wildlife. This is the time of year that much of...

 

What's Happening at Fountain Creek

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit www.elpasocountyparks.com June Activities Nature Jam Session with Pepper Grass Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. - Noon Dust off your...

 

What's Happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit www.elpasocountyparks.com JUNE ACTIVITIES * Nature Quest Nature Camp June 11-15, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For children entering grades 1-5....

 

Birds of El Paso County

What the House Wren lacks in size, it makes up for in song. The House Wren is a very small songbird with a song that beautifully travels through the air from sunrise to sunset. The House Wren has a...

 

What's Happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit www.elpasocountyparks.com JUNE ACTIVITIES * Summer Night Sky Program with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society Friday, June 8...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    June 6, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

The Northern Flicker is in the woodpecker family. There are two variants of this bird in North America. To the East, you'll find the yellow shafted Northern Flicker and to the West, you'll find the...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 30, 2018

Juniper Titmouse

Some names say it all. The Juniper Titmouse does for sure. This tiny little songbird with its tufted head and long tail may look bigger than it really is. From the Chickadee family of birds, this litt... Full story

 

What's Happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit www.elpasocountyparks.com June Activities: * Nature Adventures: Beautiful Butterfly or Majestic Moth? Saturday, June 2, 9-10:30...

 

What's Happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit www.elpasocountyparks.com May Activities Women’s Nature Retreat Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Finally a local nature...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 23, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

The Lesser Goldfinch is a very small songbird. It is noticeably smaller than its relative, the American Goldfinch. Together, the Lesser, American and the Lawrence's Goldfinch form the Goldfinch clan....

 

Free Youth Fishing Derby Saturday

Get outside and learn to fish at Willow Springs Ponds in Fountain Creek Regional Park! A free fishing derby is planned Saturday., May 19, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, for children ages 5 to 15. Enjoy fishing demonstrations, fun prizes, and a hot dog...

 

What's Happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit www.elpasocountyparks.com May Activities: Women’s Nature Retreat Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Finally a local nature...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 16, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

European Starlings are also known as the Common Starling. Starlings have the largest number of all the songbirds in North America. They were first brought to North America in the nineteenth century...

 

What's Happening at Fountain Creek Nature Center

The Fountain Creek Nature Center is located at 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain. For more info. call 520-6745 or visit www.elpasocountyparks.com May Activities 2’s & 3’s Outdoors: Trusty Turtles May 10, 9 - 10:15 a.m. Explore nature with your 2...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 9, 2018

Birds of El Paso County

May is migration month at its finest. There are so many new birds coming through. I actually had my first Hummingbird in the habitat on the 28th of April. Keep your eyes open for all the ones that...

 

Migrating White-faced Ibis Stop Over in Fountain Valley

This past weekend a flock of long-legged wader birds was observed feeding in an irrigated pasture east of Fountain on the ranch owned by long-time local veterinarian Georgette Goonan. These birds...

 

Fountain Creek Family Fun Day Festival is Saturday

Fountain Creek Nature Center is hosting it’s annual Family Fun Day Festival this Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Explore over 20 outdoor activity stations including live animals, dinosaur fossils, bug sweeps, kite making, pond critters,... Full story

 

What's Happening at the Fountain Creek Nature Center

May Activities Nature Adventures: Playful Prairie Dogs May 3, 9 - 10:30 a.m. Children, ages 3-6 with an adult, will enjoy hands-on activities, puppet shows or stories, crafts, and a hike. $3 per person including adults & siblings. Prepaid...

 

Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival is May 11-13

23 Field Trips Take You From The Prairie To The Mountains The El Paso County Nature Centers will host the fourth annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival from Friday, May 11, to Sunday, May 13. Join public, private and non-profits for an...

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors    May 2, 2018

For the Love of Wildlife...

This week I need to write about something besides birds. If you feed birds in your yard, you probably have squirrels. Even if you don't feed the wildlife, you've probably seen squirrels in your yard....

 

Free Youth Fishing Derby to be May 19

A free Youth Fishing Derby is planned at Willow Springs Ponds in Fountain Creek Regional Park Saturday, May 19, 9:30 a.m. to noon. “Get outside and learn to fish at Willow Springs Ponds! This is a free fishing derby for children ages 5 to 15,” a... Full story

 

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