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Outdoors

  • Appreciation Day for Barr Lake State Park set for Saturday, July 12

    BRIGHTON — Each year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the North American Lake Management Society celebrate July as “Lakes Appreciation Month.”

    This year, Barr Lake State Park will join the celebration to draw attention to the value and importance of Colorado’s more than 2,000 lakes and reservoirs. A wildlife refuge offering fishing, boating, and bird watching, Barr Lake State Park also serves as an important source of irrigation and municipal water.

  • 'Eagle Brigade' volunteers sought to protect young eagle from traffic

    ADAMS COUNTY — A young bald eagle whose parents built a nest a few yards away from E-470’s 120th Avenue interchange in Adams County is nearly ready to make its first flight. It’s hoped the youngster won’t be tempted to play in tollway traffic.

    Taking steps to prevent that from happening, the Raptor Education Foundation is recruiting volunteers to serve as eagle monitors to help steer the fledging out of harm’s way.

  • Brighton blood drive June 5

    Bonfils Blood Center has an upcoming blood drives slated for the Brighton area.

    From 10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. on June 5, a blood drive will be held at the Recreation Center Conference Rooms, 555 N. 11th Ave.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Bonfils Appointment Center at 303-363-230

  • Three rabid skunks found in Adams County this year

    BRIGHTON — Tri-County Health and Adams County Animal Control officials are advising the public to be aware with their pets and outdoor animals after three rabid skunks have been found in Adams County so far this year.

    Three confirmed incidents involving a rabid skunk have been noted in Adams County, including in January near 128th and Piccadilly, on April 10 at 137th and Piccadilly, and on April 29 at 150th and Yosemite. Two of the locations are in the vicinity of Barr Lake State Park.

  • Fort Lupton Optimist Club Garage Sale May 17

    Saturday, May 17, is the date for the annual Ft. Lupton Optimist Club garage sale at R&M Services, 622 First Ave. in Ft. Lupton. The selling hours will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    In case of rain, the sale will be held on Sunday, May 18. Organizers are looking for household items in good working condition. Children’s clothing and toys are highly saleable. All donations are tax deductible and receipts are offered. Proceeds go toward the Fort Lupton Optimist Club senior scholarships. 

  • Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory set for 11th annual 'BBQ for the Birds'

    BRIGHTON — The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory will be holding its 11th annual “BBQ for the Birds” on Saturday, Oct. 5. Festivities kick off at 7 a.m. with a morning bird walk lead by renowned birder Greg Miller. 

    Communications and Membership Coordinator Teddy Parker-Renga said a lot of people are familiar with Miller through the movie “The Big Year.”

  • Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory marks 25 years of working on all things avian

    BRIGHTON — Twenty five years after its inception, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is making important strides in bird conservation. 

    With a mission focused on the conservation of birds and their habitat, RMBO has played a part in the conservation of threatened and endangered species like the piping plover and least tern, created the first-ever conservation plan for grassland birds and recently discovered the black swift winters in Brazil. 

  • Volunteers sought to help spruce up Barr Lake State Park July 13

    BRIGHTON — Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is inviting the public to “Lend a Hand to Your Lakes and Lands” Saturday, July 13, at Barr Lake State Park.

        Coinciding with Lake Appreciation Month, this volunteer event will engage crews to remove invasive and noxious weeds at the Park, as well as at surrounding open space and State Land Board properties.

  • Brighton officials seek input on naming of new BMX park

    BRIGHTON – A public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Brighton Recreation Center to help determine the name of the city’s new BMX Park.

    The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has received a petition for naming the park Sugar Beet Bike Park and is inviting the public to attend the meeting to give input regarding the proposed name.

  • Skunk found in Brighton tests positive for rabies

    BRIGHTON — Residents are advised to be cautious with their pets and outdoor animals after Tri-County Health officials confirmed a skunk found in Brighton was infected with rabies.

    In a Feb. 27 release, Tri-County Health spokesman Gary Sky reported that a skunk found in Brighton just south of the Weld County line had tested positive for rabies.