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Colorado has rich species diversity for grouse – having one of the largest number of grouse species of any state in the U.S. Grouse are large, slow moving, well camouflaged, ground-dwelling birds that live in northern latitudes – and many species are in decline. What makes these birds adapted to their environments, and why are they particularly sensitive to habitat...Find out more »
A Conversation with Carolyn Finney Thurs, Dec. 3 | 7:00 pm | FREE! Christian Cooper. John Muir. George Floyd. What does race have to do with it? In the compelling book “Black Faces, White Spaces”, Carolyn Finney explores why African Americans are so underrepresented when it comes to interest in nature, outdoor recreation, and environmentalism. Finney argues that the legacies...Find out more »
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Every year, our friends at Rocky Mountain Raptor Program in Fort Collins, CO receive over 300 injured, sick and orphaned birds. They are nursed back to health and more than 80% of them are released back into the wild. Last fall, bird banders at our Barr Lake State Park station enjoyed the opportunity to meet one of the recipients of their kindness in person!
We had a banner year at our banding station at Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. 2020 proved to be our busiest season there to date. We set new highs for total banded birds and added several new species that had never been banded there before. All of this was while simultaneously adapting to meet health and safety guidelines that enabled visitors to experience bird banding firsthand in a safe way.
Each summer, migratory birds like the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher fly thousands of miles between their summer breeding grounds and wintering locations. An impressive feat under any circumstances, 2020’s fall migration brought particularly difficult challenges including record-breaking wildfires, air pollution, and extreme temperature and weather events. Sadly, many of these little international travelers did not survive.
The cultural heritage of those that tend the land and call it home—from ranchers to Indigenous Peoples to ejidos—is closely tied to the fate of grasslands. Rural communities and economies depend on healthy grasslands and the services they provide which include aquifer recharge, productive rangelands, outdoor recreation and more. Despite their importance, the plight of grasslands has been largely overlooked, but a new initiative has launched which aims to chart a better future for this precious resource.