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 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

So, a few weeks ago, I was in my yard taking pictures of hummingbirds. I was leaning against my fence and occasionally looking into some sunflowers in my neighbor's yard to see if a... — Updated 9/1/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Imagine my surprise! Out of all the years I've been birding, I have never seen a Blue Grosbeak until this year. I didn't even know we had them in our area. My first sighting was... — Updated 8/4/2021

 

Public invited to give input on wolf re-introduction

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Keystone Policy Center has announced the launch of an Online Open House and detailed Comment Form available on Colorado's Wolf Restoration and... — Updated 8/1/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Mississippi Kites are one of my favorite summer visitors. I first learned of the Kites about five years ago. A friend of mine posted some pictures on social media and I was... — Updated 7/6/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

"Don't Mock Me." This week, I did just that! I went out and mocked a Northern Mockingbird. Mock means to "mimic" (someone or something) scornfully or contemptuously, tease or make... — Updated 6/2/2021

 

No vacation? No problem: Create the perfect outdoor space

Spring is here, and it's time for pandemic-weary homeowners to ready yards and landscapes for backyarding. Yes, backyarding is a word – and one that we all need right now.  The... — Updated 5/25/2021

 

National Safe Boating Week is May 22–28:

The nation's biggest recreational boating safety event of the year, National Safe Boating Week, is May 22–28. The annual event helps remind boaters to keep boating safety front... — Updated 5/25/2021

 

Tips for launching your boat into a new season

(Family Features) Whether you're racing against the waves or quietly floating with a pole in hand, a day on the water is hard to beat. However, before you can enjoy the excitement o... — Updated 5/25/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

What color are blue jays? The obvious answer might be “blue.” Actually, there is no blue at all on a blue jay! Blue pigment in nature is very rare, but nature can play tricks on... — Updated 5/4/2021

 

Wild Whisperings

I have always wanted to watch the sage grouse dance during their spring mating rituals. Recently a friend who lives in northwestern Colorado took me to a location where the greater... — Updated 4/28/2021

 

Birds of El Paso County

It is time to get ready for the migration. The peak of the migration is still a few weeks away, but I learned a few years ago that "the early bird catches the migration!" I used to... — Updated 4/7/2021

 

Wild Whisperings

Over the past few years, this newspaper has featured several articles and numerous photos about the wild horses of Sand Wash Basin in Northwestern Colorado. In December 2017, Cindy... — Updated 3/24/2021

 

Wildfires & Watersheds: New science brings new insights

By Bill Banks, Executive Director, Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control & Greenway District Eventually, the efforts of our firefighters and winter storms will extinguish the... — Updated 3/9/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

March may be one of my favorite times of the year for birding. The big birds are paired up and starting to nest. March is the peak of the nesting season for many owls. Not all owls... — Updated 3/2/2021

 

'Partners in the Park' recognized by county for Parks support

El Paso County Park staff highlighted the support provided by the 2020 Partners in the Park at the Park Advisory Board meeting on Feb. 10. The Partners in the Park program was created in 2009 to provide financial support for a... — Updated 2/23/2021

 

Colorful Colorado

Barr Lake State Park, near Denver, offers the nature enthusiast the opportunity to observe a variety of wildlife. Depending on the season, there are a variety of birds to see. Bald... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Many birders think that winter is a slow time of year for birds. The truth is, there is as much to look at during the winter as there is in the summer. Cold weather and bare trees... — Updated 2/3/2021

 
 By Carl Borg    Outdoors

2021 Adventure Index – U.S. States Ranked

Where in the U.S. can you find the most opportunities for adventure? America is blessed with an amazing number of destinations if you're looking to experience a true adventure,... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

I hope everyone has been well! It is good to be back sharing the love of birds with all of you. I just want to start by saying, I've missed you all and I've missed writing the... — Updated 1/6/2021

 

Colorful Colorado

The latest edition of Colorful Colorado features the majestic elk found throughout the state. For photos and fascinating trivia, see https://www.epcan.com/home/c... — Updated 12/2/2020

 
 By Karin Hill    Outdoors

Colorful Colorado

For more photos: https://www.epcan.com/home/customer_files/pdfs/ftnv_9.30.2020_p._21.pdf A lot of people drove into the nearby hills and mountains this weekend to view the fall... — Updated 9/30/2020

 

Be a smart leaf peeper

Travelers across the state of Colorado are taking to the mountain roads and passes to get a glimpse of the colorful foliage. The Colorado Department of Transportation reminds motori... — Updated 9/30/2020

 

Colorful Colorado

Photo page 1: https://www.epcan.com/home/customer_files/pdfs/outdoors/ftnv_9.23.2020_p._20.pdf Photo page 2: https://www.epcan.com/home/customer_files/pdfs/outdo... — Updated 9/23/2020

 

7th Annual Creek Week to kick off Sept. 27

The Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District is kicking off its 7th Annual Creek Week, Sept. 26 – Oct. 4. This nine-day cleanup has grown to be Colorado’s largest, and you’re invited to join your... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

Mountain lion sightings noted

Citizens, be advised that there have been multiple sightings of a mountain lion in Fountain. The lion has been sighted in the Fountain Mesa area (including the Heritage subdivision), and in Comanche Court and Little Ranches... — Updated 9/16/2020

 

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