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Wild weed walk in the woods

Barbara Lawlor, Nederland.  This is the time of year when the mountain meadows and forests are their most fragrant and flowerful. Blooms have just passed their peak, with many already ...
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Naturally Speaking: “That’s Pretty Swift”

Dave Hallock, Eldora.  As their name implies, “swifts” are fast-flying birds. In fact, they are considered to have the swiftest flight among small birds. They probably ...
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Diabetes & Your Pet

Deb D’Andrea, Nederland.  Amazingly, approximately one in 400 dogs and cats get diabetes, with most dogs being Type-1 and cats being Type-2.  Initial symptoms are weight loss, and ...
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Camping With Dogs

Deb D’Andrea, Nederland.  This year I’ve been camping with my Girls, Tiki, Bear, and Sally, all over Colorado, and have had a great time. When I bring the Girls it changes what ...
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The maligned brown recluse and other spider misconceptions

Irene Shonle, Director CSU Extension in Gilpin County.  There are few critters out there that inspire as much fear as spiders – the brown recluse spider in particular. The internet ...
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Enraptured kids meet reptiles

    Barbara Lawlor, Nederland.  They crawled and slithered, flicked their tongues, and stared at the children who stared back at them, either in awe, fear, or giggles. At first ...
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Bad news bears on the prowl

Barbara Lawlor, Peak to Peak.  May and June were hungry months for the mountain bear population. Heavy rains slowed down the fruition of berries, their main diet, leading them to explore ...
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Summer Events

Serene Karplus, Nederland.  The frenzy of summer is in full swing as we race around to visit all our short-lived wildflower friends and catch the narrow window of mountain hiking before ...
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West Mag a shooting area option; Gilpin cuts possible sites

Barbara Lawlor, Boulder County.  In the next month, the Northern Front Range Recreational Sports Shooting Management Partnership will host three open houses regarding identifying possible ...