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Outdoors

  • RMBO program explores how animals survive winter

    BRIGHTON — Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory invites families to learn about how animals, including humans, survive the cold, often harsh conditions of winter.

    The “Why Turtles Don’t Fly South” family program will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 21 at RMBO’s Environmental Learning Center, 14500 Lark Bunting Lane at Barr Lake State Park.

  • Residents get first look at proposed Barr Lake nature center renovations

    BRIGHTON — Work has begun on creating a master plan for renovations to be made to the nature center at Barr Lake State Park. Park Staff and officials from the Colorado Department of Wildlife held two public meetings last week to receive comments from stakeholders such as the volunteers and patrons who frequent the park.

  • Open houses set for Barr Lake nature center renovation plans

    BRIGHTON — Barr Lake State Park is holding two open houses this week to gather comments and exchange ideas for its nature center renovation project.  

  • Prairie View students head to Barr Lake park for ecological field trip

    BRIGHTON — Prairie View High School biology students were invited to attend and participate in a local biology learning experience and clean-up project last month.

    The students gained first-hand knowledge of their classroom biology themes that they will study in class and also earned community service hours while helping out a local biological area.

  • 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.”