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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 — Updated 12/2/2020

 By Karin Hill    Outdoors

Colorful Colorado

For more photos: 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: Photo page 2: — Updated 9/23/2020


Majority of Colorado in some type of drought

Following an exceptionally dry spring and summer, drought conditions now cover 99 percent of the state of Colorado, exacerbated by record-breaking temperatures and an existing... — Updated 9/16/2020


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

 By Karin Hill    Outdoors

Ram in El Paso County tests positive for rabies

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a 3-month-old ram in El Paso County with neurologic signs tested positive for rabies at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment laboratory. This is the... — Updated 8/19/2020


Harvesting garlic

It's August, and here on the front range that means it's time to harvest garlic. As many of you know, I'm married to an Italian, and garlic is a mainstay in my kitchen. Of course,... — Updated 8/12/2020


USDA offers guidance for mailing mystery seed packets

Following numerous reports in Colorado and nationwide of unsolicited seed mailings, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released state-specific guidance on how and where... — Updated 8/12/2020


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