Pika Project Happy Hour

If you’ve spent time climbing peaks or wandering across the alpine tundra in Colorado, you’re probably familiar with the squeaky “Eeeep!” of the American pika. Hikers who spot pika are often charmed by these cute but bold relatives of rabbits and hares. Pikas are sensitive to climate-driven changes in temperature, snowpack and vegetation, and depend on healthy alpine ecosystems. Colorado’s

Vail Certified as First Sustainable Mountain Resort Destination in the World

Today, Vail announced their certification as a sustainable mountain resort destination. Vail is the first destination in the world to be certified to the Mountain IDEAL sustainable destination standard . Additionally, Vail’s adherence to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s (GSTC) destination criteria makes it the first Certified Sustainable Destination in the United States certified by a GSTC-Accredited certifying body, Green Destinations. The conditional certification is

Fly Fishing Hot Spots

We all have our favorite fishing spots that we consider to be the best, or our personal “hotspots”. However, this summer, the Eagle River Valley has more “hot spots” than usual. Unfortunately for anglers, this doesn’t mean the river is overflowing with rainbows, cutthroats, or brookies. Instead, this means that the river is heating up – in temperature. Want these

What is a Grebe?

You’re out enjoying an evening on the lake when you notice a strange bird floating along the surface of the water. It’s not quite a duck, too small for a goose, and more awkward than a graceful heron. As you strain your eyes to get a closer look, the mystery bird disappears beneath the surface, reappearing a few moments later

Wilderness and Freedom

When I think about the 4th of July and all that it celebrates about our great country, I can’t help but think about our system of public lands, and in particular, wilderness. In the state of Colorado, we have more than 3.5 million acres of federally protected wilderness, located in 41 separate wilderness areas and managed by three different federal