One of my earliest memories of feeling excited to be in the outdoors was with my dad. He was (and still is) a golf course superintendent, so part of his responsibilities was to make sure the golf courses were healthy, neat, and ready to provide the best experience possible for golfers. As his son, he made sure that I also
As I study the bird feeders in my backyard this spring, I find myself marveling at the variety of patterns that feathers allow. Stripes, patches, streaks, colors, and mottles: these are the details birders use to differentiate the many bird varieties that don’t have other telltale physical attributes. Although we appreciate them for advertising a bird’s species, sex, and health,
There are many beautiful aspects of winter. Some love the blanket of white strewn across the mountains. Others enjoy recreation that celebrates the unique qualities of snow. I think the part I enjoy most is the noise dampening value of snow. To be immersed in silent, white woods is a wondrous thing. As we run into March, however, that silence
The Dusty Boot is partnering with Walking Mountains Science Center once again to offer a “Nature Nights” series for residents of and visitors to the Vail Valley this summer.
If you’ve noticed a lot of robins around this winter, you’re not alone. Journey North, an online network where citizen scientists report bird activity, has had more than 400 reports of unusual robin activity just this past January. Locally, we’ve also had numerous reports of robins raising havoc and they have been observed down in the towns and valleys during
When I first heard of Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) I envisioned bird lovers sitting in the dark and cold, waiting for midnight on Dec. 24th and then lifting their binoculars to begin a 24 hour period of non-stop birding. The day ended, I imagined, with them falling into bed, cold, exhausted and hungry – having given up presents, eggnog and
Attention Vail Birders – help us to catalog bird sightings in the Valley! We invite amateurs and professionals alike to leave comments on this blog post year round listing your local bird sightings. Please list where, when and what you see below. Happy trails!
A sparrow picks an unusual perch after sneaking into the Nature Discovery Center a top Vail Mountain. Visit us for free, daily hikes at 11am and 2pm daily from the Nature Discovery Center at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. Photo credit: Naturalist Jeff Holoubek
What is known as “turkey time” is right around the corner again. A time for families and friends to celebrate all things they are thankful for, usually gathering around a table piled high with white and dark meat from our favorite holiday avian species, the turkey. Right here in Colorado we have some species of wild turkey – interesting animals
UPDATE: Vail bird enthusiasts – join us at the Vail Nature Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30am for a morning bird walk. (June 14 – mid August). We’ll walk through the meadows and woods along the Gore Creek to learn about a great variety of birds, what they need and how you can attract birds to your own backyard. Costs