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HICKENLOOPER TO VISIT CRAIG THIS MONTH
Governor John Hickenlooper has agreed to participate in a community forum in Craig on November 25th to “discuss issues of importance to Northwest Colorado”. The governor is coming into what is considered hostile territory, presumably to improve his image in rural Colorado. Hickenlooper and Denver lawmakers have been criticized for their urban agenda, which led to 11 rural counties putting a measure on this months ballot asking for permission to research secession from the state. Five of those measures passed. While in Craig, the governor is likely to field tough questions regarding education, energy, gun laws, and other rural issues. The forum will be held at Colorado Northwestern Community College from 11am to 12:15pm at the Craig campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College. You can RSVP for the event by clicking here. There is no cost to attend.
It’s Time To Think About The Holiday Drive
Plans for the 93.7 102.3 KRAI & 55 country holiday drive are being finalized as the 15th annual event is now less than three weeks away. The Holiday Drive which will be held on Thursday and Friday December 5th and 6th from 6am to 6pm both days, will again have the KRAI and 55 Country staff, Santa Claus and dozens of volunteers gathering outside the Centennial Mall in Craig to take donations of new unwrapped toy’s, gifts for senior citizens, non-perishable food, and cash. 100% of all donations received will go to help your friends and neighbors though Christmas for Kids, Christmas for Seniors, the Interfaith Food Bank and Advocates Crisis Support Services. To find out how you can help with the Holiday Drive, follow this link.
Bird Watching In Colorado
In a continuing effort to educate and spur interest in outdoor recreation, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is encouraging everyone to take time to explore the recently completed northwest section of the Colorado Birding Trail. The latest addition adds a series of 13 trails-or driving loops-and 155 wildlife viewing sites to the previously established trails across the southeast and southwest areas of the state. Made possible with Great Outdoors Colorado funds generated from the sales of lottery tickets, the trails are expected to draw wildlife enthusiasts from across the country to Colorado where they may encounter animals they have never seen before. The trail also gives birders a chance to check-off a new species on their ‘life list’. Colorado is one of 40 states that have similarly organized birding trails. “The Colorado Birding Trail offers a unique and fun way for the whole family to experience our rich and abundant wildlife resource,” said Watchable Wildlife Coordinator Trina Romero. “There are a wide variety of species that some in the public have never seen. We anticipate many people will take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and see what living in Colorado is all about.” Romero adds that along with hunting and fishing, the Colorado Birding Trail will benefit the local economies of many communities across the state that depend on revenue generated by outdoor recreation. “Wildlife viewing is becoming increasingly popular and is a great way to introduce children to the outdoors,” added Romero. “The birding trail sites make our wildlife more accessible and brings people to parts of Colorado they may not consider visiting otherwise.”
To enjoy the Colorado Birding Trails and watch wildlife responsibly, the following tips are recommended:
- Time your outing for morning or evening, when animals are most active.
- Remain quiet and keep your distance for the safety and comfort of both animals and yourself.
- If an animal changes its behavior, stops eating or seems nervous at your presence, its time to back away.
- Never chase or harass wildlife. Use binoculars, a spotting scope or a telephoto lens for a close-up view.
- Consider using your car as a viewing blind. Pull safely off the road. Respect others who are viewing the same animals.
- Leave your pets at home. Pets hinder wildlife watching. They can chase, injure, or kill wildlife or be injured or killed.
- Do not feed wild animals. It can change their behavior in ways that can be harmfulboth to them and to people. Reserve feeding for ‘backyard’ birds.
To see the new Northwest Birding Trail Guide, and for more viewing tips, trail maps and information about a variety of species and where they can be seen, visit www.coloradobirdingtrail.com.
Holiday Decoration With Wildlife In Mind
As the holiday season nears and decorations begin to adorn houses, yards and trees, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public to decorate with wildlife safety in mind. Outdoor holiday decorations and structures, like Christmas lights or trampolines, can cause problems for antlered animals. “Deer, elk, and moose often find themselves tangled in material or stuck in pools, skate parks, etc.” said Jennifer Churchill, public information officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Although some may find these interactions ‘cute’ or think that the animal is having fun, these situations can be very stressful to the animal. Coloradans should do all they can to prevent our wildlife from conflict with man made obstructions.”
During the mating season, buck deer rub their antlers against just about anything. If they rub against something with holiday lights, there is a chance those lights might end up adorning the animal’s antlers. Although it is difficult to predict exactly what deer are capable of snagging, homeowners can reduce the risk by anticipating problems before they happen.
Wildlife officers recommend attaching lights to the house or above the reach of deer in large trees. Stringing the lights in low shrubbery could end up endangering the animal.
And it is not just Christmas lights. Cases of chicken wire, tomato cages, swing sets and hammocks tangled on antlers have been reported as well. Objects tangled in antlers can stress the deer, causing it to spend time and energy trying to remove the object at the expense of feeding and resting.
Sometimes a deer can free itself from the material, but most of the time the animal may just have to wait until late winter when it naturally sheds its antlers and everything falls off.
In extreme cases, where the objects pose life-threatening danger to the animal, Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists may have to tranquilize it to remove the obstruction.
Often times, capturing and handling the deer can be worse for the animal than leaving it alone. Trying to immobilize a deer can be so stressful the deer dies.
— Avoid draping lights over shrubs and bushes under five-feet high.
— Trees with trunk diameters of two to six inches are most likely to be rubbed by bucks and bulls, so only string lights on larger diameter trees.
— Use multiple short strands of wire plugged together versus one long strand so that if animals become entangled they will have less cord to deal with
— Avoid stringing lights “clothesline” style across open areas.
— Firmly attach lights to tree limbs, gutters, or fence posts.
Deer and elk can also benefit from the following:
— Take down volleyball nets, hammocks or other items.
— Store water hoses, tomato cages and other garden materials (netting, stakes, ties, etc.) until spring.
— Put colorful flagging on empty clotheslines.
The Denver Broncos host the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs Today. You can catch that game live on 55 Country, with the pregame at 4:35 pm and the kickoff at 6:30 pm.