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Outdoors

  • 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. 

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Berry Patch Farms will help locals pick the right way to raise their crop

    BRIGHTON — Berry Patch Farms owner Tim Ferrell will be sharing his expertise in raspberry farming during the Colorado State University Extension’s first Fruit Growing Symposium in Longmont this weekend.

    During the last 25 years, Ferrell has found a niche in berry farming. He has dedicated seven acres on his farm to raspberries and 10 acres to strawberries in Brighton.

  • A hedge against erosion

    Chances are, if a weeping willow on a small acreage is flourishing, its roots have found the septic system. If a newly planted aspen clump collapses with the first hot wind, most likely it won’t live through the summer.  
        Tree mistakes such as those are especially frustrating for owners of small acreages who, year after year, watch their dream of lush landscapes shrivel to expensive sticks. It’s possible to grow trees on the plains of Adams and Weld counties, but the secret is matching trees to microclimates, soil, water and altitude.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Volunteers sought to track butterflies

        BRIGHTON — Barr Lake State Park is offering butterfly enthusiasts and zoology enthusiasts a chance to learn how to monitor monarch butterflies from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
        The free training session is part of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. Volunteers will learn about monarch biology, practice monitoring and data entry protocols and receive all the materials to conduct monitoring.

  • Nationally ranked junior golfer to help drive out child abuse at 10th annual CASA Classic Golf Tournament

    Local golfers will hit the links in support of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Adams and Broomfield Counties on May 23, 2012 at this year’s 10th annual CASA Classic Golf Tournament. The event will be at Hyland Hills Golf Course in Westminster, with all proceeds to aid CASA in its fight against child abuse. This year’s tournament will kick off with an 8 a.m. shotgun start and includes a special race car theme and the opportunity for golfers to test their skills against nationally ranked Junior Golfer, 8-year-old Brayden Bozak. 

  • ‘Peas in a Pot’ among new trends in 2012

        Garden trends come and go, and sometimes they merge, resulting, this time, in growing vegetables in containers.
        Not just tomatoes in a stack of old tires (which actually works well, as the tires help the soil heat up), but also classy containers and combos of flowers and edibles. Here’s the new part, new vegetable varieties designed to grow well in smaller spaces.