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 By Doug Harling    Outdoors 

Birds of El Paso County Cedar Waxwings

It is great to see the Cedar Waxwings back around. Although they spend the winter in our area, the Cedar Waxwings are not always easy to find. It has been a couple of years since I... — Updated 12/1/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Hawkvember is not an official title, but it is my nickname for the month of November. If you are wanting to see the biggest variety of hawks, November is the month. There are a few... — Updated 11/3/2021

 

Nature centers win tourism award

Visit Colorado Springs awarded El Paso County Nature Centers the Superhero Team Award during their annual Tourism Awards Celebration. The Visit Colorado Springs Superhero Team Award recognizes an organization or business that went... — Updated 10/27/2021

 

Kane Ranch Open Space opening to be delayed for security

A newer open space east of Fountain that El Paso County plans to open to the public has been delayed until officials can get a handle on regional parks vandalism. Kane Ranch Open... — Updated 10/20/2021

 

Wild Whisperings

The following photographs are of American White Pelicans that I took from March through September at various locations in Colorado and Wyoming. The American White Pelican is one of... — Updated 10/13/2021

 
 By Doug Harling    Outdoors

Birds of El Paso County

Fall migration is coming to an end! You will still see some of the bigger raptors and waterfowl migrating, but for the most part, all of the smaller migrating birds have moved on.... — Updated 10/6/2021

 

Wild Whisperings

These photos taken last weekend show fall colors in full swing around Colorado and Wyoming, including Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs above and at right. Fall colors closer... — Updated 9/29/2021

 
 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 Full story

 
 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 Full story

 

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 Full story

 

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 Full story

 
 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

 

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