Category Archives: Nature and the Outdoors

Thanks to Preble’s Jumping Mouse

Preble’s Jumping Mouse is a subspecies of the Meadow Jumping Mouse that only lives near streams along the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Colorado. If you’ve been to the front range lately, you know that new … Continue reading

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Coming By You — Got a Gun

I spent (invested) the morning of the first Saturday in December birding in and around Colorado Springs. A Greater White-fronted Goose was seen on Friday in Memorial Park, in the older part of town, so I went there first. I … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Pavilion

This small building in the Denver suburb of Westminster is a zoo of invertebrates.  There are three exhibit rooms inside with cases and tanks filled with octopuses, crabs, spiders, ants, bees, etc. A woman was sitting in the first room … Continue reading

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Lory State Park

We were in Fort Collins and we wanted to hike. Our afternoon plans were in Greeley, which was about 30 miles southeast, so it didn’t make sense to go too far west. We headed to Lory, the nearest state park. … Continue reading

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The Wild Animal Sanctuary

The sanctuary is located in the barren high dessert northwest of Denver. It exists to house animals that are confiscated from or donated by zoos, circuses, and private owners. Once here, the animals are introduced to others of their species … Continue reading

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Four Days

It’s hard to plan ahead in Colorado. Mid-November weekends can be 70° and sunny or 20° with snow. We planned on hiking somewhere on Saturday, but when it snowed Friday night, we decided to stick to flatter locations. We went … Continue reading

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A Day of Birding

I got up fairly early this morning and headed south to Fountain Creek Regional Park. I spent about an hour wandering the trails. I didn’t see anything rare, but I did find 30 species, which is pretty good for this … Continue reading

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Close to Home

After our excursion to the San Luis Valley last weekend, we decided to stick closer to home this Saturday. Our first stop was lunch, at Bingo Burger in downtown Colorado City.  A Bingo Burger, by definition, had Pueblo peppers ground … Continue reading

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

Almost everywhere we went in the San Luis Valley, we could see the huge sand dunes piled up against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. From a distance, they were dwarfed by the mountains. They got impressively larger as we drove … Continue reading

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Bird #484 — Pinyon Jay

gymnorhinus cyanocephalus Sunday, October 29, 2017 Great Sand Dunes National Park Sally and I were driving into the park with the Sangre de Cristo mountains on our right and the arid flats of the San Luis Valley on our left. … Continue reading

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