Time Machine Tuesday: History of Colorado’s Game, Fish and Parks Agencies

Colorado’s efforts to preserve its natural resources are nothing new. As long as Colorado has been a state, there has been a state agency tasked with protection of Colorado’s game, fish, and parks. The name has changed over the years, and the agency has evolved – but its core mission of protecting Colorado’s incredible wildlife […]

Two Decades of Lynx Reintroduction in Colorado

In 1999 and 2000, Colorado began a program of reintroducing lynx into the mountains. Over the past twenty years, the project has had both challenges and successes, and lynx conservation continues to be a hot topic in Colorado wildlife policy. Colorado has three native feline species – the mountain lion, the bobcat, and the lynx. […]

How To Tell the Difference Between a Crow and a Raven

Crows and ravens appear very similar, so they are commonly mistaken for one another. If you look and listen carefully, though, you’ll be able to spot the differences. Members of the family Corvidae (which also includes jays and magpies), crows and ravens are the only North American bird species that are completely black in color. […]

Safe Crossings for Wildlife

Colorado’s rapid population growth affects wildlife by reducing habitat and bringing them in closer contact with humans. Vehicle collisions are a serious threat to wildlife, and many roadways cross through the migration routes used by big game. To help protect wildlife – and motorists – from vehicle collisions, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and the […]

Fall in Love with Fall

Today is the first day of fall. Days and nights are getting cooler, pumpkin-flavored products are everywhere, and the leaves are changing to brilliant reds and golds. There’s a lot to love about fall — except, of course, the fact that it means winter is coming! Around the House Now is the time for planting […]

Colorado State Parks: Chatfield

If you’re looking for a getaway that is conveniently located in metro Denver, check out Chatfield State Park. Here you can find a variety of activities for every age and interest. Things to do include boating, birding, hiking and biking, camping, fishing, swimming, and horseback riding. There’s a field where your model airplane can take […]

Operation Game Thief – Help Stop Poachers

Incidents of illegal killing of wildlife are becoming more common in Colorado. On Monday, a deer was killed illegally in Morrison, Colorado, and last month, a poacher from Montrose County was fined $10,000 for illegally killing several deer and a bear. Hunters in Colorado are required to be licensed and to hunt in season. Poaching […]

New Birdwatching Guide

Did you know that 507 different species of birds have been documented in Colorado? If you’re interested in birding, you’ll enjoy the brand-new Colorado Birding Trail Northeastern Colorado Trail Guide. This guidebook is a follow-up to three previous guides, which cover the southeastern, southwestern, and northwestern regions of the state. Featuring beautiful photographs, the guidebooks […]

When and Where to View Mountain Goats

High in the mountains above timberline lives one of my favorite Colorado wildlife species, the mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus). In spite of their name, mountain goats are actually not true goats. In fact, mountain goats are more closely related to some African antelope species than they are to domestic goats! Male mountain goats (“billies”) can […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Colorado’s Wildlife Company

Thirty years ago the Colorado Division of Wildlife began publishing a series of brochures that they named “Colorado’s Wildlife Company.” Written for all ages, these whimsical brochures feature profiles of different wildlife species, animal behaviors, or viewing opportunities. Each brochure is illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings by a local artist. Unfortunately, publication of these brochures stopped […]

Why are Colorado’s Deer Populations Declining?

According to Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW), the state’s current mule deer population of around 450,000 is about 25% below their objective. Populations have been declining over the last several decades due to human population growth resulting in habitat loss and vehicle collisions, as well as other factors like climate change, malnutrition, diseases like chronic […]

Colorado State Parks: Barr Lake

  If you’re looking for a quick getaway near the Denver metro area, check out Barr Lake State Park, located near Brighton. The park includes boating, fishing, a nature trail and Nature Center, and wildlife viewing stations. And while boating and fishing aren’t in season right now, there are lots of other things to do […]